Sub-$10Ok Polydrops trailer sheds strains and weight to spice up EV tenting

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Los Angeles-based trailer builder Polydrops immediately made a name for themselves by reimagining the teardrop trailer as a polyhedron. In an effort to offer a lighter, more aerodynamic, teardrop-sized camper tailored for EVs, a portion of the “poly” was planed and sanded down to create the smooth, sleek P19 Shorty. The new trailer weighs just 640 pounds, sleeps two people and their dog in a simple but cozy cabin, and comes at a fraction of the price of previous polydrops. Its hybrid poly/teardrop shape looks just as striking as the original and is aided by some aerodynamic tricks.

When we last checked out Polydrops, it was busy adding some serious lithium power to its P17A trailer. Before digging even deeper into the lithium mine to build a trailer that could charge an electric tow vehicle à la Colorado Teardrops Boulder, they ultimately decided to take the more logical way forward of reducing weight and optimizing aerodynamics to accommodate the Making trailers less sluggish initially affects the range of the vehicle.

As the name suggests, the P19 Shorty is the shortest polydrop yet at 3.6m. It’s also the easiest to ditch the galley to become the purest expression of founder Kyung-Hyun Lew’s vision of a portable personal space. It’s a simple sleeping/work area on wheels, a temporary insulated shelter from the elements that can go where it’s needed.

Interior fittings and fittings are limited to storage compartments, a narrow convertible table/desk, a tri-fold mattress, an LED light and a 110v socket that provides internal power when the trailer is on via its external 110v power supply Land is connected inlet. The 54 x 80 inch (137 x 203 cm) sleeping surface is designed for two people and a pet.

The focus is on keeping things simple, streamlined and light, so the interior is little more than a mattress, three-compartment shelving unit and convertible bar table

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Polydrops smooths out the P19 Shorty’s shape compared to its original design, adding flat, non-faceted sidewalls and a domed roof that more closely resembles a traditional teardrop. The company is using computational fluid dynamics to guide the reshape and says the new shape is the most aerodynamic of 100 different design changes. The polygonal shaping continues on the nose and fenders, ensuring no one mistakes it for anything other than a polydrop.

The manufacturer adds several aero components to further optimize the aerodynamics of the P19 Shorty. A front air tunnel just above the frame swallows and redirects air coming from the tow vehicle, while vortex generators on the front roof help direct the air along. Other aero components include a front splitter, a rear wing and air intakes on the fenders.

Polydrops relied on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to drive the design of the P19 Shorty

Polydrops relied on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to drive the design of the P19 Shorty

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To further improve tow vehicle range, Polydrops relies on all-aluminum construction and a lightweight, simplified construction specification to keep the base weight at 290 kg (640 lb). The 907 kg (2,000 lb) Timbren Axle-Less suspension means a 616 kg (1,360 lb) payload, which is open to whatever the owner chooses to pack since there’s no water or propane tank to fill up or fridge too to store. The clear-anodized aluminum body sits atop a tubular aluminum frame insulated with a rigid 2-inch all-season insulation package and clad internally in white fiberglass.

The P19 Shorty loses the gullwing doors of other polydrops but has separate locking doors on each side, which is always a handy feature, especially at a base price of $9,950. The trailer also has a total of four windows with insect screens.

Polydrops P19 Shorty Micro Camper Trailer

Polydrops P19 Shorty Micro Camper Trailer

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The P19 Shorty was launched last month and is available to order now. Polydrops Ballpark states a lead time of two months but suggests interested parties contact the company for the most up-to-date estimate. Options include a rear hitch and a RoadShower.

Source: Polydrops via InsideEVs