This Japanese Travel Trailer Is a Lightweight Spin on a Classic Airstream

It’s clear that Americans aren’t the only ones taken by the classic Airstream.

The Japanese company X-Cabin has just unveiled a stylish travel trailer called the X-Cabin300 that was at least partially inspired by the iconic vehicle, according to New Atlas. The new model has a rectangular shape but features all-aluminum construction and everything else you need to hit the road in comfort.

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X-Cabin, which was established in 2020, is the off-shoot of the Nagoya-based LED lighting company Effect Meiji Corporation. The company’s roots come through in the design for the vehicle—which measures 15 feet long, 7 feet wide and just shy of 7 feet tall—at least at first glance. The single-axle trailer has a boxy shape and is more likely to remind you of a U-Haul than one of Airstream’s trademark bullet-shaped models. It’s shiny, though, thanks to a polished aluminum exterior that stops it from looking too industrial. Other features include a side ladder, roof-mounted cargo basket, and front storage boxes.

The X-Cabin300 travel trailer towed by a Range Rover Sport
The X-Cabin300 being towed by a Range Rover Sport

As its dimensions make clear, the X-Cabin300 is a compact travel trailer. Its all-aluminum construction and galvanized steel chassis both combine to keep weight down to a relatively paltry 1,650 pounds. The model is so lightweight that it can be towed by a wider variety of vehicles, including compact SUVs like the Range Rover Sport, than most trailers on the market.

Despite its small size, the X-Cabin300’s cabin features a high-efficiency layout that allows you to bring everything you need on your next road trip. The base model has a front galley with a sink and fridge box, a sitting area that can be used for dining or sleeping, and loads of storage space. In addition to the standard version, there’s also the “Glamp,” which features a pull-out double bed; the “Solo,” which has a dinette that converts into a bigger bed, and the “FT,” which can be used as a towable food truck. All four models come with an uninterruptible power supply for all your electronics, including lights and a climate control system.

X-Cabin300 travel trailer with a canopy attached
X-Cabin300 travel trailer with a canopy attached

Pricing for the XCabin300 ranges between ¥5.8 million and ¥7.2 million (around $40,000 to $50,000). The vehicle is currently only available in Japan, but, as HiConsumption points out, the company does export DIY kits overseas for around $16,000.

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