Why opt for a trailer when you can simply choose a welcoming wooden cabin specially designed for the road?
Japanese company Bess recently launched the Imago Iter, a compact cabin trailer that you can tow behind your SUV or truck. And at first glance, little sacrifice was needed to convert the rustic structure into a mini mobile home.
We’ve seen plenty of campers and trailers trying to approximate the look and feel of Instagram-enabled tiny homes in recent years (some of which are impressively successful at the task). Bess seems to have just cut to the bare essentials, building her basic cabin on top or on four wheels and outfitting it with a tow hook. Bess also knows a thing or two about building cabins. The company is known in its home country – which appreciates an ephemeral structure – for its wooden houses, including A-frames and geodesic domes, although the Imago is its first wheeled model.
At its core, the Imago Iter is really just a portable cabin. It is made from 70mm thick cedar wood and comes with one of two roofs, matching cedar or plastic membrane. Inside the vehicle, you’ll find a wide-open layout made up of nothing more than four walls, each fitted with its own window, including a large sliding window that acts as the entrance door to the structure. And that’s all. There are no special features or even basic amenities, like a kitchenette or a toilet.
While some may be put off by this, others will see it as an opportunity to turn the Imago Iter into their dream cabin. The lack of equipment gives you the freedom to install the vehicle as you wish. You can keep it spartan or fill its 21.3 square feet of space with a bed, couch, and tables (we’d definitely consider adding a bathroom). And because the vehicle weighs just 4,600 pounds, which would be a tad low for an Airstream trailer, you have plenty of leeway to customize before the vehicle gets too heavy for its own good.
The Imago Iter is available now for $30,000 to $36,000. Despite its relatively light weight, we still recommend using a 4×4 or muscle truck to tow the Imago Iter. A video uploaded by the brand shows a vintage Land Rover Defender towing the cabin, and it looks quite imposing. It’s hard to imagine a crossover doing the same job.