Carrying a timeless shape and style that the motorhome world has known for many decades, the new Cortes travel trailer receives an update to the latest construction and component technology. Cortes guards the wood in the forest and leaves the chopper guns behind, building his glittering trailer using a vacuum infusion of aluminized fiberglass. He then fills his cabin with Furrion appliances and entertainment equipment, the stuff of smart yachts and semi-trailer glampers.
A new startup born out of the push by the Ohio-based US Lighting Group into the booming RV market, Cortes clarifies its mission while casting a sharp shadow over the competition:
“Much like another well-known travel trailer manufacturer who decided to build trailers the same way airplanes were built about a century ago, Cortes Campers plans to repeat this success by building a cutting edge trailer. technology that uses the latest advancements in aerospace manufacturing technologies. using the latest lightweight aerospace materials, such as carbon fiber, and incorporating the vacuum infusion process, Cortes Campers is able to offer a motorhome immune to corrosion, rust and rot [and] extremely light, at a price that rivals traditional motorhomes on the market. “
Since Bowlus has had a more fragmented history, we consider this well-known, decades-old airplane-style trailer maker to be Airstream, which almost makes sense from a competitive point of view, as the first 17ft of Cortes would compete directly with the Airstream. Nest, Airstream had not abandoned this model last year. As it stands, this is more of a competitor to existing fiberglass trailers like Happier Camper, Scamp, Oliver and Armadillo (original Boler molds).
In fact, with its aluminized fiberglass hull, the Cortes trailer gives the impression that the Airstream motorhome should have been launched instead of the Nest, seamlessly filling its aluminum-skinned past with a new future in fiberglass. But Cortes is the one who started it, relying on the kind of vacuum infusion molding process that also serves as the basis for seven-figure off-road motorhomes and compact electric dayboats. Cortes is careful to point out that he doesn’t even have a fiberglass chopper gun, an inferior molding method used by other fiberglass RV builders.
Cortes’ specific formula uses a sandwich of 1208 layers of interior and exterior biaxial aluminized fiberglass around a DuPont honeycomb core, finished in an Armorcote 991 Series marine grade gelcoat. Cortes molds two halves, seals them together, and crashes the RV body onto a 6061 aluminum chassis with a 3,500 lb (1,587 kg) Timbren axleless suspension. The trailer weighs 1,800 lbs (816 kg) dry.
Cortes’ glossy gel-coated fiberglass looks beautiful on the outside but gets a bit cold and clinical on the inside, where we think the trailer would benefit from a bit more wood, metal, and fabric. But we’re sure some buyers will like the edgy look of the construction that shows up throughout the floor plan.
The kitchen opposite the side entry door has a sink with an arched faucet and loads of Furrion appliances including a 17 inch oven / three burner range, ductless range hood with charcoal filter , a 227 L fridge / freezer and microwave. To the left, at the very front of the trailer, a cupboard adjoins a wet bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.
The rear of the trailer houses a twin-bench dining area with a carbon fiber / Kevlar table that converts into a 48 x 76 inch (122 x 193 cm) main bed. Tucked away between the aft dinette and the door is a single-seat work / dining area that converts into a 27 x 81.5 inch (89 x 207 cm) single bed, perfect for accommodating a third person or sleeping space. – even being two young children opposite comes to an end. The single bed doubles as a sofa bed during the day.
Cortes doesn’t include any additional storage space beyond the entry cabinet, but does install wrap-around hanging cabinets that run the length of the trailer and under-seat storage under the seat of the workplace.
The Cortes travel trailer is also fully equipped with a 28 inch HDTV, air conditioning, heating, hot water, and an electrical system with command center. It carries fresh water in a 123 L tank, gray water in a 134 L tank and black water in a 70 L tank.
Cortes announced the start of production in June and began taking deposits of $ 2,500 for the construction of 17-foot (5.2m) trailers. The aluminized fiberglass model featured carries a retail price of $ 47,950, and Cortes also offers a non-aluminized fiberglass variant with similar specs and slightly different floor plan options, starting at $ 39,950. $. The company has ambitious plans to launch a full line of travel trailers of various sizes, teardrops, off-road trailers, motorhomes and even Class A motorhomes, starting with a teardrop of 27,900. $, which seems quite “inspired” by the Icelandic Mink trailer. , already under construction.
The 2.5 minute video below provides a comprehensive overview of the 17ft.
Cortes Campers Video Full Length.mp4
Source: Cortes Campers