Homegrown in North Carolina – SylvanSport GO
A look at SylvanSport's innovative, ultralight pop-up camper/gear mover.
We showed some of North Carolina’s homegrown innovators with our earlier posts on Frames by Stickel and Industry Nine Wheels and Cane Creek Components. Well, SylvanSport is another company based out of Brevard with deep, local roots and loads of innovation.
SylvanSport GO trailer
The GO trailer is basically a combination ultralight pop-up camper/gear mover. From our perspective it’s a perfect mobile base camp for bike adventures and endurance races (24-hour or stage races). It has a roof rack, compatible with both Thule and Yakima bike racks (or Kayak racks or storage boxes), and the trailer can be slightly popped up for transporting a grill, ATV or other larger bulky items. The GO pops up and folds out to offer two bed/benches and a table (with 6 feet and 6 inches of interior standing height), and the interior can be converted into one big king-and-a-half sized bed to sleep 4 people with storage space underneath. The whole unloaded unit weighs a claimed 840 pounds, with just a 70 pound tongue weight, so it’s easy to wheel around by hand off the car.
Beyond the GO’s innovative features, almost all of the components and material are locally sourced.
The SylvanSport GO is light (only 840 pounds with a tongue weight of 70 pounds) so it’s easy to move by hand into a shady area. SylvanSport claims they know people who tow the GO with Toyota Prii (Toyota’s preferred plural term for Prius). This is one only camper we know of that can be towed by cars with a 1.25 trailer hitch.
The GO can be slightly popped up for transporting larger items like a grill or an ATV.
The tent-material storage area is equipped with a drain plug, so when the camper is set up, the storage space can be used for holding ice and beverages.
Set up is quick. These guys did it in 10 or so minutes while talking to us. The tent materials are made by Kelty.
Our ace-wrench Ryan check out the interior as the table is put into place.
The SylvanSport GO fully set up.
Bike used the GO as our base camp for testing “all-mountain” bikes. Having a spot to escape the sun and fill out our test forms was a nice change of pace.
The SylvanSport GO retails for $8,000 and is available direct through SylvanSport at sylvansport.com.