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Old 05-02-2013, 10:37 AM   #15
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I received a copy of the spec/price sheet from the manufacturer. Base price is 20K pounds sterling - $32,000. Lots of standard stuff but some seriously pricey extras too. Below is a copy/paste of the pdf - examine closely and you'll figure out the extras that one has to pay for:

TripBuddy Specifications
Trip Buddy +44 (0)844 8709306 sales@tripbuddy.co.uk
Exterior
Standard
One piece moulded composite body 
Flush reverse hat double glassed units 
4 front opening windows with privacy windows
BPW Anti-Snaking Device hitch 
BPW One Action Easy Handbrake 
Alloy Wheels 
Large rear opening door allowing full access manual system 
Built in awning to underside of rear door with 3 pod attachment points 
In roof opener with fitted blind and fly screen manual operation 
Gas Locker to hold a variety of bottles 
Exterior body colour choice available see colour chart (not available for carbon body) 
Built in roof rail system to support Tripbuddy roof bars 
Built in roof supports for AC and Super HVAC roof pad system 
LED road lights (apart from turn indicators which are bulb) Full LED system is available 
BPW Axle system 
Dampers (shock absorbers) to all wheels 
Drum braking system to all wheels 
Water connection system (range of propriety systems are available) 
240V electrical connection point 
Connection to vehicle by conventional or EU 13 pin 
BPW body stays at each corner 
Optional Extras
One piece moulded carbon fibre body 3600
Large rear opening door allowing full access automatic system 1050
Large rear opening door allowing full access automatic system with built in
automated ramp or step 2300
A range of pods to attach to the awning incl rooms (opening at both ends), pup
tent (opening at one end) and Kit Pit (opening one end extra security zips and locks) From 450
In roof opener with fitted blind and fly screen electric operation POA
Mud flaps 55
Special colours finishes available on request POA
Roof bars for above for loads up to 100kg 125 Set
Roof box POA
Canoe rack POA
Roof system access ladder 350
AC and HVAC units POA
Alloy spare wheel and front carrier 275
Disk brake system POA
Air ride axles POA
Auto deploy corner stays and axle levelling system 2675
There are currently 3 weight classes available for Tripbuddy:-
GVW or MTPLM*
Light - 1500kg Family - 1650kg Max - 2200kg
Kerb weight or MIRO*
Light - 1350kg Family - 1350kg Max - 1500kg
MTPLM = maximum technical permissible laden mass (pre 1998 it
was known as MGW maximum gross weight), was in the maximum the
van can weigh with all your items inside it.
MIRO = mass in running order, as in the weight of the caravan with no
additions e.g. gas bottles.
* The MTPLM and MIRO figures of Your Tripbuddy will depend on Specification and will appear on your contract and on the data tag attached to the VIN number.
TripBuddy Specifications
Trip Buddy +44 (0)844 8709306 sales@tripbuddy.co.uk
Interior
Standard
One piece moulded composite body 
Headliner and walls are finished in REAL* leather 
Cushions in the saloon area are leather covered 
All interior units are made from composite GRP materials 
Unit doors are of a Tambour style are produced from an option of Aluminium,
Coloured composite or Transparent composite materials 
8 x Netting pockets are placed throughout the vehicle 
The interior is water proof and acts as a wet room for cleaning 
Boat floor. All Tripbuddys are fitted with a teak effect floor** 
Bed is supported by a super strong T-BS2 system 
Thermal divider curtain Zipped at rear of the body between body and tent zone solid 
Lighting. All lighting in Tripbuddy is LED with mood lighting system built in to the cant rail
and cupboards (only available with transparent Tambour doors) 
LED reading lights 3 
LED bathroom light to IP68 
LED Spot light in rear door switched on when door is open and tent deployed 
Freestanding table also acts as bed 
* REAL Leather is Reconstructed Ecologically Advanced Leather.
** Teak effect flooring is standard
Optional Extras
Fluted leather and piping Seats only 600
Full Leather Upgrade 1990
A series of inner cupboard fitments available POA
Locks to Tambour doors 50
Remote control system for mood lighting 10
Rock and Roll style bed 250
Wellbeing
Standard
Bathroom Zone
The Tripbuddy Bathroom zone is an expanding area fitted with shower and vacuum flushing toilet,
it deploys when being used by the two pivoting screens and folds away when not required it can
be accessed from the tent area or from the main body

Shower with Dedicated Controls 
LED IP68 switchable light 
Water heater 
Cabin Blown air heater with thermostatic control 
Cooking Zone
Hob cooker and sink unit are fitted in a marine style easy clean GRP topped unit. A variety of
propriety sink and hob units area available 
Hob cooker and sink unit are fitted in a marine style easy clean GRP topped unit. A variety of
propriety sink and hob units area available 
Fridge with freezing compartment A variety of propriety fridges are available 
Ample storage for cooking utensils 
Infotainment Zone
Built in multi function infotainment system 
TripBuddy Specifications
Trip Buddy +44 (0)844 8709306 sales@tripbuddy.co.uk
Wellbeing
...continued
Optional Extras
Bathroom Zone
Blown air heater and diverter to tent area 145
Tent blown air heating roll 55
Cooking Zone
Oven POA
Built in coffee maker POA
Built in microwave POA
Infotainment Zone
Multi surround sound speaker and amplifier package
Better – 4 two way 2 tweeter and 2 12″sub extra amplification pack giving 4x 200w + 2 x 500w RMS 340
Best – 6 two way 4 tweeter and 2 12″sub extra amplification pack giving 6x 300w + 2 x 800 w RMS 575
Flat screen TV fully connected with full remote POA
37″ Flat screen TV rear door fit with 360 degree gimbal POA
Power & Energy
Standard
Gas Locker to hold a variety of bottles 
12 Volt Charger and Mains Transformer 
Colour Co-ordinated 230v Mains Sockets 
Tripbuddy logo LED Night Time / entry Courtesy Light 
Mains Inlet with ELCB Protection 
LED Mood lighting throughout 
Tripbuddy control panel operating and controlling all electrical systems 
Optional Extras
Built in generator (replaces gas system)* POA
Security & Safety
Standard
Wheel locks on all wheels 
BPW body stays at each corner 
CRIS Identity Etched onto Windows
One Key fits ALL locks 
Tracker Complete with 12 Months Subscription 
Smoke and CO2 Alarm 
Hidden Identity Tag 
Optional Extras
Auto deploy corner stays and axle levelling system 2675
TripBuddy Specifications
Trip Buddy +44 (0)844 8709306 sales@tripbuddy.co.uk
Mobility Pack
Standard
Tripbuddy is designed to allow easy access. The large opening rear low entry height can be further
adapted to meet the demands for the less able bodied user. POA
Automatic rear opening door POA
Automatic vehicle positioning POA
Automatic access ramp POA
Automatic deploy step POA
Internal handrails POA
Internal winches and supports POA
Low level units POA
Bespoke Design Service
We make each Tripbuddy to order and as such can offer a truly bespoke design service.
From the overall colour or applied graphics, through to the smallest fixing – we are happy to sit down with you to workout
each part of your Tripbuddy’s detail.
So if you want to re-model the interior to accommodate your favourite jet-ski or simply have a different finish to the floor
or seats, we can make it happen. Our design service is also ideal for anyone wanting to customise the Tripbuddy to
produce a truly unique vehicle for film, TV or product promotion.
Call us today on 0844 8709306 to discuss the possibilities
How much does it Cost?
Tripbuddy costs from 19,995* (GBP) this is an on the road price and includes
standard options.
As all tripbuddys are built to order please call us to discuss options cost and delivery times. (+44 844 8709306)
Our terms and conditions and warantee are available as a dowload from our website (Trip Buddy) or
call if you would prefer a paper copy.
* correct as of November 2012.. there is a price increase implemented from February 2013
Specification can change without notice;
all current information can be found on
our web site Trip Buddy
Need more information? We strongly
encourage all our customers to
experience Tripbuddy in the flesh, it’s
so much better than just a brochure.
We are on the road and at events near
you; call us to see when we will be in
your area. 0844 8709306.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:06 AM   #16
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"Teak effect" flooring.
Tastes like butter.

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Old 05-02-2013, 11:25 AM   #17
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Have you seen the price? I'm told that it is over $30k (UK pounds converted to US$)!
We are spoiled in NA regarding the cost of most things. Those in the UK historically pay 30/50% more for much of their hard goods. For example a IPad Min is about $100 more to buy in the UK direct from Apple vs buying direct from Apple Canada. Things have actually improved over there in that regard - 10 years ago it was common for items to have the same sticker price in British Pounds as it had in North America but with Canadian or US dollars sticker price. A CD for example would be $10 British Pounds vs the same CD selling for US$10. Same with computer equipment etc.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:40 AM   #18
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* REAL Leather is Reconstructed Ecologically Advanced Leather.

"Fresh oven quality".
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:45 PM   #19
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* REAL Leather is Reconstructed Ecologically Advanced Leather.

"Fresh oven quality".
Their just trying to save the endangered cow!
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:48 PM   #20
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I agree with deryk, UGLY...
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:58 PM   #21
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I'd like to see an interior shot with the cupboard doors open. I suspect they are full of wheel wells.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:04 PM   #22
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I'd like to see an interior shot with the cupboard doors open.
I just want to know where I can have cupboard doors like that made locally that will not cost me an arm and leg - have an overhead bin that could use them!
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:26 PM   #23
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It has been designed like a cross between a cargo trailer and a camper.
The double axle allows more weight...
No kidding- according to their webpage, even the smallest unit is able to carry almost 2,000 pounds of payload! What I can't figure out is where one would stow enough stuff to get close to that weight.

But given the price, maybe it's aimed at folks used to hauling gold bricks around...

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:19 PM   #24
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You could put a motorcycle in it which would eat up some of the payload pretty fast.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:52 PM   #25
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We are spoiled in NA regarding the cost of most things. Those in the UK historically pay 30/50% more for much of their hard goods. For example a IPad Min is about $100 more to buy in the UK direct from Apple vs buying direct from Apple Canada. Things have actually improved over there in that regard - 10 years ago it was common for items to have the same sticker price in British Pounds as it had in North America but with Canadian or US dollars sticker price. A CD for example would be $10 British Pounds vs the same CD selling for US$10. Same with computer equipment etc.
Indeed! One of the many reasons we moved to Canada ! We lived in the UK from 1997 to 2004 ..... Our British friends call their own land 'rip off country'.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:17 PM   #26
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Ok it is" kind of ugly" ....but I kind of like it! At least the concept of it.....I like the back that opens and the tent set up that goes with it. Sure would like to see one in person.Things just look different in person.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:32 PM   #27
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I wish we had these trailers here. The problem here in the US is that when someone sees a trailer like this for $30k, and a 30 foot el-cheapo sticky for the same price, they woo go for the bigger (crappier) trailer 9 times out of 10. Plus, Americans tend to tow with full size pickups, so weight and towability are not as much of a concern. I just bought a 5x8 enclosed cargo trailer, and when looking at different ones on the lot, the answer to most of my questions was, "they're pretty much all the same." True... And boy, do I wish there were more alternatives -- especially for those of us towing with cars or small SUVs. Over in Europe, I have seen VW Golfs towing 2 foot campers. They are well balanced, with only about 4-5% tongue weight. They ALL have cable or rod actuated brakes and parking brakes. Their couplers are so secure that safety chains are not required in many countries. Even their tongue jacks are better than the ones we use.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:58 PM   #28
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I wish we had these trailers here. The problem here in the US is that when someone sees a trailer like this for $30k, and a 30 foot el-cheapo sticky for the same price, they woo go for the bigger (crappier) trailer 9 times out of 10. Plus, Americans tend to tow with full size pickups, so weight and towability are not as much of a concern. I just bought a 5x8 enclosed cargo trailer, and when looking at different ones on the lot, the answer to most of my questions was, "they're pretty much all the same." True... And boy, do I wish there were more alternatives -- especially for those of us towing with cars or small SUVs. Over in Europe, I have seen VW Golfs towing 2 foot campers. They are well balanced, with only about 4-5% tongue weight. They ALL have cable or rod actuated brakes and parking brakes. Their couplers are so secure that safety chains are not required in many countries. Even their tongue jacks are better than the ones we use.

Yep -that is a standard problem.

Many years (30+) ago I remember looking at the European trailers (I remember Sprite in particular) and they were so plain, ugly and expensive compared to our NA brands. Now the Europeans (really.. check out their forums) refer to Airstreams as nice except for the poor North American quality of finish. How things have changed.

I'm not a fan of the Trip Buddy - all show and little go in my humble opinion - but I do like the European trailers on balance - very nice fit and finish. Europeans do some different things in regards layout. Europeans tend to time more outdoors, so things like tent rooms are a really big deal over there. Its interesting to compare approaches.
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