If you haven’t seen the Alto Safari Condo yet then you’re in for a treat. Especially if you like teardrop campers.

This RV is like a high tech luxury teardrop trailer that you can still pull with your car!

Alto Safari Condo’s Unique Features

  • It’s expandable so you can stand up inside
  • When it expands you get more windows
  • It has a fully featured kitchenette
  • There’s plenty of room for dining

And most importantly it’s really easy to tow. In fact, it can be pulled with most cars.

The Benefits of Having a Safari Condo Alto

  • Fits in your garage
  • Has flexible solar panels
  • Electric powered expandable roof
  • Aerodynamic
  • Toilet
  • Optional shower

If you’ve ever wanted a cross over between a teardrop and a more standard trailer this is a neat option with lots of available accessories.

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Photos Courtesy of Safari Condo

Available Accessories

There are a bunch of different accessories you can add on to the three different models that are available.

  • Bunk bed
  • 15″ LCD TV with built in DVD player
  • Microwave with oven built in
  • Removable awnings
  • Screened in stand up tent that attaches to Alto
  • Extra storage cabinets
  • Auxiliary battery
  • Exterior shower outlets
  • Air conditioner
  • Bicycle rack

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More Details and Pricing

Unfortunately right now the Alto is priced quite high because it’s made out of aluminum and it is being manufactured in small numbers. It starts at about $24,900.

It is very lightweight at around 1,600 lbs so you can tow it with your car and sleep up to four inside.

For a better idea of what it’s like to stay in it check out this Safari Condo Alto review by Howard J Elmer.

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Videos of the Alto in Action :)

By action I mean the roof expanding. Nothing else really.

For more information and photos on this high tech teardrop trailer visit SafariCondo.com.

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  • Pit

    I really like the bed in this trailer!
    Great post Alex!
    Thanks,

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  • Alex

    Thanks PIT! :)

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  • Margaret

    The only sad thing is that the website seems to be in French. I wanted even more details. The cost is very high now so I will save the website and stalk them to see if costs go down!

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    • CP

      The site is in English and French – you just hit the English or French tab and it changes.

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      • Margaret

        Actually, the site is in French and English NOW. A year ago it was not.

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  • Schneb

    Seems comparable to a pop-up–but if so, how does it compare in terms of price, space, etc.?

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  • BigWarpGuy

    http://www.safaricondo.com/alto/indexeng.php
    I think it is cool. It gives more room when open and reduces drag when closed. I think it is a clever twist on the pop-up. :)

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  • Alex

    Thanks BWG for providing the english link. You can read better there, Margaret :D

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  • Ed Reames

    Cannot be purchased by US citizens and cannot be moved permanently to US from Canada.

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  • Frank Trit

    Ed~ Why can’t it be purchased by US citezens and can not be moved permanently to US from Canada? I contacted their sales office and got the same response, but no explination…..I simply can’t understand why not!?!

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  • BigWarpGuy

    That is sad news. :(

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  • Alex

    That’s pretty weird..

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  • Alex

    Sure there’s a way though. If you really wanted to.

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  • Frank Trit

    I received an email back from Cheryl Lynn Lapointe at Safaricondo, cheryl.lapointe@safaricondo.ca

    The explination is: “The problem is not so much as to import the Alto as it is to license the Alto. To license it, it must be approved by the DOT and we have not yet received this approval. In some states the trailer must also meet the ANSI criteria and we have not as yet obtained this certification either. These are some of the things we are currently working on as well as the legal implications for our company to sell our product in the states. Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any other questions.”

    Does anyone have any advice about this. I’m totally inpressed with this product and have really set my sights on getting one.. :-/

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  • Alex

    Thanks Frank I appreciate you getting that info and posting it here. It sounds like they are int he process of getting it all approved. I wonder how long that sort of thing takes.

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  • Kyra

    I am also interested in Alto, the one with the shower. It says that it has a US patent, so I guess it won’t be too long for approval in the US? Also, do you think that my 2007 2.0 L 4Cyl Turbo would have a problem towing it?

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  • Jean-René Rodrigue

    I also really like the design and look of the Alto. It has been one of many inspiration sources while designing my own teardrop trailer. Also, it is manufactured in Québec, an hour from where I live. The company is much more known for their class B van called the safari condo, we see much of them around.

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  • BigWarpGuy

    It would be cool to see your design for a teardrop camper.

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  • Sunny

    Until they get all the dot certification etc. It should be easy enough for any America citizen to purchase one and strip all badges and plate it as a ”homemade” trailer.

    It will probably take them a while before they export as I saw a feature of their shop and it is small. Going to the USA now is probably a very risky venture for a small family operated shop.

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  • Carolyn

    Another interesting small one is the Livin Lite Camplites. I really like the bunk bed model.

    http://www.livinlite.com/

    They are light, mostly aluminum, can be pulled by all sorts of smaller cars.

    Sad to know can’t go to Canada, buy it and drive home to the USA.

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    • Alex

      Thanks for that link Carolyn- I hadn’t seen these before- I’ll do a post on them soon to feature and help spread the word on them. Thanks again!

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  • BigWarpGuy

    If they had a kit version, would this make it be able to be sent to the USA? Would making it ‘home assembled’ be the same as ‘home built’?

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  • MPC

    I’m confused about the weight and towing. They claim that the alto can be towed by a family car or small SUV. My 4-cyl RAV4 has a max towing capacity of 1500 pounds and the alto is ~1600. Can my RAV4 tow this? How does a car tow it?

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    • Alex

      I’m sure your RAV4 can tow it but it would probably be smart to upgrade the suspension to be able to handle it better. Hope this helps and thanks!

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  • TomLeeM

    I feel about Smart Camper as you do about the Livin Lite camper.
    http://www.smart-camper.com/
    It is in Sweden. It can be towed by a Smart car. It would be neat if it can be imported into the USA.

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    • Alex

      Thanks, Tom, I didn’t know about this one so glad you shared the link. I’ll see about featuring it here real soon! Thanks again!

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  • TomLeeM

    You are welcome. There is a neat video on the site. :) It shows Smart cars towing the Smart camper.

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  • Mark

    You CAN import the Alto if its registered as a Used Trailer. The ANSI and DOT approvals are only for NEW built trailers. Buy it in Canada, drive it around for a while, now its used!

    Alto must of course, for legal reasons, disavow any knowledge of this information.

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    • Alex

      Great insight, thanks so much Mark! Makes sense.

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  • TomLeeM

    I think that is a good idea. I will do a Schultz and ‘know nothing’ if any one asks. :)

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  • Jessica

    Just spent the weekend in one. It was amazing.

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    • Alex

      Aw, how cool Jessica! I wish I could hear more about it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Mont

    Sometimes home built came as simple as installing the wheels.

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  • Captn Herm

    Saw one at the pumps the other day, looks ok, does have all the bells and whistles. You would have to be a tree huger to spend that kind of money! I bought a Forest River R-Pod and brought it up from MN. It was almost $10k cheaper than to buy it in Wpg. Has a lot more room with the slide out. I tow it with my Honda Ridgeline.

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    • Carol

      I’ve been looking at the R-Pod and also have a Honda Ridgeline. How did you find your gas mileage when towing the R-Pod? Was it fairly flat terrain or did you take it to the mountains at all? Any problems importing the R-Pod into Canada?

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  • Todd

    I contacted the dealer in Canada and they told me the Alto can now relocate to the USA. Denis Messier (US sales rep)told me they have about 250 in the US now. I’m really interested in one ! Perfect for my mid-life crisis !

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    • Mary Jo Fisher

      This is great news. Looking around of how to contact the US sales rep and cannot find out any information. Do you have this to share?

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  • Bob

    It is nice!Good!

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  • Linda rogers

    Could i tow the alto with my jetta sportswagon–automatic transmission??

    Linda

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  • Kim

    I’m also very interested in the Alto & would like to purchase in the U.S. If anyone has any contacts for a U.S. Sales Rep. please please let me know! Thanks.

    Kim

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  • John McNamee

    Here are the details if you wish to buy in the US …

    I emailed him and he sent me a bunch of information and was very helpful.

    Denis Messier
    US Sales representative
    Safari Condo
    1378, Chemin Filteau
    St-Nicolas(Qc)G7A 2N4
    Canada
    Toll free 866-836-6664
    denis.messier@safaricondo.ca

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  • MPC

    Their website now says “Now available for sale to the US through the manufacturer.” Yea!

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  • Philip

    Can-Am in London, Ontario is an Alto dealer and has exported many Altos to the USA. Folks have traveled from as far away as CAlifornia to purchase one. Can-Am is located 1 hour east of Port Huron, Michigan.

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  • robert opalinski

    please contact me for new alto

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  • Beth

    Has anyone in the US been able to finance in the US? I’ve called all the RV places and none will finance it for me, neither will my bank. Something to do with Federal Rules. If anyone has information on how to finance then pick up in Canada I would appreciate it.

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  • Lisa

    Here’s a nice blog detailing life with an Alto. Lots of info/pics here. http://routealto80.blogspot.com/

    Have any of you gotten one yet or are in the stages of buying? I’m very interested but fear it’s not practical for me and just too small. It’s not so much the length but the width. There’s a lot to be said for having a side slideout.

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    • Jean

      I just got back from Quebec, where I went to view the Alto. I had already ordered a 1723, with the understanding that I could cancel the order if I wanted to after viewing it. We did that because the back-log for these trailers is growing everyday. From the time I started emailing Denis in September to now the delivery date has gone from May to September. Our delivery date is June 19th.

      After viewing them I think we are going to change our order to the 1743. You still have a lot of windows, and more windows that open. The bathroom in the 1743 is much nicer than the the 1723, and there is a ton more storage space.

      We are approaching retirement and we plan for this to be our final trailer (our last one was a pop-up). We want something small, but that we can spend a month or more in comfortably. And we absolutely did not want to feel like we were living in a tin can with no view.

      I was very impressed with them, and Denis is extremely helpful. But I do recomend putting the effort into viewing one first. At this point they have a network of Alto owners in the US that they are willing to connec t you with, unfortunately the one closest to us won’t take ownership of their’s until May! Of course, that will change in a year or so.

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      • Alex Pino

        Thanks for the update Jean. Can’t wait til you get yours!

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      • Lisa

        Jean – which did you find the most spacious as far as view ‘through’ the trailer back to front and more floorspace, etc. I don’t care about storage and would rather have a petite bathroom to not close up the inside with deep walls. Which ‘felt’ more spacious?

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      • Lisa

        Jean – did you happen to take pics at the factory you can share?

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      • Lisa

        Jane – yes another question…. Did you happen to see any expandable roof versions with the optional giant F model front window?

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        • Jean

          I absolutely felt that the 1743 had the most spacious feel. The bathroom stall in the 1723 felt clunky and intrusive. And while I certainly could have happily bought the 1713, my partner really wants the option of taking a shower in the trailer if necessary. All three models have outdoor showers but he isn’t up for that.

          Another point is that to comfortably use the toilet in the 1713 you actually have to have the door of the stall open. Again, this is more of an issue for my partner than for me.

          The 1743 feels very clean and spacious. The use of blinds instead of curtains definitely adds to that feeling. The blind/screen does feel rather fragile (I was thinking about kids in the camping spot next door kicking a football through the screen). But Denis assured me that the blinds are easy to replace (only four screws to remove the frame) and that they stock replacement blinds.

          Another thing that I don’t think I realized until I saw them is that the 1743 has many more windows that actually open than the R models.

          I do have pictures, and even more video, but my skills aren’t great and the quality is poor. I’ll see what I can post. Denis sent me a picture of the picture window in the R models. The major point to remember here is that the window sits significantly higher in the R model than in the F models, so the bottom of the window would actually be close to the top of my head if I were sitting at the table.

          I’m not sure how to post pictures on this forum. I’ll look.

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          • Rosemary

            Jean, We are interested in seeing the 1743 so I would like to see your photos of it, especially the inside & outside storage. Do you live in the US?

          • Lisa

            Jean – Thank you! Yes I deduced the 1713′s toilet would require the door to be open but I figure I’d kick anyone out of the trailer no matter what anyway. I ‘think’ I might be able to do shower outside as there seems to be some nice outdoor shower options? IDK how I feel about that.
            I also noticed the giant front window sits high on the R series and I’m still not sure why and wish they’d lower it. I seem to recall seeing one that was a bit lower but still…. PLEASE show us pics and youtube, whatever – I’m sure we can help you sort it out. :) Yes Jean – where are you located roughly?

          • Kim

            I’m interested in the Alto 1743 and wondered if anyone knew how much gross vehicle weight it is with all options included? Also, is the tow/tongue hitch included in the dry weight or is that seperate? I have a Subaru Outback with a towing weight of 2,700 lbs. and would like to stay under that as much as possible. Thanks.

  • Rosemary

    Kim, I have received email from denis.messier@safaricondo.ca. Alto 1743 is 1592 lbs with GVWR 2700 lbs. Some of the heavier options are: Heat pump 73 lbs, spare tire 32 lbs, water heater 41 lbs, microwave 36 lbs, aux battery 54 lbs, TV/DVD 16 lbs. I also talked to joe@canamrv.ca, London, Ontario. He explained that they strengthen the hitch that you have & add sway bars to make it safe. We live in Illinois & would like to hear from someone in the Midwest that has the Alto 1743 so we could arrange to see it.

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    • Lisa

      Rosemary – I also live in Illinois so if you hear anything, please post.

      I’m deciding between a Lance 1575, T@B, or Alto

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  • Kim

    Thanks Rosemary. I just wanted to make sure if we do decide to get the 1743, that we have enough for our baggage like dishes and all the other stuff, since our vehicle can only tow up to 2,700 lbs. and I’d like to stay under that if possible. Thanks for letting me know. I can now really look into this trailer and get some more detailed info. on it, since I’m hoping we can get it by next year sometime.

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  • Didier

    Just bought 2 days ago the Alto F1743 in Quebec, I live here. If you have any question do not hesitate to send me an email, I have few photos.
    I can also send you a copy of my invoice to give you an idea of weight and cost.

    Cheers, didiersevigny@hotmail.com

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  • Jean

    There is a good video of the 1743 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUIbAP2FFaU

    I think that it gives a good feel for the trailer, although the fact that the blinds are closed leaves it feeling much more closed in than the actual experience. You can get a better idea of the open feeling from the still pictures on the website.

    I don’t know that I have anything else to add that other people haven’t already said. I’m seriously excited!

    Didier, hope you are enjoying yours!

    Jean

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  • David Fagan

    Alex
    Coming out of Canada, is a company called ProLite. They have 8 models under 2000 lbs, and some even have dry baths!

    http://www.roulottesprolite.com/english/models.htm

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    • Alex

      Cool! Thanks David. I’ll have to feature these soon.

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