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Alto Safari Condo is a High Tech and Lightweight Teardrop Trailer


If you haven’t seen the Alto Safari Condo Travel Trailer yet then you’re in for a treat. Especially if you like teardrop campers because this is like a hybrid of a travel trailer and a teardrop camper.

This RV is like a high tech luxury teardrop trailer (only much larger) and you can still pull it with your car!

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Lightweight Teardrop Travel Trailer That Expands

Alto Safari Condo TrailerPhotos Courtesy of Safari Condo

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.

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
Alto Safari Condo Trailer

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.

Alto Safari Condo Trailer Alto Safari Condo Trailer

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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  • Avatar Pit
    August 31, 2011, 10:17 am

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

  • August 31, 2011, 1:43 pm

    Thanks PIT! 🙂

  • Avatar Margaret
    August 31, 2011, 10:46 pm

    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!

    • Avatar CP
      September 19, 2012, 2:27 pm

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

      • Avatar Margaret
        September 20, 2012, 2:38 pm

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

  • Avatar Schneb
    September 1, 2011, 12:22 pm

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

  • Avatar BigWarpGuy
    September 2, 2011, 7:49 pm

    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. 🙂

  • Avatar Alex
    September 3, 2011, 12:57 pm

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

  • Avatar Ed Reames
    September 20, 2011, 7:18 pm

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

    • Avatar Brent
      February 17, 2014, 11:34 am

      Just an update the website now says that they can be sold to the US. Must have done what they needed to do to meet US guidelines. http://www.safaricondo.com/alto1713/indexeng.php

      • Avatar Eric
        August 27, 2019, 8:05 pm

        Probably only needed to provide paperwork. Most first world countries follow pretty “similar” rules when it comes to vehicle safety.

  • Avatar Frank Trit
    September 21, 2011, 8:07 pm

    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!?!

  • Avatar BigWarpGuy
    September 21, 2011, 9:30 pm

    That is sad news. 🙁

  • Avatar Alex
    September 22, 2011, 12:59 pm

    That’s pretty weird..

  • Avatar Alex
    September 22, 2011, 12:59 pm

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

  • Avatar Frank Trit
    September 22, 2011, 1:00 pm

    I received an email back from Cheryl Lynn Lapointe at Safaricondo, [email protected]

    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.. :-/

  • Avatar Alex
    September 22, 2011, 1:29 pm

    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.

  • Avatar Kyra
    January 28, 2012, 12:44 pm

    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?

  • Avatar Jean-René Rodrigue
    February 15, 2012, 6:43 pm

    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.

  • Avatar BigWarpGuy
    February 15, 2012, 7:34 pm

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

  • Avatar Sunny
    March 24, 2012, 11:56 pm

    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.

    • Avatar Alex
      July 24, 2012, 2:41 pm

      Great idea, Sunny, thanks!

  • Avatar Carolyn
    March 25, 2012, 5:12 pm

    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.

    • Avatar Alex
      July 24, 2012, 2:42 pm

      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!

  • Avatar BigWarpGuy
    March 25, 2012, 9:59 pm

    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’?

  • Avatar MPC
    June 1, 2012, 6:38 pm

    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?

    • Avatar Alex
      July 24, 2012, 2:43 pm

      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!

  • Avatar TomLeeM
    June 3, 2012, 8:44 pm

    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.

    • Avatar Alex
      June 6, 2012, 2:41 pm

      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!

  • Avatar TomLeeM
    June 6, 2012, 10:20 pm

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

  • Avatar Mark
    June 15, 2012, 3:55 pm

    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.

    • Avatar Alex
      July 24, 2012, 2:44 pm

      Great insight, thanks so much Mark! Makes sense.

  • Avatar TomLeeM
    June 16, 2012, 9:26 pm

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

    • Avatar Eric
      August 27, 2019, 8:13 pm

      Ooooh, showing your age there old fella. LOL… wait till Colonel Klink finds out about this hein?

  • Avatar Jessica
    July 24, 2012, 12:52 pm

    Just spent the weekend in one. It was amazing.

    • Avatar Alex
      July 24, 2012, 2:45 pm

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

  • Avatar Mont
    August 1, 2012, 3:34 pm

    Sometimes home built came as simple as installing the wheels.

  • Avatar Captn Herm
    August 13, 2012, 3:28 am

    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.

    • Avatar Carol
      February 19, 2013, 6:42 pm

      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?

  • Avatar Todd
    August 18, 2012, 7:48 pm

    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 !

  • Avatar Bob
    September 2, 2012, 1:37 pm

    It is nice!Good!

  • Avatar Linda rogers
    September 12, 2012, 12:27 pm

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

    Linda

  • Avatar Kim
    September 20, 2012, 10:22 pm

    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

  • Avatar John McNamee
    October 10, 2012, 2:46 pm

    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
    [email protected]

  • Avatar MPC
    October 11, 2012, 12:09 pm

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

  • Avatar Beth
    March 5, 2013, 2:51 pm

    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.

  • Avatar Lisa
    July 20, 2013, 9:51 am

    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.

    • Avatar Jean
      October 20, 2013, 10:33 pm

      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.

      • Avatar Alex Pino
        October 22, 2013, 10:28 am

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

      • Avatar Lisa
        October 22, 2013, 11:13 am

        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?

      • Avatar Lisa
        October 22, 2013, 11:14 am

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

      • Avatar Lisa
        October 22, 2013, 1:52 pm

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

        • Avatar Jean
          October 23, 2013, 10:28 pm

          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.

        • Avatar Rosemary
          October 30, 2013, 8:28 pm

          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?

        • Avatar Lisa
          October 30, 2013, 10:10 pm

          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?

        • Avatar Kim
          October 31, 2013, 1:09 pm

          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.

  • Avatar Rosemary
    November 1, 2013, 11:10 am

    Kim, I have received email from [email protected]. 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 [email protected], 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.

    • Avatar Lisa
      November 2, 2013, 10:04 am

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

      I’m deciding between a Lance 1575, [email protected], or Alto

  • Avatar Kim
    November 5, 2013, 2:13 pm

    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.

  • Avatar Didier
    February 10, 2014, 10:04 pm

    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, [email protected]

  • Avatar Jean
    March 15, 2014, 9:15 pm

    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

  • Avatar David Fagan
    May 20, 2014, 2:25 pm

    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

    • Avatar Alex
      May 21, 2014, 10:07 am

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

  • Avatar John
    September 11, 2014, 9:21 am

    Great info on Alto….been trying to…get info for couple years….so happy to find you all…thanks so much….have an Aliner..but have been looking at Rpod and [email protected] as well…holding off …Alto seem to be a much better choice…thank you all…!

    • Avatar Alex
      September 11, 2014, 10:59 am

      Thanks John! Love Aliners. But the Alto definitely seems really cool! Pricey though I hear. But sometimes pricey is just better long-term (and even cheaper over the years too many times).

  • Avatar Sigrid Cousineau
    January 16, 2015, 2:10 pm

    Would love to find a dealer of Alto’s in the USA? Thanks in advance!

  • Avatar Ed Walsh
    February 12, 2015, 5:36 pm

    We have ordered an Alto, 1723 from the factory. The year lead time made Quebec delivery a dead of winter prospect (no thanks!).
    So, we voluntarily pushed it to May of 2016 to avoid snowy travel home.(Home is 3000 miles: Seattle area). Container shipment currently is $4k so looks like we’ll be towing instead for several days. We fell in love w/these things on video sight! While waiting, will be scouting campsites all this year. I know of no US dealers yet, although they are expanding to Australia this year.

  • Avatar Rosemary Reynolds
    February 12, 2015, 8:12 pm

    We ordered an Alto 1743 last fall and it will be ready to pick up in May 2015. We live in IL.

  • Avatar Lisa
    April 12, 2015, 10:18 am

    Rosemary Reynolds…. I’m in Illinois also! Where are you with your Alto build? Still in line for May or did it change? I’d LOVE to see it if you’re sort of nearby. I’m in the west chicago suburbs.

    Would anyone be able to give me the sizes of the windows in the F version? I’d be most appreciative!

    • Avatar Rosemary
      April 12, 2015, 5:00 pm

      We are still planning to get the Alto F1743 in May. We live in the Quad Cities so we are about 170 miles west of Chicago. I’ll let you know when we get it.

  • Avatar Karen R
    April 28, 2015, 11:22 am

    The toilet and optional shower make it perfect for hitting the road!

  • Avatar Kayce
    April 29, 2015, 1:47 am

    Ya’ll can have that little trailer thingie, I’ll take the black roadster!

  • Avatar Greg Burns
    April 29, 2015, 9:23 am

    As far as towing goes? Somebody had asked if a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine would suffice? Um, well, the photo they offer shows a black 2-seater “Pontiac Solstice” pulling it. From what I recall, when I bought mine in 2006, is that it had a 2.4 Liter “EcoTech” (sp?) engine, which required “premium” gasoline (and it was ONLY rated fro between 20 & 28 miles per gallon!). And I also believe the owner’s manual advised AGAINST TOWING ANYTHING! However, my 2001 “Mitsubishi Mirage” coupe, with a 1.8 liter engine and 5-speed standard shift WAS “rated” to tow “up to 1,500 pounds”! WOW! Guess you NEED to check with your automobile manufacturer to be CERTAIN you WON’T cause any “harm” to your vehicle. Good Luck!
    Greg

  • Avatar Marlene
    April 29, 2015, 10:48 am

    Was disappointed to find out that my 4 cylinder, 2.5l RAV4 would not tow this. So much for their advertising!

  • Avatar Greg Burns
    April 30, 2015, 8:12 am

    I HAD one of those “little black roadsters”, except mine had a red body with black canvas top & leather seats. Sporty? YES! Comfortable? Somewhat. Economical? Um, well, not so much: you had to use “premium” gasoline and it barely got over 20 miles per gallon 5-speed! Oh, and how MUCH would those ENORMOUS “speed-rated 18 inch” tires sell for when replacement was due? OUCH! Storage space? HAHAHAHAHA! The brochure claimed it could hold “weekend golf bags”. For a “Barbie” doll?! Seriously, the gas tank was IN THE TRUNK and carpeted, with the top folded down over it, maybe “a toothbrush & a thong” MIGHT fit! Not even a spare tire! Just a “can of goo” & 12 volt “inflator pump”! YIKES! Only the glove box, small center console, and the door pockets to fit a few small items! If you go on a long trip, you must WEAR ALL YOUR CLOTHES! Because the trunk lid had “Bat Mobile”- style “humps” there was no way to even mount a luggage rack! But did I LIKE the car? DEFINITELY! It was sold as the “Pontiac Solstice”, the “Saturn Sky” (with a pointier “snout”…), and was planned to become the newest “Saab Sonnet”, had “General Motors” NOT chosen to ABANDON both “Saab” and “Pontiac”! When I bought mine in December of 2005, the dealership could ONLY get 3 delivered that year. Many dealers were “padding the list price” by thousands of dollars, because, um, they COULD! I paid around $26,000 and owned it just about a year, only putting 1,400 miles on the odometer. A job loss prompted me to call the dealer and offer them the opportunity to “buy it back” (because of their continued “rarity”…), which they did, for what I still “owed” (about $18,000…). That following year, they ordered 13 of them, and when they ALL arrived TOGETHER (YIKES!), they put them ALL on the showroom floor together, and then NOBODY wanted them! LOL! You can get them “used”/”pre-owned”/”pre-enjoyed” pretty inexpensively now, and if I could, I’d buy another one. So, go ahead and SPLURGE! You ARE “WORTH IT”! 😀 Greg

  • Avatar Greg Burns
    May 1, 2015, 7:59 am

    As far as the other comment about the person’s “Toyota RAV-4 2.5 Liter “NOT being ABLE to TOW THIS…”? Well, it could be that the photo of the cute, little 2.4 Liter “Pontiac Solstice” was just “staged”, standing still! I was once told by a very reliable source that the NEW pale yellow 1954 “Mercury” used by Lucy & Desi to tow that HUGE 40 foot “New Moon” trailer in the comedy “The Long, Long, Trailer” would NOT have been STRONG ENOUGH to actually tow such a “rig” for ANY major distances. For a few “short hops” on somewhat level ground ONLY! LOL! In the 1930’s there was a FAMOUS magazine ad showing a BICYCLE towing an “Airstream” trailer! HUH?! Of course, it looked like it was going “downhill”, AND the guy pedaling had HUGH LEGS! But when I bought my 2006 22 foot “CCD” model, which weighed a “light” (?!) 5,000 pounds, THREE OF THE VEHICLES I WANTED TO USE (i.e. the “Dodge Magnum Wagon” with the “Hemi” V-8 engine, the “Infiniti FX-35 SUV” with the V-8 engine, or the “Chevrolet SSR” retractable hardtop pickup truck, also with a HUGE V-8 engine…) WERE NOT “STRONG ENOUGH”!!! Guess it’s NOT “just the engine” that matters. Nope, it’s also the transmission and suspension. If your owner’s manual advises AGAINST towing, DO NOT ATTEMPT IT OR YOU WILL “VOID YOUR FACTORY WARRANTY!” PERIOD! So please don’t believe “everything you see”, because sometimes, cameras (or “Photoshop”…) can play “tricks on the eyes”!

  • Avatar RW
    September 13, 2015, 5:24 pm

    Any US dealers/distributors? Do you set up at RV shows?

  • Avatar Mike French
    September 29, 2015, 11:21 am

    We have just reached 100 nights and 20,000 km (13000 mi) with our Alto 1743 since early September 2013. There are few places in the Maritime Provinces and Eastern Ontario that we have not been. We picked the fixed roof 1743 for its much better floor plan, 125 lb lighter weight and $3K lower price. We travel with 2 adults and 2 dogs, all sizable.

    We tow at 2100 lbs loaded (1700 empty), behind a Toyota Sienna V6 minivan with 2 bikes on the double rack (which kills the aerodynamics in any case). Fuel consumption increases by 50-60 % to 15-16 liters per 100 km when towing at 95-100 km per hour. The standard Reese mini stabilizer hitch works very well. Towing with less than 200 hp would be tedious, in my opinion. We store outdoors in winter with no visible impact so far.

    The only maintenance/replacements so far have been the propane detector and one wheel bearing and seals. The electric water heater, awning and bike rack are no brainer options. We also have 1 strip of solar panels which helps when dry camping.

    I highly recommend both the product and the folks behind it at Safari Condo.

  • Avatar Wiz Zard
    August 27, 2019, 7:08 pm

    The last posting on this was in 2015, four years ago. Has anyone had experience with this lovely teardrop since then?

    Thanks!

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