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RV Review: 2023 nuCamp TAB 400—Best bunk design

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Today’s RV review is of a 2023 nuCamp TAB 400. If you’ve been RVing for any length of time you’ve likely seen one of these. You can’t miss them. They have the iconic shape associated with a teardrop trailer but are significantly larger. 

These are, by no means, your grandparents’ teardrop trailer. Aside from their having the shape of a teardrop, they are actually a full-fledged travel trailer. Further, these are fairly high-end in both build quality and features. So they’re not the camper to seek out if you’re looking for something really inexpensive. 

2023 nüCamp TAB 400

For 2023, nüCamp has taken this iconic trailer and made just enough changes that it actually substantially changes how useful these are. Something I see in vintage trailers is an incredible use and flexibility of sleeping spaces, and that’s what you get here, as well. 

The front dinette has been altered such that the backrest of the dinette, which faces the very front of the trailer, can flip up and become a bunk. It’s a great idea that I have seen in a lot of vintage trailers and have wondered why I haven’t seen it in anything current. 

So, to make a bunk, you just fold up the backrest of the dinette and two legs flop down for support. Then the base of the backrest slides backwards and you have your upper bunk. Lastly, a gate is available for the front of the upper bunk if you have younger campers with you. 

Unlike so many bunkhouse trailers, this bunk is essentially invisible if you don’t have any need for it, but fully functional if you do. It’s not taking up space needlessly when it’s not being used. I really like this quite a bit.

Imagine a camper who has grandchildren, for example. If they only come with you once in a blue moon, you haven’t bought an RV with dedicated space for sleeping that you only use infrequently. This is an outstanding solution. 

When this is a dinette, you’ll find it incorporates a Lagun table mount for the very square table. The Lagun mount is unique in that it’s not just height-adjustable. It also swivels around so you can accommodate just about any size person in here. And you can move the table so those sitting in the back can easily get in and out. With the height adjustability, you could also use this space as a little office or a dining area. 

Kitchen

There have also been changes to the kitchen for 2023, most notably that fact that all of these campers now feature a 12-volt Isotherm refrigerator. This isn’t as large as the fridges in some RVs, nor is this RV as large as some RVs. But the Isotherm fridge is really efficient. 

Fridge aside, you also get a round sink and a two-burner propane cooktop as standard. A microwave is available, but as an option. There is no oven whatsoever, unless you count that optional microwave. 

There are a surprising number of drawers and cabinets for a trailer this size, and I love the positive latch mechanism. This keeps those doggone drawers and cabinets from becoming projectiles on the roads that make you almost consider getting some sort of military vehicle rather than a normal car. 

Geez Louise, America. Some of the highways I’ve traveled are so horrible I’m surprised that the cabinets in my own trailer are still up there when I get to camp. 

Oh, and on the subject of the cabinets, here the drawers feature soft-close mechanisms and all the cabinetry really has a high-quality feel. 

Unique stuff in the 2023 nüCamp TAB 400

I wrote that this is a high-end trailer, and it’s not cheap. But there are some really nice features starting with the space/water heater. It is an Alde unit that handles both. This Swedish device provides what is called hydronic heating. That means, essentially, it’s continuously heating the space silently. It also provides a relatively unlimited source of hot water. 

Another unusual feature is the air conditioner. It sits under the road side of the dinette rather than being plopped on top of the trailer like so many other RVs. This provides a much smoother roof surface, which helps with aerodynamics and just looks better to me. 

The windows in these are the acrylic dual-pane models that incorporate both a bug screen and night shade in the frame of the window. For 2023, the stargazer window, a large vertical window that follows the slope of the back of the trailer, is made larger. The bed is in the shadow of this window inside so you could open the window for airflow or to share how loudly you snore with the local bear, leaving them wanting to applaud but frustrated that they can’t. You know, because they’re bear. 

Another nice thing is a little cubby by the bed, which occupies the entire back of this trailer. It’s effectively in the pointy end of the teardrop. 

Inside that cubby is a switch to operate the inverter and another to turn on/off the lights. There’s also a household outlet that is attached to the inverter, so you could run a CPAP machine overnight from battery power. 

Boondocking and travel access

Speaking of the inverter, even the base model of this trailer comes with a 1200-watt unit that powers the plug in the cubby next to the bed and another that operates the TV. Priorities. The nuCamp TAB 400 also sports at least a 100-amp-hour lithium battery. The battery is mounted in the back under the bed rather than out on the tongue of the trailer. There is a single 100-watt flexible solar panel on the roof to top off the battery. 

You can also opt for a more elaborate system that consists of a 400-amp-hour lithium battery pack along with a 3,000-watt inverter that powers all the outlets. Unfortunately, there’s still just the 100-watt solar panel. But you could bring along something like the Go Power! DuraLite solar suitcase, which should make the situation better. 

There are no slides, so this trailer is useful any time. 

Conclusions

The build quality and features of this trailer are absolutely high-end. But that also means that a small trailer isn’t going to carry a small price tag. It has an MSRP that’s up in the Airstream realm. As always, you get what you pay for. 

There are some disadvantages to these trailers, including the fact that outside storage is pretty limited. 

I do like that there’s a metal box at the front of the trailers included with the Boondocking package. It holds the propane tank (single tank) but can also hold a generator on top and features steps on each side. You can also get this metal box as a standalone option. 

Having seen so many vintage trailers with similar bunk situations, I am happy to see this finally coming back in 2023. They’ve really done an outstanding job with the implementation here. This also greatly expands the usefulness of this trailer without any downside, other than the cost of putting this system in. 

I know a lot of solo campers and couple campers for whom this trailer would really be an ideal choice. It’s relatively small and light, well-made, and now offers much more flexibility for accommodating sleeping arrangements. Nice. 

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Steve H
2 months ago

Perfect for a young couple with an SUV or mid-size pickup for weekend camping. With a pickup shell on the TV, anything that would usually go in outside storage could be stowed security in the truck bed. And with a 90″ width, that E-W bed night actually be long enough for some 21st century (not 1950’s) sized adults.

Only “cons” might be the cost and dry bath when a similar-sized Braxton Creek 15DS has a dry bath and a cost 1/3 that of the T&B 400

Bob p
2 months ago

Way to much money!

bull
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Way too much money?

Maybe for you but not for some.

About all this trailer has in common with the typical RV trailer at your local RV retailer is that they are both trailers!

The “Overlanding” market is HOT and this trailer hits that button big time! Overlanders on average appear to have Lots of Money to spend. All one has to do is look at Overlanding sites and see all the expensive truck/camper/trailer builds and items directed to this form of offroad boondocking.

Having said all that there had better be a lot of profit in each unit as the market for this well-built offroad trailer as that market is small by RV industry standards. This trailer is competitively priced with the Australian built overlanding trailers which are considered the best in the world.

Does that make it worth the money? NO! To a few it will be. To most NO!

It’s all about your “Wants and Not Needs” when it comes to high-end products in any market and those folks have money!

John Irvine
2 months ago

$62,000!!!!!!!!!!!

C. Baker
21 days ago
Reply to  John Irvine

No. Low 40s with room to negotiate.

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