Friday, March 24, 2023


RV Review: Time Out Deluxe Folding Trailer

By Tony Barthel
Let’s say you want to go camping but your tow vehicle is really, really small. No, not a Subaru or the like. I’m talking even smaller. Like a Harley. Are you just out of luck? 

Let’s take a Time Out. No, not a break – I mean a Time Out Trailer. Time Out Trailers are specifically designed for the smallest of tow vehicles and might be something you’d more likely see at a Sturgis motorcycle event than an FMCA gathering, although the FMCA now does permit travel trailers so these might just sneak in. 

The Time Out Trailer profile is a very, very small, foldable trailer that is essentially a step above tent camping in many ways. Yes, there is a proper queen-sized mattress (provided you brought your inflator or have strong lungs) and even a table inside. In fact, if you want to get fancy, there is even a spot for an air conditioner.

Basically, the Time Out Trailer is a folding tent trailer that shrinks down to fit in a shape so small you could tow it with a more capable motorcycle. Yes, the trailer is little more than a space for that queen-sized bed and a tabletop. You sit on the bed and that’s the seating for the table. Period. 

But let’s say you want to entertain other campers. Time Out Trailers has a screen room upgrade for that. 

The entire trailer, even the Deluxe Camper model, weighs about as much as a larger rider outfitted with leathers might weigh, 385 pounds. The “Easy” model weighs a scant 325 pounds. That’s not the tongue weight, that’s the whole enchilada. Now, before you write me hate mail about bigger riders know that I might just be describing myself in this curb weight statistic. 

There are no black, gray or fresh water tanks. No toilet. No shower. None of that silliness. But there is a decent amount of space, all things considered, and the trailers set up in just minutes. 

You can get options like a cooler rack and a cooler, and even a luggage bag that sits on top of the trailer when it’s closed. Of course you’ll want to be careful about the weight you’re hauling depending on your tow vehicle. That requirement never goes away no matter the trailer, does it? 

If you are bringing along an air conditioner there’s a stand to hold it up as it has to be turned into cargo before you head out on the highway. 

Okay, so let’s be honest. Yes. This is basically one step above tent camping but you’re not sleeping on the ground and there’s a lot to be said for towing a trailer with a motorcycle if that is your vehicle of choice. If not, you can even go big and use that Subaru you’ve been dying to tow with and then you’ve got space for crazy luxuries like a 12-volt cooler, perhaps, or even a solar shower with its accompanying tent so you don’t entertain other campers unwillingly. 


The nice thing is that this is also an alternative that won’t absorb your kids’ inheritance, as none of the Time Out Trailer models breaks the $5,000 price barrier. They start at $3,495 for the “Easy Camper,” but the Deluxe Camper will set you back $4,595. 

The other nice thing is that these fold up lickety-split and can be easily pushed into a garage. And, since there’s no water, there’s no winterization. 

I doubt that many people are going to be weighing this against a Marathon Coach, but they do make sense for a segment of the population. And that’s the beauty of RV travel – there isn’t any one right answer. But there is likely an answer that fits your realities. 

These RV reviews are written based on information provided by the manufacturers along with our writer’s own research. We receive no money or other financial benefits from these reviews. They are intended only as a brief overview of the vehicle, not a comprehensive critique, which would require a thorough inspection and/or test drive.


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Jerry Korrell
1 year ago

Not at all happy with my Time Out camper. Yeah, one person can probably set it up … if that person is a much-stronger-than-average, 6 foot tall guy. Otherwise, it is a two-person job. And, don’t expect any decent instructions from Time Out. Their customer service leaves a LOT to be desired. Something that is not their fault, but we didn’t consider it, is that the bed area gets really COLD with the air underneath and just an air mattress – which allows the cold to penetrate from underneath. In 35 F weather, we about FROZE. So, if get the actual mattress instead of the air mattress. That would help. All in all, though, we should have saved our money and put it toward a better unit. We’ll keep it this year, but it will be “For Sale” next spring.

Bob p
11 months ago
Reply to  Jerry Korrell

You must have some bad ailments. I had one of these after my wife passed away, I was 72 and still recovering from prostate surgery and had no problem setting it up or taking it down. I pulled it with my Yamaha Roadliner which I had “triked it with a “training wheels” type kit” but it worked well and saved $8000.

Larry Williams
1 year ago

We had a different version that towed behind our Suzuki 750 shaft drive. Each side flipped out to be seats for table in center. Table dropped to seat level for bed surface; seat and backrest cushions served as mattress. Center headroom was well over 6 ft. with area at end of bed to stand up to dress. I rewired the lights to import standard (Suzuki) and had an attached extension cord to hook up to campground 110 for lights, heater, fan as needed. The rear locking door accessed the storage area when folded to pull out the cooler (bought to fit the space; strange looks from salesmen when measuring potiential units) and seats for roadside lunches.

Side note: the trailer saved my {bleeped} in Wisconson when we hit a sandbar across the road. Bike immediately tried to go sideways but trailer hit sand and anchored out the skid.

2 years ago

Tony, I love how you cover such a variety of RV’s and as I am sure you are aware that no one RV fits all needs. I love this little trailer and I am sure someone is looking at it hard and heavy right now for their specific need. That is super light weight <400#. My problem with a little $5000 RV like this is, I start thinking and thinking and thinking. I think I would go buy a little lightweight aluminum utility trailer somewhere and just figure out how to attach a tent to it. I know that some folks just want turn key and dont like DIY projects. Thanks for the review of this trailer!!

jerry mulligan
2 years ago

In the late 70s and early 80s, I had a Time Out dealership in Loves Park Illinois. There were 3 models, cargo 2 place & 4 place sleepers. Traveled the US & Canada. At times I would add a sidecar so I could take the whole family. Road a BMW R90/6 1975. My slogan was “When You Take Time Off – Take Time Out”

2 years ago

Speaking of ‘bigger riders’ what is the weight limit on this thing? Not for towing, I mean for sleeping and sitting? 300lbs? 500?

Don and Angela Jacobs
2 years ago

We bought a similar used trailer. We tow it with our 2018 Indian Springfield. The set-up takes less than 5 minutes.
There is no bathroom but there is sufficient space in the storage to have a porta-potty. In addition to the thin mattress included, we added a 4″ mattress topper that stores under the bed also when not in use. We added solar LED rope lights and keep a solar powered battery pack.
These trailers, while not really snazzy, are very nice for towing behind a bike. It came with 2 covers. One black and one brown. The cooler also has a cover. The window unzips (they all unzip) so you can reach through to the cooler that is mounted on the tongue. There is an area in front of the bed that is large enough to have 2 chairs. There is a bug screen and also a door.
When we bought it we had to travel up by Seattle to get it. We towed it home with our Jeep Wrangler. They are super cute and we get a lot of comments when we stop.

Roger Spalding
2 years ago

Tony, I’m not interested in tent camping in a Time Out or any other new tech super lightweight rig. But, I do appreciate your daily reviews to which I look genuinely forward. I enjoy reading about TTs, 5th Ws, and motor homes. RV Travel and its readers are lucky to have you, and I start each day by reading your column. I might not agree with your aversion to multiplex touch panels, but please know how much I like your efforts. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Best of all Holiday Beliefs this Season to you and yours. VTY, Roger Spalding

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

Friends from Church had a leisure Lite they pulled behind their old mini van. they went everywhere cheaply. When they stayed in a campground, everyone came over to see it and converse with them. If the weather got insane, they stayed at a motel. In hindsight, I think they had the right idea.

Bob P
2 years ago

I owned one, it’s quite roomy inside designed for two, it came with a queen size air mattress with a battery powered air pump to inflate and deflate the mattress. Mine had an opening for a 5000 BTU A/C that was held in place by 4 “legs” that attached to it. I pulled it with my Yamaha Roadliner 1900 cc bike. It only weighed 375 lbs loaded with all my gear. Bought it for $300 and sold it for $450, one of the few times I came out good. Lol

Jim (Smiley) Burrows
2 years ago

I am the proud owner of one of these “Time Out” trailers. It is fantastic!!! I tow it behind my Gold wing trike, and am planning a cross Canada trip this coming summer.. Tons of room!! comfy, dry, and room for 2 or 3 lawnchairs in the “Lobby” should the weather turn on you..I would recommend it highly….

2 years ago

I don’t own the Time Out, but I do own another brand of “motorcycle” camper. I love to motorcycle camp but sleeping on the ground in a tent just didn’t cut it after a while. Mine has about the same amenities as the Time Out.
I did add plug in power wiring so I could run my ceramic heater, stereo and tv. I have over 30k miles on the trailer and have spent many a week in it.
People who never saw one before are amazed at the amount of room inside and the king sized bed.
The only thing missing is the bathroom. Sometimes you just have to rough it!
Plus, parking only requires that you unhook and PUSH it into the spot.

Rusty Clapp
2 years ago

We use ours a lot either tow behind motorcycle or pick up. Sometimes using the Time Out is just easier for a short get out of town.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

40 years ago when I was doing a cross country bicycle trip I ran into three different couples towing trailers with motorcycles. As goofy as I thought those were back then, I was sleeping on the ground – and they were NOT . . .

Don and Angela Jacobs
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tommy, I agree that we once thought they were goofy. Now they seem pretty darn cool. And, we aren’t on the ground!

2 years ago

Alot better for our older achy backs than sleeping in a tent on the ground. Have seen these—and others like them—and for those who love tent camping but want a step up, these could be the perfect fit.

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