The readers of RV Travel are an incredible bunch. (Yes, that’s you!) Talking about little trailers, someone asked me if I had seen the Hélio trailers and, in fact, I hadn’t. The Hélio is one of those trailers that will appeal to a very specific market – those who want or need the absolute lightest trailer possible. And there are a lot of you out there for whom this fits.
The Hélio trailer is an unusual, very light, very small bedroom on wheels, essentially. There’s not a lot to say about what comes inside this trailer because what’s inside is, effectively, a bed. In fact unlike some of the other trailers in this class, there really isn’t anything more than that – unless you choose a model with an air conditioner.
Now, I can hear some of you asking what the point of this is. But, for some travelers, it’s really a big, big step up from a tent. For example, if you travel in bear country, a lot of campgrounds simply will not allow you to camp in a tent. Also, there are a ton of people who have smaller cars or SUVs who just want a weekender camper. Those are two prominent use-case scenarios.
One of the things that does set this trailer apart is how it’s made. You’ve clearly discerned that this is a wedge-shaped trailer, of course.
Essentially, the entire top of the trailer is a single piece of fiberglass, so there is virtually no possibility of water intrusion. The underside, too, is a fiberglass piece, and there are aluminum ribs on the underside to give it strength.
The windows are the frameless all-glass jalousie-style windows – which I have in my own trailer and really like. They essentially require zero maintenance to maintain the seals. Frankly, I worry about the competing Lexan models and whether or not they’ll be all scratched up over time.
Suspension is a torsion axle type, so the specifications on the few parts there are in this trailer are better components. There’s also an optional high-performance fan in the ceiling of the trailer. I wonder just how strong the breeze feels when that’s on a higher setting. I know in my own 19’ trailer that same fan can create quite a breeze. So it ought to blow at gale force here when you crank it to full blast.