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Old 01-10-2020, 08:06 AM   #1
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Helio travel trailers?

Hey, new guy here. I wasn't sure where to post this, but figured I'd try here.

Does anyone own or have experience with Helio travel trailers, specifically their O2 model? Doing a search here and google, I'm finding practically no feedback or reviews from owners so I was wondering if they're just too new or if there is something about them that is keeping people away. On paper, the O2 seems comparable to a Scamp 13' deluxe, but the Scamp has a huge following while the Helio is almost unknown.

The Helio O2 is one of the few travel trailers that is light enough to be towed by my 2017 Outback 2.5, and based on the vendor's specifications, it's small enough to fit into a 10x15 self storage unit with an 8' door.

I can get a 2019 model O2 for just a little over $19k OTD. Seems like a good deal to me, but I'm wary of the fact that there isn't a lot of these on the road and zero discussion about them.

https://heliovr.com/ultralight-travel-trailer/





STANDARD FEATURES

Interior:

Large queen comfortable bed ( 74″ x 65″) for 2 people
Interior shower with fixed enclosed toilet
3.3 cu.ft. fridge with freezer
Kitchenette (2 propane burners + sink)
Fan with automatic temperature control
Clever storage
Upholstery fabrics for benches
Padded interior ceiling lining with LED lighting
Maintenance free decorative fibreglass flooring
Storage space under the benches
Tinted windows with screen
Retractable exterior step
Propage water heater (6 gallons)
Drinking water tank (13 gallons)
Grey and black water tanks (10 gallons each)
Full size screen door
4 interior 110V outlets
1 Charging station (12V & USB)
R7 Insulation
Security
Propane and carbon monoxide detector
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher
Exterior

Electric brakes
Independent torsion suspension
Exterior Gel Coat finish
Propane storage tank (20 pounds)
Power inlet (30 Amp)
Exterior porch lighting
2 exterior 110V outlets
Solar panel inlet (Ready)
Electric converter 30 Amp
Molded fibreglass storage for propane and battery
Alloy wheels with radial tires (13 inch.)
Spare tire
Rear stabilizer (2) abd front adjustable jack with wheel
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Old 01-10-2020, 08:49 AM   #2
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

WOW! That's a really neat TT!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 02-29-2020, 08:00 PM   #3
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I'm interested in this trailer too. I think it's a French Canadian company and it just starting to be imported into the US.

They seem to have an interesting method of construction and some interesting designs.

I think they should advertise in some way.

Also, their brochures seem to only be in French which doesn't help in getting the product across to US folks.
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Old 03-01-2020, 05:43 AM   #4
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2 years ago my GF was thinking about a small TT and fixed on the Rpod because it's "cute" . We were up in OR to tour the Northwood factory, Arctic Fox, and looked at the models at a dealer. After she went in one, what a POS. We both went in and could barely turn around. Wet bath which means you probably will never use it for a shower. Better be narrow to use the toilet. Body was mounted inside the wheels on the axles so you didn't lose that room as it appears in the Helio. Salesman was also "way under impressed" also and said for the same money we could get the smallest Northwood Arctic Fox TT. Course it was heavier but generally speaking, heavier is better.

My thoughts on the "TT", in this case "Tiny Trailers", if you are looking to very occasionally go someplace, don't plant to spend any time inside, don't plan to take much, are never thirsty (13 g of water won't last), have access to bath houses (10g each of waste goes quick but good thing you only have 13g you can put in), can sleep on a concrete floor ( that's what that large comfortable queen bed will feel like after 30 min.) go for it. If the width of the bed is 74" and the total width of the trailer is 76" that means 1" walls.

Another thought, most/many TV manufacturers include water in the water heater when calculating fresh water total.
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Old 03-01-2020, 08:53 AM   #5
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I'll explain why I'm interested. I currently travel and camp in a Sprinter-based Class B. Love it. It's my second Class B. First was a Roadtrek.

The Class B is great for one or two people.

I'm looking for something that would provide just a little "more" when we are going to stay in one place for a bit or bring another person. Sort of overflow capacity for gear and sleeping arraignment.

Not looking for a house on wheels but do value quality and durability.

I'm pretty new to trailers so am open to learning.
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I'll explain why I'm interested. I currently travel and camp in a Sprinter-based Class B. Love it. It's my second Class B. First was a Roadtrek.

The Class B is great for one or two people.

I'm looking for something that would provide just a little "more" when we are going to stay in one place for a bit or bring another person. Sort of overflow capacity for gear and sleeping arraignment.

Not looking for a house on wheels but do value quality and durability.

I'm pretty new to trailers so am open to learning.
I know many Bers that tow a small enclosed trailer for this. Keep their gear in there like bicycles, EZ-Up, canoe or kayaks on the roof, etc. May be a less costly option.

In our personal experience, when we camped with the godkids and our smaller campers, our EZ-Up was the solution because we have the solid and also screen wall panels. Before that, a nice tent.
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Old 03-01-2020, 10:12 AM   #7
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Thanks for the response. I started looking at some cargo only trailers then started thinking, for a little more maybe I can get something that can be slept in our provides more functionality than just cargo.

The search is half the fun.
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