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Reporting from the 2019 RVX Show in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event features cutting edge RV technology from Battle Born Batteries, Dometic and more. Winnebago, a featured presenter, is revealing their electric RV!
Taxa Mantis Trailer Tour: NASA Architect Designs Trailer
The Taxa Mantis is a utilitarian travel trailer designed by former NASA architect, Garrett Finney. As founder and designer, Finney’s vision is in every aspect of this unit.
He approaches trailer life from an outdoor-adventurer point of view, not from a POV of an RVer. This approach leads to the trailer being very adaptable to each user’s specific needs.
Before we dive deep into the Taxa Mantis, you can watch our tour & interview with the founder below:
Taxa Mantis & Functionality
Functionality is key with this design. Instead of hiding joinery (mostly rivets), Taxa keeps the frame and hardware visible and easy to edit. Using quality materials, this creates a minimalistic aesthetic with a focus on materials.
The powder coated steel frame also has many strategically placed holes. This allows you to connect carabiners for hanging & strapping items as you wish.
The storage areas are the size of standard milk crates. With this design you can easily store and access your goods without using customized containers.
Power Options for Taxa Mantis
12V DC is the main power source throughout the trailer. It has two house batteries and is ready to be connected to solar power. The Mantis can plug into shore power (they have an Air Conditioner option), but there’s only one location to plug into AC power.
How Many Can The Taxa Mantis Sleep?
Even though the Mantis only measures 17 feet, it can sleep up to four people. The front seating area transforms into a bunk bed. The rear U-shaped dinette joins to create a bed that sleeps two.
If you’re brave enough to sleep on the small top bunk, you can sleep easy knowing there’s a net to catch you.
Key Specs of the Taxa Mantis
Here’s a list of some of the key specs of the Taxa Mantis:
- Aluminium Composite Panels
- Powder Coated Steel Chassis
- Torsion Axle with suspension and electric brakes
- Truma Water Heater
- 20gal Fresh Water
- 22gal Grey Water
- 12″ ground clearence
- 780 lbs cargo capacity
- 3,020 lbs Dry weight