Last Updated on December 31, 2020
When you hear the word ‘cricket’ you think of a small, agile little creature that leaps around in the grass.
If you’re from England or Australia you might think of a bat and ball game that goes on for literal days.
We think that Taxa, the maker of this particular camper, was probably channeling the insect when they chose the name.
This pop-top trailer is nifty and nimble. It can be easily attached to your car and travels the country without fuss.
If you’re looking to get into off-grid life, camping, or tiny homes, the cricket camper is a great leaping point.
Its size, build, and performance make it the perfect little trailer for hopping into your next big adventure.
We’re going to dissect the Cricket Camper and give you a clear look at all the wonderful bits and also a fair understanding of the not so great bits.
2 adults, 2 children.
63 sq ft
Fresh Water Tank
Gray Water Tank
Interior Height (Top Closed)
Interior Height (Top Open)
4’2” - 6’10”
Exterior Height (Top Closed)
Exterior Height (Top Open)
The first thing you’ll notice about the Cricket is that it looks funky. There are lots of edges, peaks, and corners. It looks sort of space-age, but think of 1960s space pods rather than modern ones.
Some people love the design and to be fair, with a lick of paint you can make it look quite kitsch and unique.
I find it too…well, edgy. To my eye, it doesn’t seem to fit together properly. It’s like someone didn’t measure the parts properly but they went with it anyway.
But a rugged look doesn’t mean it’s not top quality. The camper is made from an aluminum alloy that makes this trailer particularly lightweight.
It means that you don’t have to worry about having a massive Hummer to drag this camper. This is great because it allows you to nip off whenever you want a bit of nature.
The pop-up roof is made from recycled polyester and gives you plenty of standing room when needed. This camper has been called a tent on wheels, which is a fair assessment. However, the pop-up roof gets rid of the annoying vertical height limitations that tents tend to have.
The camper has 5 acrylic windows built into its body and 5 mesh windows built into the pop-up roof. This helps give the space a lot of airflow. It makes the small space feel a bit more open and free.
The acrylic windows are swing windows allowing you to open them up and get a decent amount of airflow. There are no useless vent windows here. These are a good size and function well.
The windows also have shades and screens that you can close when it’s time for sleep. These are actually really effective and much less hassle than pulling paper-thin curtains across windows to keep the light out.
The interior is small but well designed. It makes use of the limited space to create a functional, transformable space. The surfaces use waterproof, laminate coated plywood to give the best balance between durability and lightweight design.
The camper sits on 15” all-terrain camper tires and a torsion axle suspension. Thanks to the lightweight materials, it only weighs in at 1753lbs which means you can maneuver this camper solo if required.
The wheels are an excellent choice. They are able to cope with anything you throw at them which means that you can really go off-piste and off the grid if you want to.
The camper has a ground clearance of 12” so it can cope with rocky, muddy, uneven surfaces. It’s unlikely that this camper will get beached on uneven ground if your car has been able to clear it.
This is the part where many campers fall down. The actual living experience you get when using the camper.
We’re going to be brutally honest here, you will not be living in luxury in a cricket camper. It is a rough and ready little unit that is great for off-grid living or camping. If you prefer privacy and space, you’ll want to look elsewhere.
The interior is a bit bland looking but you can’t deny that it isn’t clever. Despite having only 63sq ft of space, TAXA has managed to fit a queen-sized bed, two children’s beds, a cooker, sink, storage tower, cafe table, facing benches, and under bed storage into this camper.
Honestly, it’s incredible how much they have been able to fit into the space. Sure, the exposed joins, the plywood holding the aircon in place, and the copious amounts of nuts and bolts on display are a bit natty.
Yet on balance, the sheer amount of clever storage and living space beats the rough design.
One of the best things about the cricket camper is that it has a generous 15-gallon water tank and two propane fuel tanks. These allow you to wash and cook as if you were at home. Ok, it’s not exactly like home as the shower is outside, but you do have hot water!
One thing we’re not massively keen on is the children’s births. These are two hanging camp cots that are positioned above the queen bed.
If you have wriggly little worms for children, you might want to figure out a way of childproofing the bunks. We’re concerned about little ones falling out and landing on you.
As standard, the sink, cooker, beds, and storage tower are provided with the camper. You can function perfectly well with these things but there are some optional extras you can add to your build.
First and foremost, the kid’s berths. These are charged as optional extras. 1 kid’s berth is going to set you back a few hundred dollars. For two berths you get a bit of a discount but it’s still going to cost you over $500.
The other additional extras include a portable toilet, soft goods pack which includes a shower curtain, AC, spare tire, and a set of roof bars.
These are all fairly expensive to purchase as part of the build. The soft goods pack, for instance, will cost you over a grand for an awning, door screen, and shower tent. This is a heck of a lot to charge for items that can be purchased for around $40 apiece separately.
The same goes for the portable toilet which will cost you around $200 from TAXA. Again, you can purchase one of these elsewhere for a quarter of the price.
In the layout schema for the cricket, the portable toilet is stored under the storage units in the kitchen area next to the cooker. This feels a bit odd, but I suppose it’s better than keeping it under the bed!
That being said, as long as the portable toilet you purchase isn’t too wide you can store it where they suggest.
One of the best additional extras you’ll want to purchase is solar panels. The Cricket comes solar-ready with all the wiring and ports ready to accept energy from solar panels.
We recommend splurging on solar panels as it will enhance your off-grid experience. You won’t need to be tethered to campsite electric hookups.
You’ll be free to go and explore the world. TAXA doesn’t sell or supply solar panels for any of their models so you will need to look elsewhere.
This is great news as it means you can purchase panels that meet your budget! There are plenty of panel kits available all over the internet.
Just have a shop around.
As you can probably guess from the cost of the additional extras, Cricket campers don’t come cheap. They are definitely at the top end of the travel trailer price scale coming in at around $30, 000 new without extras.
That being said, you will be able to get your money’s worth out of the Cricket Camper. It is a supremely usable little trailer. Nipping out for a weekend is no hassle, and you can even use it as a sunroom or conservatory when you’re at home.
If you’re looking for a reason to break into the tiny homes market or off-grid living, the cost of a Cricket camper is much lower than the cost of a home, so it’s got that going for it!
The Cricket Camper has tried it’s best to be a unique little unit in a fairly crowded market.
Its eye-catching design will certainly turn heads, though not always for the right reasons.
Aesthetics aside, this is a functional, compact, and lightweight little camper.
It’s a no-fuss, no stress way to get out and explore the wilderness. You’ll be able to live off-grid in the Cricket Camper if you wish, or you can enjoy a little weekend retreat whenever you want.
The cost is perhaps a little off putting, especially for those who want to use it as a touring home rather than a primary home.
That being said, you can’t argue with the quality and functionality of the Cricket Camper.