The tiny trailer seen here, an Eriba Triton, shares little in common with a Boler outside its compact size and cute appearance. I’d say that’s just enough to give it honourary status (see “*” footnote below). Common in Europe, they are not often seen in this part of the world, at least based on our own observations. This is the very first one we’ve ever stumbled across.
The Eriba company is based in Germany and they have been making trailers like this, very well regarded trailers (to quote “ShamWow” Vince – “You know the Germans always make good stuff!”), since the 1950s. Not obvious in our photos is the pop-up roof. You can see the flat cap for this feature on top.
Unlike a Boler which has a fibreglass body, these are steel framed with aluminium skins. This makes them not only lightweight but also very durable. From what I understand, it also makes them expensive, but if they last a long time you might call them a bargain.
Reading more about them, they seem to be legendary for their superior handling when being towed. Their low profile I would say helps in that respect. I’ve never heard a Boler owner complain about their’s pulling bad however, so I don’t know how the two compare that way, one verses the other.
Like a 13′ Boler, these Eribas can be pulled by a small car without too much trouble.
This trailer was spotted in Medicine Hat Alberta, in May 2014.
* Many Eriba owners, based on what we’ve seen online, consider their little trailers to be works of art and I’m guessing many might say that comparing their’s to a lowly Boler is an insult. I’m not trying to ruffle any feathers. We’ve given Eriba honouray status strictly due to their Boler-like attributes (remember, small size and cuteness) and nothing else.
Boler: A small cute-as-a-bug fibreglass travel trailer made in Canada in the 1970s and 80s. Very collectible and a we make a fun game spotting them on road trips. We also include other similar trailers here, those from other manufacturers who are close in appearance to Bolers.
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