November 11, 2008
Hydro Aluminum's Extrusion Americas unit, Linthicum, Md., teamed with SylvanSport to create the GO trailer, a miniature mobile adventure camper.
The 800-lb. pop-up camper sleeps four and hauls up to 800 lbs. of gear, including motorcycles, bicycles, kayaks, or an ATV. It can be managed by one person and be towed by a 4-cylinder, compact vehicle. It recently was recognized in BusinessWeek, winning gold in the publication's annual International Design Excellence award competition, sponsored and judged by the Industrial Designers Society of America. The trailer received one of 35 top category awards out of 1,517 total submissions.
Hydro's engineers worked with SylvanSport from concept phase through final design and delivery, fine-tuning plans and manufacturing processes to move the trailer from prototype to viable product. The trailer features a collapsible aluminum frame that helps provide multifunctional versatility without compromising strength, Hydro Aluminum states.
The trailer's aluminum components are extruded at Hydro's plants in North Liberty, Ind., and Belton, S.C.. The fabrication—which includes sawing, machining, bending, welding, adhesive bonding, and complete assembly—occurs at the plant in Sidney, Ohio.
The trailer also earned the 2008 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Grand Prize from the ET Foundation for its innovative use of aluminum; was named 2008 Best Adventure Gear by National Geographic Adventuremagazine; and was featured in The New York Times.