Have you ever dreamt in the back of your entrepreneurial mind that a business opportunity would present itself that you are truly passionate about? This is exactly what happened to Eric Gertsman and Corey Weathers, when they took the leap to start Homegrown Trailers (nothing to do with the sandwiches!). These two friends were both consulting in the energy management/sustainability field just a few years ago. Corey was learning that with a young family, his outdoor adventures were not as frequent as they used to be, and so his daughter suggested creating a 'tree house on wheels.' Pretty clever. He searched for a solution that would be sustainable, non-toxic, lightweight, easy to tow and able to fit in his residential garage, but couldn't find anything. So an idea was born. He recruited some construction friends who helped build their first prototype.
<---how it all began (first one) <--you can totally customize your trailer
The prototype Homegrown trailer realized 36 travel nights that year! Everyone at campsites swarmed them with interest since people had never seen anything quite like it. Corey and Eric quickly realized they were onto something and seized the opportunity they had been awaiting. As I chatted with Eric and he shared the story, his energy and enthusiasm for this concept was unmistakable. So here's what makes these guys different. Homegrown Trailers use 100% solar power so you have the ability to stop anywhere and be 'off the grid' instead of requiring plugs and and RV park. Eric said some of the wineries in Walla Walla even let him stay on property. Now you're talking! So much thought has gone into the design and production to minimize the environmental impact of these trailers. All of the wood is CARB 2 Compliant , the walls are insulated with wool, floors are cork, countertops are "Richlite" recycled paper pulp, there's a composting toilet, no VOC's/toxic chemicals for indoor air quality and the teardrop shape makes it lightweight (2500 lbs) and more aerodynamic to save on gas. And with the tiny house movement being super hot right now, this concept of being quickly and efficiently mobile to explore your surroundings is one many people are yearning for. Ahhh, can you smell the mountain air already?
Homegrown started their business in Woodinville but quickly outgrew their space. So now they have double the staff and are getting settled in Kirkland at 511 6th Street S (Kirkland Music Academy's old space). They make about 4-6 trailers a month there and also have 3-5 trailers in their rental pool. Every trailer is made to order with about a 3 month delivery time. Custom pick your finishes and expect a price tag anywhere between the low $30 K's up to the 40's depending on your options. They are low maintenance and there's a 2 year warranty. Trailers sleep between 2-4 people dependent on layout. Look at how adorable these are inside! Lots of clever uses of space and, as you can see, I was quite comfortable.
Rental trailers come fully stocked with towels, soap, pans, full battery and 12 gallon tank of water and are ready to just 'pick up and go.' There's a 3 night minimum and daily rates range from $159-179/night depending on the season. Of course you get a full orientation and a practice drive. What Eric says he really wants is to change people's minds about what RV'ing is so they can see the viability of this in their lives. Many Kirklanders understand sustainability and appreciate this level of craftsmanship and purpose, so they are excited to be here in our community. "We want to get people out exploring! We hope to inspire them, give them a reason to go get out there and a cool unique way of doing it." Are you feeling adventurous? Have a little time for a quick getaway? AWESOME DEAL ALERT: If you call 425-892-8566 and book a rental reservation before the end of Feb, mention the Kirkland Blog and you'll get $10/off you nightly rentals. I know. You're packing your bag now. Thank me later. Have fun!