Bean Trailer’s Stock 2.0: An affordable entry into the teardrop trailer market

Bean Stock 2.0 Teardrop Trailer
Mark Harling, Bean's President, emphasized that the Stock 2.0 combines affordability with quality, offering a lightweight trailer for those mindful of budget without sacrificing the premium materials found in their high-end models. Images courtesy Bean Trailer

In recent years, the allure of outdoor adventures has increasingly been complemented by the rise of all-terrain teardrop trailers. Once a niche market, these compact, towable accommodations have surged in popularity – and price. Many models now easily surpass the $20,000 mark, with fully equipped versions reaching upwards of $40,000. Amidst this trend, Utah-based Bean Trailer has emerged as a notable player, especially with its latest offering: the Bean Stock 2.0 teardrop trailer.

Bean Trailer, since its inception in 2016, has been a proponent of wood-free composite construction, a method gaining traction in the off-road teardrop industry. This approach marks a departure from the traditional aluminum-skinned wood designs. However, like many in the industry, Bean Trailer’s products have not been immune to price increases. In 2018, their entry-level trailer was priced at $18,995. Fast forward to January 2024, and the starting price has escalated to $28,790, with their flagship model topping at an impressive $42,000.

Recognizing the need for more affordable options, Bean Trailer introduced the Stock series. The original Stock trailer debuted quietly in 2021, followed by a more prominent launch of the Stock 2.0. This model represents Bean’s effort to provide a cost-effective, minimalist, and durable teardrop trailer. Targeting those who seek a simple yet reliable means to enjoy nature, the Stock 2.0 is an entry-level offering that doesn’t skimp on quality or durability.

Weighing in at a modest 1,175 pounds (533 kg), the Stock 2.0 teardrop trailer is an attractive option for owners of smaller crossovers, like the Toyota RAV4 or Subaru Forester. Its light weight doesn’t compromise its ruggedness, making it suitable for various terrains.

Bean Stock 2.0 Teardrop Trailer Stress Test
Bean rigorously evaluates the Stock 2.0 by subjecting it to extensive trials in the desert environment.

One of the most appealing aspects of the Stock 2.0 is its pricing. Starting at $15,999, it’s reasonably priced, particularly considering its construction and features. Bean Trailer maintains its commitment to quality with a seamless single-piece molded fiberglass construction, enhanced with Raptor-coated honeycomb-composite sidewalls. Additionally, a limited lifetime leakproof roofline warranty accompanies all Bean trailers, a testament to their confidence in the product’s durability.

Structurally, the Stock 2.0 teardrop trailer is built on a powder-coated steel frame and features a 2,000-lb Timbren suspension. It rides on 15-inch steel wheels with radial all-season tires. Standard features include a passenger-side door with a screen, Tern rear window, black flat-top aluminum fenders, and a rear hitch receiver rated for 200 lbs (91 kg).

Bean Stock 2.0 Teardrop Trailer Interior
The Stock 2.0 simplifies design compared to other Bean models, trading the tailgate galley for increased interior space with added shelf and under-shelf storage.

The 14.3-foot (4.4-m) long trailer isn’t entirely barebones. It comes equipped with an electrical setup, including a GoalZero Yeti 500-Wh power station, prewiring for solar power, and a shore power connection. Inside, you’ll find a queen-size mattress and dimmable lighting, providing basic comfort and convenience.

Bean Trailer has attempted to frame the absence of a tailgate galley and integrated water tank as advantageous, citing lower maintenance. However, many RV enthusiasts prefer having at least a basic galley area. The Stock 2.0 counters this by offering a full-width shelf and undershelf storage area in the cabin. For an additional $895, buyers can add a side galley that includes a table, sink basin, cutting board, kitchen organizer, water canister, and an optional gas cooker.

Bean Stock 2.0 Teardrop Trailer Add-Ons
Beyond the basic model, this Stock 2.0 is enhanced with numerous extras, including a dining table, roof rack, and awning.

The Stock 2.0 teardrop trailer is essentially a customizable platform. Buyers can outfit it themselves or choose from an array of options offered by Bean. These include various kitchen appliances, awnings, solar panels, electrical upgrades, and off-road enhancements like a suspension lift and all-terrain tires.

Prospective buyers can explore different configurations using Bean’s new 2D builder tool. This interactive feature allows for a detailed look at potential setups and their costs, aiding in making an informed decision.

Source: Bean Trailer