How Much Does an Alto Travel Trailer Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 10, 2018

The Alto travel trailer is said to be a high-tech luxury teardrop trailer that you can pull with your car.

How much does an Alto Safari travel trailer cost?

If you are interested in purchasing either of the two retractable Alto versions, you will be looking at spending between $25,000 and $30,000 for a unit fully equipped with air conditioning and solar panels.

RV Lifestyle Magazine says the Alto R1713 starts at $28,590, while the Alto F1743 starts at $26,395.

According to TinyHouseTalk.com, the prices start at $24,000 brand new.

Alto Travel Trailer overview

Raising the bar with a smart, modern teardrop design, Safari Condo, a Canadian company has recently released the Alto R-1713 and Alto R-1723 recreational campers. Both of these travel trailers are lightweight and boast an aerodynamic shape, making towing them easy and accessible. Besides, the design incorporates an electric retractable roof, providing greater interior space compared to the generally rather small traditional teardrop trailers.  The older model, the F1743, doesn’t have a retractable roof.

With a total weight of just 1,683 pounds and 1,725 pounds respectively, the Alto R-1713 and Alto R-1723 can comfortably house three to four people.

Not only does the retractable roof flood the interior space with natural lighting, it also offers a more than comfy interior height of 6.8 feet.

They both feature two sleeping areas, an extendable dining area that can be in use even after the bedding is set up, a smart kitchen complete with a two-burner gas stove and sink, mini-fridge, fixed flush toilet and plenty of storage space. Furthermore, the Alto camper R-1723 also features an interior shower with curtain.

The powerful electric brakes of the Alto come as standard equipment.

The base price includes a built-in sink featuring a glass lid which can be used as a work surface, a guest bed at the front of the unit and a king-size or queen-size bed in the back. These units also come with a stove, fridge and pedestal table

The warranty is two years on all parts manufactured by Safari, and all other parts, such as the refrigerators, have its own separate warranties.

ALTO R1713- Length: 17'
- Width: 83 inches
- GVWR: 2,500 lbs.
- Interior height of 83 inches
- Full-length windows on opening roof
- 72x76-inch bed
- Exterior shower
- 36x81-inch front bed
ALTO F1743- Length: 17'
- Width: 83 inches
- GVWR: 2,500 lbs.
- Recessed lighting system
- Private shower/toilet
- Double-glazed windows with full opening
- Additional options, including 136-watt solar panels and 15-inch TV

What are the extra costs?

Available add-ons that can add to the estimates mentioned above include a bunk bed option, 15-inch LCD TV, microwave, removable awning, screened in stand up tent that can attach to the trailer, extra cabinets, auxiliary battery, shower outlets, air conditioner and/or bike rack.  All of these, add-ons, like buying a new RV, can increase the cost.

The calculated cost of delivery and pickup of the Alto camper van is about $1,800.

Tips to know:

Its independent Flexiride suspension coupled with a very low center of gravity offers great stability as its frame and floor are made of aluminum. For optimum aerodynamics, the weld-free frame supports streamlined tanks.

The main features, as per TinyHouseTalk.com, is its expandability, allowing you to stand up inside, a fully featured kitchenette, which offers plenty of room for dining.  It also fits in your garage, has flexible solar panels, an expandable roof, toilet and optional shower.

How can I save money?

Depending on the extras and options you choose, you can purchase one that is budget friendly as long as you don’t go overboard with the add-ons. Well equipped, the Alto is still about $5,000 more affordable and over 100 pounds lighter compared to the retractable roof models, while also providing nearly 30 cubic feet of extra storage space.  Talk with a sales representative to see if they can work with your budget.

If you don’t mind buying used, consider looking on eBay or Craigslist.


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  1. G. M. (Rochester,  New York) paid $11500 and said:

    We are picking up our R-1723 model in May of 2018. We opted for an 18 month build date to coincide with our schedule. Having explored numerous options including AirStream, the Safari Alto won out hands down (weight, flexibility, towing, amenities, build materials, customer service!). We have all the bells an whistles imaginable, 15 inch wheels, solar, air, BFW, indoor/outdoor showers, larger frig, rear view camera and auto mover to mention a few! One person can move this into place with a remote. Perfect!We can use it down or have if fully open in 40 seconds with a touch of a button. We were looking for exceptional quality and experience, fun and easy! This was it. Hope this helps!
    Price tag approximately 36-38 K USD pending the final payment and exchange rate.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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