Taxa Cricket (Review, Specs and Video)

When it comes to pop up campers, the Taxa Cricket is unlike any other. Actually, it’s more of a hard-sided camper than a pop up. With its NASA inspired design, you can tell by the look that you’re in for something quite unique. The Cricket has a unique design that makes it rugged yet light weight.

It can easily be towed by many 4-cylinder cars and small SUVs and has sleeping room for 2 adults and 2 children.

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Taxa Cricket Specifications

Exterior Length15′Exterior Width6’7″
Exterior Height (closed)6’11”Exterior Height (open)9′
Interior Height (closed)4’2″Interior Height (open-max)6’10”
Interior Width (maximum)5’3″Bed Dimensions75″x59″
GVWR2,700 lbsCargo Capacity900 lbs
Sleeping Capacity2 adults & 2 kidsSquare Footage63 sq ft
Fresh Water Tank15 galGrey Water Tank16 gal

In order to stay cool in the Cricket, you can add the optional 5,000 BTU air conditioner.

When it comes to feature both inside and out, the Cricket is no slouch. Let’s take a look at some exterior features first, then we’ll take a look inside.

Taxa Cricket Plan View
Credit Taxa Outdoors

Taxa Cricket Exterior Features

Let’s begin with the chassis of the Tax Cricket. Strong and durable, the chassis is all steel and powder-coated.

To get you around in the toughest of terrain, the Cricket is equipped with 15″ allow wheels and all-terrain tires with a standard 5 years warranty. The spare tire is a steel wheel with an all-terrain tire.

The suspension is torsion axle and comes standard with electric brakes. To protect the exterior of the Cricket, they have installed powder-coated steel gravel guards.

The Taxa Cricket is outfitted with quad stabilizer jacks, they’ll keep you nice and level once you’ve setup camp. The 2,000 lb tongue jack is very well-suited for this RV.

The skeleton of the Cricket is laser cut Kynar-painted aluminum composite panels for strength, durability and lightweight.

Taxa Cricket Pop Up Roof

One of the more interesting features of the Cricket is the pop up roof.

Taxa Cricket Pop Up View
Phot :Credit Taxa Outdoors

The pop up roof serves two major function. It allows for more cross ventilation and also give you more interior headroom. The hinge on the pop up roof is made of steel for long-lasting durability, and the tent is made of recycled ripstop polyester. The tent has 5 mesh windows built in.

The extendable roof is the only feature that resembles what you find in a pop up. Other than that, I consider the Cricket a small camping trailer.

In addition to the roof extending to add cross ventilation, you also have a rear hatch that provides additional ventilation and easy access to the rear of the camper. The included 12-volt roof exhaust fan is also a nice feature and will help keeping the inside fresh.

For a camper this size, you don’t have too much room for fresh and gray water capacity. The included 15 gallon fresh water tank and 16 gallon gray water tank are a decent size.

LED exterior lighting, exterior hot and cold shower, pre-wired for solar, city water inlet are additional features you’ll find on the exterior of the Taxa Cricket.

The Cricket is also solar-prepped, making is easy to power when you are off-grid.

Taxa Cricket Interior

Taxa Credit Interior Features
Photo Credit: Taxa Outdoors

The Cricket has outstanding exterior and construction features, and the interior is just as nice. You’ll find plenty of interior room for two adults and by adding the optional berths up to two children have sleeping space.

The full bed has under-bed storage that easily converts into a dinette for comfortable eating, playing card or board games.

When you are ready to cook meals, you’ll find a large kitchen area with a two-burner stove, and a covered sink area that doubles as prepping space.

When it comes to storage, you’re not going to find a ton of it in the Cricket, but what you do get is versatile and very useful. The storage tower is composed of 3 milk crates that are secured with a bungee cord when traveling. The crates are easily removed for loading and unloading.

Sleeping in the Taxa Cricket is a lot more comfortable than sleeping in a tent. You’ll find a nice full-size mattress that will sleep two. There is also 25 cubic feet of storage under the bed. What about sleeping for the kids? No worries, you can purchase the optional berths for them. The berths are cot-like beds that hand from the ceiling of the Taxa.

As you gaze around the inside of the Cricket, you’ll find LED interior lighting and convenient 12V USB outlets. The wood used in the kitchen is Baltic-Birch plywood and storage is via milk crates and the storage tower.

Countertops are high-pressure laminate and there you’ll find a capable 2-burner stove with a hinged lid and the sink with a hinged lid as well.

When you are ready to dine or play cards, you can use the 32″ x19″ café table-top. It rotates and is easily stored when not in use.

For hot water and heating, the Cricket is equipped with a Truma® Combi Eco Furnace & Water Heater System

Powering the Taxa Cricket is done via 2 Group 24 or Group 27 batteries, which fit perfectly in the battery compartment. Please note, batteries are not included.

Available Options on the Taxa Cricket

As I mentioned earlier, the hanging kid’s berths are optional, but Taxa has as few more available options you can purchase.

You can but the THULE ProBar Evo 175 adjustable rood load bars, a portable toilet and a 5,000 BTU driver-side window air-conditioning unit.

They also have available a “Soft Good Package” that includes a 6FT awning, a mesh for the screen door and a portable shower tent.

Taxa Cricket Overland Edition

The standard Taxa Cricket is a rugged camper but for those that want to venture out unto terrain that required a bit more ruggedness Taxa has the Overland Edition of the Cricket.

The Overland Edition adds an axle-less trailer suspension consisting of progressive rubber sprints and urethane bushings. This results in a quieter, smoother ride, plus you also get an additional 4 inches of lift, which comes in handy in rough terrain situations.

One of the best features of the Cricket Overland addition, at least for me, is the Lock N’ Roll Hitch. It’s an articulating hitch that uses 360 degrees of rotation and a 3-axis movement. Whether you are off-road or on the road, this hitch is going to perform very well.

The above two upgrades are useless if you couple them to less than stellar tires. Taxa didn’t want to do that and chose the Cooper Discoverer AT3LT tires for the Overland. The AT3LT On/Off-Road, All-Terrain tires. They do very well in dirt, gravel and mud. They even perform well in light snow. Furthermore, they get good review, averaging about 4.1 stars on the Cooper Tires website.

The Cricket Overland start at around $40K, which is $10K more than the standard Cricket.

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Taxa Cricket Review

Overall, the Cricket is a very capable camper. Its unique design is great for those who want to venture off-road in a camper that can stand up well to rough terrain. The host of features for this type of camper are excellent, and the available option add more comfort.

Where I see an issue for some is the price. A standard Cricket starts at $30,000 and the Overland Edition is $10,000 more. However, it’s hard to find another camper built for off-road in a similar price range that includes the features found it the Cricket.

The Cricket does have issues, however they are not always manufacturing issues. Some are operator error or dealer screw-ups.

If you want to explore the Taxa Cricket even further, I recommend you check out the blog of Shane and Jessica called Cricket Camping. They have a ton of experience with the Cricket and have recently upgraded to the Taxa Mantis.

In conclusion, if I could afford it and was planning on doing lots of off-the grid camping, the Cricket would be the one for me.

Ray Roman is the co-owner/author of Go Travel Trailers. He is the main contributor of content and an avid researcher of travel trailers and the RV lifestyle. He loves fly fishing, vacationing in Red River, NM, and spending time with family and friends.

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