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The sCarabane concept offers a look at an innovative, self-sufficient caravan
The sCarabane concept offers a look at an innovative, self-sufficient caravan

While shows like the Australian 4×4 Expo and Overland Expo highlight  tough, no-nonsense trailers and motorhomes ready to get dirty right now, the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon dedicates some space to futuristic campers and technologies. And this year, the Volkswagen California XXL isn’t the only such concept camper wowing the crowds. France’s Green Cat Technologies has possibly the most head-turning concept at the show with a caravan that folds out into a roomy living space complete with solar and wind power generation. The sCarabane even rotates 360 degrees at camp, tracking the sun to generate electricity and hot water.

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Mini Camping

Mini has unveiled three vehicles for keen campers, including the world’s small luxury camper van and a pop-up tent that you can sleep in…on the roof of your car.

The Mini Clubvan Camper has been designed for a single person going away for the weekend and is based on the company’s van.

The compact camper van has a sleeping berth for one person and a small extendable kitchenette complete with stove and fridge.

The Mini Clubvan Camper is the world's smallest luxury camper van
The Mini Clubvan Camper is the world’s smallest luxury camper van. The concept car is designed for a single person going away for the weekend

 

Based on the firm's van, the pint-sized camper has a small extendable kitchenette, TV, heater and a glass roof
Based on the firm’s van, the pint-sized camper has a small extendable kitchenette, TV, heater and a glass roof

There is a TV, an auxiliary heater and a glass roof that can be opened ‘for ventilation or star-gazing’, but the individual does have to sleep next to the car’s steering wheel.

Described as a ‘versatile home on wheels,’ the concept model has a handhold shower, which would come in handy in such snug surroundings, but stops short of including a toilet.

The Mini Clubvan Camper has a sleeping berth for one person - but as you can see, you sleep next to the steering wheel
The Mini Clubvan Camper has a sleeping berth for one person – but as you can see, you sleep next to the steering wheel

 

The retro-style kitchenette is the focus of this image. Described as a 'versatile home on wheels,' the concept model also has a handhold shower but no toilet
The retro-style kitchenette is the focus of this image. Described as a ‘versatile home on wheels,’ the concept model also has a handhold shower but no toilet
The Mini Clubman Camper is one of the company's three concept vehicles designed to show off the creativity and skill of its design and engineering staff
The Mini Clubman Camper is one of the company’s three concept vehicles

The firm said: ‘The trio each reflect different aspects of the rise in popularity of camping and festivals, creating a choice of premium home-from-home options for the enthusiastic traveler.’

Mini also showed off a strange pop-up tent called the Mini Countryman ALL4 Camp.

The company said it is a rooftop tent designed for ‘safari-style accommodation for the adventurous spirit,’ and folds up into what looks like a large, flat suitcase.

The Mini Countryman ALL4 Camp which is a rooftop tent designed for safari trips
The Mini Countryman ALL4 Camp which is a rooftop tent designed for safari trips

 

The tent is hidden in the large suit-case like structure on the car's roof. It is rigid so that people can sleep a-top the car on a stable base
The tent is hidden in the large suit-case like structure on the car’s roof. It is rigid so that people can sleep a-top the car on a stable base

 

The tent is intended for drivers who have taken a spontaneous trip to a beach or festival in Mini's 4x4 model
The tent is intended for drivers who have taken a spontaneous trip to a beach or festival in Mini’s 4×4 model and decide to sleep on the roof of their car…in a concept tent, of course

The tent is intended for drivers who have taken a spontaneous trip to a beach or festival and decide to sleep on the roof of their Mini…in a concept tent, of course.

The upper half of the tent is simply folded out of its storage box, which provides and flat and presumably relatively uncomfortable surface for tired drivers to sleep on, once they have clambered up a ladder.

However there are currently no plans to offer them as production models.

HOW DO THE THREE CONCEPT VEHICLES COMPARE?

  • The MINI Clubvan Camper is the world’s smallest luxury camper van
  • It only sleeps one person but comes with a skylight, kitchenette and handheld shower
  • The MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp is a safari-style roof-top tent
  • It can sleep two people, providing they want to clamber up on top of their Mini or Mini Countryman 4×4 for a kip
  • The MINI Cowley is a luxurious caravan for two people
  • It weighs 300kg and is towed by a car, and includes a twin-ring gas stove, fridge and even a kitchen sink

 

The 'Cowley Caravan' is designed to be a luxurious home on the go for couples
The ‘Cowley Caravan’ is designed to be a luxurious home on the go for couples
The compact caravan weighs 300kg and is designed to be towed by a standard mini
The compact caravan weighs 300kg (660 lbs) and is designed to be towed by a standard mini

Mini has also revealed a more luxurious solution for couples, called the Cowley Caravan.

The caravan weighs a hefty 300kg (660 lbs), has a gas stove, water tank with pump and kitchen sink while a solar module charges the on-board battery to power the fridge, TV, DVD player and audio equipment.

The tourer has been named after the mini factory at Oxford, which still makes the modern Mini models.

The plant built the classic Austin Mini and is celebrating 100 years of car manufacturing in 2013.

The compact caravan has a cooking section at its rear, including a gas stove, water tank with pump and kitchen sink
The compact caravan has a cooking section at its rear, including a gas stove, water tank with pump and kitchen sink

 

Designed for two people, the inside features creature comforts including a TV, DVD player and audio equipment, charged by a solar power module
Designed for two people, the inside features creature comforts including a TV, DVD player and audio equipment, charged by a solar power module

 

There are no plans to offer any of the three concept vehicles, including the Mini Cowley caravan (pictured) as production models

Attribution: Sarah Griffiths, Mail Online

Tuk-Tuk Camper

The one-man camper van that is perfect for the lonely traveller

 

Travelling long journeys all by your lonesome  can be a chore paved with uncomfortable motels and bad service station  food.

Single camping often means sleeping in the  back of the car, or going to through the effort of putting up a tent by the side of the road.

One designer’s dream of ending the pain for  lone campers has resulted in the Buffalino, a three-wheel mini-van similar to  tuk-tuk rickshaws which are seen across Asia and Africa.

 

Versatile van: Once the miles are managed, the camper van becomes a snug place to sleep for the night until the journey continues
 Once the miles are managed, the camper van becomes a snug place to sleep for the night until the journey continues
Home for one: What was once a three-wheeled scooter has been transformed into a perfect camper van for one
 What was once a three-wheeled scooter has  been transformed into a camper van for one

The fully furnished camper contains a  fold-up bed, a sink, a kitchen with refrigerator and running water  and, of  course, a place to hook up your laptop.

German industrial designer Cornelius  Cormanns modified a three wheeled Piaggio scooter to create the Buffalino,  which is set to meet the requirements of a single individual.

Mr Cormanns wanted to design a vehicle that  would offer greater flexibility during travel, while also creating an economic  and fuel efficient ride.

The Buffalino serves as a greener alternative  for long solitary journeys as well as offering a way out of fast foods and  motels.

 

Happy camper: The camper is designed to meet the single travellers requirements and comes with a complete kitchen and bedroom
The camper is designed to meet the single  travellers requirements and comes with a complete kitchen and bedroom

 

German industrial designer Cornelius Cormanns has skillfully modified a three wheeled Piaggio to create a small camper suitable to meet the requirements of a single individual
Dubbed as an 'economic and fuel efficient ride' the van, named 'Buffalino' is perfect for the lonely rider
Dubbed as ‘economic and fuel efficient’  the van, named ‘Buffalino’,  is perfect for the lonely rider

 

Multitasking: The Buffalino makes it possible to wash your hands, surf the web and drive at the same time - if you can
 The Buffalino motto is to be cheap and  efficient

 

Smart-an: It may not be big or come with a jacuzzi but it has everything you need
 It may not come with a jacuzzi but it has all  you need, even if you technically sleep in the kitchen

Take a seat: When it comes to dinner time, the driver's seat - which also makes up half the bed - simply swings into the kitchen
When it comes to dinner time, the driver’s  seat – which also makes up half the bed – simply swings into the kitchen

 

Room for one: Designer Cornelius Cormanns wanted to provide greater flexibility for the single traveller when he designed the three-wheeled camper van
Designer Cornelius Cormanns wanted to  provide greater flexibility for the single traveller when he designed the  three-wheeled camper van

Traditional: Television vet Luke Gamble seen using a tuk-tuk taxi
 Television vet Luke Gamble seen using a  tuk-tuk taxi

 

Attribution: Sara Malm, Daily Mail