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.
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 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 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
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.
Attribution: Sarah Griffiths, Mail Online
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.
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.
Attribution: Sara Malm, Daily Mail