BY: ROB HOFFMAN
French company, Beauer, just came out with a caravan that will solve the age-old travellers’ conundrum of comfort versus mobility. A van is compact and ultra portable, yet it lacks the living space and amenities of something like a trailer. At the same time, a trailer can be a real pain in the ass to tow due to its size.
Beauer solves this issue with a new camper design that expands to three times its original size, making it easy to tow and store, yet comfortable enough to call home. At eight-and-a-half feet long and six feet wide, the camper is designed to mimic the size of an average car, expanding to provide a bedroom, bathroom, living room, dining room and kitchen. A double-bed, shower and sink make the space thoroughly livable. The camper even contains a cassette toilet (a toilet with a removable tank similar to that of an RV). This is the ultimate road trip vehicle.
The inside of the camper is outfitted with extensive storage space, and just about everything folds up or down to maximize space and utility. The beauty of the camper is that it contracts on its own with the touch of a button. The inside is designed so that, when it shrinks, the furniture fits into its opposite walls like puzzle pieces. When the camper expands again, the furniture swings out and sets itself up automatically. The three sections of the camper slide into one another with the ease of a giant chrome telescope. It’s the lazy camper’s paradise.
The caravan is already available in France. The next few years will see the company’s expansion across Europe and—hopefully sooner than later—in the US.
What’s more exciting is that Beauer is currently conceptualizing a van/camper hybrid that would allow users mobility without needing a separate vehicle for towing. By the looks of it, we could have a hippy-van 2.0 on our hands. Welcome to the future, boys and girls.