Monopod 660: A Spaceship on Wheels?

Is it a spaceship on wheels? Is it a futuristic helicopter?

Out of this world: the Monopod 660 is the first ever caravan from IH Leisure. (Credit: caravantimes.co.uk)

Many visitors to last week’s UK International Caravan & Motorhome Show held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham weren’t sure what to make of this brave futuristic design from IH Leisure Ltd., but it certainly turned heads.

It’s not often that a new manufacturer comes to the table, especially a company that develops a wildly futuristic space-age vehicle that breaks new boundaries in design.

But British-based IH Leisure has taken a different approach when launching their first ever caravan, penning a space-age vehicle that breaks new boundaries in design, reports the Caravan Times.

The Monopod 660 draws upon twenty years in the leisure industry to create a high-end luxury caravan with an extraordinary striking look. The name derives from the one piece monocoque body shell, a design technique taken from the automotive industry which allows stresses and strains on the vehicle to be carried by the outer skin.

The front section is reminiscent of a helicopter with its slanted separate windows and curved front, while the design allows for a pure shape with few visible joins.

Inside the Monopod 660 feels like stepping into a boutique hotel from another age, with warm contrasting tones and rich woods. The Truma blown air heating system is used throughout, while the lounge area is large and well appointed with comfortable foam back rests.

The Monopod 660 is initially offered in three floor plans:

  • 4 berth with rear bathroom and side dinette
  • 4 berth with central galley kitchen
  • 4 berth with rear fixed bed (6 feet 4 inches x 4 feet 7 inches)

Is the Monopod 660 a Spaceship on Wheels? (Credit: caravantimes.co.uk)

However, the Monopod is expected to be available with a range of configurations.

The Caravan Times also reports that if the uniform look of white caravans is too familiar to you, the Monopod can be custom-painted to match its tow vehicle. The show model was presented in a silver-green metallic hue.

Meanwhile IH Leisure is offering a tailored service where customers can make bespoke adjustments to suit their requirements. A wide range of additional options are also available.

Prices for the IH Leisure Monopod 660 start from $66,192 (£41,995).

Selected Specifications

Shipping Length: 25 feet 3 inches

External Length: 21 feet 6 inches

Internal Length: 20 feet 8 inches

External Width: 7 feet 5 inches

External Height: 8 feet 9 inches

The Monopod will be available in a number of floor plans, examples of which are shown above. (Credit: ihleisure.com)

Highest Head Room: 6 feet 7 inches

Lowest Head Room: 6 feet 1 inch

MIRO (Mass in Running Order): 3,483 pounds

MTPLM (Maximum Technical Permissible Laden Mass): 4,409 pounds

Payload: 926 pounds

Details

IH Motor Campers Ltd.

Address: Great North Road, Knottingley, West Yorkshire, WF11 0BS England

Phone: 01977 677118

Website: ihmotorhomes.com

Worth Pondering…

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

—Albert Einstein

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