Leading design architects W2, located in Christchurch, New Zealand, have launched the next frontier in mobile living—the Romotow.
A combination of the words ‘room to move’, the Romotow is an innovative design that folds out like a Swiss Army Knife to ensure that the tourer offers roughly 70 percent more living space than an average caravan trailer.
The Romotow is created for today’s innovation savvy generation, with a contemporary mobile living design that delivers an experience in a class of its own. Its design is a radical departure from the boxy and cumbersome hybrid travel trailer and caravan concept of yesteryear, said Director Matt Wilkie, in a news release.
During the last decade, the motor caravan lifestyle has experienced a major surge in popularity. Statistics from the National Caravan Council in the UK, the Caravan and Camping Association in Australia, the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association, and others all confirm that the caravan, motorhome, and camping industry is the fastest growing domestic tourism sector.
To capitalize on this burgeoning market, W2 directors Stuart Winterbourn and Matt Wilkie designed the Romotow—a head-turning patented innovation that promises a stress free, spacious, and comfy escape for all sorts of exciting outdoor adventures. Its point of difference is a living area that uniquely extends out from its sheltered exterior, with an ingenious automated swivel, to reveal up to 70 percent more floor area to enjoy.
Features include aerodynamic and lightweight construction for increased fuel efficiency and towing stability, power assisted braking, pneumatic shocks, gyro assisted self-leveling pads and struts, and a rear mounted camera. Fit-out variations can include a sheltered BBQ deck area for entertaining and relaxing, windbreak, sliding doors, louvered windows, stylish and easy clean furniture, and more.
Designed for both young and old, with unprecedented indoor-outdoor flow and modern stylish living, use of this innovation will only be limited by the buyer’s imagination and pocket.
W2 first played with the idea of what an extendable mobile living space should look like while enjoying a family picnic at the park.
“A friend of ours imports caravans from the UK and we got talking one day about the potential cost savings of a flat-packed caravan design that would be easy to manufacture, ship, and use. We did some research and realized that caravans had taken a bit of a bad rap in previous years, and campervans were on the increase,” said Matt Wilkie.
“Often the negatives of campervans and RVs (compared with larger tents) are the expense and lack of covered transitional space. While looking at the movement of a Swiss army knife at our picnic, an idea came to us on how we could create this covered area. We then sketched a ‘mobile living’ unit that could be anything: a caravan, a mobile café, a home office, a weekend escape, or a new lifestyle of discovery and wonder for retirees—and from that moment the concept took on a life of its own.”
“You can take it camping, or on a sales trip or road show, or enjoy your retirement exploring the country, or extend your property with a mobile office come guest room. You can even use it as a home and horse float and travel with your horse to an overnight equestrian event. The dream is yours to realize with the Romotow.
“The Romotow will come in a range of sizes and aesthetic features, including a sheltered decking platform providing 70 percent more floor area, multiple berths, kitchenette, bathroom, large louvered windows for air flow, shade and privacy, and much more.”
W2 is now approaching leading caravan manufacturers with the view of building a prototype for testing and fitting and eventual production, and is seeking feedback from the public as they refine the designs.
W2 hopes that the Romotow will be on the market by 2015.
W2 Limited, a multi-disciplinary design consultancy, was established in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2007 when interior designer Matt Wilkie and structural engineer Stuart Winterbourn joined forces to offer a unique blend of international experience gained in the commercial capitals of London and New York.
The company offers both residential and commercial design services, and specializes in bringing fresh ideas with different materials to the building of efficient and dynamic structures.
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