French company Beauer wants you to get more outdoor living space without having to tow a huge, bulky trailer.
Its ingenious 3X teardrop trailer rolls down the highway as a tiny droplet behind your car, but at camp it stretches out to 3 times its width with a push-button electrical telescoping action that extends like an accordion.
Instead of the cabin-filling two-person bed you’d get with a regular teardrop, you get a complete interior with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living/dining area.
The folding furniture is packaged neatly together in transport mode and automatically opens up and drops down during deployment, giving campers a complete living/dining area, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom—quite an impressive space when compared to the average small trailer.
The Beauer 3X is small when being towed but its telescopic design expands to three times the size when parked for the night creating what a resembles a trio of nestled tin cans in the woods or camping site.
Beauer 3X measuring 8.5 feet (2.6m) long not including the hitch, 6 feet (1.85m) wide, and 8.5 feet (2.6 m) high. It’s sized to stay roughly within the width and size of a small car, offering a maneuverable, aerodynamic ride.
At 2,204 pounds (1,000 kg), the 3X is not a lightweight ride as teardrops go due to its telescopic design that triples usable space at camp.
There is nothing to assemble or disassemble. Cylinders powered by the battery open and close automatically. At the push of a button, the electrically-actuated expansion system separates the three nesting body modules, growing the interior floor space from 43 to 129 square feet (4 to 12 sq m) in about 20 seconds. A manual system to open or close in case of failure is also a feature.
Given that the 3X interior has to compact down into a package a third its size, you might expect it to be an empty space void of any furniture. However, thanks to a folding sofa, folding bed, and interior fixtures carefully placed to fit around each other neatly, the 3X offers a well-equipped interior that’s ready to live in as soon as the expansion is complete.
The 3X cabin has a central kitchen flanked by the two-person bedroom/bath and a lounge/dining area with sofa and table. The bedroom has a double bed, and the sofa converts into a second double bed. The compact bathroom off the bedroom has a shower, sink, and cassette toilet. The kitchen comes standard with a two-burner stove, sink, 130-L refrigerator, cupboards, and storage, and space for an optional oven.
The 3X design has been around for several years (SEE BeauEr 3X: French Expanding Trailer) and officially went on sale in France September 2014.
It starts at $23,000 before taxes, and other standard equipment includes 10-L fresh and waste water tanks and a braked AL-KO chassis.
Beauer plans to extend availability across Europe and overseas to North America during the next three years.
The company is also working on integrating the 3X design into a camper van called the 3XC. Based on its initial renderings, the camper module will see little change itself, simply securing atop a van chassis instead of tagging along behind the vehicle. The renderings show that you will be able to camp atop the van or detach the 3X and use it as a standalone module.
Beauer is working to launch the 3XC on the new Volkswagen T6 platform by late 2016. The design will be compatible with other van chassis options from automakers like Fiat, Ford, Mercedes, and Renault.
Farther down the line, Beauer plans to launch the 3X+, a longer, larger trailer that uses the same style of expandable design to offer 291 square feet (27 sq m) of floor space.
But one thing’s for sure—if you pitch up in one of these at your favorite camp site you will certainly turn heads.
BeauEr is a new French manufacturer of recreational vehicles, created in 2012 and based in Poitou-Charentes. It is the brainchild of a creator anxious to meet strong demand in the field of extending cabin.
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