It has been more than five years since I first reported on the launch of the Beauer 3X, a telescoping travel trailer that expands to three times its original size.
Originally launched in 2010, this tin-can shaped tourer looks like just another micro-caravan, until you put the key in and operate the telescopic sliding mechanism.
When closed, the trailer measures a manageable 20 feet long for easy towing and all doors and windows are sealed making it safe from intruders.
Use the electrical key and the camper slides out in both directions, tripling the interior space to 130 square feet of living space in just 20 seconds.
The Beauer 3X concept was born in 2009 with a simple idea of its inventor, Eric Beau: a small but expandable caravan that has everything like a big one—easy to tow on the road and quick to unfold with all the comforts of a large one.
This concept patented internationally is based on the telescopic principle (or pull). This technique allows you to deploy three modules horizontally—something that looks like three nesting cans—by tripling the living area. This operation does not require tedious installation. With minimum effort one person can unfold all the pieces.
Measuring approximately 8.5 feet x 6 feet x 8.5 feet, the Beauer 3X looks somewhat akin to a standard teardrop trailer, when unexpanded. This ensures that it can be easily parked inside a standard-size garage.
However unlike regular teardrop trailers, which weigh under 1,000 pounds, the 3X is heavier, at nearly 2,200 pounds.
The units fold out, enlarging the previously-constricted 43 sq. ft interior space into a much enlarged 129 sq. ft. area.
The system works using electrical actuators powered by the 12V car battery or 220V.
Once the telescoping modules are stretched the floor plan parcels out space for a two-person bedroom (double bed), a bathroom, a kitchen with a range of appliances (two-burner stovetop, oven, fridge, sink, several cupboards, and smaller storage units), a dining room (large dining table), and living area. This newly-created space makes room for additional furniture, such as a folding bed and a sofa.
Possible the only drawback of the Beauer 3X trailer has any drawbacks is the small bathroom, which is essentially a cassette toilet with an all-in one sink-shower system. Consider, though, that most similarly sized trailers lack any sort of bathroom altogether, making the Beauer an attractive choice for campers desiring an indoor toilet.
The principle is clever but straightforward: in the folded position, furniture fit together in their opposite. Once unfolded, this furniture is set up automatically without any manipulation.
The transverse positioning of the axle enables a limited external size and remain in a conventional automobile width. This compact size facilitates handling and reduces wind resistance.
The Beauer 3X trailer is available in an array of bright colors.
At present, the Beauer 3X trailer is sold only in France with the base price starting at $33,000 excluding taxes and options like a water tank.
During the next several years, the company plans to make the Beauer 3X trailer available in other parts of Europe and North America.
The company is also developing an expandable next generation motorhome, the Beauer 3XC, based on the 3X concept.
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