Last year, German camper specialist Knaus Tabbert used the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon to present its vision of the future camping trailer.
The yacht-inspired Caravisio was a large, luxurious home-on-wheels with improved aerodynamics. Thanks to the bed positioning, the front is arrow-shaped which has a positive effect on the upstream flow angle.
This year, Knaus went small, light and simple, presenting the Travelino concept, a compact trailer outfitted with space- and weight-saving features.
Strangely, Knaus appears to have abandoned all the aerodynamic headway it made with the Caravisio, reports gizmag.
The Travelino is much broader and less streamlined than last year’s concept trailer and appears less aerodynamic than most teardrops currently available in the marketplace. The curved trapezoidal prism is broad from every angle and unlike the aerodynamic Caravisio looks ill-equipped for head or crosswinds.
The focus of the Travelino is clearly not on the aero-efficient shape of the shell, but on the equipment, layout, and materials. The walls of the trailer are built from a lightweight, XPS foam-core material that helps the trailer maintain a base weight below 1,433 pounds (650 kg). Similarly, Knaus saves weight on the interior fixtures and furnishings through the use of a paper-based honeycomb board.
The 1,433-pound curb weight sounds less impressive when compared to the 400- to 1,000-pound (181 to 454 kg) weights of trailers already under production like the Teal Tail Feather, MyPod teardrop, and numerous other small lightweight trailers.
However, at over 13 feet (4 m), the Travelino is a few feet longer than the Teal Tail Feather and nearly double the size of diminutive teardrops like the MyPod Basic. Its mix of onboard amenities is also more extensive than any of those others, combining an indoor kitchen, dining area, double bed, bathroom, and outdoor kitchen.
Somewhat odd is the inclusion of both an indoor and outdoor kitchen in the Travelino design. It seems that a design so intent on saving weight and space would opt for one or the other.
Since Knaus does not mention any production plans, the Travelino seems likely to remain a design study for now.
Facts and Figures
Body Length: 13 feet (4.00 m)
Interior Width: 6.7 feet (2.04 m)
Interior Height: 6.5 feet (1.98 m)
Weight: 1433 pounds (650 kg)
Fully bonded, weight-optimized sandwich construction
Unique air spring suspension
Roof and floor plate GRP-planked
Windows, doors, and flaps frameless and flush
Screwless furniture cartridge assembly
Waiver of gas as an energy source for heating, kettle etc.
Benefits at a Glance
Comfortable ride with built-lowering and leveling
Pleasant, indirect LED lighting above and below the cabinets
Generous storage space solutions
Multifunctional use of space thanks to flexible bath, kitchen, and living solutions
Knaus Tabbert GmbH
Knaus Tabbert GmbH is a leading manufacturer of recreational vehicles in Europe with headquarters in Jandelsbrunn in Lower Bavaria.
Other manufacturing plants are located in Mottgers (Hesse), Obermeitingen in Upper Bavaria, and Nagyoroszi in Hungary.
In business year 2012 the company with its six brands—Knaus, Tabbert, T@b, BavariaCamp, Weinsberg, and Wilk—reached a turnover of Euro 281 million, and with approximately 1,200 employees produced about 13,000 caravans and motorhomes.
Phone: +49 (0) 8583 21 309
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