From Ecocapsule To Romotow: 5 Cool Trailers To Love

Contemporary living design, mobility, and living on the move are very important themes of our fast-moving age.

Fun, creative, and futuristic, here are five distinctly different in design and function.

Ecocapsule

Live Off-grid In An Ecocapsule
Live Off-grid In An Ecocapsule

For many the appeal of an RV road trip is enhanced by getting away from it all and living off the grid for a few days. Now, one design company seems to have taken the idea and turned it on its head, with the introduction of the Ecocapsule.

Packed into a compact form (it’s 14 feet 7 inches long and 7 feet 10 inches wide), the solar-and-wind-powered Ecocapsule merges an energy efficient shape, compact volume, and off-grid capabilities with the luxuries of a warm bed, running water, and a hot meal. The completely self-sustaining design, featuring its own solar panel system and high-capacity 9,700-watt-hour battery, tripled with a 750-watt wind turbine, allows for up to a year’s worth of energy.

BeauEr 3X

BeauEr 3X slide-out caravan
BeauEr 3X slide-out caravan

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, which allows this trailer to slide out in both directions, tripling the interior space in just 20 seconds.

Built on an Al-Ko chassis with a polyester bodyshell, Beau claims it is also highly aerodynamic due to its smoothly curved exterior design.

The four-berth layout comprises a pair of double beds, measuring up at an ample 6 feet 3 inches x 4 feet 7 inches and 6 feet 10 inches x 4 feet 7 inches respectively.

But one thing’s for sure—if you pitch up in one of these this summer you will certainly turn heads.

Odorico Pordenone

Odorico Pordenone concept (named after an Italian late-medieval Franciscan friar and missionary explorer traveler)
Odorico Pordenone concept (named after an Italian late-medieval Franciscan friar and missionary explorer traveler)

Czech designer Jakub Novak’s Odorico Pordenone concept (named after an Italian late-medieval Franciscan friar and missionary explorer traveler) allows up to four people to travel together in a home-like environment. Novak envisioned the trailer to have aluminum walls with padding to keep the temperature stable, painted white on the inside but kept silver and given a brushed texture on the outside.

Since Novak’s concept is meant to accommodate four people, the usual lack of living space inside a trailer is addressed by building expandable wings that can pop out at the push of a button.

Safari Condo

Safari Condo Alto R Series (retractable roof)
Safari Condo Alto R Series (retractable roof)

Safari Condo teardrop trailers are lightweight and boast an aerodynamic shape increasing the ease of towing. The Alto R series incorporates an electric retractable roof providing more interior space than traditional teardrop trailers. With the rood open the Safari Condo offers a very comfortable interior height of 82 inches.

Romotow

The Romotow folds out like a Swiss Army Knife
The Romotow folds out like a Swiss Army Knife

A combination of the words ‘room to move’, the Romotow offers a contemporary mobile living design that delivers an experience in a class of its own. A radical departure from current boxy and cumbersome travel trailer designs, it folds out like a Swiss Army Knife to offer roughly 70 percent more living space than an average caravan trailer.

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.

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Romotow: Mobile Space like No Other

Leading design architects W2, located in Christchurch, New Zealand, have launched the next frontier in mobile living—the Romotow.

The Romotow
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.

The Romotow exterior
The Romotow exterior

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.

The Romotow open
The Romotow open

W2 hopes that the Romotow will be on the market by 2015.

Details

W2 Limited

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.

Address: Unit 1, 77 Gloucester Street, Central City, Christchurch, NZ 8013

Mailing Address: PO Box 130111, Christchurch, NZ 8013

Phone: +6 4 3 3660966

Website: w2.co.nz

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