SIX TINY CARAVANS
Caravan designers turn to smaller, cuter models to show off their skills
WHILE caravanners always require more space, it seems caravan designers enjoy nothing so much as to design smaller, cuter models to show off their skills.
In Colorado, one such enthusiast is Britton Purser, who designed the Vintage Overland teardrop trailers, which Purser and his co-designing brothers say are lightweight but tough enough for veld work.
Empty, a Vintage Overland teardrop weighs only 317 kg, but it has the usual double mattress with reading lights inside and kitchenette under the nose-cone.
For those who don’t want to go offroad, but need space both to sleep in and transport stuff, the Mogo Freedom trailer offers a rectangular space that opens on both sides to create a simple but very versatile shelter and bike transporter.
With very little space to work with, flexibility is key, and no caravan is more adaptive than the HC1 Adaptiv. Like a box of Lego bricks, the HCI offers six base components — a bench, kitchenette, table, cushion, floor panel and lid, which all click into place on the floor so that the caravanner can create a layout that best suits their needs — from a bed to sleep five to empty floor space for mountain bikes.
All the components can also be used as outdoor furniture. Other accessories in the HC1 include a Bose sound system, built-in USB and AC power sockets and a tablet docking station. On the roof a 100 Watt solar panel generates power for the water heater.
In Belgium, Olivier Caluwier, creative partner of the design firm Five AM, did not have play in mind when he designed a mobile office using an old caravan. Calling his creation dojo-wheels, Caluwier’s office-from-home has a raised floor on drawers and a central, circular table that can be lifted from the floor or dropped back to form part of the bed’s base. The round table can seat six in relative comfort, with reading lights and work lights above the desk.
Most notable about the dojo-wheels is its fridge, which can keep 150 bottles of beer chilled. It is a Belgian caravan, after all.
Further north in chilly Denmark, designer Jonas Hallberg’s Tiny Office on wheels is less focused on celebrating that deal and more on keeping warm.
The caravan, which is made from recycled materials, features a cutting-edge little Gaia Marin woodburning stove, mounted on a wall.
Each Tiny Office is hand-made, which is European for bloody pricey, and unit prices start at R171 609, not including the fully kitted-out office which adds another R79 783 to the price.
But Hallberg’s Tiny Office is cheap compared to the “threeroom” expanding teardrop made be French caravaning company Beauer.
Selling for R361 282 in England, the one-ton 3X teardrop telescopes out the 1,85 metre-wide body on both sides to expand the 4 m² to 12 m² in about 20 seconds. Inside a bedroom, bathroom, dining area with kitchenette awaits.
The Vintage Overland teardrop weighs only 317 kg, providing a cosy room and en suite kitchenette off the beaten track.
The HC1 Adativ has modular furniture that clicks onto the floor like Lego bricks in whatever configuration suits the camper best.
Being Belgian, the dojowheels is an office on wheels — with a fridge that can keep 150 bottles of beer chilled.
The Mogo Freedom trailer opens on both sides to offer versatile space and instant awnings.
Made from recycled wood, this Tiny Office trailer from Denmark may look like a garden shed, but it sells for over R200k in Europe if equipped with a few sticks of basic office furniture.
Beauer’s x3 teardrop electrically expands to offer a bedroom, bathroom, dining area with kitchenette.