This mini caravan with a telescopic roof is the stuff of off-grid dreams

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

The Slidavan Caravan is an ultra-compact, lightweight caravan with a handy telescopic roof that can be fully extended in less than a minute. The mini caravan , created by Wooden Widget , weighs a mere 300 kilos and comes complete with a living area that can be expanded to six-feet high, making it a dream home on wheels for any off-grid traveler. The Slidavan’s interior, although compact, provides all the basics of off grid living . The space-efficient design focused on creating a maximum interior volume, which led to the creation of an expandable roof. To provide the camper with flexible space options, a curved roof was designed to be placed on the camper’s box-shaped base. A handy lifting device installed directly underneath allows the roof to be raised in just under a minute, adding much more space to the interior. Related: Darling Tinycamper from Lithuania starts at just 7K The body of the caravan has two large windows on the side and the backdoor has a cutout to provide the interior with tons of natural light. On the interior, the built-in sofas on either side fold out to create a large double bed. A small table is mounted on the wall between the two sofas, and can be folded down when not in use. There is a small galley area on the left side, outfitted with a sink and a two-burner stove top. A hidden strip of LEDs provides the interior lighting. One of the most advantageous things about the Slidavan is its light-weight design. Constructed out of a sandwich of plywood over panels of extruded polystyrene, the caravan is a rigid, lightweight, durable, affordable, and well-insulated structure that can be towed by the smallest of cars. According to the designer, the Slidavan’s design was based on providing a practical camper van that was easily mobile, “In designing the Slidavan I confess I focused pretty much exclusively on practicality. The bottom line is, it’s all very well designing a fancy caravan with a nice flowing aerodynamic shape but it just adds complication to the build and the fitting out and at the end of the day you still have to drag this massive lump through the air at great expense and some trepidation.” + Wooden Widget  

More here:
This mini caravan with a telescopic roof is the stuff of off-grid dreams

Airstream unveils super compact, lightweight travel trailer for $30K

July 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Airstream unveils super compact, lightweight travel trailer for $30K

Light as a feather! Airstream has just unveiled the ultra-lightweight Nest, a 16-foot travel trailer that weighs just 2,500 pounds. The company has ditched its iconic polished aluminum for a molded fiberglass in order to create the ultimate in minimalist campervan design. Although the beloved trailer manufacturer has stayed true to its shiny silver aluminum cladding for almost a century, Nest’s molded fiberglass body makes the camper much lighter and more aerodynamic. At just 2,500 pounds, the compact, streamlined design makes for an extremely travel-friendly ride. Related: Airstream’s new Basecamp is a tiny house you can tow practically anywhere On the interior, travelers will enjoy a minimalist modern design with enough space for a queen bed and a small, but sufficient kitchen . According to the company, the new trailer was designed for those who “want the legendary design sense, quality, and sophistication of Airstream, in a fresh, new package.” The fiberglass Nest design is the brainchild of Nest Caravans, founded by Robert Johans. In 2016, Airstream purchased the Oregon-based company for an undisclosed amount. The Nest trailers are slated to hit the market in early 2018. + Airstream Nest Via Outside Online Images via Airstream and Roaming Times Save Save

The rest is here:
Airstream unveils super compact, lightweight travel trailer for $30K

Tiny Homie camper expands from roadworthy to camp-ready in a minute

January 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Tiny Homie camper expands from roadworthy to camp-ready in a minute

Of all the tiny trailers in all the towns, this one rolled into our line of sight and won us over right away. The Homie represents the next-generation of miniature recreational vehicles , and it is designed to expand in camp in a very clever way. Rather than pushing out horizontally as many expanding RVs do, the Homie doubles in length when the outer shell is rotated back 90 degrees and fastened to the front inner shell. Click through the gallery to see how quickly and easily the trailer sets up, and for a closer look inside. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yc_7XNjNk8 An only slightly beefed up version of its cousin, the bike-drawn Wide Path Camper, the Homie camper is still quite compact. When folded for travel, it measures just 58 inches wide, 57 inches long, and 39 inches wide. Parked and expanded, it it nearly doubles in length to 112 inches. With its towing equipment, the Homie weighs 440 lbs, which is fairly light for a vehicle of its size. Its clever expandable design means the Homie can go from road-worthy to camp-ready in about a minute, which the company demonstrates in the video embedded above. Related: Foldable Wide Path Camper is a whole different kind of bike trailer What this little Homie lacks in elbow room, it makes up for in amenities. The tiny trailer is outfitted with nearly all the basics the wanton traveler might need for a life on the road, including a dining table and seating area that convert to a cozy bed. An optional solar package turns the little rig into an off-grid basecamp, and buyers can select other add-ons to enhance their mobile adventures, too. The Homie is offered with bronze or grey window tints, and a “Lux” package with thicker cushions and matching trim. The trailer can even be ordered with kitchen tools, such as bowls and cutlery. Priced at $7,245, the Homie is for sale in the United States and Europe. Production and delivery are expected in 2018. + Wide Path Camper: Homie Via New Atlas Images via Wide Path Camper

Here is the original:
Tiny Homie camper expands from roadworthy to camp-ready in a minute

Solar-powered Homegrown Trailers weigh just 2,500 pounds so you can roam freely

November 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Solar-powered Homegrown Trailers weigh just 2,500 pounds so you can roam freely

The Homegrown Trailer features a pop-up roof which can be fitted with 400 watts of solar panels , and lithium batteries with the capacity of 2400 watt-hours. Users can upgrade the panels to 800 watts and the batteries to and a 6000 watt-hours of storage. Sustainably harvested cedar, maple and poplar are combined with wool and cork floors for additional insulation. Related: Teenager turns a $200 run-down camper into a beautiful cozy escape The chassis is made from durable and lightweight steel frame which allows another 10 square feet of additional space at the rear of the trailer which can be used for storage or outdoor cooking. Inside, a pull-out queen bed and two extra-large twin bunks can fit up to four people and convert into couches during the day. A 12-gallon freshwater tank pumps to a large sink at the rear counter, sink water drains through back of trailer into a modular, external graywater tank , and 1.5 gallon water heater available as an add-on option. The composting toilet features a privacy screen. Hot water tanks, Gravity-fill water filters, portable outdoor shower system , brakes, swing tongue and spare tires are all available as add-on features. Related: Foldable Wide Path Camper is a whole different kind of bike trailer As of recently, you can also rent Homegrown Trailers, complete with a full battery charge, a full tank of fresh water, clean bedding, and a full set of eating and cooking utensils and equipment. For those looking to buy, the pricing starts at US$ 32,500, including the solar roof, mattresses, appliances and the composting toilet . + Homegrown Trailers Via Treehugger

Read more here:
Solar-powered Homegrown Trailers weigh just 2,500 pounds so you can roam freely

Airstream’s new Basecamp is a tiny house you can tow practically anywhere

September 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Airstream’s new Basecamp is a tiny house you can tow practically anywhere

Developed over the course of nearly a decade in collaboration with automotive designer Bryan Thompson, Basecamp was created for both the weekend warrior and the experienced long haul traveler. Like the original Airstream, the compact travel trailer is built with a sleek aerodynamic exterior rugged enough to withstand the elements and diverse terrain. “With its lighter weight and easier towing experience, Basecamp is a fully-loaded adventure waiting to happen,” said Airstream CEO and President, Bob Wheeler. “All you need to do is head out and decide whether to go right or left at the end of your driveway.” Related: Iconic Airstream gets a magnificent revamp to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial In spite of its small size, the Basecamp can accommodate a variety of functions. The convertible rear space can be adapted for eating, sleeping, lounging, or storage. The kitchen includes a cooktop, stainless steel sink, and fridge. A bathroom is also onboard with a toilet and shower. A large window wraps around the rear side for panoramic views of the landscape. A wireless Bluetooth speaker is also integrated into the design. The base model weighs 2,585 pounds and has an MSRP of $34,900. Optional additions include an enclosed patio and rear tent that seamlessly attach to the Basecamp roof track. + Airstream Images via Airstream

Excerpt from:
Airstream’s new Basecamp is a tiny house you can tow practically anywhere

Darling Tinycamper from Lithuania starts at just 7K

June 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Darling Tinycamper from Lithuania starts at just 7K

In keeping with the traditional teardrop design , these campers are small and lightweight. The interior space of the Teardrop MINI, Tinycamper’s basic model, is just large enough for two adults to sleep in comfortably, but you could squeeze in a small child as well. In fact, the mattress spans wall-to-wall inside the cabin, making for a pretty cozy bunk once the doors on either side are closed. In higher up models, the cabin includes a fold-down bunk where one or two small children can sleep. Under the sleeping surface is minimal storage and the cabin has only few small shelves—just enough space to balance a cup of coffee and a good book. Related: Charming wood teardrop trailer is perfect for off-grid eco adventures The base model has a small side window in one of the doors as well as a rooftop vent, enabling airflow through the cabin. The midrange model also sports a ‘skyroof’ window , which is a fixed pane that offers near panoramic views from inside the cabin—a great way to stargaze while snuggled with your sweetheart. The rear of the trailer is the food prep area. The basic model is outfitted with a tailgate that lifts up, creating a bit of an awning over a small counter top and storage areas. Tinycamper offers a variety of kitchen options to add, including a mini fridge, a tiny sink, and a gas tank. A clever roll-out shelf creates an extra work surface for a camping stove. Prices range from $7,000 for the basic MINI “eco-model” to $10,700 for a tricked-out off-road version. + Tinycamper Via Yankodesign Images via Tinycamper

Read the original here: 
Darling Tinycamper from Lithuania starts at just 7K

Wild poolside oasis in Spain disguises offensive grey wall

June 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Wild poolside oasis in Spain disguises offensive grey wall

The Spanish architect ’s challenge was deceptively simple on the surface: transform the private garden’s blighted view into a magical retreat. Prior to tapping Ocaña, the homeowners had struggled with a variety of approaches for softening the stark, grey wall, and abandoned each of those projects along the way. Plans for a living green wall had already been tossed aside, as the homeowner wouldn’t be satisfied with a wall of a different color. Something much more spectacular would have to come along in order to salvage the pool’s previous peaceful atmosphere. Once that mission was realized, and embraced, things got decidedly wild. Related: Gorgeous natural swimming pool uses no chlorine Ocaña’s proposal surmounts countless challenges with an out-of-the box approach to creating a new atmosphere around the pool area. As if in memoriam of the lost sunset view, the architect proposes an arrangement of round mirrors positioned at various heights and angles, in order to capture and reflect the sun at different times of the day. Behind the mirror array, diverse vegetation would create a soft, lush barrier to shield the offending grey wall. In order to pull off such an outlandish renovation, Ocaña’s design had to meet some difficult criteria. Because the concrete wall belongs not to the homeowners but to their neighbors, the new design had to stand independent from the wall, rather than rely on it as a building surface. Additionally, there were other considerations to accommodate, such as existing plants, the pool itself, and a stairway leading to the home’s basement. Hilariously, if those challenges were not enough, the entire structure also had to be modular because, in order to get it into the pool area in the first place, the elements had to be carried through a regular-sized door. So, the final design is comprised of 33 individual modules, which will be assembled to create a forked scaffolding that will also support a network of 60 nebulizers, which spray a mist of water into the air, creating ‘clouds.’ The forks allow the plants to overflow the scaffolding where they please, eventually hiding the bones of the structure and lending to the private microclimate created in this backyard oasis. + Manuel Ocaña Via Archdaily Images via Imagen Subliminal for Manuel Ocaña

Read more: 
Wild poolside oasis in Spain disguises offensive grey wall

Nondescript VW van hides a gorgeous and chic mobile home

March 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Nondescript VW van hides a gorgeous and chic mobile home

Read the rest of Nondescript VW van hides a gorgeous and chic mobile home

View post:
Nondescript VW van hides a gorgeous and chic mobile home

Adorable lightweight Dub Box camper combines VW functionality with retro style

November 18, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Adorable lightweight Dub Box camper combines VW functionality with retro style

Read the rest of Adorable lightweight Dub Box camper combines VW functionality with retro style

Read the original here: 
Adorable lightweight Dub Box camper combines VW functionality with retro style

Cozy timber cabin in Norway is clad in locally sourced materials

November 18, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Cozy timber cabin in Norway is clad in locally sourced materials

Read the rest of Cozy timber cabin in Norway is clad in locally sourced materials

Read the original here: 
Cozy timber cabin in Norway is clad in locally sourced materials

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 2803 access attempts in the last 7 days.