This electric camper is a houseboat and tricycle in one

June 9, 2020 by  
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The tiny-but-mighty Z-Triton camper by Zeltini is ready to take on land and water. Despite its small stature, this amphibious camper is designed to sleep up to two people, allowing for both short-term getaways and longer adventures. Tricycle wheels fold up and inflatable pontoons are added to switch the trike into boat mode. Though steering and power cables attached to the engine rod make the Z-Triton perfect for travel across lakes and rivers (with a range up to 10 km), it isn’t equipped to handle open ocean. To transform the camper into a living space, the seats can be removed and stored to become a bedroom, complete with pillows, sleeping mats and sleeping bags. An extractor fan inside one of the chimneys makes it easy to do some basic cooking. Inside, there are six shelving units for storage and a folding table for food prep and dining. Related: “Temple of Poop” grows a flowering rooftop with human waste While in tricycle mode, the Z-Triton is operated both manually by leg power and via a chargeable battery with a range of 40 km, depending on the terrain. While the designers included a wide range of amenities that combine practicality and functionality including disc brakes, front and back lights, a horn and USB charging ports, they also prioritized creature comforts for camping. There is a padded seat, an aerodynamic umbrella, two water bottle cages, a fold-up passenger seat with a safety belt, a coffee cup holder and a pet seat that can also be replaced with a child seat. Natural elements, such as a removable plant pot inside one of the chimneys, allow passengers to decorate with a plant or bring along potted herbs to use for cooking while camping. The trike element has a steel frame, and the body of the houseboat is made from a blend of plywood and fiberglass; the studio intends to use hemp fiberglass once the project is past the prototype stage. It also has six solar panels , and parts of the house were 3D-printed with bioplastic material. Zeltini is still testing prototypes of the camper in different environments and weather and will be releasing more information about price and availability in summer 2021. + Zeltini Photography by Gatis Priednieks-Melnacis and Aigars Lauzis via Zeltini

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Transformed caravan’s mobile music studio to help refugees

March 11, 2020 by  
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Although we’ve seen quite a few cool caravan conversions, Swedish studio  Snask ‘s latest project brings music to our ears and color to our eyes. The innovative designers have converted an old camper  into a vibrant mobile music studio — all for a very worthwhile cause. The project is in collaboration with  Turning Tables , a nonprofit organization that builds creative spaces so that refugee children around the world have a place where they can express themselves through music. Founded by Danish DJ Martin Jakobsen, Turning Tables first began its work with  refugees  in New York, where it ran a program to teach kids how to DJ. The nonprofit program has since gone global, with teams of artists and musicians building spaces for kids to express themselves through music and other art forms. Related: Amplified tiny house lets musician homeowner rock out in the great outdoors Not satisfied with their many brick and mortar locations around the world, the Turning Tables team decided to go on tour around Sweden. To do so, however, they knew they needed a more efficient way to travel with their music equipment. Looking for solutions, they contacted the innovative creatives behind Snask to ask for help in designing a  tiny music studio on wheels  that would help them travel further to reach more kids. Once they found an old caravan for sale, the  renovation project  kicked off with the help of several artists and friends. The rundown camper was completely gutted, removing all of its moldy furnishings and replacing its wooden structure. The resulting design is a fantastically vibrant music studio, complete with turntables. Of course, the  pièce de résistance  is the soft pink fur used to line the walls and help with sound insulation . With the help of artists  Fabrizio Morra ,  Rasmus Linderos  and  Enrike Puerto,  the exterior of the camper was painted with a bold pattern of colors and shapes that perfectly reflect the project’s mission. + Snask + Turning Tables Via Design Boom Images via Snask

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3-wheeled electric truck doubles as a sweet tiny camper

February 17, 2020 by  
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The worlds of electric vehicles and tiny campers have collided to bring us the Elektro Frosch — a tiny, three-wheeled electric pickup truck that has a fold-out camper. The cute little “Electric Frog” campers have everything you need to enjoy a minimalist outdoor excursion, including a camper that sleeps two and a large tarp that pulls out from the vehicle to cover the cooking and dining space. Designed by the German company Elektro Frosch, the electric truck comes in two sizes: the Big and the Pro. Although the designs are slightly different, each three-wheeled, fire-engine red vehicle is equipped with 2,500 watts of energy that enable the electric truck to travel up to 37 miles on one charge. Granted, that’s not much power, but for a quick weekend in the wilderness, it should do the trick. Related: Tiny TigerMoth Camper generates power while being towed The electric trucks come with custom camping modules that fit snugly in the flatbed area but can also be easily removed. Completely street-legal, these tiny trucks are incredibly lightweight at just 529 pounds, yet they are strong enough to hold up to 1,157 pounds. The camping setup has everything needed for an off-grid adventure. The bright orange tent, which sleeps two, folds up and out and is accessible by a ladder. The functional electric vehicle also includes a pull-out tarp that can be staked into the landscape for support. This space can be used as a covered kitchen and dining area or just general lounge space with some protection from the elements. The dining table comes with plenty of storage and a slide-out shelf that can be used for extra preparation space. The tiny camper also comes with several fold-out stools, creating the perfect setting for owners to enjoy the fresh air. The entire set-up, electric truck and all, is 4,900 euros (about $5,300). + Elektro Frosch Via Treehugger Images via Elektro Frosh

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Old van converted into solar-powered bohemian beach hut on wheels

October 28, 2019 by  
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British designers Supertramped Co. have converted an old Mercedes-Benz T2 van into an incredible bohemian-inspired home on wheels. Ernie is a bright blue and white van that has been completely renovated with a fun, shabby chic interior design that  not only includes some whimsical beachy decor, but also an array of 400-watt solar panels that allow the beautiful camper to go off grid virtually anywhere. The Mercedes-Benz T2 vans were produced by Daimler-Benz from 1967 to 1996, and the boxy, durable vehicles were often used as ambulances or delivery trucks.  The vans were also known for their smooth maneuverability, something that, along with its compact shape, makes them the perfect type of van to convert into a vibrant home on wheels. Related: Amazing camper van maximizes space with clever boat design tricks According to the Somerset-based designers, the clients approached them with the idea of a surf-inspired mobile beach hut that would serve as their tiny home on wheels while exploring the world. Inspired by the sea and trajectory of the van, designers went to work and created Ernie— a beautiful camper van that runs on solar power. The exterior of the van is a bright blue and white, paying homage to the typical large striped umbrellas found on the sea side. The beachy theme continues throughout the interior with a fun, shabby-chic interior design . The walls are clad in rustic wooden panels punctuated with plenty of large windows, giving the space a warm atmosphere . The main living area is a compact, but cozy space with bench seating and dining table that sits across from the kitchen. Throughout the tiny space, fun decor made up of seashells and starfish trinkets add a bit of whimsy to the design. Like most camper van conversions, the design for the kitchen space has to be functional and space-efficient, and Ernie delivers in spades. The main area is  equipped with a fridge/freezer combo, stove top and oven. comprised of whitewashed cabinetry with a vibrant blue and white backsplash. A farmhouse sink adds a nice country style touch to the seaside vibe. Further past the kitchen is a small bathroom with full shower and marine toilet. However, the shower stall is incredibly original, featuring exposed pipes, subway tiled-inspired wooden wallboards, a giant skylight above that lets in tons of natural light . The sleeping space is located in the very back of the camper. A bed platform is set up with plenty of storage for sporting equipment, clothing, etc. underneath. A pair of dual doors open outward to take in the unobstructed views. In contrast to its warm, laid-back interior, Ernie also boasts a very hightech system. The van was installed with several modern features such as Alexa-controlled lighting, a surround sound system, WiFi, UV water sterilizer, led lights and a 400-watt solar array . + Supertramped Co. Via Curbed Photography by Simon and Kiana Photography

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This concept camper van brings luxury to off-roading #vanlife

October 8, 2019 by  
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Camper vans have been around for generations, but after 5 minutes of watching traffic in any national park, you’ll see that they have come a long way since the Volkswagen version that was once ubiquitous along surfing coastlines. Sprinter vans, common in today’s #vanlife era, are a model of van produced by Mercedes-Benz. Other manufacturers are pumping out similar designs to keep up with the trend, and each company has its own spin on the concept with an optimized combination of minimization, comfort and maneuverability. Hymer, a German company, has recently revealed its vision of a luxury camper van for 2025 and beyond — the VisionVenture. Imagine a sleek apartment compressed into an off-road vehicle, and you have the basis for the VisionVenture. Equipped for comfort, it offers sleeping areas, a sleek bathroom and plenty of seating alongside 4×4 capabilities that allow you to escape the crowds. Related: This camper van features not just one, but two sleeping pods in its cozy interior The concept car starts with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van grille, doors and lights and adapts the rest of the front end for additional space by pushing out the windshield and redesigning the canopy and engine hood. This change creates better flow and a more open feel between the cab and the center of the van . The kitchen is anchored around a central stairway with built-in storage that leads to a pop-up bedding solution with upper insulation and quick-respond temperature control. The main living area welcomes in natural light through large side windows and a rear door, which opens to create a covered terrace complete with a pull-out barbecue station. There’s even space for a full-capacity bathroom with a toilet, shower and sink that can be collapsed against the wall for more space. Lush interior decor adds to the feeling of home with spacious couches that can be converted into additional bedding, wall decor, shelving, lighting and accessories for all your digital needs. While the idea is comfort coupled with the ability to go remote, the designers included some sustainable technology into the project as well with wheel arch fairings and other body parts manufactured by 3D printers. The system also includes photovoltaic components for low-impact, off-grid power production. + Hymer Via Geek.com Images via Hymer

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This concept camper van brings luxury to off-roading #vanlife

October 8, 2019 by  
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Camper vans have been around for generations, but after 5 minutes of watching traffic in any national park, you’ll see that they have come a long way since the Volkswagen version that was once ubiquitous along surfing coastlines. Sprinter vans, common in today’s #vanlife era, are a model of van produced by Mercedes-Benz. Other manufacturers are pumping out similar designs to keep up with the trend, and each company has its own spin on the concept with an optimized combination of minimization, comfort and maneuverability. Hymer, a German company, has recently revealed its vision of a luxury camper van for 2025 and beyond — the VisionVenture. Imagine a sleek apartment compressed into an off-road vehicle, and you have the basis for the VisionVenture. Equipped for comfort, it offers sleeping areas, a sleek bathroom and plenty of seating alongside 4×4 capabilities that allow you to escape the crowds. Related: This camper van features not just one, but two sleeping pods in its cozy interior The concept car starts with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van grille, doors and lights and adapts the rest of the front end for additional space by pushing out the windshield and redesigning the canopy and engine hood. This change creates better flow and a more open feel between the cab and the center of the van . The kitchen is anchored around a central stairway with built-in storage that leads to a pop-up bedding solution with upper insulation and quick-respond temperature control. The main living area welcomes in natural light through large side windows and a rear door, which opens to create a covered terrace complete with a pull-out barbecue station. There’s even space for a full-capacity bathroom with a toilet, shower and sink that can be collapsed against the wall for more space. Lush interior decor adds to the feeling of home with spacious couches that can be converted into additional bedding, wall decor, shelving, lighting and accessories for all your digital needs. While the idea is comfort coupled with the ability to go remote, the designers included some sustainable technology into the project as well with wheel arch fairings and other body parts manufactured by 3D printers. The system also includes photovoltaic components for low-impact, off-grid power production. + Hymer Via Geek.com Images via Hymer

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This futuristic, solar-powered travel trailer can be pulled by small cars

April 22, 2019 by  
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There’s no dispute that travel trailers are gaining popularity among those looking to get off the grid and use fewer natural resources, especially while enjoying activities such as camping and road tripping. At 760 pounds and just over 12 feet in length, the Polydrop trailer is an impressive option for your next adventure. Created by architectural designer Kyung-Hyun Lew, this travel trailer has a lightweight frame and sleeps two people comfortably. For the minimalist traveler, it has pretty much all the essentials. The 2017 prototype was so lightweight that the designer was able to travel for an entire year with the personal trailer hitched to a small 4-cylinder car. The attention gained from Lew’s initial 2017 trip influenced the newer 2019 version with improved parts. Inside the wooden cabin bolted to the aluminum frame, there is a three-quarter-sized mattress, three sections of storage cubbies, two USB outlets and a vented roof. The interior is lit with recessed  LED lighting , and thick insulation protects inhabitants from all sorts of weather while saving energy. Heating (controlled by a thermostat), lighting and the electronic system are all powered by a solar panel. Related: Lume Traveler offers panoramic sky views from an open roof There is also a kitchenette with cabinets for electric hookups as well as two storage drawers in the rear. Unlike other travel trailers , the Polydrop doesn’t leave much room for the kitchen space, but the makers insisted that it has all the essentials for a camping trip at a site with separate facilities, like restrooms and benches, available. This isn’t your grandfather’s travel trailer — the Polydrop makes use of a polygonized teardrop shape with a super modern design and a futuristic feel. Safety wise, Timbren Independent suspension and hydraulic disk brakes get the job done for safe driveability. For the unfussy traveler who just needs a place to rest and some storage, the Polydrop certainly offers a successful approach to camping and road-tripping. The simplicity with a sleek, modern design is perfect for those looking for something not quite as bulky as a traditional travel trailer but more comfortable than a tent. + Polydrop Via Curbed Images via Polydrop

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Lume Traveler offers panoramic sky views from an open roof

August 23, 2018 by  
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Just when you thought campers couldn’t offer any more incredible features, along comes Lume Traveler , an inconspicuous aluminum trailer with a simple 6-foot-long retractable roof that lets you gaze at the sky while lying in bed. It’s the icing on the cake for a camper that already offers many modern amenities, including an outdoor kitchen and solar panels . Imagine lying on your back in a comfy double bed and simply retracting a 6-foot by 3.6-foot fabric panel that covers most of the camper’s roof, revealing a sweeping view of the sky, day or night. Gaze at constellations, count falling stars or soak up some rays as you get lost in the reverberating orchestra of nature’s sounds. It even has a built-in screen to keep out bugs and other unwanted creatures. When you’re ready to come down to earth, Lume Traveler is just as comfortable and stimulating. The enhanced interior boasts a leather wall, teak floors and a place specially designed to house an optional audio system and 32-inch flat screen TV. Upscale trims include oak, linen, convenient roll-up curtains and gray wool felt wall coverings that repel dirt. Related to: Sleep beneath the Milky Way in these amazing Bubble Domes in Ireland Cooking al fresco is another feature that adds an adventurous aspect to Lume Traveler’s charm. Just open the trailer’s rear hatch to reveal two gas burners perched atop a stainless steel counter. For larger meals, fire up the grill with the extra gas connection. Under the kitchen counter is a 40-liter fridge that slides out for easy access. Meal preparation is a snap with a sink and cutting board combo, and there is ample lower and upper cabinet space for dishes, pots, pans and dry goods. All indoor power is generated by a 100-watt solar panel . All in all, the Lume Traveler combines the joy of the great outdoors, the security of a sound shelter and the basic amenities of home. This innovative trailer is a development inspired by campers who long to convene with nature while still enjoying some modern conveniences. + Lume Traveler Via Curbed Images via Lume Traveler

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Solar-powered Austin home can save owners nearly $100K in energy costs

August 23, 2018 by  
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This sculptural home in Austin is a scene-stealer, for more reasons than just its good looks. For starters, the dwelling—named the Vista Residence—is powered with a 15.4-kiloWatt rooftop photovoltaic system that not only covers an estimated 90% of the home’s annual energy needs, but is expected to help save homeowners more than $94,000 in energy costs over the next 30 years. Miró Rivera Architects designed the abode with many energy-efficient features for long-term cost savings that include both low-tech and high-tech elements from deep overhangs to a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) mechanical system. Nestled into a steep slope in West Austin, the Vista Residence lives up to its name with full-height glazing that frames sweeping views of the hill country landscape and downtown Austin. The large windows, found throughout the home, let in ample natural light. A material palette dominated by exposed concrete, metal and concrete panel cladding emphasize low maintenance and a contemporary aesthetic. Inside, the 8,660-square-foot house is split into three floors and organized around a dramatic staircase made from over 200 individual pieces of steel and white oak treads. Flooded with light from above, the dramatic central stair branches off to the various rooms of the home defined by white walls and white oak floors. The first floor, which is partially buried into the hillside, houses two bedrooms, a shared bath, a game room, a storage / mechanical room as well as access to a small courtyard. The floor above is far more spacious and consists of the main living areas as well as the master suite. A small third floor contains an office with a sitting area, kitchenette, bath and outdoor balcony. Related: A net-zero modern farmhouse kicks off a sustainable community in Texas The architects installed a 15.4-kiloWatt rooftop photovoltaic system that covers an estimated 90% of the Vista Residence’s annual energy, an amount the architects say is equivalent to offsetting 18.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year (equal to the annual energy use of 1.8 average homes). The payback period for solar will take an estimated eight years. High-performance materials and energy-saving fixtures were installed throughout. + Miró Rivera Architects Images by Paul Finkel | Piston Design>

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The Nugget Plus camper van has all the amenities you need for life on the road, including a toilet

August 20, 2018 by  
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Compact camper vans have come a long, long way since the ’50s and ’60s, when the only amenity was a mattress tossed on a cold steel floor. RVs have upped the ante with stoves, sinks, and makeshift showers and toilets, but traditional vans lagged behind with no toilets, a major inconvenience for many who love living on the road . The Nugget Plus, a new camper van from Ford and Westfalia, is here to change that. Westfalia and Ford have joined forces and designed the Nugget Plus, a camper van that has the normal trappings of a kitchen, as well as a double bed in the pop-up roof and one that rests atop the dining table at nightfall. It goes above and beyond other camper vans, though, by including the coveted feature of a toilet. Related: The Droplet is a light-filled teardrop trailer inspired by Scandinavian design Due to space restrictions, the toilet is located in the kitchen area. It includes a retractable screen for visual privacy, and a small drop-down sink sits opposite the bathroom. In addition to its unusual toilet feature, the Nugget includes dining space for five people, a fridge and a two-burner stove. The Nugget also has two 11-gallon (42-liter) fresh and waste water tanks and an EcoBlue Euro 5 diesel engine. And if you happen to have $72,500 to spare, it could be yours. + Westfalia/Ford Images via Westfalia/Ford

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