7 transforming mobile homes for adventuring in the great outdoors

May 1, 2018 by  
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The days of stuffing the family and gear into a cramped, dark camper are long gone. Today’s transforming mobile homes are packed with technology that allows them to expand at the push of a button, double (or triple) in size, and conquer the most rugged of landscapes. Read on to check out seven high-tech tiny homes on wheels for nature-loving wanderers. The De Markies Trailer triples in size There are few things we love more than a tiny camper that doubles in size — unless it’s a camper that triples in size. At first glance, the incredible De Markies trailer doesn’t look like much of a camper. It’s a tiny, nondescript box on wheels — until its accordion-like ends are folded out, tripling its interior space. The inside is equipped with collapsible furniture, a full kitchenette with a four-person dinette table and a spacious lounge area that can adjust to be open-air. The De Markies camper was created by Dutch designer Eduard Bohtlingk more than thirty years ago, proving that good, strategic design is timeless. The Air Opus camper inflates in 90 seconds Adventurers know the value of being efficient while on the road — and that’s why the Air Opus is a godsend. The innovative camper is equipped with a self-inflating system that pops up in 90 seconds flat, with just a simple flick of a switch. The added space and saved time are great advantages when setting up camp. When it’s time to hit the road again, the Air Opus has quick-release valves that deflate the camper in 30 seconds. The entire structure can be folded up and ready to go in less than two minutes. The Homie expands in a minute When it comes to the next generation of miniature recreational vehicles, the cute little Homie — designed by Wide Path Camper — is leading the pack. When folded up, the camper measures just 58 inches long, 57 inches high and 39 inches wide. But when the outer shell is rotated back 90 degrees and fastened to the front inner shell, it expands its interior substantially. Its compact size and handy setup make it a great weekend camper. Related: Solar-powered EarthCruiser camper expands at the push of a button Beauer’s camper telescopes to 3X its size Tiny and sleek, the Beauer 3X embodies all there is to love about the modern-day trailer. French company Beauer was inspired by the compact ease that a typical tear drop camper offers, but wanted to increase floor size when parked. Using a “nestled can” design, the Beauer 3X structure expands outward to three times its size in about 20 seconds. The Sealander pulls double duty as a boat Campers often cater to land-loving adventurers, but rarely do we see a design crafted to go on both land and water. The Sealander is an innovative, one-of-a-kind caravan that pulls double duty as a boat. Once on-site, the camper just needs a motor attachment before being eased into the water. A sun roof gives the camper an open-air option while navigating the high seas… or just any old lake. All of its components are corrosion free, so rust will never be a problem. Fiftyten turns any pickup into a tiny home Fiftyten Adventure System can transform most pickup trucks into tiny mobile homes. The camper is comprised of three parts: first, a simple tray with side storage and a pull-out rear drawer provides space for supplies. Second, a large box that fits on the tray can be equipped with a kitchen module. And finally, a pop-up camper on top of the box provides extra space for sleeping, or it can serve as a storage area for bikes, kayaks and other gear. The Doubleback extends 6 feet in an instant At first glance, the Doubleback Van looks like a normal van. However, the vehicle hides a few astonishing secrets within its humble exterior. With just the press of a button, a rear compartment automatically slides outward, doubling the interior space. The top of the van has a roof that can be elevated, revealing space for a drop-down bed and three windows. Inside, there is another fold-out bed, a dining area and a small kitchen. The strategic space-extending features allow the Doubleback Van to comfortably house four people. Images via Eduard Bohtlingk, Opus Campers , Wide Perth Camper, Beauer, Sealander , Fiftyten , and Doubleback Van

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"The only way to see Iceland" with adorable mini Mink Campers

March 13, 2018 by  
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Photographs of Icelanic landscapes tend to incite serious wanderlust — add a tiny camper to the scene and you’ve got the makings of a swoon-worthy outdoors adventure. Local company Mink Campers is offering their little trailers for rent, saying they’re “the only way to see Iceland,” and from the pictures, we just might agree. Ever wanted to explore Iceland? Mink Campers allows you to get out there in nature without completely waving goodbye to the 21st century. Their two-person campers, rented with a 4×4 vehicle, allow you to sleep under the stars while also enjoying electricity, WiFi, USB charging, and a Bose sound system. Related: Off-grid camping just got so much better with these solar-powered teardrop trailers The Mink Camper, which is around nine-feet by five-feet by six-feet, has a queen mattress inside. A Webasto heating system provides warmth while campers gaze at the sky through a roof skylight. Round side windows also let in light, while LED lighting brightens up the camper when it’s dark. Scandinavian linen, a blanket, pillows, and a duvet will keep explorers cozy. Two adults can snuggle in — or around four kids, as seen in the Instagram picture below. Kids are brutally honest critics and by the look on these faces we need not say more..#kids #campingwithkids #summer #campinglife #minkcampers #hastens #bose #roadtripiceland #campinginstyle #campinginiceland #wanderlust #adventurecamping #travel #travelblog #travelphoto #iceland #roadtrip #exploring #lovecamping #outdoorlife #outside #enjoylife #hästens A post shared by Mink Campers (@minkcampers) on Feb 2, 2018 at 5:02pm PST What about breakfast the next morning? There’s an open air kitchen around the back of the trailer, equipped with a gas stove, illuminated ice chest, kitchen tools, and a table and chairs. During summer 2017, people could rent the camper with a 4×4 Dacia Duster supplied by Avis . The camper cost 119 Euros, around $146, per day, with the Duster costing 150 Euros, around $185, a day, bringing the total, which Mink Campers said included cleaning and value-added tax, to 269 Euros, or around $331. Mink Campers recommended people rest at dedicated camping sites, which they said cost around $10 to $15 per person and often offer showers and toilets. They included warnings for adventurers who might not be familiar with driving in the country as weather can change rapidly. Beyond watching out for gravel roads, single-lane bridges, and blind hills, drivers also need to keep an eye out for another potential hazard: “numerous sheep roaming freely.” You can find out more information on the Mink Campers website or check out additional images on the company’s Instagram page . + Mink Campers Images courtesy of Mink Campers

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Off-grid camping just got so much better with these solar-powered teardrop trailers

October 5, 2017 by  
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Explorers could venture way off the grid thanks to a new collaboration between teardrop trailer maker Vistabule and solar power company Sunflare . Sunflare makes bendy solar panels a few micrometers thick that can be taped to any surface – so they’re the perfect solution to adorn the top of the Vistable camper , conforming to its unique shape. The lightweight solar panels add virtually no weight to the trailer. Vistabule trailers, manufactured by Minnesota Teardrop Trailers, can now be lined with flexible solar panels on their rooftops. Solar energy allows users to turn on lights, charge phones, and cook in the trailer’s full kitchen off-grid . Sunflare CEO Philip Gao said the solar panels can be installed on a new trailer or retrofitted to ones people already own. Related: Sunflare’s new ultra-thin solar “wallpaper” can stick to any surface The trailers feature 1950’s-inspired design, with plenty of space inside for adventurers to store gear, cook dinner, or snuggle up. There’s a full-size sofa bed, collapsible coffee table, and drop-down nightstands inside. A two-burner stovetop and sink with running water allows users to prepare food. Several large windows offer grand views inside the trailer that can be towed by just about any car. With Sunflare solar panels atop the Vistabule trailer can fully charge two smartphones, charge a laptop up to 30 percent, allow campers to switch on the lights and a fan, enable the refrigerator to keep running all day for two and a half days, and run the heater for three hours per day. Sunflare says after that users will probably need to recharge the battery . Minnesota Teardrop Trailers CEO Bert Taylor said in a statement, “When we first started our business, we wanted to make a camping trailer that was beautiful, energy efficient, and would easily blend technology with human comfort. Adding Sunflare solar collection panels to our Vistabule trailers substantially lengthens the time campers can be off the grid, and greatly enhances the entire camping experience.” + Sunflare + Vistabule Images courtesy of Sunflare and Vistabule Facebook

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Is the Foldable Pedal-Powered Wide Path Camper a Perfect Home Away from Home?

November 27, 2014 by  
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Six Yummy Organic Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make for Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2014 by  
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Jeffrey Eyster’s Modern Recreational Vehicle is an Off-Grid, Mobile Nature Retreat

November 29, 2012 by  
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Influenced by both prefabricated modern architecture and vehicle design, the Modern Recreational Vehicle, or MRV-1, can be towed to remote locations in nature. Jeffrey Eyster of  A+E Architecture  was drawn to the idea of creating a nature retreat that would blur the boundaries between permanent prefab homes and ephemeral camping structures, and he envisioned a structure that would have modern comforts without any of the symbols of camping. The sustainable studio provides sleeping for two, heating and air conditioning, a composting toilet, a shower, and a small kitchen. Eyster is currently raising funds at USA Projects in order to build and test a prototype. + A+E Architecture + MRV-1 at USA Projects The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: a+e architecture , campers , camping , jeffrey eyster , mobile architecture , mobile homes , mobile studio , Modern Recreational Vehicle , MRV-1 , nature retreat

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November 29, 2012 by  
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Influenced by both prefabricated modern architecture and vehicle design, the Modern Recreational Vehicle, or MRV-1, can be towed to remote locations in nature. Jeffrey Eyster of  A+E Architecture  was drawn to the idea of creating a nature retreat that would blur the boundaries between permanent prefab homes and ephemeral camping structures, and he envisioned a structure that would have modern comforts without any of the symbols of camping. The sustainable studio provides sleeping for two, heating and air conditioning, a composting toilet, a shower, and a small kitchen. Eyster is currently raising funds at USA Projects in order to build and test a prototype. + A+E Architecture + MRV-1 at USA Projects The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: a+e architecture , campers , camping , jeffrey eyster , mobile architecture , mobile homes , mobile studio , Modern Recreational Vehicle , MRV-1 , nature retreat

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Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts for Green Thumbs!

November 29, 2012 by  
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If you’ve got someone on your list who loves to garden, then ’tis the season to give that green thumb a gift that will help them tend to the world’s plants, flowers and veggies. We’ve rounded up some of the best green gifts for every kind of gardener , from the city-dweller to the suburbanite and everything in between. Check out all of our top picks in our Green Holiday Gift Guide ahead! GIFTS FOR GREEN THUMBS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: back to the roots , corazon hummingbird feeder , dawn redwood bonsaid kit , DIY terrarium , eco christmas , eco friendly presents , eco holiday , eco xmas , eco-friendly gifts , environmentally friendly gifts , environmentally friendly presents , flatpack birdhouse , garden rocks , gifts for gardeners , gifts for the green thumb , green christmas , green gift guide , green gifts for gardeners , green holiday , green holiday gift guide , green presents , green thumb gift ideas , green thumb presents , green xmas , growbottle , holiday garden gifts , holiday gifts for gardeners , INDOOR CULINARY HERB GARDEN STARTER KIT , kneelo kneeling pad , mini hothouse , mushroom kit , naturemill , raindrop mason beehouse , recycled silverware garden markers , ren hand cream , what to give gardeners

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November 29, 2012 by  
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If you’ve got someone on your list who loves to garden, then ’tis the season to give that green thumb a gift that will help them tend to the world’s plants, flowers and veggies. We’ve rounded up some of the best green gifts for every kind of gardener , from the city-dweller to the suburbanite and everything in between. Check out all of our top picks in our Green Holiday Gift Guide ahead! GIFTS FOR GREEN THUMBS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: back to the roots , corazon hummingbird feeder , dawn redwood bonsaid kit , DIY terrarium , eco christmas , eco friendly presents , eco holiday , eco xmas , eco-friendly gifts , environmentally friendly gifts , environmentally friendly presents , flatpack birdhouse , garden rocks , gifts for gardeners , gifts for the green thumb , green christmas , green gift guide , green gifts for gardeners , green holiday , green holiday gift guide , green presents , green thumb gift ideas , green thumb presents , green xmas , growbottle , holiday garden gifts , holiday gifts for gardeners , INDOOR CULINARY HERB GARDEN STARTER KIT , kneelo kneeling pad , mini hothouse , mushroom kit , naturemill , raindrop mason beehouse , recycled silverware garden markers , ren hand cream , what to give gardeners

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14 Eco-Friendly Design Alternatives to the Traditional Christmas Tree

November 29, 2012 by  
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