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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World’s first solar-powered, indoor vertical farm sprouts in Philadelphia

October 5, 2017 by  
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Future-farming experts Metropolis Farms have opened the world’s first solar powered, indoor vertical farm in the heart of Philadelphia . Although the City of Brotherly Love currently hosts only about eight acres of urban farming due to lack of traditional agricultural land, Metropolis Farms seeks to take advantage of the urban jungle to provide a new model for local agriculture in the city. Rather than receiving sunlight from the open air, the crops will receive concentrated full-spectrum light in a controlled indoor environment. In its latest undertaking, Metropolis Farms has installed a 500 kilowatt solar array composed of over 2,000 solar panels, which will be used to power the indoor vertical operation. The company plans to produce the equivalent of 660 acres of traditional farmland on less than 100,000 square feet. While it may not always be sunny in Philadelphia, the solar panels atop Metropolis Farms are an innovative way to capture energy and redirect it towards an efficient, controlled environment for growing vegetables. “By bringing the growing process indoors, in line with our mission of social responsibility, we are revitalizing abandoned spaces and are using them for local food production,” said Metropolis Farms in a statement. Their technological design is applicable for urban environments regardless of climate , making local, fresh, sustainable food accessible for the billions of people that live in cities across the globe. Related: This brilliant floating farm actually heals the world’s oceans The primary challenge to an efficient indoor growing operation is the high cost of electricity to power the lighting and pumps necessary to keep the plants healthy. Through its use of on-site solar power and further innovations, Metropolis Farms seeks to eventually achieve a zero-carbon farming operation. The company hopes to reveal its latest innovative practices and technology at the 2017 Indoor Ag-Con, which will be hosted by Philadelphia for the first time. Via Clean Technica Images via Metropolis Farms  and Jonas Ingold/Flickr

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This huge ‘tiny house’ on wheels can fit a family of five!

September 12, 2017 by  
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Tiny homes are a huge hit – but we’ve never seen one this big before! The Pemberly is a traveling house made from a large gooseneck trailer by Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses . It’s packed with enough features and amenities to accommodate a family of five. Measuring 37 feet in length, the Pemberly is based on a custom Trailer Made 30’+7? gooseneck trailer with Dexter air ride suspension axles that smooth out bumps in the road. The house weighs 21,000 lbs and has a total floor space of 460 square feet (42.7 square meters) The team made it easy to unhook the trailer from the truck – and the house automatically levels with a push of a button. Related: Self-sufficient SCARAB remote living habitat can be placed almost anywhere The interior is organized around the living room. The kitchen features a small wood-burning stove , granite countertops, custom cabinetry, a Miele induction cooktop, a combination steam and convection oven, a Bosch fridge, an on-demand hot water system, and a garbage disposal. The bathroom has a shower, a medicine cabinet, an efficient water heater and a whole house dehumidifier to rid the interior of excess moisture. Related: Affordable and compact Dinky Dub camper offers a modular twist to the vintage VW look A steel pipe ladder leads to the bedroom on top of the gooseneck. The bedroom has enough room to install a trundle bunk with a pull-out bed for temporary guests. This space also has a little room for toys and play time which can be closed off with a pocket door. A large catwalk connects the master bedroom to another bedroom with two closets. Air circulation is provided by an inline fan installed above the door. Two sets of vertical louvers provide privacy and block views from the outside, and LEDs light up the interior and exterior. + Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses Via New Atlas

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Affordable and compact Dinky Dub camper offers a modular twist to the vintage VW look

November 2, 2016 by  
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Weighing in at just 1,000 pounds, the Dinky Dub does come with some sacrifices when compared with its full-sized sibling. The smaller VW Type 2 tow-along loses a pair of windows, 3 feet in length, and the pop-top roof, which means the interior height is maxed out at 4.3 feet. In return for these tradeoffs, the Dinky Dub starts at just $12,800—a fraction of the cost of the larger models. Related: Airstream’s new Basecamp is a tiny house you can tow practically anywhere The Dinky Dub is centered on a convertible dinette set flanked by benches that transform into a two-person bed. A modular kitchenette is tucked into the rear hatch and can be customized to include a sink and portable stove. Since the Dinky Dub was created with a modular design, buyers are free to customize their trailer from the inclusion of solar panels to additional appliances. Dub Box is finalizing design details and plans to launch the Dinky Dub, which is available for reservations, in 2017. + Dinky Dub Via New Atlas Images via Dub Box

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This Self-Healing House features plants, moss, and birds to create a living facade

October 14, 2016 by  
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Some might think metropolitan living means you can’t commune with nature, but designer Edwin Indera Waskita’s Self-Healing House shatters that misconception. Waskita’s project transforms barrier-like walls into a mutually maintained scaffolding for plants, mosses, and birds to mingle with the human residents inside. By encouraging the growth of plant life, birds are lured to the spot and deposit seeds for more greenery to grow. The result is a space that perfectly unifies nature and modern living. Waskita’s proposal would create a balanced symbiosis with the surrounding natural world while providing housing for those in the world’s busiest cities. He created the concept for neighborhoods in Jakarta, Indonesia that suffer with substandard living conditions. Homes in the Kampung Pulo area of Jakarta, along the Chiliwung River, can be cramped, uncomfortable and unsafe. They can also lack reliable electricity, clean water and access to fresh food. Waskita’s proposal tackles this issues by turning squalor-like conditions into a symbiotic, safe space. The “Self-Healing” home features an exterior “ecological skin”. This skin is created using palm fiber, normally a waste product, to create a medium in which seeds can take sprout and grow. These plants are then attract birds, which will come and build nests underneath the roof, which is designed to accommodate them. The plants also absorb carbon, while providing clean oxygen for the home’s inhabitants. Home dwellers can harvest bird eggs from the nests for food, along with the plants. Related: Biodesign Competition winners announced – algae takes center stage For the hard structure of the home, bio-concrete will be used. This self-healing bio-concrete is able to filter air and water, creating a healthy space for the home’s inhabitants. Solar panels on top of the roof provide reliable electricity, while an open-water reservoir on another part of the roof collects rainwater. Skywalks connect the buildings so that city-dwellers can have a safe way to travel from one part of the neighborhood to another. But beyond providing better living conditions, the design also encourages community cohesion. Community participation is required both in the initial phase and ongoing to maintain the homes. The Self-Healing House is a demonstration of how buildings can become living structures to work within a bigger system of interconnectedness. Instead of fighting to widen the divide between human homes and the rest of the outside environment , it serves as an example of how we can embrace our deep ties to the natural world. The project wowed judges as a winner in the Biodesign Competition ’s Housing Category. +Self-Healing House Images via Edwin Indera Waskita

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Kengo Kuma’s ultra-minimalist trailer is the perfect shell for your nomadic adventures

October 14, 2016 by  
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Snow Peak is a Japan-based maker of technical outdoor gear founded in 1958. Now a global retailer with two stores in the US, the company produces everything from nearly indestructible titanium mugs and utensils to stoves, tents, and even camping furniture. All of their pieces are thoughtfully designed with real-world use in mind, but Kengo Kuma’s tiny minimalist trailer takes the cake (or, perhaps more appropriately for the camping crowd, the s’more). Related: Top eco-friendly camping gear for conscientious outdoor enthusiasts The trailer ’s walls are lined in raw plywood, mimicking the bare bones functionality of the tatami mats found in traditional Japanese homes. The tiny portable shelter has a few clever features integrated into its design, which other trailer makers should heed post-haste. When closed up in traveling mode, the trailer is a sheltered box, but when parked at camp , its window and door coverings become awnings and tables, creating much-needed usable surfaces without requiring extra pieces of furniture. Beyond that, the trailer is a blank canvas to be utilized in whatever way its owners see fit. The renowned architect’s unique trailer is available for purchase from Snow Peak for $33,800 (3.5 million yen), tax excluded, for a basic model. A tiny shelter on wheels with LEDs and a bed platform will cost a little more. Right now, sales are limited to those within the company, but the retailer said general sales will be offered next spring. + Kengo Kuma and Associates + Snow Peak Via Treehugger Images via Kengo Kuma and Associates

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The Ridekick Electric Child Trailer Makes it Easy to Bike With Your Kids in Tow

February 16, 2013 by  
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Ridekick International , a Colorado-based group whose mission is to encourage people to replace short car trips with bicycle rides has come up with a handy solution for parents who might be hesitant to pedal off on errands with the kids in tow. The Ridekick Electric Child Trailer is a motorized carrier that slots onto the back of your bicycle, and with a DC hub motor and a lithium-ion battery can push a bike on a single charge for up to 15 miles. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Child Trailer , Children Bike , e-bike , electric bike , Electric Bike Trailer , Kid Trailer , Motorized Bike Trailer , Ridekick Trailer

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Vintage Trailer Renovated Into Beautiful Live + Work Space By Downsizing Architect

October 19, 2011 by  
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Photos: Matthew Hofmann Tiny homes , retrofitting old trailers into eco-friendly mobile homes are becoming more widespread as people are questioning the need for ” stuff ” and a mortgage

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BBC Unveils Awesome Frozen Planet Trailer; Series Will Tackle Climate Change (Video)

October 10, 2011 by  
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Holy sh!t. I just watched the trailer for Frozen Planet , the latest nature doc collaboration between the BBC and the Discovery Channel, and it gave me chills. As in, I saw the brief, pixelated, jumpy YouTube teaser, and there they were–full-on chills. Full disclosure, obviously: TreeHugger is owned by Discovery. But I had nothing to do with the making of this film, nor was I aware that it even existed until I watched the trailer over at io9 . I will say that it’s high time for a couple breathtaking documentaries about the Arctic and the Anta… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Sheep Wagons Converted into Rustic (and Adorable) Mobile Living Spaces

August 25, 2011 by  
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For those of us that were raised playing the classic computer game Oregon Trail, our childhood dreams have just come true. One  company in Idaho is bringing the covered wagon into the 2000s with their converted sheep wagon mobile homes! These canvas covered homes by Idaho Sheep Wagons rival pop-up trailers and have way more green street cred than giant, gas guzzling mobile homes. Though you can order your new rustic trailer with original antique spoked wheels, they also come in a highway safe version . Read the rest of Sheep Wagons Converted into Rustic (and Adorable) Mobile Living Spaces Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco mobile home , green sheep wagon , green trailer , interesting living spaces , mobile home , mobile house , mobile living spaces , pop up trailer , sheep wagon , sustainable mobile home , sustainable trailer , traditional mobile home , trailer , unique living spaces

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