Camping, that's something for older people and Dutch Inhabitants? But just for them? No! Thanks to "Caravisio", a Design and Technology Caravan Study by Knaus Tabbert Camping might be "in" pretty soon.
The bavarian company Knaus Tabbert is a leading manufacturer of recreational vehicles in Europe but as the sales figures are constantly declining innovations and new products are the key for selling more and also they will help to attract new customers - such as me.
I've never understood People why they pack such a huge caravan or travel trailer and drive on "holiday" with it. I mean, just remember that you are like tied to the right lane on the Autobahn (while all the small cars are driving by on the left lane), this would be the first reason for me not to drive such a huge thing. And you can't park on normal parking spots, you can't drive to the city center of your destination, you cant, you cant, you cant. But you have everything necessary with you, don't need to sleep in a tent but in a soft mattress that you can call your own and not hundreds of peoples already left their spittle or other things inside it, forever. So Yes, there might me an advantage in spending holidays with a caravan. And you can - theoretically - stop everywhere. But all these white or yellow exterior colors are not very appealing, huh?
And so the Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf, Germany, (the world biggest caravaning trade fair to me mentioned) happened where Knaus Tabbert unveiled a Concept Car .. eerrr, Concept Caravan - the Caravisio.
The Creation out of this "Caravisio – The Caravan of the Future" project will never produced the way it is, but it demonstrates the "could be" standards for future caravaning.
Based on a both futuristic and innovative vision of a manufacturer, an expert group of industry-established and external suppliers and designers was established with the objective to develop a study of the caravan of the future together. Development work altogether lasted almost two years, from the first sketch to the completely designed and assembled caravan. But not only the development of this study is unique, the caravan itself also is full of sophisticated technology.
A new type of layout forms the basis of the Caravisio concept: Single beds in the front are arranged in V-shape and can be turned into a large double bed by way of a mattress extension. The bed position allows clearly improved aerodynamics. During the day the sleeping room is activated, and the beds with raised upholstery elements are an invitation to relay. With the large panorama window this room is a very special attraction.
A genuine room bath therefore comes next to the "front cockpit". Shower and washroom feature an intelligent water control system with storage function that is controlled with a touch display. The actual living room develops into an open rear with adjoining veranda, designed like the salon of a yacht. The ceiling is covered by dark textile material and gives the interior a very special atmosphere. At the same time it improves the air distribution of the air-conditioning system from above. A full-HD beamer is integrated in the ceiling and projects its image onto the glass sliding door in the rear. If desired, the beamer image can be mirrored and thus allows small-scale "public viewing" with neighbours on the rear veranda.
Controlling the caravan of the future also possible shows a trend. By way of a bus system essential elements inside and outside the caravan can be comfortably and centrally controlled with an app. With an air-suspension chassis, for example, the complete caravan can be lowered to ground level in only a few seconds to allow barrier-free access to the interior. With an iPhone, iPad etc. the steadies also can be controlled individually. The caravan levels itself automatically. The door of the Caravisio features another highlight. Both the entrance door and the outside hatches of the front stowage compartments can be centrally locked with a finger scan.