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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tow behind nearly anything -- it's the Scarab pop-up

While not designed for the year-around camper, there's a new production model "pop up" trailer that puts a whole new spin on the idea. Called the Scarab, it could be the dream of motorcycle riding RVers – or for those with SmartCars that want to tow a shelter with them.

ScarabRV is looking for financial support through crowd-funding for their new, 300 pound, tow-behind-nearly-anything pop-up trailer. Unlike conventional pop-ups, the Scarab doesn't require cranking up the roof, but rather, push a button on a remote control, and within a minute, the "tent" shelter inflates, ready to take occupants out of unwelcome weather.

The company wants to secure $350,000 in financing through crowd funding in just a month. If they're successful, they'll produce the Scarab, which according to a media release boasts these features: "The independent suspension, the extremely low weight and the finely tuned low center of gravity make the ScarabRV a pleasure to take along. The storage compartments provide plentiful capacity for sleeping bags, fishing gear, cook stoves and other conveniences. The front storage compartment is easily accessible for storage of drinks, weather gear and other items that you might want quick access to. Your tent automatically opens and closes at the touch of a remote button. Within 60 seconds, the wings open and the tent inflates, ready to shelter you from the elements. If you’ve ever been out on the plains on a late afternoon, or in a big sky country you know the value of finding quick shelter.

A range of contributions will get you anything from logo designed items, or even your own, personalized Scarab – for a mere $4,200 – a bit less than the expected retail price of $6,500.

Click here to visit the crowd-funding web site.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Slovakian group prototypes "tiny" dwelling -- RV to follow

Living small seems to be a buzzword these days. Small apartments. Tiny houses. Of course, RVers have been living small for decades, so getting more living into a smaller space is nothing new. At a time when tiny houses might be described as "quaint" a group of Slovakian architects are dreaming up a kind of tiny house that could never be described as anything but "techno." And they may turn the same concept into an unusual RV.

It's called Ecocapsule. Looks a wee bit like what some RVers call "Egg RVs," with those interesting rounded curves made famous by Bowler and others. But the team, Nice Architects, have gone farther, in an attempt to make a self-sustaining living space come to life. Slightly over 14 feet long and pushing eight feet wide, the rounded Ecocapsule is coated with solar cells, and with the addition of a 600 watt wind turbine to pump juice into its 800 amp-hour battery bank, the rig is said to reasonably support a couple. A clever rain-catching system draws both rain and dew from the rig and stores it in a basement-located fresh water tank, ready to pump back into the galley through a filter system.

Inside, a fold-down bed, a work area and dinette suitable for two. Storage space, "for all your sport or research equipment." The group touts their genius as  having "luxuries of a hotel room that are now also available in wilderness." Built-in kitchenette with running water, flushing toilet and hot shower are some of those "luxuries." At this stage of the production game, the group has produced a prototype for display, and says it will offer prices late this year for units to be built starting in 2016. By the following year they hope to have units available that are on their own wheels, read-that, 'recreational vehicle.'

What about prices? The group has cagily held up on listing a price until late this year. However, if you order one from Slovakia, paying whatever the price turns out to be, you can have it shipped to New York in a shipping container for an estimated $2,500.

More information on the website here.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Vintage Dodge RV advertisement -- if you only had one in mint condition

It's been a "fur piece" since Dodge built an RV. Long enough, that we've probably forgotten all the different rigs this outfit produced. Along comes SenseiAlan, a user who's really into vintage advertisements. Kind enough to share this with us, we send it along for your recollections.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

New European camper tows behind your two-wheeler

Wide Path Bike Camper photo

With fuel prices on the "what goes down must come up" eventuality, maybe it's time for some to think about economy camping. Now from Denmark, the Wide Path Bike Camper. The lightweight design – scaling in at less than 100 pounds – is said to be fit to sleep "2.5 people." Some of us may find that we meet that limit all on our own, but if there's more than one of you, the company is quick to show their rig hitched to a bicycle built for two.

Well, Daisy, you'll find inside 300 liters of storage space (79 gallons), seating areas, and fold down beds. Option packages include solar panels with battery and inside lighting, colors of your choice, a setup for outside dining (two chairs and attachable table).

Sad to say, only Europeans can take advantage of this, "now taking orders," rig, base priced at just 2,000 Euros – about $2700. However, we're including some of the quaint, "translated to English" sales talk.

"All prices is included VAT, and is for sale in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Nederland, Belgium and the UK. The shown prices is for our preorder period only, counting 50 campers. All campers sold on preorder will be shipped directly from us. When preordering a camper, with or without packages, 20% of the total sum, has to be paid up front, as deposit, before the order is valid. If the order is canceled, the deposit will not be returned. All prices is without shipping, but we always do our best, to get the good transport price to you, or you can collect it directly from our production facility, in Sønderborg, free of charge."

Get more info here.

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