Fast forward to 2015 and camping is looking pretty damn cool! I say 2015, because that’s when (hopefully) we’ll be able to buy a Romotow, “the next frontier in mobile living”.
Created for today’s innovation savvy generation, this design is a pretty radical departure from the boxy and cumbersome caravans we know and, yeah alright, love. But still! The Romotow was created by W2 Limited, a multi-disciplinary design consultancy based in Christchurch, New Zealand and headed up by interior designer Matt Wilkie and structural engineer Stuart Winterbourn.
How cool is the living area ?! It extends out automatically from its sheltered exterior, with an damn ingenious automated swivel, to create up to 70% more floor area to enjoy. Yippee!
It’s aerodynamic and lightweight for fuel efficiency purposes and towing stability. It will have power assisted braking, pneumatic shocks, gyro assisted self-levelling pads and struts, and even a rear mounted camera.
W2 is busy approaching leading caravan manufacturers with the view of building a prototype for testing and fitting and eventual production.
“A friend of ours imports caravans from the UK and we got talking one day about the potential cost savings of a flat-packed caravan design that would be easy to manufacture, ship and use. We did some research and realised that caravans had taken a bit of a bad rap in previous years. One camping association had even blamed Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson for his frequent abuse of caravans!” says Matt Wilkie.
“While looking at the movement of a Swiss army knife at our picnic, an idea came to us on how we could create a covered [living] area. We then sketched a ‘mobile living’ unit that could be anything: a caravan, a mobile café, a home office, a weekend escape – and from that moment the concept took on a life of its own.”
The Romotow will come in a range of sizes (loving that 9m baby) and yes, even the possibility of being a horse float! Read more here.
Roll on 2015!