• Oct 3rd 2010 at 4:17PM
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swissRoomBox – Click above to watch the video after the jump

The Swiss are masters of precision. The world's most elegant timepieces hail from Switzerland. The multi-purpose and compact tool known as the Swiss Army Knife is praised throughout the world for its utility and dependability. Swiss-made products carry their label as a badge of honor that commands respect.

Philippe Perakis, a former mountain bike racer, is carrying this ethos into an amazing product designed for the outdoor enthusiast. Perakis has created the swissRoomBox, and its simple name belies a complex and mechanically beautiful product. The swissRoomBox is essentially a motor home squeezed into a few boxes, which fit neatly into the back of any mid-size hatchback, wagon, crossover or SUV.

The name of the game here is "ease of use," and the swissRoomBox delivers. Initial setup requires connecting a supplied cable to the battery and mounting the unit to four anchor points in the back of the car. It can then be installed or removed within ten minutes. Once in, however, it transforms your car into a mini RV. The swissRoomBox can be used to cook food, take a shower, and provide power and drinking water. It can even be detached to create seating or sleeping space.

It's an amazing piece of engineering that provides an endless amount of useful features. The swissRoomBox goes on sale in October 2010 but pricing has yet to be announced. Bonus: The company has stated that they are able to ship to the United States – get ready, Honda Element owners. Want to see one put to use? We have video of the swissRoomBox in action on the other side of the jump.

[Source: swissRoomBox via The Adventure Life]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I need that :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd spend hours just to figure out how it works. No, I never had Legos when I was little.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Listen, if that young 'thang' in the silver-gray swimsuit was along to cook lunch, etc., I'd happily set it all up and take it all down, all day, every day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All the folks at Expedition Portal forums have been building these things for years, nothing new, just a company trying to mainstream what is part of building your vehicle out for self-contained overland travel.

      Add a roof-top tent setup, or a lightweight tent trailer and it becomes a lot more useful.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Plastic folding table- Check
      Roll out picnic table- Check
      5 gallon jug of water- Check
      Camp stove- Check
      Solar powered shower- Check
      1/2" piece of plywood cut out to the shape of an SUV with the seats down- Check
      Pots, pans, utensils- Check
      Rubbermaid boxes to store it all and keep animals out at night- Check

      I already have all this stuff, I don't need some cheap particle board version that will likely break or end up missing pieces to get the same exact effect (or worse) at probably 10 times the price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that ad was the most European thing I have ever seen. It's like Ikea decided to shoot some soft-core porn. It is a very cool product but I doubt many Americans will have the patience to figure out this maze/puzzle of a setup. I also doubt American men want to go camping while wearing capri pants and cooking up fesh pasta dishes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most campsites will have at least a fire pit, but this is an interesting product for sites without facilities.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is really, REALLY cool! I would totally get that. Although it makes sense that they would target Element owners, because when you put in the sleeping position, there's not much room left!
      • 4 Years Ago
      No thanks, I'd rather have my RV get less than double digit miles per gallon figures and take half my worldly possessions with me when camping.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah I'm failing to see how usefull this thing actually is... I mean... skip the table and chairs and all you have is a sink bowl, water-tank with spray nozzel, and a hot-plate... Do I really need buy this thing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't Richard Hammond already do this only better?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where do store the sleeping bags and other gear - in the back seat? What about fishing gear, a cooler? That little ass cooler wont fit more than three beers.

      Seems like a tent and ruck sack take up far less space. The hot plate is retarded because a fire is part of the fun of camping.

      The little sink is very nice. The shower is next to worthless. The fold out table is nice. The little picnic table is not so nice, the little chairs look uncomfortable but maybe they work.

      Some good ideas, some are a stretch. Overall not bad, but the target group for something like this will all ready have a tent, ruck and camping gear. Most places one would camp you cant take your car. The places that you can take your car (a campsite) already have all the amenities this contains.
      • 4 Years Ago
      She showers wearing a bikini! thats uncomfortable
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