• Dec 23rd 2012 at 8:59AM
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When it comes to camping, Americans tend to either rough it with tents or go for broke in massive bus-size recreational vehicles. Down in Australia and New Zealand, the caravan reigns supreme. Not to be confused with the Dodge minivan offering, caravans provide humble accommodations for vacationing, but they can be pulled by much smaller vehicles than, say, a fullsize Airstream trailer.

New Zealand-based design house W2 has unveiled a new twist on the caravan with the Romotow, and it is clearly not your ordinary camper trailer. Claimed to be inspired by a USB drive, this trailer folds in and out of itself, providing extra living space. Lightweight materials are used, and the concept also features power-assisted braking, self-leveling pads and shocks and a backup camera. The interior features a bathroom, kitchenette, louvers for cross ventilation, and available features such as deck area and sliding doors.

W2 is currently at the design and testing stage. A fully functional Romotow should be ready by 2015. If you are a camper that's tired of roughing it, or one who enjoys the outdoors but would prefer more domestic confines, the Romotow looks like a solid option for a camping tr- er, caravan. Check out more on this wild concept in the video below.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      So the only thing gained is basically a covered porch area; wouldn't it be easier/cheaper to just have an awning on a standard trailer and avoid the complexity of the pivot, and all the wasted material in building essentially two solid shells?
        • 2 Years Ago
        Designers don't think logically
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not just have a thin outer part swing out as a porch and leave the enclosed living area in place with the rest of the trailer
        • 2 Years Ago
        That was my thought; you wouldn't have to overdesign the hinges if you weren't swinging the bulk of the trailer out.
      • 2 Years Ago
      or you could just get a retractable canopy for your regular trailer.......
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree with others - as much as I like innovative trailers, the complexity on this one is too high for what essentially is just a covered porch. If they could make it so that the expanded area was fully enclosed and had its own floor to make it in to a big living/dining area, it would be worth the complexity, but not in its current form. Tangent; my favorite trailer is still the Sealander "schwimmcaravan" - I really want one of those.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting concept, but the pivot mechanism is too complex, a single simple pivot would be better. Also, the cantilevered living pod would need support from below as the tires would not resist the toppling moment well enough...
      • 2 Years Ago
      It will NEVER get built, but purely from a design perspective, that is a really neat idea.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gees you guys. I detect a little of the good ol' US NMH syndrome. It's a concept. While the idea may not suit everyone, the idea is cool. The basic idea has much merit and could be adapted to suit a multitude of configurations. As you say, caravans rule down here and I feel this would be more popular than the recenly released, in Oz, Airstream range. I know that Airstream have a justifyably huge following in the US, so before you complain, would you pay $120 - 150,000 for a caravan with the access door on the wrong side? Because that's what they're charging for one here.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I sure hope W2 Designs have some other products they're working on, because this one is not gonna put food on the table.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very cool, makes a nice art-deco outdoor living room!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks cool but that's where it ends. It would be way more functional if it slid out.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Why would it be more functional that way? Many folks, including me, don't need more indoor space, we need more covered space. If you need more than a sleeping and eating area in a camper, you're doing it totally wrong. This would provide a shady seating area for eating, with the interior for sleeping.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't wait for the guys on Top Gear to get their hands on one. They love caravans. ;-)
      • 2 Years Ago
      Crazy Kiwi's. Though I will admit this is pretty cool, and probably the camper of choice if you're a nerd.
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