Camp-Line's connected camper van is an ultramodern lounge on wheels
German outfit Camp-Line jumped onto the conversion scene in 2017, determined to optimize the RV around the whims of today's youthful, wanderlust-filled connected traveler. It has since loaded its award-winning camper van series with the comforts and technologies of home, from smart TVs, to Wi-Fi, to premium audio. Debuted this month at CMT 2020, its all-new "Lounge" flagship van relies on crisp whites, blacks, grays and stainless steels to live up to its name, embracing road travelers with the atmosphere of an intimate hotel room or downtown lounge.
Camp-Line starts the new Lounge off with a rear lounge similar to the style of floor plan popular in British conversions like the RP Rebel or IH 680CRD. A roomy U-shaped sofa wraps around a central dining table, which lowers down at night to convert over into a large 75 x 72-in (190 x 184-cm) bed.
Space for that large rear lounge is left available by the compact kitchen and the bathroom compartment pushed forward to the back of the driver's seat. The simple kitchen block includes a single-burner induction cooktop and sink, a 65L stainless steel compressor fridge hanging on the wall across the aisle. The compact washroom, meanwhile, packs in a fold-down sink over top a toilet.
Camp-Line fills out the van with a tech-focused amenities package, the likes of which you won't find in the average camper van. It lays roots with a 200-Ah lithium-iron-phosphate battery, 320W solar charging system and 3-kW inverter, all of which team to power onboard equipment like the projector-based entertainment system serving up content from the Apple TV, HD antenna and Chromecast. Additional features include Wi-Fi, a Pioneer infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a head-up display, a reverse camera system, and a premium Pioneer sound system with eight-channel amplifier and down-firing subwoofer. A living area touchscreen command center with app connectivity offers accessible control for various living area components.
The Lounge also comes with a Nespresso coffee machine, camp heater, exterior awning, LED lighting, 65L fresh water tank, front and rear skylights, and 12 and 230V electrical outlets. It's built on a Ducato with 138-hp 2.3-liter Multijet engine and eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and includes a Camp-Line exterior graphics package. Base price slides in at €74,990 (approx. US$82,650), as listed in Camp-Line's 2020 catalog.
We walked through the Ducato-based Camp-Line Lounge at CMT, and it's definitely an impressive upscale camper van. It seems like Camp-Line might push even further upmarket with a Mercedes Sprinter variant. The MBUX infotainment screen with "Mercedes Pro" menu tips the Sprinter model off in Camp-Line Lounge photos like the one above.
The Sprinter variant shown features a slightly different design with its fridge right next to the kitchen block, an arched kitchen faucet and hanging lamps over the sofa. It's an even homier space than the CMT-debuted Ducato van, and we'll be keeping an eye out for more information about a Sprinter "Lounge" at future shows.