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The Yacht-inspired Caravisio camper concept

The Yacht-inspired Caravisio c...
Knaus Tabbert presents the Caravisio concept at the 2013 Dusseldorf Caravan Salon
Knaus Tabbert presents the Caravisio concept at the 2013 Dusseldorf Caravan Salon
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Bold LED taillights and a yacht-like sun deck
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Bold LED taillights and a yacht-like sun deck
The living area opens at the back
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The living area opens at the back
The tapered design of the Caravisio is aimed at improved aerodynamics
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The tapered design of the Caravisio is aimed at improved aerodynamics
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Front storage area
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Front storage area
The Caravisio's triangular front-end limits wind resistance
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The Caravisio's triangular front-end limits wind resistance
The Caravisio's triangular front-end limits wind resistance
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The Caravisio's triangular front-end limits wind resistance
A peek inside through the rear window
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A peek inside through the rear window
Wheel coverings further aerodynamics
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Wheel coverings further aerodynamics
Knaus Tabbert worked with more than 20 partners on the Caravisio
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Knaus Tabbert worked with more than 20 partners on the Caravisio
A Mercedes with Caravisio in tow
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A Mercedes with Caravisio in tow
The Caravisio represents a possible direction for the future of caravanning
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The Caravisio represents a possible direction for the future of caravanning
The Caravisio concept at the 2013 Dusseldorf Caravan Salon
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The Caravisio concept at the 2013 Dusseldorf Caravan Salon
The Caravisio uses V-shaped beds inside to allow for its more sculpted exterior
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The Caravisio uses V-shaped beds inside to allow for its more sculpted exterior
A look inside the Caravisio
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A look inside the Caravisio
The living area
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The living area
A look inside the Caravisio
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A look inside the Caravisio
A look inside the Caravisio
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A look inside the Caravisio
The Caravisio's settings are controlled via smartphone app
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The Caravisio's settings are controlled via smartphone app
Caravisio rendering
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Caravisio rendering
The Caravisio prepares for its Dusseldorf debut
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The Caravisio prepares for its Dusseldorf debut
Knaus Tabbert presents the Caravisio concept at the 2013 Dusseldorf Caravan Salon
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Knaus Tabbert presents the Caravisio concept at the 2013 Dusseldorf Caravan Salon
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Citing declining caravan numbers in Europe, German manufacturer Knaus Tabbert decided to rethink camper design, creating what it calls "the caravan of the future." The Caravisio design study draws its inspiration from the water as well as the future, pulling some yacht-like elements onto the streets.

More than just a single manufacturer's idea, the Caravisio represents two years' worth of collaboration between more than 20 different companies and industry experts. It therefore reflects a collective prognostication of what the future camper might look like.

Unlike the tractor trailer-like boxes that the terms "camper" and "caravan" may make you think of, the Carivisio's shell design was put through intense wind tunnel testing to create superior aerodynamic performance. The pointed front-end is possible because of a unique V-shaped bed design inside. From there, side skirts, tapered C pillars and a rear spoiler help the Caravisio slice through the oncoming wind.

A look inside the Caravisio
A look inside the Caravisio

Inside, the two single beds laid out in a V shape turn into a single double bed with the help of a mattress extension. The front bedroom offers a cozy and scenic respite thanks to the large panoramic window.

Attempting to bring some of the comforts of a full-sized motor home to the small caravan segment, Knaus Tabbert and company skip the claustrophobic toilet/shower closet in favor of a fuller, more spacious bathroom. An intelligent water management system controls water usage with the help of its own touchscreen.

The living area opens at the back
The living area opens at the back

The rear of the interior opens up to a fold-out deck, a design that was inspired by yacht salons. A remote controlled deck roof offers protection from the sun and lowers for driving, protecting the dual pedelec bicycles stored in back from the elements. An integrated induction charging system charges the bikes' batteries while they're in tow.

While the living area is clearly designed for lounging and relaxing, it can also get down to business. Knaus says that the furniture can quickly be rearranged into a functional work station with supportive, ergonomic seating. Electrical hook-ups power and charge laptops and other work devices.

Both the interior and exterior equipment and settings are controlled via a smartphone app. For instance, the app can adjust the air suspension to lower the caravan body to ground level for loading. The app can also alter the appearance of the rear doors from clear to frosted. The latter setting allows the doors to serve as a projection screen for the ceiling-mounted HD projector. Carivisio's designers imagine a mirroring feature that broadcasts the picture outside, as well as inside, letting the occupants offer entertainment for other campground guests. A finger scanner locks and unlocks the Caravisio's doors.

Knaus Tabbert says explicitly that "the caravan does not claim to be reproducible nor to be suitable for series production," so it appears this design study has no production future.

Source: Knaus Tabbert

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18 comments
Nairda
Wonder if in the foreseeable future they will also consider electric assist so the camper can pull its own weight or use regenerative breaking on up and downs. Maybe even EBD,
Otherwise people will continue to require giant SUVs to pull these things, and they will continue to be speed limited.
Marcus Carr
I didn't see a bathroom... or a kitchen sink, cooktop or microwave...
Shane Shuttleworth
+1 Nairda on the electric assist I would also like to see a bit more ground clearance on something like this, possibly hydraulic lift for speed humps etc
The Skud
Hey! Give it Drive By Wire, a turbo Boxster motor and electric brakes and who needs a tow vehicle? Turn signals and headlights ec. could be blended right in.
Wejitu Geodol
Put an engine in it, why won't ya??!!!!
BigGoofyGuy
I think this is really beautiful. I can see the yacht influences in it.
DOC HOLLYWOOD
No shower? No flexible solar panels? No high intensity exterior L.E.D. arrays? No exterior camera(s) with internal video feed?
Grunt
Is it even amphibious? ;-))
Colin Fox
So what is the point of this if it can't be reproduced?
Airsoft-World Scotland
This ingenious new design, although extremely impressive, is very close to that of the current USA style 5th wheel campers. All they have done is taken the idea, changed the door design and fitted a standard 'A-frame' tow hitch.