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Dethleffs keeps things light and bright with quirky Coco caravan

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Small camping trailers have been growing in popularity, and the Dethleffs Coco would be a fun, stylish addition to the US market
Small camping trailers have been growing in popularity, and the Dethleffs Coco would be a fun, stylish addition to the US market
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Small camping trailers have been growing in popularity, and the Dethleffs Coco would be a fun, stylish addition to the US market
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Small camping trailers have been growing in popularity, and the Dethleffs Coco would be a fun, stylish addition to the US market
With a weight just over 1,550 lb, the Coco is designed to be easy to tow but roomy and comfortable
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With a weight just over 1,550 lb, the Coco is designed to be easy to tow but roomy and comfortable
The corner bathroom includes a toilet and fold-down sink, but does away with the interior shower, leaving folks to pull the faucet out the window if they want a shower
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The corner bathroom includes a toilet and fold-down sink, but does away with the interior shower, leaving folks to pull the faucet out the window if they want a shower
The rear couch converts to a double bed
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The rear couch converts to a double bed
We can confirm that the interior feels spacious and open for a small caravan
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We can confirm that the interior feels spacious and open for a small caravan
Front kitchen with large skylight/window and tall 142-L fridge
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Front kitchen with large skylight/window and tall 142-L fridge
Outdoor shower
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Outdoor shower
The awning is available separately, offering some serious shade
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The awning is available separately, offering some serious shade
Dethleffs shows the Coco at the 2018 Dusseldorf Caravan Salon
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Dethleffs shows the Coco at the 2018 Dusseldorf Caravan Salon
The Coco has an interesting shape that's part teardrop and part breadbox
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The Coco has an interesting shape that's part teardrop and part breadbox
A look at the Coco caravan on show at the 2018 Caravan Salon
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A look at the Coco caravan on show at the 2018 Caravan Salon
Dethleffs Coco kitchen
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Dethleffs Coco kitchen
The fold-down bathroom sink helps save space
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The fold-down bathroom sink helps save space
Inside the Dethleffs Coco
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Inside the Dethleffs Coco
We don't see it on the option sheet, but Dethleffs has a projector system inside at the show
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We don't see it on the option sheet, but Dethleffs has a projector system inside at the show
The cozy breakfast nook – the table can remove for added space or for use in the kitchen
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The cozy breakfast nook – the table can remove for added space or for use in the kitchen
The kitchen block has a dual-burner stove and sink
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The kitchen block has a dual-burner stove and sink
Dual-burner stove
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Dual-burner stove
A look back at the sofa
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A look back at the sofa
Upper cabinetry and skylights
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Upper cabinetry and skylights
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Striking, stylish camping trailers are all the rage right now, as the teardrop renaissance continues and unique trailers like the Lume Traveler and Airstream Nest burst forth onto the scene. The latest among these light, youthful tow-alongs is the Dethleffs Coco, a trailer that was but a concept just a year ago and has now matured into a fun, curvy base camp for adventurous couples. The Coco is currently serving as the basis of a forward-thinking electrified concept caravan, but the standard production version is pretty cool, too.

Dethleffs showed the Coco as a lightweight design study at last year's Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, where it appeared alongside the buzz-worthy E.Home electric motorhome. We checked out the production Coco at this year's Düsseldorf show and found that it follows the design of the concept quite closely – which is a very good thing.

The Coco has an interesting shape that's part teardrop and part breadbox
The Coco has an interesting shape that's part teardrop and part breadbox

An exploration of modern styling as much as lightweight construction, the Coco blends cues from teardrop and breadbox trailers to create something a little different. It's what happens when the big, rounded front of a teardrop doesn't drop and instead extends along a level plane back to the vertical rear wall. The resulting structure manages to be visually impactful while supporting large, practical dimensions.

The Coco's interior benefits greatly from the high, boxy shell, offering a long, open floor plan that stretches back to a U-shaped couch that converts into a bed for two. That open interior is flooded with light thanks to the numerous windows, including a row of skylights that ends in a long, arching window on the rounded caravan nose.

We can confirm that the interior feels spacious and open for a small caravan
We can confirm that the interior feels spacious and open for a small caravan

A small bistro table can be set up like a breakfast nook between the rear sofa and entrance, or in the kitchen as extra worktop. That front kitchen includes a dual-burner stove, sink and slim, full-height 142-L refrigerator.

Dethleffs has even managed to squeeze in a front-corner washroom with toilet and fold-down sink. The faucet head can also be stretched out the bathroom window and used as an outdoor shower.

Outdoor shower
Outdoor shower

The production Coco is heavier than last year's concept but still manages to tow lightly thanks to a curb weight of just 708 kg (1,561 lb). It rides on a weight-optimized chassis that can carry a total weight of up to 900 kg (1,984 lb).

The Coco bases in at €18,799 (approx. US$21,930), but many of the features described, including the 142-L fridge, retractable indoor/outdoor bathroom faucet and skylight array, are part of the Lounge package, which bumps the total price up to €22,298 (US$26,000). Other Lounge package equipment includes a beefier 1,100-kg-rated (2,425-lb) chassis, upsized 44-L fresh water tank (20-L tank standard) and hot water heater. The large wraparound awning shown in some of the photos is available as a separate upgrade.

Source: Dethleffs (German)

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