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Knaus Boxlife camper van sleeps seven and still loads up with bikes and gear

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The Boxlife 630 ME's optional lower bed creates a four-sleeper rear cargo area
The Boxlife 630 ME's optional lower bed creates a four-sleeper rear cargo area
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The Boxlife 630 ME's optional lower bed creates a four-sleeper rear cargo area
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The Boxlife 630 ME's optional lower bed creates a four-sleeper rear cargo area
Remove one of the lower mattresses and you get a three-sleeper that can carry a bike
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Remove one of the lower mattresses and you get a three-sleeper that can carry a bike
The interior features a front dinette, central bathroom and kitchen block
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The interior features a front dinette, central bathroom and kitchen block
Inside the Knaus Boxlife 630 ME camper van
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Inside the Knaus Boxlife 630 ME camper van
The Boxlife 630 ME's standard multi-adjustable rear bed lifts out of the way for bike hauling
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The Boxlife 630 ME's standard multi-adjustable rear bed lifts out of the way for bike hauling
Easily load a pair of bikes below the Boxlife's rear bed
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Easily load a pair of bikes below the Boxlife's rear bed
The Boxlife's available lower rear bed can convert to a scenic couch
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The Boxlife's available lower rear bed can convert to a scenic couch
The Boxlife comes standard with a cabin/water heater
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The Boxlife comes standard with a cabin/water heater
The 630 ME offers longitudinal rear beds
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The 630 ME offers longitudinal rear beds
The available lower rear bed offers a roomy sleep for two more people; add the available front beds and the 630 ME sleeps seven in all
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The available lower rear bed offers a roomy sleep for two more people; add the available front beds and the 630 ME sleeps seven in all
Knaus even manages to squeeze two electric bikes in back of the single lower bed
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Knaus even manages to squeeze two electric bikes in back of the single lower bed
The Boxlife is designed for maximum versatility 
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The Boxlife is designed for maximum versatility 
Plenty of free cargo space below the lift-away rear bed
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Plenty of free cargo space below the lift-away rear bed
Knaus packs in plenty of overhead storage compartments
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Knaus packs in plenty of overhead storage compartments
Inside the Knaus Boxlife 630 ME
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Inside the Knaus Boxlife 630 ME
The Boxlife is based on the Fiat Ducato
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The Boxlife is based on the Fiat Ducato
Adjustable dining table
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Adjustable dining table
Knaus Boxlife 630 ME night floor plan
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Knaus Boxlife 630 ME night floor plan
Knaus Boxlife 630 ME day floor plan
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Knaus Boxlife 630 ME day floor plan
Knaus Boxlife
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Knaus Boxlife
The Boxlife has a variety of options available
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The Boxlife has a variety of options available
Add a little color to the Boxlife from Knaus' full selection of options
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Add a little color to the Boxlife from Knaus' full selection of options
Another available Boxlife look
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Another available Boxlife look

Camper vans usually sleep two to four people on a combination of rear bed and optional pop-up roof bed. Occasionally we see a van that can sleep five or six. The latest Boxlife from Germany's Knaus goes a step further, sleeping up to seven people on four available lift-away and stow-away beds. That's impressive enough, but the van's variable, multifunctional furniture also allows campers to clear out the load area to pack in bikes, boards and other gear for the trip. All in all, it's an outdoor adventure powerhouse.

Knaus revamped the Fiat Ducato-based Boxlife this year, declaring it an ultra-flexible space for travel and recreation. The 630 ME floor plan is the highlight of the lineup, a 250-in (636-cm)-long van that starts with one standard rear bed. Set longitudinally for full comfort, this 77 x 67-in (195 x 170-cm) bed features a manual multi-stage adjustment system that lets you set it at different heights. Lift it up high to store large gear during the ride, then drop it down to sleeping height at night, much like on Knaus' VW Boxdrive. That makes the base van a versatile, little two-sleeper.

Another available Boxlife look
Another available Boxlife look

Where the Boxlife 630 ME pulls speedily away from other vans in terms of sleeping capacity and versatility is in its full selection of optional add-on beds. The first of these beds mounts below the rear lift-away bed, creating a bunk bed layout that sleeps two more people on a larger 80 x 72-in (202 x 184-cm) lower longitudinal mattress.

The versatile lower rear bed can lean up into sofa position, allowing campers to sit and enjoy the view out the load doors. It can also remove completely when not needed, freeing up more cargo space. Or owners can leave a single mattress installed to sleep a total of three people in the rear while packing a bike or other cargo just behind it. Owners gain serious control in managing space around people and gear.

The Boxlife is designed for maximum versatility 
The Boxlife is designed for maximum versatility 

Moving to the front of the van, buyers can add two more sleeping berths via the available 76 x 51-in (194 x 130-cm) lift-away bed. Below, an available convertible dinette kit adds a final 63 x 24-in (160 x 60-cm) single bed to round out the seven available berths. Adjust the beds out of the way during the day, and you still have a comfortable van with plenty of cargo and living space — only at night does it become a veritable hostel on wheels.

Beyond its bedtime trickery, the Boxlife 630 ME is a straightforward camper van with traditional European layout. The kitchen block inside the side entry includes a glass-top dual-burner stove and a sink with worktop lid. A 90L fridge just to the side keeps cold food close at hand, while a foldable counter extension to the other side adds additional work space.

Across the way, the wet bathroom includes a shower and rotating toilet and the dinette splits the two-seat rear bench and swivel cab seats with an adjustable, extendable table. The van can sleep up to seven, but it only seats four during dinner and driving — so those others will need to find their own way to the campground, and they should probably bring some folding chairs.

Inside the Knaus Boxlife 630 ME camper van
Inside the Knaus Boxlife 630 ME camper van

The Boxlife includes a Truma Combi 6D cabin/water heater standard and also comes with a 95-Ah AGM battery, 12V and 230V outlets, LED lighting, comfort blinds and plenty of overhead storage. Thanks to the diesel heating system, the new van relies on a downsized 2.7-kg LPG canister, which is easier to replace and adds more space in the rear.

The Boxlife 630 ME starts at €51,670 (approx. US$58,325) in Germany, according to the 2020 price list Knaus released this month. It rides on a Fiat Ducato with 118-hp 2.3-liter Multijet engine.

The video below zooms in on the flexible, multi-position Boxlife rear cargo/sleeping area and other van features, showing how it adjusts on the fly to make #vanlife more efficient and comfortable.

KNAUS BOXLIFE 2019 - Diesel Heater + Lifting Bed = Variable CUV

Source: Knaus

2 comments
FabianLamaestra
Wow, 60k for this design is not bad.
ShahbazParsipour
this is really good ... but it'd be great if things like this came in a hybrid-electric version as well! and of coruse for the same price!