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In photos: Awesome teardrops and small trailers from the 2018 Caravan Salon

In photos: Awesome teardrops a...
There were some classics sprinkled around outside of the Oldtimer section, and our favorite was this combo of Glas Goggomobile TS 250 and Elektro-Stahlbau Piccolo trailer
There were some classics sprinkled around outside of the Oldtimer section, and our favorite was this combo of Glas Goggomobile TS 250 and Elektro-Stahlbau Piccolo trailer
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1973 Ferdinand Schaefer 500 polyester caravan on display in the Oldtimer section 
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1973 Ferdinand Schaefer 500 polyester caravan on display in the Oldtimer section 
This caravan was another top choice among our favorite classics, looking like a cross between a personal submarine and a zeppelin
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This caravan was another top choice among our favorite classics, looking like a cross between a personal submarine and a zeppelin
1962 Fahti U. Maly Windspiel
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1962 Fahti U. Maly Windspiel
1962 Fahti U. Maly Windspiel
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1962 Fahti U. Maly Windspiel
The 1962 Josef Hartmann FaWoBoo pop-up caravan includes an integrated boat in its design, providing outdoor recreation in multiple forms
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The 1962 Josef Hartmann FaWoBoo pop-up caravan includes an integrated boat in its design, providing outdoor recreation in multiple forms
It appears the FaWoBoo folds out into a more complete home on wheels
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It appears the FaWoBoo folds out into a more complete home on wheels
The Jurgen Explorer caught our eye before it even made it onto the show floor
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The Jurgen Explorer caught our eye before it even made it onto the show floor
South Africa's Jurgen Safari Caravans tests out the European market with its line-up of caravans, like this ultra-rugged Explorer
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South Africa's Jurgen Safari Caravans tests out the European market with its line-up of caravans, like this ultra-rugged Explorer
The Dethleffs E.Home Coco concept is one of the technological highlights of the show
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The Dethleffs E.Home Coco concept is one of the technological highlights of the show
The E.Home Coco features a dual-motor electric axle that kicks in propulsion energy to effectively cut the tow weight of the caravan 
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The E.Home Coco features a dual-motor electric axle that kicks in propulsion energy to effectively cut the tow weight of the caravan 
The idea of the E.Home Coco is to cut tow weight so that smaller vehicles, including electrics with limited range, can pull it to and from camp
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The idea of the E.Home Coco is to cut tow weight so that smaller vehicles, including electrics with limited range, can pull it to and from camp
The E.Home Coco is just a concept, but it's based on the Coco, which launched into production recently after appearing as a concept at last year's Dusseldorf show. Here it features the available wraparound awning
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The E.Home Coco is just a concept, but it's based on the Coco, which launched into production recently after appearing as a concept at last year's Dusseldorf show. Here it features the available wraparound awning
The Dethleffs Coco has a highly distinctive shape that's somewhere between a bread box and teardrop
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The Dethleffs Coco has a highly distinctive shape that's somewhere between a bread box and teardrop
Dethleffs Coco trailer
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Dethleffs Coco trailer
With its angular teardrop shape and LED light strips, the Lifestyle Camper X-Line caught our attention immediately
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With its angular teardrop shape and LED light strips, the Lifestyle Camper X-Line caught our attention immediately
The X-Line is the more rugged of the two trailers Lifestyle has on display and is covered in a Line-X protective coating
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The X-Line is the more rugged of the two trailers Lifestyle has on display and is covered in a Line-X protective coating
A look at the Lifestyle X-Line galley
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A look at the Lifestyle X-Line galley
Refrigerator stored neatly below the Lifestyle X-Line's counter
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Refrigerator stored neatly below the Lifestyle X-Line's counter
A peek in the cabin of the Lifestyle X-Line
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A peek in the cabin of the Lifestyle X-Line
Based in the Ukraine, Lifestyle Camper offers a variety of options on its trailers, including TV
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Based in the Ukraine, Lifestyle Camper offers a variety of options on its trailers, including TV
We liked the X-Line, but the Lifestyle SteelDrop really stole the booth
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We liked the X-Line, but the Lifestyle SteelDrop really stole the booth
A protective awning and bright lighting on the Lifestyle SteelDrop trailer
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A protective awning and bright lighting on the Lifestyle SteelDrop trailer
Inside the Lifestyle SteelDrop
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Inside the Lifestyle SteelDrop
Based upon pricing provided at the show, the SteelDrop comes in three trims, ranging between €9,200 and €14,500
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Based upon pricing provided at the show, the SteelDrop comes in three trims, ranging between €9,200 and €14,500
Adria's Action trailers do a bit of reshaping around the basic teardrop, lending a unique look
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Adria's Action trailers do a bit of reshaping around the basic teardrop, lending a unique look
This Adria Action 391 PD wore a base price of €17,499 and a final price of €18,356
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This Adria Action 391 PD wore a base price of €17,499 and a final price of €18,356
Inside, the Adria Action 391 PD features a corner dinette with adjustable table
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Inside, the Adria Action 391 PD features a corner dinette with adjustable table
Adria manages to slide a small bathroom into the Action 391 PD
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Adria manages to slide a small bathroom into the Action 391 PD
The Dethleffs E.Home Coco riding behind a BMW i3
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The Dethleffs E.Home Coco riding behind a BMW i3
Inside, the Dethleffs Coco has a front kitchen block below a large skylight
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Inside, the Dethleffs Coco has a front kitchen block below a large skylight
Dethleffs Coco bathroom with toilet and fold-down sink
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Dethleffs Coco bathroom with toilet and fold-down sink
A better look at the large Skylight inside the Dethleffs Coco 
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A better look at the large Skylight inside the Dethleffs Coco 
The Dethleffs Coco includes a compact, simple dinette area
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The Dethleffs Coco includes a compact, simple dinette area
Dethleffs has created a spacious floor plan with the Coco, leading back to a large L-shaped convertible sofa-bed
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Dethleffs has created a spacious floor plan with the Coco, leading back to a large L-shaped convertible sofa-bed
Another rugged off-road trailer from Jurgens Safari, the XT Predator 
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Another rugged off-road trailer from Jurgens Safari, the XT Predator 
One of the interesting features on the Jurgens XT Predator is the dual-burner stove integrated into the drop-down cabinet door
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One of the interesting features on the Jurgens XT Predator is the dual-burner stove integrated into the drop-down cabinet door
Jurgens XT Predator
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Jurgens XT Predator
Jurgens is exploring the possibility of the more road-oriented Gypsy Lite for the European market
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Jurgens is exploring the possibility of the more road-oriented Gypsy Lite for the European market
The 270 is the smallest of the Mini Freestyle lineup
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The 270 is the smallest of the Mini Freestyle lineup
The pop-up roof on the Mini Freestyle 270 provides over 6 feet of headroom, making it a comfy, little trailer inside
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The pop-up roof on the Mini Freestyle 270 provides over 6 feet of headroom, making it a comfy, little trailer inside
The Trigano Mini Freestyle 270's compact kitchen block packs everything you need - a dual burner stove, sink and 85-L fridge
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The Trigano Mini Freestyle 270's compact kitchen block packs everything you need - a dual burner stove, sink and 85-L fridge
Thanks to its open central aisle, the Mini Freestyle 270 can haul your bike along for the ride with the available motorcycle carrier
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Thanks to its open central aisle, the Mini Freestyle 270 can haul your bike along for the ride with the available motorcycle carrier
Larger Mini Freestyle trailers include a bathroom, and the curtain extension provides privacy when the pop-top is up
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Larger Mini Freestyle trailers include a bathroom, and the curtain extension provides privacy when the pop-top is up
Caretta Off-Road trailer
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Caretta Off-Road trailer
A look at the Caretta Off-Road galley
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A look at the Caretta Off-Road galley
Caretta teardrop trailers
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Caretta teardrop trailers
Like its motorhomes, Wingamm's caravans have a very distinct look, courtesy of the fiberglass monocoque
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Like its motorhomes, Wingamm's caravans have a very distinct look, courtesy of the fiberglass monocoque
A look inside the Wingamm Rookie 3.5
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A look inside the Wingamm Rookie 3.5
Wingamm Rookie 3.5 convertible dinette
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Wingamm Rookie 3.5 convertible dinette
Wingamm also makes the Rookie Large, shown, and a more rugged, sporty Rookie variant
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Wingamm also makes the Rookie Large, shown, and a more rugged, sporty Rookie variant
Inside the Wingamm Rookie Large
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Inside the Wingamm Rookie Large
The Wingamm Rookie Large uses its extra size for four sleeping berths and a larger kitchen area
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The Wingamm Rookie Large uses its extra size for four sleeping berths and a larger kitchen area
The Wingamm Rookie Large has a fixed double bed as well as a convertible dinette
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The Wingamm Rookie Large has a fixed double bed as well as a convertible dinette
A peek in the Wingamm Rookie Large bathroom
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A peek in the Wingamm Rookie Large bathroom
The Wingamm Rookie 3.5
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The Wingamm Rookie 3.5
Romania's Fim Caravans shows another of Dusseldorf's caravan eye-catchers, the Migrator
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Romania's Fim Caravans shows another of Dusseldorf's caravan eye-catchers, the Migrator
The triple-wing Migrator has dual gullwing side doors and a rear lift-gate
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The triple-wing Migrator has dual gullwing side doors and a rear lift-gate
The Fim Migrator can be equipped with no tailgate galley, with the half-width galley shown here or with a full-width galley as on the green model above
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The Fim Migrator can be equipped with no tailgate galley, with the half-width galley shown here or with a full-width galley as on the green model above
Fim's colorful Migrator trailers can be designed in on- and off-road specs
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Fim's colorful Migrator trailers can be designed in on- and off-road specs
We particularly like the wine sleeve on the Fim Migrator Off-Road
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We particularly like the wine sleeve on the Fim Migrator Off-Road
Fim Migrator trailers start as low as €5,300 for the Basic two-sleeper with no galley. The Off-Road model starts at €13,999
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Fim Migrator trailers start as low as €5,300 for the Basic two-sleeper with no galley. The Off-Road model starts at €13,999
Knaus shows its clever Travelino caravan with a large air tent attached
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Knaus shows its clever Travelino caravan with a large air tent attached
We would have loved a clear profile shot of the Knaus Travelino, but unfortunately it had this pillar on one side and the tent on the other 
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We would have loved a clear profile shot of the Knaus Travelino, but unfortunately it had this pillar on one side and the tent on the other 
The Travelino marked the launch of a newer, smarter type of construction at Knaus, which doesn't rely on the furniture for structural integrity. The hovering Cubes emphasize this point
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The Travelino marked the launch of a newer, smarter type of construction at Knaus, which doesn't rely on the furniture for structural integrity. The hovering Cubes emphasize this point
Knaus Travelino kitchen block
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Knaus Travelino kitchen block
Inside the Knaus Travelino
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Inside the Knaus Travelino
The compact Knaus Travelino toilet room includes a fold-down sink over the toilet
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The compact Knaus Travelino toilet room includes a fold-down sink over the toilet
The dual-mode door on the Travelino provides space inside the toilet room when it's occupied, then closes inward for more interior space
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The dual-mode door on the Travelino provides space inside the toilet room when it's occupied, then closes inward for more interior space
Knaus Travelino toilet room door in "unoccupied" position, keeping the interior more open
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Knaus Travelino toilet room door in "unoccupied" position, keeping the interior more open
Inside the curvy T@b Offroad teardrop
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Inside the curvy T@b Offroad teardrop
Soom ceiling storage in the T@b Offroad
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Soom ceiling storage in the T@b Offroad
Larger than other teardrops, the T@b Offroad includes a dinette and indoor kitchen area
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Larger than other teardrops, the T@b Offroad includes a dinette and indoor kitchen area
The T@b Offroad has a super-classic teardrop shape. This exhibition model wears a price of €15,492
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The T@b Offroad has a super-classic teardrop shape. This exhibition model wears a price of €15,492
Oldtimer caravan display 
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Oldtimer caravan display 
A classic expanding trailer from Dethleffs
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A classic expanding trailer from Dethleffs
Inside the Dethleffs expanding trailer on display in the Oldtimer section
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Inside the Dethleffs expanding trailer on display in the Oldtimer section
1963 Bluebird Wren on show in the Oldtimer section
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1963 Bluebird Wren on show in the Oldtimer section
1961 H. Austermann Wohnwagenbau Z1
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1961 H. Austermann Wohnwagenbau Z1
Inside the 1961 Z1 caravan
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Inside the 1961 Z1 caravan
1969 Constructam Condor/4 caravan on display in the Oldtimer section
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1969 Constructam Condor/4 caravan on display in the Oldtimer section
1969 Constructam Condor/4
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1969 Constructam Condor/4
Judging by all those patches, this Condor/4 caravan has seen some serious touring
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Judging by all those patches, this Condor/4 caravan has seen some serious touring
Eriba Familia 310 "60 Edition"
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Eriba Familia 310 "60 Edition"
Eriba Familia 310 "60 Edition"
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Eriba Familia 310 "60 Edition"
Lume presents its ultra-stylish Traveler caravan 
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Lume presents its ultra-stylish Traveler caravan 
The flagship "No. 1" edition of the Lume Traveler includes PITT gas burners hovering over the stainless steel counter
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The flagship "No. 1" edition of the Lume Traveler includes PITT gas burners hovering over the stainless steel counter
Lume Traveler No. 1
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Lume Traveler No. 1
We liked the look of the Lume Traveler when we covered it prior to the show, and it only looks better in person
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We liked the look of the Lume Traveler when we covered it prior to the show, and it only looks better in person
The Lume Traveler No. 1 features high-end touches like a leather rear wall, wool felt upholstery and teak flooring
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The Lume Traveler No. 1 features high-end touches like a leather rear wall, wool felt upholstery and teak flooring
The signature feature of Lume's design is the convertible soft top that opens up fresh air and views above
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The signature feature of Lume's design is the convertible soft top that opens up fresh air and views above
The Lume Traveler has a long window and cabinet area on its front wall
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The Lume Traveler has a long window and cabinet area on its front wall
A closer look at the sliding soft-top on the Lume Traveler
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A closer look at the sliding soft-top on the Lume Traveler
The Lume Traveler No. 1 is gorgeous, but at €46,500, it's also quite pricey for a trailer. There are plenty of full-blown camper vans (with engines) priced in that range around the floor of the show
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The Lume Traveler No. 1 is gorgeous, but at €46,500, it's also quite pricey for a trailer. There are plenty of full-blown camper vans (with engines) priced in that range around the floor of the show
There were some classics sprinkled around outside of the Oldtimer section, and our favorite was this combo of Glas Goggomobile TS 250 and Elektro-Stahlbau Piccolo trailer
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There were some classics sprinkled around outside of the Oldtimer section, and our favorite was this combo of Glas Goggomobile TS 250 and Elektro-Stahlbau Piccolo trailer
This 1956 Piccolo teardrop is so tiny, it does away with the rear galley and uses the tailgate as an entry
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This 1956 Piccolo teardrop is so tiny, it does away with the rear galley and uses the tailgate as an entry
Buerstner had this Goggomobile TS 250/Piccolo combo on display amidst some much larger new trailers that look like they could carry both the micro car and teardrop on board
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Buerstner had this Goggomobile TS 250/Piccolo combo on display amidst some much larger new trailers that look like they could carry both the micro car and teardrop on board
The classic duo was on loan from the Erwin Hymer Museum
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The classic duo was on loan from the Erwin Hymer Museum
Jurgen eventually got its Xplorer trailer inside
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Jurgen eventually got its Xplorer trailer inside
The Xplorer is a rugged four-sleeper with a pop-top and pop-out extension
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The Xplorer is a rugged four-sleeper with a pop-top and pop-out extension
Inside the Jurgen Xplorer
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Inside the Jurgen Xplorer
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There are plenty of massive motorhomes and expedition trucks among the over 2,000 vehicles on show at this year's Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, but some of the RVs that make the biggest impression are the smallest of the show. It is the Caravan Salon, after all. From nautically inspired classics, to ultra-modern aluminum and composite boxes, these teardrops and small camping trailers are among the most memorable sights of a very large and diverse show.

Lifestyle Camper SteelDrop

With shiny LED lighting strips and even shinier metal skin, the SteelDrop from the Ukraine's Lifestyle Camper is easily the brightest small trailer we saw in Düsseldorf. As its name implies, that radiant skin is not aluminum, as seen on icons like the Airstream and Bowlus, but AISI 304 stainless steel over top some curvy plywood.

Based upon pricing provided at the show, the SteelDrop comes in three trims, ranging between €9,200 and €14,500
Based upon pricing provided at the show, the SteelDrop comes in three trims, ranging between €9,200 and €14,500

The 1,100-lb (500-kg) trailer has a basic teardrop layout with dual side doors, a full-cabin size mattress, and a tailgate galley with a stainless steel sink fed by a 50-L water tank and electric pump. A fridge and gas stove are available optionally, as are an outdoor shower and LED TV. As Lifestyle kindly wrote down for us at the show, prices start at €9,200 (approx. US$10,775).

It was a toss-up between the SteelDrop and Lifestyle's more rugged, bed liner-coated X-Line, but the SteelDrop's mirror-like skin won us over. You can see the equally intriguing X-Line in our full photo gallery.

Wingamm Rookie 3.5

The Wingamm Micros small motorhome was one of our favorite finds at Abenteuer & Allrad back in June, and it turns out the company's caravans are just as cool. The Rookie 3.5 is the small, entry-level model in Wingamm's caravan line-up, measuring 16.4 ft (5 m) long from rear-end through drawbar. Its distinctive look comes courtesy of the fiberglass monocoque mounted atop the AL-KO chassis below.

The Wingamm Rookie 3.5
The Wingamm Rookie 3.5

Despite its small size and 1,650-lb (750-kg) maximum weight, the Rookie 3.5 packs in a convertible dinette; kitchen block with dual-burner stove, sink and 70-L refrigerator; and washroom with toilet and separate shower. LED lighting throughout helps to further brighten that big, white monocoque.

As listed at the show, the Rookie 3.5's base price is €17,166 (approx. US$20,100), while the price as exhibited is €17,756 (approx. US$20,780).

Mini Freestyle 270

The Mini Freestyle range from Trigano impresses with pop-tops and efficient, multifunctional interiors. The 270 is the miniest of the Minis but still manages to pack enough space to bring your motorcycle along. In fact, the caravan's layout reminds us of a smaller, cheaper Knaus Deseo 400 TR, a highlight from last year's Düsseldorf show. The Mini Freestyle 270 includes a large rear load door that opens directly into the wide central aisle, where you can store a motorcycle for the ride.

The 270 is the smallest of the Mini Freestyle lineup
The 270 is the smallest of the Mini Freestyle lineup

Pull the motorcycle out upon arrival, and enjoy a roomy interior, where you'll find a convertible dinette/double bed at the front and a kitchen area to the side. The pop-up roof increases headroom to a comfortable 6.3 ft (1.9 m), letting average-height folks walk around without having to crouch. The trailer weighs in at 1,312 lb (595 kg) when all topped off with fluids and ready to camp, making for easy towing.

Thanks to its open central aisle, the Mini Freestyle 270 can haul your bike along for the ride with the available motorcycle carrier
Thanks to its open central aisle, the Mini Freestyle 270 can haul your bike along for the ride with the available motorcycle carrier

The sticker at the show lists a €9,990 (approx. US$11,700) base price and a €12,600 (approx. US$14,750) "as exhibited" price with options like the motorcycle loading hardware and touring package.

Knaus Travelino

We looked at the Knaus Travelino as an initial concept back in 2014 and as a production-based smart glass concept earlier this year, but the Düsseldorf show was the first time we got to check out the production model in person. And it definitely impresses with its smart, compact design.

We would have loved a clear profile shot of the Knaus Travelino, but unfortunately it had this pillar on one side and the tent on the other 
We would have loved a clear profile shot of the Knaus Travelino, but unfortunately it had this pillar on one side and the tent on the other 

The 17-ft-long (5.2-m) Travelino sleeps four people standard, on a combination of a fixed front double bed and convertible rear corner dinette. The expanded-polypropylene "cube" furniture throughout emphasizes the smart fiberglass construction, which decouples the furniture design from the structural integrity of the trailer and helps to keep weight down to a max of 1,650 lb (750 kg). You can read more about Knaus' construction techniques in our Travelino Skyview article, but besides offering structural and weight advantages, the pod-like furniture and cabinetry also look pretty cool.

The Travelino marked the launch of a newer, smarter type of construction at Knaus, which doesn't rely on the furniture for structural integrity. The hovering Cubes emphasize this point
The Travelino marked the launch of a newer, smarter type of construction at Knaus, which doesn't rely on the furniture for structural integrity. The hovering Cubes emphasize this point

The Travelino has a kitchen with dual-burner stove, sink and 80-L refrigerator, and even squeezes in a small toilet room, using a fold-out sink and two-position folding door to optimize space. Position the two door panels outward, and you repurpose some living room floor to provide space in the bathroom; fold the panels inward and you close off the toilet room to open up more interior living space.

Knaus' sticker lists base price at €18,990 (approx. US$22,230). The model on show wears a price of €20,418 (approx. US$23,900), which doesn't include the €2,756 full-length air tent attached to the entry side.

The most classic of the classics

One thing that's always fun about the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon is the sprinkling of classic camper contraptions that inspire nostalgia for a simpler time in auto touring and camping history. If we're forced to pick a favorite, it has to be the impossibly tiny, wonderfully Bavarian combination of 1958 Glas Goggomobile TS 250 coupe and 1956 Elektro-Stahlbau Piccolo teardrop. The two-sleeper trailer is sized perfectly for its microcar tow vehicle, doing away with the tailgate galley and instead providing direct access into the cabin via the rear lift-gate. It weighs just 950 lb (430 kg) and was priced at 1,140 Deutsche Mark (approx. US$680) when it hit the market all those decades ago.

Buerstner had this Goggomobile TS 250/Piccolo combo on display amidst some much larger new trailers that look like they could carry both the micro car and teardrop on board
Buerstner had this Goggomobile TS 250/Piccolo combo on display amidst some much larger new trailers that look like they could carry both the micro car and teardrop on board

The cute red coupe doing the towing develops a very humble 13 hp (10 kW) from a 2.5-liter two-cylinder engine, providing for an equally humble top speed of 52 mph (84 km/h). Had you purchased one back in the day, it would have set you back DM 3,720 (approx. US$2,200).

The duo is on loan from the Erwin Hymer Museum, displayed by Hymer group brand Bürstner, which is also impressing crowds with the sleek, homey Harmony 3.

If you happen to be anywhere near Düsseldorf, you can still visit the Caravan Salon, which runs through September 2. If not, you can see all the cool, little trailers in our photo gallery, which includes more pictures of the models mentioned above, along with numerous honorable mentions of both the all-new and classic varieties.

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2 comments
ian69
2.5 liters for a Goggomobil TS250? Try a tenth of that!
Johannes
Maybe you meant 0.25 litre for the Goggomobile engine?