Caravanning gets cleverer

August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Caravanning isn’t exactly a green pursuit: whilst holidaying with a home-from-home on wheels is at least an alternative to flying, dragging such domesticity behind your vehicle (which most likely has to be a large-engined, heavyweight family car or SUV) doesn’t do much for fuel consumption or emissions. However, pictures of this Texas-made Cricket ‘van – designed by a NASA architect who created habitation modules for astronauts, so he knows a thing or two about packaging – reminded me that there is an increasing trend for smaller, smarter, lighter and more more aerodynamic caravans which can be towed by relatively modest vehicles.

The Cricket (from $10,000) has canvas-panelled fold-out roof sections so it folds away small, but it’s a league away from the crude, damp old trailer tents. Full gallery at inhabitat.com ; alternatives on sale in the UK include the tiny two-berth pod caravan (from £3,500, made in Somerset), the Teardrop and Tearpod trailers,  various build-to-order retro options (listed here on a VW Microbus blog) – or the larger, considerably more expensive but immensely desirable Airstream Bambi 422.

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