In Europe a few years ago, caravan makers faced slumping sales. German trailer maker Knaus Tabbert set about creating a solution to the problem. The company developed a new design that they think represents the RV of the future. They call it Caravisio.
The sleek lines of Caravisio were born in wind tunnel testing.
Right now it’s a design rendering that has not even made it to the prototype stage. Caravisio takes design inspiration from nature, in lines that are both yacht-like fluid. The company’s vision of the future of caravanning is one where technology works to make life better for travelers.
Caravisio with the rear deck opened, giving a view of the cabin.
The concept has drawn on the ideas of more than 20 companies and industry experts over two years. The shape, they hope, is a prophetic vision of the what the future of the RVing industry holds. Caravisio’s aerodynamic shell, in contrast to many boxier competitors, was born in a wind tunnel, where it underwent testing to refine the shape.
A 3D rendering of the nose area of Caravisio.
The Caravisio camper has a pointed front end that houses one of its many unique components, a “V” shaped bed. As the nose cuts through the wind, underskirting and a rear spoiler make the most of its low wind resistance to make it easier to tow.
The V shaped bed platform in Caravisio, a removable piece creates a full double bed.
The interior has two single beds that can be combined into a single, double bed. In a move toward an interior that is more luxurious, like larger motorhomes, the Caravisio features a larger bathroom in place of the claustrophobic closets that most caravans have. It also features a touchscreen intelligent water management system for ecological water use.
This concept drawing shows some of Caravisio’s built-in furnishings.
Perhaps the most “yacht-like” feature of the Caravisio is its rear, fold-down deck that opens up flat to expand the living space and invite the outside in. A remote controlled overhead deck shade allows the deck to remain open during hot days, while providing cover from the sun.
Side view with the closed side entry visible inside.
The Caravisio’s extensive automation features are controlled by a smart phone app and controls things such as an air suspension which lowers the trailer to ground level for easy loading and a more stable stance while camping. The phone app would also be able to control comfort features, such as glass that goes from clear to frosted for light control. Say goodbye to cleaning your window treatments.
Exterior of the Caravisio.
Knaus Tabbert admits that much of the Caravisio’s design is so forward thinking that it won’t be in production anytime soon. For instance, the builders imagine a “mirroring” feature for the caravan’s TV that would allow the video to be broadcast to the exterior of the trailer for other campground visitors to enjoy.
This inside view shows Caravisio’s low wattage lighting.
Security has also been factored in with more high tech features including fingerprint reading locks that allow access only to approved visitors. If the Caravisio is an accurate depiction of the future of RVs, we have a lot of fun gadgets in store for us.