Rob Ganley
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THE STANDOUT STAR of the recent CaravanSalon in Dusseldorf was the Caravisio, from German manufacturing giant Knaus Tabbert.

 

The concept van was a technology demonstrator designed to showcase caravanning trends of the future, and called ‘Caravisio – the caravan of the future’.

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175,000 visitors, including 25,000 from abroad, visited the show, which ran from the end of August and into early September.

 

It took almost two years to develop Caravisio, from early sketches to the completed concept caravan.

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The layout was inspired by yacht design, and featured singe beds in the front arranged in a V-shape, which can be turned into a large double bed thanks to a mattress extension.

 

The standout feature, though, is that the van opens at the rear to form a veranda, like the salon of a yacht.

 

A full-HD ‘beamer’ – or overhead projector – is integrated into the caravan ceiling and projects its image onto a glass sliding door in the rear. The projector image can also be mirrored, which means you can watch it from outside, on the veranda.

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Much of the technology both inside and out is controlled with an app. It controls an air-suspension chassis, which enables the caravan to be lowered to ground level. Also, leg steadies can be controlled individually from an iPad or iPhone.

 

The caravan doors and hatches can be locked centrally with a finger scan, and the rear glass door can be given a frosted effect via the app.

 

Brands from Knaus Tabbert include Knaus, Tabbert and T@b, and the manufacturer produces around 13,000 caravans and motorhomes each year. Sadly, though, there are no plans to put the Caravisio into full production.

 

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