Still not thatMcLaren. We're talking again about the British camper van converter that works exclusively with big vans like the VW Crafter and Mercedes Sprinter. A few months before going full-on Savage with the Crafter, it was performing some of its first conversions on the generation-3 Sprinter. Its updated Shadow two-sleeper van capitalizes on the latest Mercedes tech, adding a cozy, sealed-off interior with space to sleep, cook, freshen and relax. And for those that yearn for a little more speed and adventure, it also offers bike-hauling Sprinter Sporthomes.
The camping trailer market continues pushing out new and unique designs, in part because camping has grown in popularity, and in part because every single person to ever call a patch of public dirt home for a night has a different idea on the best way to lay out a camper. Colorado Backcountry Trailer is the latest startup to put its own spin on capable towing and spacious living. Its Timberline trailer follows an ATV or UTV like a loyal Labrador and relies on an electric-lift tent, deluxe kitchen and smart storage solutions to let you live like a king, even when your only throne is a folding camp chair or cassette toilet.
There's no shortage of portable lighting options out there for campers or people living in developing countries, but they all have their own pros and cons. The Lumir K lamp is aiming to be the right mix of inexpensive, safe, bright, portable and efficient, using any old cooking oil as a fuel source to light up an array of LEDs.
NEWS – Backpackers and hikers will be interested in learning more about the Bear Bowl which is a cooking vessel that folds down into a pocket friendly package for easy light weight and minimal carry.
The Bear Bowl comes in three sizes that range from 32 ounce capacity for the Baby Bear Blue size, up to the Papa Bear Blue which can hold 128 ounces. The Bear Bowl is made from a food grade PTFE coated fiberglass and can withstand heat up to 550 degrees. Although the material is flame resistant, it’s not designed to be used directly on an open flame. It comes with an aluminum base that you can use to set the pot over the heat.
You can use a Bear Bowl to boil water for coffee, make soup, ramen, eggs, you name it! The prices start at $21.95 for the smallest size and go up to $49.95 for the largest size. Head over to Bear Minimum for more info and Amazon to order.
The idea of overlanding in an electric vehicle, meandering miles and miles off the electrical grid for days on end, has so far been largely unfathomable, a bit terrifying, even. But we've seen that it's not impossible, and now electric truck startup Rivian is hoping to make it more mainstream. Less than a year after turning heads with an LA Auto Show double debut, it made the trip to Overland Expo West to show how electric power can be a boon rather than bane for overland travel. Its all-electric pickup camper offers an estimated 400 miles (644 km) of range, a roof-top tent and an electric kitchen.
New Mexico-based startup Earth Traveler is developing a very different style of teardrop trailer, a skeletal archway built of lightweight composite meant to put minimal strain on your engine and wallet. And while the range-topper will be made from carbon fiber, the more interesting version will use a composite concocted from chicken feathers, a material that's literally featherlight. At camp, full-length gull-wing panels will rise up like a phoenix, creating standing room and a spacious, breezy interior intimately connected to the surrounding outdoors.
If you were looking over an SUV or truck trying to find the roof-top tent (RTT), the most logical place to look would be ... the roof. But California startup Rubicon Expedition Products wants people to expand their idea of what a roof-top tent is and where it belongs on the vehicle. Its Hitch Tent system drops the roof tent down to hitch level, making it easier to load and unload and freeing up the vehicle for day trips. The integrated frame stands the tent above the cold, rocky ground below.
We've been following new Volkswagen Crafter camper vans since the launch of the second-gen model in 2016. Whether we're talking Volkswagen itself, a large conversion shop like Westfalia, or a smaller name like NordVan, one thing these Crafter camper vans tend to have in common is a layout with rear bed and central bath and kitchen. German camper van converter, supplier and equipment specialist Reimo has different ideas for the Crafter, swapping the bed and bathroom and carving out the kitchen for a more spacious, versatile travel and adventure space.