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Swiss camper suitcase brings a campsite around the world

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January 31, 2014

SwissRoomBox presents the new FreeTech at ISPO Munich 2014

SwissRoomBox presents the new FreeTech at ISPO Munich 2014

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Since we first covered the SwissRoomBox in 2012, the manufacturer has been streamlining its design, offering products that are smaller, simpler and cheaper. The all-new FreeTech represents its smallest model yet, a suitcase-sized camper that you can easily roll into the car and take on a plane. Camping in comfort is easier than ever.

SwissRoomBox likes to refer to its camper-in-a-box systems as the Swiss Army knives of campers, carefully crafted multitools that unfold to offer various wilderness functions. Sticking with that analogy, the FreeTech is like a Victorinox SwissCard, folding the most essential tools into a flat, easy-store package while cutting bulk and expense that some users don't want.

The packed FreeTech measures 100 x 50 x 11 cm (39 x 20 x 4 in) and weighs 29 kg (64 lb). The handle and wheels make it easy to transport, and SwissRoomBox says that it can be checked as baggage on most airlines (though at that weight it might cost extra).

The FreeTech has a handle and wheels for easy transport

The FreeTech is essentially the bones of the camper without the meat. SwissRoomBox has stripped things like the sink, shower and mattress in favor of a slim package of bedding platform, dining table and food prep table. The user is left to finish it off with air mattresses, camping stove, etc.

The FreeTech sets up in just five minutes, without any tools or modifications to the vehicle. A new 3D adjustment system allows it to adjust to various sizes of vehicles. The car version adjusts in width from 100 to 140 cm (39 to 55 in), in length from 175 to 200 cm (69 to 79 in), and in height from 25 to 45 cm (10 to 18 in). The van model offers similar adjustability, and SwissRoomBox reckons the FreeTech fits more than 50 percent of cars on the global market. The bed and tables can be leveled out even when the car is parked on a slope, providing flat, comfortable sleep, food preparation and dining.

With each simpler model, SwissRoomBox drops the price accordingly. The FreeTech retails between €1,645 and 2,220 (US$2,230 and 3,000), about a quarter the price of the original. While considerably less expensive than past models, the FreeTech is also much simpler, eliminating a lot of the equipment that you need to really camp.

For that kind of money, we'd be inclined to invest a couple hundred dollars (or less) on air mattresses, cooking equipment and folding tables, then just fold the seats down and sleep in the car at night. The idea of being able to transport this around the world and use it to convert rental cars into mini-RVs for road touring is kind of cool, though.

Source: SwissRoomBox

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
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4 Comments

When I think of camping, I think some sort of shelter, ie; like a tent. This would leave one exposed to the elements. The one shown would be good for a paneled van.

If the price was lower, it would be better bargain/deal. It is cool since it folds flat. I like their other producets.

I think it could be used in a ware house where one could set it up during emergencies where people would have their own space to sleep and feed themselves.

BigWarpGuy
31st January, 2014 @ 05:52 am PST

Hey to BWG - I like the warehouse for emergency shelter idea.

You would think, though, for a measily little extra cost they could have added one of those 'self-inflating' mattresses and a solid fuel stove.

A large beach-type towel - as promoted on 'Hitchhiker's Guide etc' - would just about complete the deal.

BYO tent.

The Skud
2nd February, 2014 @ 11:15 pm PST

i like the chair ;-} ... my guess, this is for intergalactic camping, the sort where you actually need to pack for a long farout trip... in which case, its not likely that this chair will do after all... hmmm... perhaps a self deflating chair? or at the very least a self inflating stove? ... it does look well engineered anyhow...

yonyo
3rd February, 2014 @ 10:52 am PST

I do not know which planet all you come from. $2200.oo for what? Folding table and chair. These can be bought anywhere on earth for less than $200.oo. Get a net Hammock and an inflatable chair and or air mattress. for $50.oo. Transporting this bulky, expensive, ???? whatever. No sink, Mattress, Cooking stove? Who is kidding WHO. If someone is dumb enough to buy this than I have a bridge in London for sale cheap.

tigerprincess
3rd February, 2014 @ 02:04 pm PST
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