Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Camping

One of the stove's panels opens cans, pops bottle tops, cuts wood and more

The I.C.E. Stove puts a unique spin on the multitool. Not only can the wood stove cook dinner and boil water in the wild, it can saw the firewood and crack a beer. The stove then breaks down into four panels that pack flat and weigh less than a pound (0.5 kg).  Read More

The V2 poses with the original XPCamper in the background

The open road is never so open as when you haul your own shelter along for the ride. With a roof to sleep under, a warm bed to lie on and a kitchen to prepare breakfast in the morning, your travel options are virtually limitless. Gizmag spent a good chunk of the year exploring shows like the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon to find the most interesting rolling field shelters – from camper vans, to camping trailers, to roof tents and more. These are our favorite tools for traveling the ends of the Earth and everything in between.  Read More

Kulturinsel Einsiedel: dawn view from the balcony of the treehouse hotel

In search of weird and unique hotels in Europe, Gizmag’s Loz Blain visits a beautifully hand-carved treehouse village on the German-Polish border. The treetop hotel itself is remarkable, but as it turns out, the rest of "Culture Island" is just as amazing.  Read More

The HydroBee generates electricity using the current of a stream or river

There are already plenty of gadgets that allow people to charge their mobile devices while off the grid. Most of those products utilize solar power, while a few have gone the thermoelectric route. The HydroBee, however, generates electricity using the power of flowing water – think of it as a portable hydroelectric station.  Read More

The 510 weighs about 1,100 lb empty, making it possible to tow with a variety of vehicles

The Ecotrek 510 camper is designed for one purpose and one purpose only: surviving any rugged obstacle thrown its way so you can sleep soundly that night. That one purpose opens it up to all kinds of uses – hunting, fishing, 4x4ing, etc. No cutesy teardrop design, the 510 has a reinforced build meant to thrive in terrain that would rip lesser campers to shreds.  Read More

Le Tronc Creux, which means 'The Hollow Trunk,' is a low impact shelter which sleeps nine ...

French design studio Bruit du Frigo has drawn inspiration from fallen down tree trunks, which often provide shelter for small animals, to create an eco-shelter for humans in the forests of Bordeaux. Dubbed Le Tronc Creux, which means "The Hollow Trunk," the low impact shelter is roughly the same size as a shipping container and can easily be transported by truck to different locations when required.  Read More

A Photoshopped rendering of the Firefly in beautiful Joshua Tree National Park

After successfully putting his NASA design skills to work on the Cricket Trailer, Garrett Finney has started on an even smaller field shelter. Similar in purpose to the Teal Tail Feather and other small campers, the new Firefly is designed to split the difference between gear hauler and camper. It can be mounted to a pickup truck bed, towed on a utility trailer or choppered in to remote locations.  Read More

The FlameStower – where there's fire, there's electricity

We're constantly seeing inventors attempt to create new and interesting ways to charge our cell phones. VOTO is one product we've seen that uses fire to charge our smart devices, and now a new take on the idea is hitting the scene. Called FlameStower, it utilizes very similar technology, but with a few twists.  Read More

The small camper measures 12.2 feet (3.72 m) in length

The drive-in movie theater may be a thing of the past, but German camper manufacturer Dethleffs recently made a play to bring it back ... with a twist. You could call it the drive-up movie theater. Dethleffs calls it the Mini Movie Campy, a home theater packed neatly into a small camping trailer.  Read More

Campers of the 2013 Dusseldorf Caravan Salon

Perhaps it's just that we've been paying closer attention to the segment lately, but we've seen a surge of innovative, small camper hardware over the past few years. From utility trailer build-ups like the Teal panel kit, to car conversion "campers in boxes" like the SwissRoomBox, to more permanent van and Jeep conversions, these small campers let you escape in your everyday vehicle without the bulk and cost of larger motorhomes and RVs. Our recent trip to the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon revealed that there are dozens upon dozens of small camper designs to choose from.  Read More

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