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Vohringer's Speed-Wagon camping trailer sleeps two + motorcycle

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September 24, 2013

The hydraulic lifts seen on the side lift the sleeping 'penthouse' up

The hydraulic lifts seen on the side lift the sleeping 'penthouse' up

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With removable, modular living equipment, camping trailers like the Teal seamlessly switch between sleeping people and hauling toys. At the recent Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf, German materials manufacturer Vohringer showed a trailer concept designed to do both at the same time. The Speed-Wagon uses a hydraulic lift system to open up space for a motorbike while still sleeping occupants comfortably.

The Speed-Wagon was one of two concept trailers that Vohringer had on display in its corner of the show. Collectively called 2V-ehicles, the concepts were the result of some creative thinking on the part of Vohringer's design and development team. Each one was displayed in prototype form.

The Speed-Wagon maintains a lower drive configuration and expands at camp, opening up enough room to sleep in while storing a motorbike or similarly sized equipment below. That's accomplished with the help of a hydraulically lifted penthouse. When you arrive at camp, you lift this penthouse section up, creating a sort of "sleeping attic." Instead of having to pull your bike out to set up the bed, you can sleep up top and leave the bike inside. Alternatively, you can leave the dining table and chairs set up on the ground floor while you sleep above. The hydraulic penthouse is a sort of hard-sided alternative to softer pop-top roof systems and adds a little extra space and convenience to the small camping trailer.

The lifted upper deck of the Vohringer Speed-Wagon supports a sleeping platform

Like the Teal Camper, Vohringer envisions lightweight, buyer-selected camping equipment inside rather than a fixed, manufacturer-specified set-up. It imagines buyers designing the interior around their personal needs. The interior includes a small stove/kitchen unit and additional storage space. To aid drivers in loading up their sports equipment, a pair of wall-hinged seats swing up against the wall, clearing space.

The limited information that Vohringer released on the Speed-Wagon concept would usually lead us to believe that the manufacturer was just trying to create some buzz and attract attention to the otherwise dull world of laminated panel manufacturing. However, the rep we spoke to seemed pretty adamant that the company was interested in pursuing the design with potential development partners. He even quoted an estimated price of €15,000. So perhaps this concept will become reality at a future show.

The second 2V-ehicles concept, the Lucky-Wagon

The other half of the 2V-ehicles duo is the "Lucky-Wagon," a simple, lightweight trailer. It starts with an empty weight of 350 kg (772 lb), allowing the buyer to outfit the interior with his or her choice of equipment. In Dusseldorf, Vohringer showed a very simple configuration with a table, seating and a compact kitchen area. The Lucky-Wagon's large, round window keeps occupants connected to the nature just outside the walls.

About the Author
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
5 Comments

Did I miss something?

I didn't see a sleeping area or a motorcycle.

TN
25th September, 2013 @ 12:00 pm PDT

You said it. Where it that trumpeted bed and motorcycle inside?

Bad reporting or bad marketing>

Vic Vicarious
26th September, 2013 @ 11:06 am PDT

I fail to see the need to store the bikes in the trailer while sleeping and folding the beds up to make room for the bikes sound a lot cheaper.

Slowburn
26th September, 2013 @ 05:08 pm PDT

if you fold the bed up to make room for the bike, where do you sleep? I wouldnt want to leave my motorcycle outside in some RV camp place.

Also would have liked to see some pictures of the motorcycle in there aswell as the loft bed, although i can kinda picture what it would be like.

I see this as an alternative to whats known as the toy trailer, which is a full trailer camper with kitchen and bathroom and maby a bedroom to, but has room for you to bring in a motorcycle or two, or maby an atv, stuff like that....

This is like a smaller version where its only sleeping and room for your motorcycle/atv. 15,000 euro's doesnt seem absurd, but to be honest iv seen full camper toy trailers for around the much, almost brand new if not brand new.

Nathaneal Blemings
26th September, 2013 @ 11:23 pm PDT

This article gives me some ideas as I have been thinking about making a camping trailer/ toy hauler.

Instead of motorbike, I would use the space below the bed for my tadpole recumbent trike and my inflatable kayak.

A bed lifting up to the roof during a day and at night it would be lowered over the living area/ storage.

Henry Van Campa
28th September, 2013 @ 03:51 pm PDT
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