From a 52-foot-long global expedition vehicle chock full of state-of-the-art electronics to yet another bespoke XPCamper conversion cooked up by former German chef turned U.S. overlanding coachbuilder Marc Wassmann, 2014 has seen a handful of notable new recreational vehicle debuts as well as the continued development of a number of prototype motorhomes and travel trailers from the U.K.’s TripBuddy camping trailer and Germany’s Dethleffs Evan Class A motorhome to the Gallic telescoping Beau ER 3X.
The Beau ER 3X (France)
French inventor Eric Beau announced in March that he had partnered with a Canadian company based in Quebec to distribute a face-lifted version of the Beau ER 3X expanding travel trailer. The first new models will be available in France in June and the rest of Europe shortly thereafter. The ex works selling price is expected to be $ 26,000 plus tax.
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The Dethleffs Evan (Germany)
Unveiled by Dethleffs at the 2012 CMT show in Stuttgart, Germany the ground breaking Michael Studer designed Class A moho, dubbed “The Evan,” has officially moved from “concept” to production vehicle. Available in three lifestyle editions -- Performance, Sport and Active -- the Fiat Ducato-based motorhome incorporates a number of innovative variable space elements that make this recreational vehicle truly unique.
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The Evergreen Element Travel Trailer (USA)
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC announced in May that it is re-imagining the lightweight Element travel trailer product line for 2014. The new Element essentially abandons Dan Rodabaugh’s original conceptual design in favour of a more traditional U.S.-style travel trailer motif but still manages to retain a number of Rodabaugh’s innovative exterior design and styling cues. The expanded interior is extremely well outfitted as one would expect from an RV manufacturer of Evergreen’s calibre.
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The Exploring Elements EEXPCamper (USA)
Following hot on the heels of XPCamper’s overlanding collaboration with UJOR -- The UJOR V4 XPCamper (pictured bottom left) -- comes the prototype Exploring Elements “Expanding Exploration” camper, aka the EEXPCamper (pictured top left). Based on a Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 chassis and equipped with a 5.9L Cummins diesel engine the EEXPCamper looks set to continue XPCamper CEO Marc Wassmann’s tradition of developing kick-ass custom vehicles for the off-road and overlanding fraternity.
The KiraVan Expedition Vehicle (USA)
Developed by Bran Ferren’s Applied Minds, LLC, the KiraVan Expedition Vehicle incorporates a state-of-the-art fifth wheel trailer coupled to a modified Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500NA tractor. Powered by a Mercedes-Benz 6-cylinder in-line 260HP turbo-diesel engine, the 52-foot-long KiraVan can travel 2000 miles and support a crew of three for nearly a month without re-provisioning or refuelling.
The TripBuddy (Great Britain)
Brit inventor Bill Davis has revamped his production and marketing strategy and now offers the superbly engineered TripBuddy camping trailer in three standard camping and overlanding models -- Urban, Escape and Off-Grid -- direct from the company’s new Clay Cross, Derbyshire-based factory. Davis has even created a bespoke TripBuddy model exclusively for U.K. Caravan Club members.
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