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European caravan companies redesign ‘the box’

European caravan companies redesign ‘the box’

By Greg Gerber

With the exception of Airstream, much of the American RV industry has a hard time distinguishing one RV brand from another. The boxes often look the same, accented by different colored swirls.

However, in Europe, caravan makers appear more willing to think “outside the box” to differentiate their products from other caravans on the market.  Here are a few of my favorite examples:

 

I’m surprised no American RV makers have considered wrapping their RVs to make them stand out.

 

The round windows on the Carthage Malibu look more like something people would find on a cruise ship or a yacht rather than a caravan.

 

The unique storage space on the Challenger Special Edition caught my eye for some reason. Plenty of space to store toys, gear and other equipment.

 

Something about the way the windows are designed on the Feldt Selection convey the idea of being in motion even when standing still.

 

The Frankia A680-plus Class C offers a futuristic design that visually pops.

 

Hobby’s new Siesta Deluxe Class C makes it look longer than it really is.

 

The pictures above and below represent one of the most intriguing designs on display. The Hobby Landhaus features the first-ever hexagon rear cap I’ve ever seen. Combined with the unique roof, this futuristic model was a crowd stopper.

 

Hymer’s display was the best of all caravan manufacturers and I’ll explain why in a future story. But, the firm showcased two new Class A motorhomes in a way that made the windows pop. The picture doesn’t do it justice.

 

The sleek design of the Morelo Empire Liner resembled a train, especially when looking at it from the front. It would be very intimidating in a rear-view mirror.

 

I’m not a big fan of the Phoenix Class C because I think the windows are too small. But, the overall design, especially with the arrow over the cab, makes it visually different from other caravans at the show.

 

Are the units above and below converted dump trucks, or caravans uniquely designed for offroading absolutely anywhere? The BiMobil design (above) even looks more like a mobile military command post, while the Action Mobil Atacama takes toy hauling to a whole new level — especially with the power lift that winds its way down the rear of the caravan.

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About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is a freelance writer and podcaster who has been writing about the RV industry since 2000. He is the former editor of RV Daily Report and can be reached at greg@rvdailyreport.com.

One comment

  1. Great Coverage Greg!

    Thanks for pointing out the rear storage area on the Challenger. My 35′, 1957 Flxible Starliner has a rear door access baggage compartment and I’m surprised that modern motorhomes haven’t considered the practical applications of that type of concept. The benefit is that with the storage in the rear, it lessens the importance for lower cargo bays and allows the bus to have a lower overall height. Due to the rounded shape combined with the lower height, handling is excellent and buffeting, or being pushed by the air of larger vehicles is minimized.

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