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PITTSBURG, Calif. — The RV market hasn’t seen a full-blown electric motorhome just yet, but electric vehicles can still have a positive impact on RV camping by lending their powerful battery technology, RV maker OPUS reported today.
“With the new Nissan and OPUS camper trailer partnership, we see how EV batteries can fully power the equipment of a non-engined camper,” said Payam Asem, marketing manager with OPUS Camper USA.
“The recycled Leaf-derived energy ROAM battery pack gives the innovative, award-winning Air OPUS inflatable four-sleeper enough juice to keep campers comfortable and fed for up to a week, all without the emissions and noise of a gas generator,” Asem explained.
Each ROAM pack re-purposes lithium-ion battery cells pulled from first-generation Leaf vehicles, putting the recycled batteries to work for new purposes.
Nissan’s battery pack is removable and can be charged off the trailer, including in situations where you want to leave the trailer set up at camp and just carry the battery to a charging location. It only takes about an hour to charge from a 230-volt outlet or an estimated two to four hours from the 400-watt solar panel.
The battery pack turns the OPUS inflatable pop-up trailer into an off-roading adventure machine ready to serve up everyday electrical conveniences on travels that run farther and longer than average, said Asem.
The ROAM pack slides into a designated front-mounted compartment, providing 700-waa-hours of capacity. Manufacturers state that the battery will survive off-shore for at least seven days, when factoring in some help from the 12-volt leisure battery and included 400-watt solar panel.
The system will power the on-board air compressor, which is used to inflate the “air poles” that support the OPUS’ tent structure.
The air tent can be erected in approximately 90 seconds, allowing for a quick and easy set-up every time, said Asem.
The four-sleeper model comes equipped with two double beds (with a king bed conversion option), and a leatherette lounge that converts into an additional double bed, creating a total sleeping capacity of six.
When inflated, the OPUS boasts 8-foot ceilings and large skylights that make the camper feel airy and spacious.
The air tent technology is the latest design innovation for OPUS, offered as an optional upgrade from the standard manual aluminum poles and designed to last through extremely high winds and even the roughest weather conditions, said Asem.
“With the inflatable full-awning attachment, you can double the living space in the camper, and add an additional two double beds, allowing you to sleep up to ten campers comfortably,” said Asem. “That’s enough room for even the largest crew.”
Other standard features include the kitchen necessities such as the portable microwave, two-burner gas stove and an electric fridge.
“Along with the on-road model that you see here, the OPUS camper family also includes an off-roading model, which is tailored toward the over-landing crowd,” said Asem.
The off-road model features a full slide-out kitchen, equipped with a four-burner stove, large dometic fridge, and enough kitchen storage for cooking gear.
“Given that this model is meant for over-landing, it comes standard with an all-terrain chassis, 15-inch off-road tires, and independent coil suspension, perfectly suited to follow you wherever you go,” said Asem.
Other upgradeable options for the OPUS lineup include a portable cassette toilet, hot-water shower, and state-of-the-art projector system to enjoy movie nights while off the grid.
People who are planning on camping in the winter time during snow conditions, are encouraged to install the 16,000-Btu propane heater.
“On the other hand, if you are planning on camping in the summertime under the hot sun, you might want to consider the air conditioner and heater option, which requires a plug-in power source,” Asem noted.
For more information on the Nissan ROAM battery pack, check out the video feature here.
To see all of the OPUS Camper models available in the United States, visit www.opuscamper.us.
SOURCE: OPUS press release