Since the launch of the first prototype in 2010, the French manufactured telescoping BeauER 3x “caravane extensible” has popped up at a number of RV shows on the continent including Europe’s flagship Caravan Salon which is held annually in Düsseldorf, Germany. Whilst tin can tourists and RVers are probably familiar with telescoping ladders, flagpoles, brushes, sewer hoses, and RV jacks an entire telescoping travel trailer – known in Europe as a caravan – is something that truly has to be seen to be believed.
Designed by Eric Beau and priced at €25,000 ($33,500) the 4-berth, 8 feet 8 inch tall BeauEr 3x incorporates two telescoping modules – within a fixed central unit – which extends the width of the travel trailer from 1.80 metres (5.9 feet) to 4.60 metres (15 feet) in the space of just 25 seconds (all you have to do is unhitch the caravan and crank down the stabilizing jacks). This inventive application of telescoping technology – similar in many respects to Overlander Motorhomes telescoping rear slide on their VW T5 Doubleback camper van – expands the BeauER’s available recreational space from 4 square metres to an astonishing 12 square metres (129 square feet) and yet retains a mass in running order (MIRO/dry weight) of just 1000kg (2,200lbs).
Although the exterior appearance of the BeauER 3x more closely resembles something out of a Budweiser commercial the high white interior of the caravan is actually remarkably roomy. The central section of the BeauER contains a compact kitchen with 130 litre refrigerator, gas stove, microwave, sink, and cupboards plus a full length closet and a small bathroom with shower, cassette toilet and sink. The left hand section with its L-shaped bench (which converts to a 210x240cm bed) provides the living/dining area whilst the right hand section incorporates a bedroom with 190x140cm double bed. The unit comes equipped with a 230v/12v power supply along with a couple of 40 litre water tanks (one potable and one grey) which are located beneath the caravan.
The BeauER is a very neat concept though I think the current single door and two window design might benefit from the addition of a couple of curved rooftop skylights. The unit is likely to find a niche with those with a small car who are in the market for a compact and lightweight travel trailer which, at just over 11 feet long (including the hitch), can easily be stored on your driveway at home.
Additional Information: BeauER, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. Tel: +33 06 87 51 22 86
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