The small camper van sector of the RV industry checks all the right boxes. Small and nimble but with enough space to haul two to four people on weekend getaways, they are often an affordable and practical solution for anyone looking for a camper. And although many Americans pine after the Volkswagen California—which isn’t sold in the U.S.—and are excited by new vans like the Envy Recon, you don’t necessarily see a lot of innovation in this camper size. Love campers and trailers? Come join our new community group.
That’s because the standard pop-up roof, small kitchen area, and fold out bottom bed works so well. But at this year’s Düsseldorf Caravan Salon—the biggest and most innovative camper trade show in the world—the German conversion shop Kompanja came up with a truly unique idea: a movie theater.
Built on the Renault Trafic, the Kompanja van features a projector system that turns the pop-up roof into an indoor or outdoor movie theater. It’s a simple and nifty innovation that provides something you didn’t even know you wanted: The ability to watch a movie around the camp fire. The LF projector is mounted on magnets and the screen is dual-sided, so you can watch it from inside the roof bed or from outside the van on the front wall of the pop-up roof. The system costs about $1,690 extra as an add-on option.
The van also has its furniture secured via floor rails which allows for seats to be added or removed from the van. This can be super helpful for van owners who need a daily driver with six seats, an empty cargo van to haul things, and a camper that can still sleep four people.
When it’s configured as a camper, the Kompanja uses two individual rear seats (not a bench) that create a living room when you swivel the front cabin seats around. A removable dining table is helpful for working and eating, and at night a double bed takes up the lower living area space at about 79 inches long. This bed also functions as what Kompanja calls a Bivouac Bed, stretching out above the tailgate of the van so you can sleep in the fresh air. Two other people can sleep in the rooftop area.
The kitchens are never that large in these smaller camper vans, so Kompanja puts the compact kitchen just inside the sliding door so that you can cook inside or out. It’s not much but it does the job with a refrigerator and single-burner stove, both of which can be accessed inside or outside the van thanks to slide-outs and a fold-down table. You also get the standard cabinets and storage compartments in the living area and trunk, although you’re never going to be able to haul as much gear as you can in the larger conversion vans.
The Kompanja camper starts at $49,000 for the base and a lengthy list of upgrade options. It’s currently only sold in Europe—just like a bunch of other really cool campers—but we love seeing how camper manufacturers and conversion companies around the world are innovating. The Kompanja certainly fits the bill.
Via: New Atlas