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Tiny camper trailer expands to double its size in 60 seconds

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The camper nests small when towing, then transforms at camp to sleep two people comfortably

Two silver, semi-circle camper trailers sit in a field of grass. On the left the camper is expanded while on the right the camper is smaller.
France-based Beauer manufacturers campers that expand at the touch of a button.
Photos courtesy of Beauer

Concept campers show what’s possible in mobile living, but rarely become a reality. Whether it’s a tiny home-inspired camper van or a spinning, two-bedroom home-on-the-go, most flashy ideas don’t have the staying power—or practical logistics—to make it to market. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group.

That’s not the case with the expandable French campers from Beauer. Originally produced in 2012, the Beauer 3X trailer aims to be both easy to tow, yet also spacious once you arrive at camp. However, when we reported in the past on the Beauer 3X trailer, it was more concept than reality, a fun GIF that proliferated across the internet. In early 2019, however, Beauer attended the the CMT camper show in Stuttgart to show the 3X trailer and a new 3X Plus model that expands to sleep six.

Recently, the company proved they could go small, too, debuting the 2X—a two-person camper that starts small when towing and then expands at camp in 60 seconds to reveal slick interiors. The other Beauer campers use three modules that nest together like cans and then expand horizontally to add more room. The new 2X model uses two modules instead of three, but still features a semi-circle shell that doubles in size to provide a little under 90 square feet of living space.

An example of one of Beauer’s larger trailers—the 3X—expanding to its more spacious size.
Courtesy of Beauer

The 2X uses a two-room design. On one side is a bedroom or lounge area with a sofa that transforms into a double bed. The other room features an L-shaped kitchen with sink, gas stove, fridge, grill or oven, and plenty of cabinets for storage. Between the two areas is a wet bath with toilet, shower, and sink—all hidden by an accordion style door.

It’s a cute and spacious trailer for sleeping and cooking, large enough to stand up in yet lightweight enough—1,764 pounds—to be towed by many vehicles. The 2X is only available in Europe with prices starting at $41,450, and all of the exterior and interior colors can be customized.

For North American buyers it’s disappointing that such an innovative trailer likely won’t make it across the pond for years, if ever. But from a design standpoint, we love the camper’s unique shape, custom colors (no boring RV swoops in sight!), and telescoping technology.

The interior of a camper kitchen with blue cabinets, silver walls, a sink below a large window, and an accordion door on the right.
The other side of the camper features a full kitchen with sink, gas stove, fridge, grill or oven, and plenty of cabinets for storage.
The interior of the camper features blue and silver walls, a white futon sofa, and a window.
The 90 square feet of living space includes a futon-like sofa that folds out to sleep two.