Once considered old fashioned, camping, caravans and motor homes it seems are certainly enjoying popularity resurgence today: around the world campsites and caravan parks are getting busier; motor homes, caravans and RVs manufacturing is on the rise; and motor home rental agencies are ordering more stock.
Often the negatives of campervans and RV’s (compared with larger tents) are the expense and lack of covered transitional space, so W2 directors Stuart Winterbourn and Matt Wilkie designed a new type of caravan, the Romotow. Its point of difference is a living area that uniquely extends out from its sheltered exterior, with an ingenious automated swivel, to reveal up to 70% more floor area to enjoy.
W2 first played with the idea of what an extendable mobile living space should look like while enjoying a family picnic at the park. “While looking at the movement of a Swiss army knife at our picnic, an idea came to us on how we could create this covered area. We then sketched a ‘mobile living’ unit that could be anything: a caravan, a mobile café, a home office, a weekend escape, or a new lifestyle of discovery and wonder for retirees – and from that moment the concept took on a life of its own.” said Matt Wilkie.
W2 is now approaching leading caravan manufacturers with the view of building a prototype for testing and fitting and eventual production, and is seeking feedback from the public as they refine the designs. The designers hope that the Romotow will be on the market by 2015.