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    Outrun Spitting Cobras

    ...if your neighborhood is overrun with reptiles of the no-legged, two-legged or four-legged varieties, simply pick up sticks with this stylish new camping trailer and drive away:

    The Romotow Trailer Makes Camping Cool Again with a Sleek Twist on the Outdoor Patio
    by Howard Walker, Robb Report 7 hours ago






    The humble, swiveling USB flash drive is the inspiration behind what is set to become the latest innovation in camping-trailer design. At the push of a button, the center section of the lightweight, composite-bodied Romotow camper, rotates outwards 90 degrees, creating its own built-in outdoor patio.

    It’s the work of New Zealand industrial design firm W2, which aims to have its Romotow, projected to be priced at $350,000, in production by 2020.
    The lofty cost reflects the trailer’s advanced construction, with the chassis being made of light, but super-stiff carbon fiber and the body structure being molded using advanced composites. The overall savings in weight translates to better gas mileage for the tow vehicle. Other high-tech considerations include gyro-assisted self-leveling pads and struts, a rear camera, and pneumatic shocks.

    W2 has been working on the design since 2012, perfecting the complex mechanism for the trailer’s inner section to slide forward before rotating on the outer frame. It has also be finalizing dimensions of the first model, settling on a length of 30 feet and a width of 8.5 feet.


    Inside there’s 290 square feet of living space, with the interior divided up in to a separate bedroom, central kitchen and bathroom, and a large living area that can easily be converted into a second bedroom. Huge semi-circular windows (with option for louvers) flood the forward part of the camper with light.

    The highlight of the Romotow, however, is the large, synthetic teak–floored patio created when the main body spins outwards. Adding 70 percent more floor area, it’s spacious enough for a table with four chairs and features a fold-down grille for al fresco cooking.

    To protect against the elements, there are clip-in fabric screens to close-off the entire outdoor section, plus there’s a roll-out sun awning. And the entire roof of the U-section features solar panels to feed a 400Ah battery.

    ...see the vid here: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/romo...170042242.html
    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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    The gift to give to the man who has everything. at NZ $350k can see this one just "flying off the shelves"

    Working on the design since '12, wonder when the "break-even" point'll be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    The gift to give to the man who has everything. at NZ $350k can see this one just "flying off the shelves"

    Working on the design since '12, wonder when the "break-even" point'll be?
    Yeah, it's way too pricey. I would have gone with aluminium body and reduced the price significantly. You'd have to be towing it hundreds of thousands of kms to for the fuel savings to be worth it.
    Great concept, though. Soon to be produced in China at a third the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    The gift to give to the man who has everything. at NZ $350k can see this one just "flying off the shelves"
    Don't ya wish ya could just go for it? For laughs?

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    For that sort of money I'd expect it to convert to a houseboat.

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    For those afraid of the actual ground.

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    a length of 30 feet and a width of 8.5 feet.
    Inside there’s 290 square feet of living space
    If you're Doctor Who that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    If you're Doctor Who that is.
    point. Perhaps they're counting the space on top of beds and underneath beds...that could easily account for another 6 ft by 6 ft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    For those afraid of the actual ground.
    ...or don't know what the ground might be.
    Never sensing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    ...or don't know what the ground might be.
    Never sensing it.
    You shouldn't put down those that are not as grounded as you. They know not what they're missing, having not had the benefit of your wisdom.

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