The future of van life is here, and we like what we see

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If you’re wondering where I’ve gone (staff writer Emily here), I’m in Germany harassing Hymer to actually build this thing. I’m kidding, though I wouldn’t mind a trip to Germany. However, if this cute little van/RV/tiny home does go on the market any time soon, you bet I’ll get my hands on one (Chuck, pay raise?).

The Erwin Hymer group just debuted the VisionVenture, a concept built on a Mercedes-Benz chassis ready for the adventure-seeker (that happens to have a beautiful interior that looks like a high-end city loft). As I mentioned before, it’s not on the market yet (and probably won’t be for a while), but it does remind us that Europe continues to make the American RV industry look bad… at least design-wise.


The interior of this cozy little thing uses bamboo, leather and gray felt to add texture, dimension and, of course, warmth. The living area converts into a full-size bed, as many vans do, but there’s also a small staircase inside (hellooooo extra storage space!), leading up to a pop-up sleeping area on top of the van.

If it’s a nice evening outside, you can pop out the rear door, drop a gate and you’ve got a deck complete with a slide-out electric grill. Snazzy, huh? That’s not the only thing that transforms either. The bathroom, which one minute contains a toilet and a sink, rotates and a rolling wall appears, creating a spacious shower space complete with shelving.

Anyway, the pictures say it all. It’s cute, it’s cozy, it encompasses everything that van life is about, and I want it…now.

You can read more about it here on Hymer’s website (just make sure to translate the page, unless you’re fluent in German).

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Bluebird Bob

Remember, Thor just bought them, so the quality will go down…down…down.

tom

European design, using available smaller spaces, smaller vehicles, etc. Looks good to me.

Captn John

I live in the south, we have high ceilings. I’m sure the closet in the master has more space than the van. I’d not want to spend time cramped in there or that van.