Saturday, September 30, 2023


What’s faster than a speeding Tesla motorhome?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” was the standard test for a typewriter keyboard. Imagine how long it took to type that out on a manual machine. Then came the electric typewriter, and an oh-so-much faster test. Let’s change the test: “The quick blue Tesla RV flew over the race track!” OK, maybe we missed a few letters, but hey – there is a quick blue Tesla RV.

Travis Rabenberg image

How quick? Imagine zooming across the salt flats at 150 miles per hour. How far can you go? Try 200 miles on a single charge. Tired out from the journey? Retreat to the rear of your converted Model S and pop up your roof to create a soft-sided motorhome. Solar panels provide juice for your internal activities. Although precise information is hard to come by, the rumor mill suggests the ‘lectric rig will feature such comforts as a sink, toilet, 20 gallons of fresh water storage and 350 watts of solar panels.

It’s more than just a drawing-board concept, too. Author and world traveler, Travis Rabenberg has built the rig and will be trotting around at a Michigan State-sponsored conference on alternative fuel vehicles on April 17. Travis’ Tesla traveler has a beefed up suspension and gnarly tires, all suitable for off-highway use. Those are all good things, because when the finishing touches are complete, Rabenberg has plans to be the wagonmaster for a group of electric cars heading out from England on a tour to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to the 2020 World Expo.

Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.


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