Lightweight garage #33 Camper of the future@ Hymer VisionVenture

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The vehicle

Despite the cooler season, it's never too late for a trip into the great outdoors. According to the saying "There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing", the right equipment is particularly important when camping. The Hymer "VisionVenture" concept car gets a lot of things right here. The aim of the project was to design a camper that focuses on innovative materials, lightweight design and high camping standards in collaboration with BASF. Designed for the year 2025, this vehicle is now being used to implement many ideas relating to lightweight construction.

The technology

Three major measures were the use of innovative materials, innovative manufacturing processes and innovative lightweight construction concepts. The materials used combine sophisticated looks such as thin natural stone tiles with a plastic base layer to give the kitchen and bathroom a homely feel. This composite is now one millimeter high, light, flexible and easy to work with. 20 of these lightweight and functional materials are installed in the vehicle and also impress with heat dissipation, good cleaning and multifunctionality. The manufacturing process relies on 3D printing, which creates a rubber-like, robust structure in the mudguard area, which is beneficial in off-road applications and also saves weight.

However, the most innovative feature appears to be the integrated roof tent, which promises maximum lightweight construction potential with optimum rigidity thanks to its inflatable structure. The honeycomb pattern, inspired by nature, is the ideal design to withstand lateral loads. The lightweight construction heart only beats faster when the functional integration takes place in the lightweight construction concept. By blowing warm air into the wall structure of the roof tent, an additional insulation effect can be created, which is why you can still camp here in the fall without hesitation.

The lightweight aspect

In general, the aim of this project with research partner BASF is to show what is possible. There are no concrete figures on the weight reductions achieved compared to conventional campers. However, a balance must be struck in this discussion between lightweight construction and comfort, as the focus was certainly on achieving maximum visual and spatial comfort with minimal additional weight. With this in mind, the technologies and images are certainly convincing and whet the appetite for an autumn excursion.

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