Sales of motorhomes has risen rapidly in Sweden, and so have accidents where motorhomes have been involved. The Swedish traffic authority Trafikverket decided to test new motorhomes with crash test dummies to find out if these vehicles were as unsafe as they suspected. The results are bad. So bad that it makes us wonder why this hasn’t been discovered earlier.Read the story “Crash test dummies didn’t survive test collisions in new motorhomes”
Nissan has introduced an electric campervan e-NV200 in Europe (in Spain in early June 2018) that the company says will be available for summer 2018. Nissan Iberia urges people who have been waiting for an electric camper van to contact a Nissan dealer for customizing a road trip vehicle for them.
Read the story “Nissan e-NV200 electric campervan available in Europe”
News and tips on electric road trip vehicles, camping and gear
Recently, one of my neighbors asked my opinion on second-hand camper vans she had bookmarked to be considered for purchase at an online car sales service. She had just retired and had always wanted to tour Europe. The most important feature for her was that everything had to be at the same level. No beds upstairs. From my own experience, I thought what would be the second most important feature for her, and told her that she really, really wanted to have a toilet in the van.
News and tips on travel, campervans and gear
Many travelers who drive a motorhome or a large campervan in an unfamiliar territory may encounter roads that are too narrow, have low bridges, or are simply too bumpy and twisty for a large, relatively heavy vehicle. Following instructions of an ordinary GPS navigator may lead the driver to a place where it is difficult to continue and difficult to turn back. Fortunately, a few specialized navigators for trucks are available that can help.
Travelers who make long road trips often like to pack a bicycle along for excursions in city centers or old towns. Foldable bikes that don’t take much space inside a motorhome or a campervan are handy, and suitable for short rides. What if the foldable bike had an electric motor and was engineered like a sports car? The Gocycle GS is not only all that, but comes with many other innovations as well.
Ever since I read My Travels with Charley: in Search of America by John Steinbeck I wanted to know how the author converted his pickup truck into a campervan. Well, in the US, it was possible to buy a readymade cabin on a pickup truck. Now, a company in Germany is making cabins especially for European and Japanese pickup trucks. The latest model fits on a Mercedes Class X pickup, turning it into a small motorhome.
A new electric vehicle from Segway may be a solution for travelers who have been looking for a small vehicle for transporting them in cities to nearby sights. The Segway One S2 is a electricity-powered unicycle that is small enough to easily fit into a campervan, motorhome, or ordinary hatchback.
Read the story “Here is an electric vehicle from Segway that doesn’t take much space in a campervan or motorhome”
Volkswagen has introduced the campervan California XXL to trade show audiences in Germany, and people are really loving the large recreational vehicle. As its name implies, the California XXL is a large campervan that has everything a road traveler could ever wish for, plus a roof that lets you view the stars or perhaps the Northern Lights from the bed.