It’s a bit late for this weekend’s Jim Clark Rally but the nation which brought you the Swiss army knife, have done the same for campers. When I first saw their original (bigger) module I was fascinated, but now the ‘RoomBox’ folk have brought out an even more compact version for smaller cars.
It will never replace a camper van, but for those folks who follow
rallies and travel long distances this could provide the ideal
alternative to sleeping in the car seats. Not only does this fold out to
make a flat double/twin bed, it has a couple of picnic tables built in.
And if you buy one of those tent things out of Halfords to hang over
the tailgate, then you’re under canvas too.
The only drawback is cost. Prices start from 1645 Euros, but how much
do you spend on B&Bs following rallies? The added bonus is you can
take it abroad and stick it in your hired car. Now there’s a thought,
Acropolis Rally or Le Mans on the cheap. The money you save on
accommodation could be spent on even more Vin Ordinaire and snails on
The pictures show the system in use in a Honda Jazz
which ain’t the biggest of cars, but it gives you an idea of how it
works. You’ll still need your own wee stove and pots and pans and a
coolbox for the sausages, but at least you’ll sleep easier at night.
If anyone out there has got one of these
RoomBox things or ever used one, what do you think? I could be tempted
just to re-live the good times.
There’s more info on their website if you want to have a nosey: