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Triple Wide Camper

Elbow room at the push of a button.
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You've probably seen the newer campers that have the bedroom section which slides out to make more room.
Well picture an average camper's basic rectangle shape, completely hollow, and exactly twice as long as it is wide. Inside this rectangle are two cubes minus the sides which face each other. At the push of a button these cubes extend out to the sides of the camper, one to the right and one to the left.
Inside these two cubes are two other cubes which would extend back along the sides of the camper.
When the camper is packed up at the end of each trip, everything would need to be contained in these two rooms in order to retract. One would need to be the bathroom and the other the kitchen.
When you first pull into your campsite, (making sure it is wide enough for your monstrosity), down-riggers would retract from its underside, and from your drivers seat you would level the camper, activating the downriggers with a joystick controller.
Then at the push of a button your camper becomes a triple wide.

My weekends at Bass Lake and Porterville http://www.dooyoo.c..._hunter_s_thompson/
Preserved by Hunter S. Thompson [thumbwax, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Teardrop Trailer http://www.oldwoodi...ailer-for-2_art.jpg
[thumbwax, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Yep... 'bout time. https://www.youtube...watch?v=XZ1J4GRDA34
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Oct 22 2016]

the same-ish idea, but in French https://www.youtube...watch?v=efWvCQiahuM
[not_morrison_rm, Oct 22 2016]


       So the interior space is 'S'-shaped?

I think it would be more fun to turn up on a campsite with a seemingly modest trailer. Attach an air pump to this and a huge bouncy castle unfolds, but with doors and windows and a porch - and a big sign saying "No Bouncing".
hippo, Apr 13 2003

       When I was a kid, we'd go to Bass Lake (CA) for a week {I was there during the infamous Hell's Angels weekend at the Lake - they also "took over" our hometown's neighbo(u)ring community on a different weekend - it was great - if you were a kid, a Hell's Angel - or Hunter S. Thompson.}
We had a teardrop trailer from which my Pop would remove and assemble a stable homemade tent structure which was @ 4 times larger than the trailer, complete with entrance which guaranteed privacy - 2 separate bedrooms and a shower. Side benefit of having a Pop serving in Korea.
thumbwax, Apr 14 2003

       Anything to make the sodding things smaller on the road.
angel, Apr 14 2003

       I doubt it would them smaller on the road, just bigger at the campsite.
snarfyguy, Apr 14 2003

       ......or maybe smaller on the camp*fire*!
jeslookin, Jun 16 2004



       Looking at the allowable dimensions of (in this case) a trailer, I realised that the WIDTH (2.5m here) is enough for headroom, and the (much greater) HEIGHT (4.25m above the road here) can give increased floor space. So for your caravan, it gets towed along on it's side, and you tip it over at the campsite.   

       Just make sure everything is well stowed...
neutrinos_shadow, Oct 24 2016

       "Follow the sound of breaking glass ..."
8th of 7, Oct 24 2016

       A room could also slide up, getting you a quadruple wide ?
popbottle, Oct 25 2016

       Miura-Ori could help with a gigantic non-paraboloid cylindrical fly.
wjt, Oct 26 2016

       inflatable sides?
Voice, Oct 27 2016


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