Smart Car & Camper Combined To Create Super Efficient RV

As a former full-time RVer, I can tell you that when living on the road, it’s difficult to balance efficiency and convenience. When planning our nomadic experiment, we decided to ignore those who told us we should tow a small car behind our mobile home. We just couldn’t justify the extra fuel it would take to haul a vehicle behind our rolling house. It wasn’t too long into the trip before we began to question this decision however.

Anyone who has traveled in an RV knows that they’re not the most nimble of vehicles. Plus, once you’re all set up in a campsite, it’s pure agony to batten down all the necessary hatches so you can drive into town for water or toilet paper. It would have been so nice to have a separate car to use for these small trips. An RV with the morphing abilities of the Colim Caravan would have been even better.

Colim camper RV concept

Image via Christian Susana

The brain child of German designer Christian Susana, the Colim (Colors of Life in Motion) camper is the perfect example of an intelligent mobile home. The outer appearance is very simple yet aerodynamic. It may not have all the bells and whistles of today’s monstrous diesel RVs, but it makes up for that with one significant amenity: the front part of the cockpit is actually a separate vehicle, and can be detached for fuel-efficient exploration while the rest of the motorhome stays behind.

Colim camper RV concept 2

Image via Christian Susana

The detachable vehicle seats two people, and bears a stricking resemblance to the tiny smart cars you may have seen cruising around town. According to Susana, the Colim’s trailer sleeps four people and the combined vehicle a top speed of 90mph (FYI: that blows most RVs out of the water). For now, the Colim is only a concept, but Susana says he’s shopping around for a firm that would be willing to manufacture it.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

32 Comments

  • Reply August 8, 2012

    A well-wisher

    Which dealership? What is the MSRP? Hmm looks like it is a lego piece at  this time 🙁

    • Reply July 26, 2013

      WatchDoggy

      Cute ( : )(

  • Reply August 8, 2012

    Kevin James McCarthy

    I want one

  • Reply August 8, 2012

    Larry Pointer

    There’s no way that would work. The rear tires on the back of the car itself would slide sideways when you turn a corner, since the car is in a fixed position to the trailer instead of a pivot point. Come on, German engineers are smarter than that.

    • Reply August 8, 2012

      Dpward2002

       Obviously, you did not click on the link, or you would know why this is not a problem.

  • Reply August 8, 2012

    Vickieoleary

    I want one I’ll advertise for you if you give me one.

  • Reply August 8, 2012

    Ravenfireinc

    i need one of theese

  • Reply August 8, 2012

    bobfairlane

    I saw a small aero trailer that was pulled by a 60’s VW Beetle. The beetle had a bracket and tow ball on the roof, and the trailer attached so the car could turn 360* around under the trailer. 

  • Reply August 9, 2012

    Aizenmyou

    Design stolen from Rodimus Prime!

  • Reply August 9, 2012

    Mefulcher

    What else does the camper part have in it? Bathroom?TV?  How many miles per gallon?

  • Reply August 9, 2012

    Pfiddle

    As a RV-believer and one who travels the tiny roads of Ireland – THIS is I feel, the way to go. It’s the next stet up from a caravan and yet utilises the advantages of the separate yet joined areas of the car/rv. Yep I’d see me buy one of these.

  • Reply August 12, 2012

    Dave Jeffries

    The concept is relly not new.  Just miniaturized   It’s called a 5th wheel rig.

    • Reply August 30, 2013

      hotcoffee4me2

      I must have a truck to pull the goose neck (5th wheel). Not exactly the same thing.

  • Reply August 13, 2012

    auntie m

    SUPER COOL…. I WANT ONE…..NOW!

  • Reply August 13, 2012

    Greg Loftus

    I would certainly consider one of these and I never owe vehicles that you don’t pedal or paddle.

  • Reply August 14, 2012

    jody

    Reminds me of “Star Treks” Enterpise. you know how the saucer separates from the command center.

  • Reply August 14, 2012

    jody

    I would buy one of these in a NY minute if it has a bathroom/shower.

  • Reply January 13, 2013

    Hailey Davis

    my dad thought of this concept years ago.go on Facebook and look under his pictures under the folder “ryan” his name is Ryan Davis.

  • Reply June 20, 2013

    Patrick Jerome

    That is a MOTORHOME not a mobile home.

  • Reply July 23, 2013

    Kevin Boyle

    What’s with all the wasted space at the front of the small vehicle?

    • Reply July 23, 2013

      Kevin Boyle

      It’s like driving from the back seat.

  • Reply August 7, 2013

    Samuel Burdge

    looks pretty dumb

  • Reply August 30, 2013

    Lori

    There are millions of things that we’ve all “thought of” over and over. I’ve thought of lots of well known products before they came out.
    The thing is, whether or not we acted on it, worked with designers and engineers, and actually built it.

    Who cares if you, your dad, your neighbor, or the guy that works at McDonald’s, thought of something first, if they didn’t act on it!!

  • Reply September 4, 2013

    Unlicensed Dremel

    It’s not even real – it’s a toy. So this designer didn’t do anything except make a fantasy tiny mockup. I can make a toy too.

  • Reply September 9, 2013

    CalvinOliver

    Wow this looks great, I bet this will help to further increase motorhome sales.

  • Reply May 3, 2014

    Brent

    All I want to know is WHEN and HOW MUCH…..

  • Reply May 4, 2014

    Darline Frazier

    I want one. I hope someone will latch onto it. I would defiantly buy one.

    • Reply May 5, 2014

      earthtechling

      Approved.

      Regards,

      Jason M Ridge
      Managing Director + Owner
      EarthTechling

      earthtechling.com
      c: 503.260.6875

  • Reply May 16, 2015

    GregP507

    It doesn’t look steerable.

  • Reply December 19, 2016

    Alena Radtke Gabriel

    I would like to purchase one. I have a smart car now and camp packing with a tent etc. Really would love this RV with smart car! Please keep me informed

  • Reply March 18, 2017

    Jen Hajime

    Wow that is ridiculous.

    We just drove and camped with a Smart Car Fortwo in Death Valley –

    http://nynomads.com/2017/03/a-smart-car-in-death-valley/

    It was tight to pack the vehicle with the items we needed to camp, but there’s just enough to sit in the front and stuff a couple sleeping bags, a tent, some blankets, pillows, and a couple schoolbags of items in the back.

    It held well enough on the paved roads.

  • Reply April 26, 2017

    Kirsten Durward

    how do we convince a manufacturer there is a market for this? I want one!

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