This Tiny Camper Pops Up in Just 30 Seconds
When I was little, my sisters and I had a pop-up Barbie camper, and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. This real-life camper is just like that, right down to the kitchen in a slide-out drawer—and unlike the Barbie version, it can be ready to go in just 30 seconds.
This one, called the iCamp, is a design of Dutch company Udo Camp. Making Barbie’s camper move-in ready required painstakingly fitting together a series of teeny-tiny connectors and support poles. The iCamp, on the other hand, has an electronic roof that rises at the push of a button. Magically, what looks like an unremarkable trailer becomes a very portable little home.
Inside there’s a generous seating area with a table, which converts into a double bed at night. Next to the seating area are two panels you can flip open to reveal the kitchen. With the panels closed, this area can convert to a single bed or lounge area. There’s no bathroom, but hey, you’re camping.
When the weather is nice (which hopefully it is the whole time because hey, you’re camping) you can slide out the kitchen, contained in a drawer in the body of the camper, and pop up the support leg underneath it. The kitchen includes a four-burner gas stove, a sink, and a 40-liter refrigerator. Compared to the one in my New York apartment, it looks kind of spacious. Udo Camp even makes an awning that can be turned into a full extra room, if you so desire.
Thanks to its compact size, the iCamp can be pulled by even a smaller car, and you don’t need a special license for it. The basic version of the iCamp costs about $15,550, and is currently only available in Europe. Here’s hoping someone will come up with something equally clever for us stateside campers soon.