This year’s Caravan Salon in Duesseldorf featured German motorhome and caravan manufacturer Hymer’s VisionVenture concept. The new concept envisions what travel and camping could be like in 2025—and it looks to be pretty exciting.
The concept is based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van and provides room for two to get a good night’s sleep while out in the wild. Off the rear tailgate, Hymer envisions a deck that slides out when the rear door is unfolded. The deck even comes with an electric grill. Inside the van, the living area consists of two white sofas and a center dining table, which can fold down to be stored under the passenger-side bench. The sides of the van in the living area have been cleared away to make room for large windows that offer a panoramic view of the world outside. The kitchen offers a flush cooktop with a sink, refrigerator, and plenty of storage. A staircase leads to the pop-up, inflatable tent on the roof of the van. The walls for the tent are 2.8 inches thick for better insulation, and there’s even a small balcony outside of it for star gazing. It’s here in the tent that you’ll find the sleeping quarters, which are large enough for two. Of course, one of the main concerns when camping is the bathroom facilities, and the VisionVenture van continues with the innovations here, too. A rolling wall and rotating vanity sink create a separate rain shower.
The van also offers a laptop work station in the front cab. Roof-mounted solar panels provide power, and the van is set up with four-wheel-drive.
A lot of the ideas for the VisionVenture concept come from tiny homes and DIYers. “Innovation has always been part of Hymer’s DNA, and the concept car VisionVenture is our take on modern van life,” said Christian Bauer, Hymer’s CEO. “A major source of inspiration for this project was the camper community, who has given us new impetus with their creative ideas and DIY conversions.” Regardless of where the ideas come from, there’s little doubt that the VisionVenture concept has given us a peek at what the future of RVing is.