But the price is also likely to limit the number of potential buyers: the manufacturer is asking a hefty 225,000 euros for this semi-integrated vehicle, which is just 6.46 metres long. And that does not even include many of the possible extras.
The target group of mobile travellers is changing, becoming more demanding, is the reasoning behind the development of the Venture S. The body, which is hardly wider than the driver's cabin and painted with a special heat-reflecting colour, is striking. Apart from the side entrance door, there is a horizontally divided tailgate, the lower half of which folds down to become a mini-terrace that may be loaded with up to 350 kilograms. The upper half serves as rain or sun protection.
In the rear, there is a face-to-face seating area with lounge character and a folding table which, together with the two bench seats, becomes a bed for two if required. The actual bedroom, however, is found on the second floor. The roof can be raised pneumatically, the air-filled walls at the sides and front form a kind of alcove and should provide excellent insulation values. Meanwhile, a double bed a good two metres long promises good sleeping comfort. The way up is not via a ladder but a comfortable staircase that swings over the kitchen unit and has plenty of storage space waiting to be filled.
The galley is equipped with a noble two-burner gas cooker, the refrigerator works according to the compressor system. Opposite, there is a variable washroom whose end wall can be moved to make room for the shower. A swivelling plastic element then divides off the cassette toilet. On the other side, between the stairs and the driver's seat, there is a small work area with a tabletop, because the Venture S is also intended to serve well as a mobile office. For this purpose, there is a fast Wi-Fi on board if desired, in order to be able to stay in touch with the business world.
Three solar panels, each with 115 watts of power, are mounted on the roof; in combination with the lithium battery, they are to ensure the supply of electrical energy, and an inverter provides 230-volt on-board power. Heating is provided by diesel fuel, and an air-conditioning system is available on request, which is installed under the floor of the car due to the lack of space on the roof and the better aerodynamic properties.
The Venture S shows what is possible in caravanning today and sets a milestone in design and equipment, but also in price. It thus follows the trend of the real estate market: living space has seldom been as expensive as it is today. (Michael Kirchberger/cen)