Advanced Materials

Odd material used to make feasible eco-camper

Being near nature could take on a totally different significance with a revolutionary camper trailer from American organization Earth Traveler — and it takes featherweight to a new level.

The New Mexico-based outfit has made a minimal, lightweight camper produced using an innovative combination of chicken feathers and resin — and it’s electric vehicles that could soon be towing them.

The customisable T300 van has different fold out tent sections, can sleep up to four individuals and is claimed to weigh simply 135kg, which is a small amount of the weight of well known camper trailers sold in Australia and tonnes less than larger, more lavishly appointed caravans.

At US$10,000 ($14,500) plus taxes it’s likewise at the less expensive end of the scale, the feather composite material obviously very moderate to create.

Claimed to bring “new ideas to the world of recreational vehicles”, the teardrop shape of the Earth Traveler camper trailers was inspired by biomimicry, guaranteeing the “organic shape is weatherproof and aerodynamic”.

While there are not many details on the innovative fusion of chicken feathers and glue — other than to allude to it as “resin reinforced feathers”, the organization can clearly see there could be questions.

“No joke, each component of our teardrops is sculpted and built by hand,” says the Earth Traveler website. “The philosophy and design stems from avian structure.”

Some portion of the inspiration for the lightweight camper trailers is theimminent rush of electric vehicles effectively well known in parts of America and going to flood the Australian market.

From Australian politicians to adventurous grey nomads, there have been valid inquiries regarding how electric vehicles will cope towing huge loads, the answer usually centring on fundamentally diminished battery ranges.

Bringing down the weight of the trailer diminishes how much energy is required to tow it.

“Earth Traveler teardrop trailers are hand-built, custom-made and incredibly lightweight to bring for the first time the RV experience to the modern fuel-efficient and electric car industry.”

For those after some Formula One technology in their camper trailer there is a considerably lighter, more advanced model called the T250LX.

Made altogether of carbon fiber, it’s professed to weigh simply 98kg, making it relatively simple for a grown-up to manoeuvre it around a flat campsite by hand.

In utilizing more advanced materials the T250LX is more than triple the cost, at US$30,975 ($44,800) plus taxes.

It’s not realized whether there are plans to sell the teardrop trailers in Australia.

In any case, hope to join a growing queue, Earth Traveler warning that delivery times in America are upwards of five months.