With sleek, stylish good looks and a miniscule carbon footprint, the T-Van provides a peek at the future of RVing. The concept travel trailer was one of the top entries in the Caravan of the Future competition sponsored by the United Kingdom Caravan Club. (The British call RVs “caravans.”) The contest to design the RV of the future was held to commemorate the club’s 100th anniversary in 2007, but the T-Van design continues to generate excitement in RV design circles as a model for both handicap-accessible and eco-friendly RVs.
Designed by the British industrial design team of Chris and Andrew Johnson, the T-Van has an aerodynamic, fuel-conserving bullet shape reminiscent of the classic Airstream travel trailer design. Solar roof panels provide constant power to run systems and appliances. Lighted blue exterior grab bars designed to improve site mobility give the RV an otherworldly appearance.
The Johnsons designed their concept RV to be handicap accessible as well as fuel efficient. Wheelchair access is provided through double doors at the rear of the vehicle. When parked, the vehicle expands into a T-shape (hence the name T-van) which allows handicapped occupants to access every part of the RV’s interior quickly and easily. The T-Van sleeps 6 but interior rooms are designed to be multi-functional, providing maximum flexibility that allows occupants to configure the RV’s interior to meet their personal needs.