Camping Scooter: Concept On Three Wheels

The Piaggio Ape helped post-war Italy climb out of economic despair. Essentially a three-wheel Vespa scooter, the motorized tricycle was prized for its low cost and fuel efficiency, and it is still used for mail delivery and auto-rickshaw builds around the world.

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It’s about to hit the camping world, at least in concept. German industrial designer Cornelius Comanns took a modern spin on the Ape with his Bufalino.

Aimed at the solo traveler, the Bufalino is the minimalist camper’s eco dream. Under the shell, the camper is kitted with a fold-out bed, kitchenette, wash basin, storage, water tank, and a mini fridge — all the creature comforts of home but without the trappings.

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The little concept wagon isn’t likely to hit the market anytime soon, but we loved the simple thinking, showcasing that good things can come in small packages.

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Breezy laptop desk
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Kitchenette includes a one-burner stove, work surface, supplies bin, and water tank.
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Seat pivots to face kitchenette and folds down into a bed.

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Contributing Editor (and Gear Junkie Idaho Bureau Chief) Steve Graepel is allegedly a crook and a thief, conning his friends to steal away time from their families in pursuit of premeditated leisure, which typically involves a bike, a pack-raft, skis, running shoes, climbing rack, or all of the above.
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