Hymer and BASF partner up to create the ultimate tiny home on wheels. Meet the VisionVenture Sprinter Tiny Home.
Using over 20 new BASF advanced materials, the latest 3D printing technology, and all that has been learned through tiny home and van life creations in recent years, the VisionVenture was born. Hymer has given us a glimpse into what RVs might look like in the not-so-distant future.
Hymer is a super-well-respected premium German RV company that has been around for over 60 years. BASF is one of the world’s top chemical technology companies and is based in Germany.
Together, these two leading companies combined their expertise to create a truly one-of-a-kind look at the future of RVs. Hymer expects we’ll see vehicles like this VisonVenture concept hitting the highways of the world by 2025.
Solid Mercedes Sprinter Foundation
Starting with a 4×4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis cab, the team at Hymer went to work on reimagining the cab. The original doors, headlights, and grille have been retained. But designers modified nearly everything else.
They brought the windscreen farther forward and redesigned the roofline. 3D-printed fender flares/wheel arches and other body parts complete the vehicle look. Will future Sprinters look like this?
After modifying the cab, designers added a custom lightweight camper. BASF “ultra-resilient paintwork in striking dark green” covers the entire vehicle.
BASF makes this paint with a “temperature-regulating, energy-efficient Chromacool technology” that can reduce the vehicle’s surface temperature by a massive 68 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also reduce the interior vehicle temp by up to 39 degrees.
The living space in this tiny home on wheels feels extremely upscale and spacious for such a small footprint. It offers a full bathroom, living room, office, kitchen, bedroom, and even upper and lower outdoor patios.
Behind the rotating front captain’s chairs and just inside the side entry door, you are presented with a bunch of illuminated steps that lead up to the bed in the pop-top. Inside these steps are big storage drawers and a drawer-style refrigerator. You’ll typically find this combination of systems in tiny homes and yachts.
A full bathroom is both supercompact and configurable. It offers such luxuries as a rain shower and natural stone flooring. Concrete and stone are used throughout the vehicle’s flooring and made possible by a BASF product called Veneo Slate.
The advanced material combines a thin layer of stone or concrete with plastic into a 1-mm-thick, light, bendable material. This allows for the natural look and feel without adding extra weight to this home on wheels. It also allows the living area floor to flow seamlessly into the bathroom floor without the need for a conventional shower tray.
At the rear of the vehicle, you get a full kitchen and a dinette-style seating area. A big panoramic rear window and lots of glass dominate this area. The rear of the vehicle even opens up to create a covered patio area complete with pull-out electric BBQ.
One of the coolest features of this tiny home on wheels is the pop-top roof system. To raise it, inflate the honeycomb outer walls of the pop-top. These walls are nearly 3 inches thick. Users can inflate them with heated or cooled air in under a minute. Ambient lighting is integrated into the inflatable walls for natural-looking full-surround lighting.
Upstairs inside this pop-top area is a full bed. The rear of the pop-top also opens up to allow stargazing and to access a small roof patio atop the vehicle.
The Future of RV Life
With an integrated roof solar system and full-electric appliances, this RV of the future is ready for off-grid adventures. Imagine all this advanced tiny home tech and space-saving features on a full-electric 4×4 chassis. The future of tiny home/van life/RV life never looked brighter!