Gidget Teardrop Camper Shows Off New Features For 2015
Tiny homes and minimalist renovations have been popular on the Internet recently. Those who downsize their living spaces are drawn to the "financial and emotional freedom, a greener lifestyle, (and) the satisfaction of building one's own refuge," according to the Chicago Tribune. But as society becomes progressively more mobile -- mobile phones, mobile computers -- it's no surprise someone would go mobile with the tiny-home concept.
The Gidget Retro Teardrop Camper's high profile might be proof that people are ready to take the minimalist, tiny-home life on the road. The Gidget isn't a tiny home in the traditional sense; it's marketed as a smaller and simpler alternative to the RV. According to Cool Hunting, Gidget was designed in Australia by Glenn Wills and Christine Bree in 2013. Its purpose is to create a self-sufficient and comfortable camping option. Earlier this year, a video demonstrating the Gidget camper prototype exploded in popularity, soaring to over 11 million views in the span of just a few weeks.
The video that went viral earlier this year demonstrated some of the key features of the Gidget -- a camper designed to take up as little space as possible but still provide comforts such as a queen-size bed, entertainment center and kitchen. To create a large amount of space in a small package, the teardrop-shaped camper utilizes a patented transformation system. The camper extends in size by pulling a series of handles. Some people who watched the video were quick to point out that the Gidget prototype did not have bathroom and shower facilities. The Gidget has since updated their line of campers and now sells a body that is 20 inches longer than the original Gidget but features a toilet and pop-up private shower.
The bathroom and shower aren't the only new additions to the final version of the Gidget. The queen-size bed converts into a lounge, allowing a user to sit inside the camper instead of lying down. The entertainment center has also been improved, featuring a rotating console that will flip the 24-inch television to the outside of the camper -- perfect for entertaining friends. And the final retail version comes with solar panels built into the roof of the camper.
Those looking for a smaller, more portable experience are also covered. A miniature Gidget for use with small cars or motorcycles is available as well. A large truck shouldn't be needed to pull the larger Gidget models, however. The Gidget FAQ page states that "most 4-cylinder cars will be able to tow the Gidget."
Gidget creators Wills and Bree hope that all the features of the Gidget will reduce the stress that can sometimes accompany camping. "We wanted to find a way to enjoy the great outdoors," Bree told Cool Hunting, "but take the most important things with us so we can camp in true comfort and style."
The online popularity of the camper has undoubtedly helped boost sales for the Gidget team. Gidget announced on Facebook it had increased the size of its factory from 4,400 square feet to 22,600 square feet at the beginning of August.
A comprehensive look at the new features of the Gidget Camper can be seen below.
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