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April 8, 2012

It's past time people were able to live comfortably in their cars


In the U.S., many people can't afford a house or get a home loan but most people who want to own a car are able to do so.


Well, then, why isn't it possible to transform your car into a residence suitable not only for an odd night in the middle of nowhere or after a breakdown but, rather, somewhere you could live comfortably for an extended period of time?

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I've long been baffled that no one has come up with a solution but reader Alan Fick just sent me news of the Swiss Room Box, which promises to liberate the vehicle owner from overpriced hotels, sleeping bags in the forest, and their ilk forever.

Here's what Kevin Kelly had to say about the Swiss Room Box in the latest edition of Cool Tools:

We have not tried this set-up, so cannot vouch for whether it is a cool tool. It is a new modular household that unfolds from the back of a SUV, rover, or car with hatchback. See the website for a full explanation.

The feature set is a great idea for certain kinds of travel: what is not clear is how well the set-up is executed, and whether it is worth the price of at least $4,000. But for some excursions, the arrangement and design might be ideal. It is cheaper than buying an RV. There is at least one installation of the larger version being tried on a pan-African expedition. You'd have an mobile kitchen, bedroom, and shower all in one system, packed in a standard van or SUV, instead of an RV. You would still have daily disassembly, but you would gain in fuel efficiency, maneuverability, and cheaper cost of the vehicle.

The manufacturer is currently offering two versions: a full heavy-duty outfit (about $8,000) and a smaller compact version, which is shown above.

If someone uses this, please let us know how well it works. Also, there are competitors, such as Yatoo and Westfalia. I'd be interested in a review of any of these systems if someone recommends them.

Want to learn more?

Watch the video.

Apply to Swiss Room Box within.

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Don't be silly. There's no way you would spend 4 grand on this and no way it can be used as an erstwhile residence. And people do actually currently live in their cars. Sadly and never comfortably.

Posted by: vanderleun | Apr 8, 2012 10:32:36 AM

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