Now this is glamping if I’ve ever seen it. (Glamping = glamourous camping) The CR-1 Carbon travel trailer, a production-ready prototype RV trailer is made from a full carbon fiber monocoque chassis and body. Global Caravan Technologies (GCT) is the proud manufacturer of the trailer, in conjunction with Indycar Series builder Dallara. The CR-1 Carbon was first revealed on March 6, 2014 during a private gala at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway next to GCT’s R&D headquarters.
The worlds first all carbon fiber RV is a 35-foot long, tow-behind trailer and comes with the option for a variety of upgrades and awesome features. A fully-loaded CR-1 will cost you close to $770,000. Some of the upgraded features include full-height closets, walk-through master bath, 700-watt solar power system, integrated generator, run-flat tires and adjustable-tint privacy glass. As well as a custom leather wrapped ceiling, with private jet-type leather soft touch walls, and residential furnishings that are at the top end of luxury in the global RV industry. Not to mention you can operate the whole thing from your smartphone. The production version is estimated to start around $170,000.
Company CEO Charles Hoefer goes into more detail regarding the trailers luxury qualities,
“The CR-1 Carbon’s interiors walls are made of carbon fiber, and certain carbon fiber design elements are exposed throughout the unit. In the kitchen, the split configuration allows for expansive countertop space and an optional wine rack. Designer Kohler sinks and faucets are used throughout, as are premium tile selections. All cabinetry in the CR-1 Carbon utilizes premium residential hardware with soft-closing doors and drawers. In the bath suite, we wanted to take designs even further, and GCT’s CR-1 Carbon feels more like a luxury New York apartment than an RV. A full walk-through master bath suite divides the kitchen from the master bedroom. Private latrine enclosed by a residential door features a porcelain stool and large linen cabinet. The 36″ custom shower beautifully blends solid surface, designer tile, and carbon fiber. A stackable washer and dryer are also available, or can be substituted for added closet and storage space.”
GCT says the CR-1 should weigh in at 6,000 pounds, which is about half of the weight of current mass-market trailers. Which means the CR-1 should return 100-150% the fuel economy of competitors. They also say there are plenty of patents involved and underway. The production model will be shown in the fall, and sales will begin in the first quarter of 2015.