French Startup rethinks a TD

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French Startup rethinks a TD

Postby JazzVinyl » Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:41 pm

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Re: French Startup rethinks a TD

Postby Pinstriper » Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:18 pm

20 grand ? Yeah, nah.


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Re: French Startup rethinks a TD

Postby Pmullen503 » Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:54 am

I don't see the advantage to the large side door. Why climb over the tire? The slide out kitchen doesn't seal the inside from cooking odors and smoke.

Just innovation for its own sake with no practical advantage.
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Re: French Startup rethinks a TD

Postby troubleScottie » Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:32 pm

Pretty, modern. Follows in the lines of trailer designs using a large door like a leanto for a very open feel. Little difficult to determine features. Can see DC power system, water, propane stove, reasonable windows, marginal storage.

$20,000 may or may not be reasonable depending on the materials and other features. After all, it is Europe and they want to make a profit.

Most people here are building at cost -- labor is free and no profit margin. Many build very austere TD. Start glamping and that changes a lot. Costs jump pretty quickly as you add space heaters, water systems, Li battery, high end fans, manufactured doors, AC, DC frig, propane, brakes, solar, axle-less suspension, entertainment eg TV/radio/VHF/UHF/HF. Now this system does not appear to have these and most likely does not as it is a major selling point.
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Re: French Startup rethinks a TD

Postby Pinstriper » Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:28 pm

$20k buys a lot more in a conventional TT.



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Re: French Startup rethinks a TD

Postby tony.latham » Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:19 pm

I think they put the axle on the chassis so it would be in the middle of the door. Kinda like deciding where an airplane wing should be so it doesn't interfere with the door.

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Re: French Startup rethinks a TD

Postby Pmullen503 » Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:07 am

Think about closing that door once you are inside. Seems like that would be awkward. The galley is just dumb.

This was designed by someone who's never actually camped in a TD.
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Re: French Startup rethinks a TD

Postby tony.latham » Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:58 am

Pmullen503 wrote:Think about closing that door once you are inside. Seems like that would be awkward. The galley is just dumb.

This was designed by someone who's never actually camped in a TD.


I agree... and give that door a flight-test when the bugs are out.

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Re: French Startup rethinks a TD

Postby Woodstramp » Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:20 am

I would never buy that one, but I like the openness of it. I already like side entry tents. I could see replicating it, but for my own use, some changes.

All that wood on the exterior would require it to be parked in a protected area when not in use. Roof also needs a slight slope to shed heavy rain, too. Gull wing door closing issue could be eased with a drop down strap. I personally would not do that slide out galley....another potential leak in transit. My copy would have an awning or a 10x10 easyup that attaches to that entry side when parked. Some velcro'd drapes for the three sides of the 10x10 for privacy were needed for changing clothes.
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Re: French Startup rethinks a TD

Postby AeroNautiCal » Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:52 am

The builder chose to use the same trailer chassis as is found on the Slidavan.

Edited because I omitted the "on"!
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Re: French Startup rethinks a TD

Postby dogcatcher » Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:35 pm

For a homebuilder the price pf $15,500 to $22,000 is high, but if you add in $20 an hour in your labor, that becomes cheap. As to the look, I like it, it looks great, an open and airy look. The slide out galley, I have seen quite a few of them on commercial popup campers, even room slide outs on big rigs, so that is not a problem, in fact I see it as a bonus.

2 things I would want to add, first a pop top with canvas side like the VW camper has, and second a side awning.
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Re: French Startup rethinks a TD

Postby S. Heisley » Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:04 pm

Not my idea of nice
...at any price.
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