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What good is “The Lion’s Den” mini-caravan?


Last night, the Miniatouring start-up presented a mini caravan on the start-up program “Die Höhle der Löwen”. It should be more comfortable than a tent and cheaper than a normal caravan. It wasn’t enough for a deal. TRAVELBOOK asks: Is the mini caravan good for anything?

On Monday evening, September 13, Hannes Trautmann presented a mini-caravan on the “Die Höhle der Löwen” program. It should be an inexpensive and comfortable alternative to large caravans and tents on longer trips. There was no deal with the lions, but TRAVELBOOK took a look at the mini-caravan anyway.

The idea for a mini caravan came up while camping

The idea of ​​the miniature version of the caravan came to the founder of the start-up on his trip to Europe in 2017. Trautmann was traveling with his car and his tent and soon encountered the usual problems: “Uncomfortable sleep, no there is electricity, no storage space. That was not perfect for a road trip, ”said the founder of the VOX television station, which broadcasts“ Die Höhle der Löwen ”. Unable to afford a mobile home or car, Trautmann got creative. He developed his own vehicle. A mini caravan, and puts it in “The lion’s den” before.

Mini caravan of “The Lion’s Den” in detail

The interior of the mini-caravan is 2.35 meters long and 1.30 meters wide and consists mainly of a bed. In the Comfort Plus version, it is supplied with slatted base and mattress, like the kitchen cabinet, which can be extended outwards, and an extendable awning that is supposed to protect from sun and rain. There is also light, light and storage space, a blind and a window. The wood used comes from the Mainz region. The mini caravan and its equipment cost 8,630 euros. If you omit the equipment, they are 7,935 euros and those that do without windows, light and storage space pay 7,699 euros. Individual options such as a bike rack or table extension can be purchased.

The mini-caravan weighs 250 kilograms when empty and can be driven at 80 to 100 kilometers per hour. According to the developer, drivers can do this even without a trailer driver’s license. The entire vehicle is 3,315 meters long with the drawbar. And, according to Trautmann, this is absolutely useful on a road trip: “Because it is so compact, you can go everywhere with it,” he gets excited and continues: “I can drive through small alleys with it, I can drive the steps mountain in the Alps, muddy roads, there are no longer limits. ” More information is available directly at the Mini Touring Page.

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The rating of the TRAVELBOOK editorial team

The mini-caravan from “Die Höhle der Löwen” seems like a rather nice idea that is also suitable for road trips. Almost all the necessities for a longer trip are included: bed, electricity, storage space, kitchen – all of that sounds great at first. However, what we lack a bit here are the sanitary facilities, that is, toilet, shower, sink and running water. That is not a bad thing in itself, there is one at every campsite. But here comes the big but: since the caravan does not work completely independently and therefore cannot really be used outside of the campsites, it can be a bit pricey.

Because when it comes to sleeping space, electricity, storage space and cooking facilities, a more or less developed van will do the job. You can use it with similar existing equipment or with your own DIY qualities, sometimes cheaper. Especially if you take into account that in addition to the mini-caravan you have to buy a car. If you want to get real savings and get by with less comfort, you can simply throw a mattress in the car. Just buy a camping stove and plug, then it may not be as fancy, but almost as functional. Hence our assessment: Great idea, but certainly not the cheapest option.

Ebenezer Robbins
Ebenezer Robbins
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