Small caravan that extends like a telescope until it almost triples in size with the push of a button

Larger inside … the small caravan that is really a Tardis, like an 8ft long pod that extends like a telescope until it almost triples in size with the push of a button

  • The Beauer 3X caravan expands from 6 to 15 feet in less than a minute
  • Tom Rawstorne of Daily Mail tried it out with his family at a campsite in Kent
  • The French inventor Eric Beau now makes the models in Nantes and focuses on the British holiday market
  • They range in price from just over £ 20,000 to around £ 44,000

It is a problem that many families are looking for a vacation in the great outdoors. How do you find a caravan that is small enough to pull, but big enough to fit you in?

The answer is perhaps the Beauer 3X – as I discovered then, accompanied by my daughters Bea, 14, and Martha, nine, plus our dog Goliath, I tested one.

When we arrive at the campsite in Kent, the caravan we towed looks small. Shaped like a cookie tin on its side, it is just over 6ft wide by 8ft 6in long.

How do you find a caravan that is small enough to pull, but big enough to fit you in? The answer is perhaps the Beauer 3X - as I discovered then, accompanied by my daughters Bea, 14, and Martha, nine, plus our dog Goliath, I tested one.

How do you find a caravan that is small enough to pull, but big enough to fit you in? The answer is perhaps the Beauer 3X – as I discovered then, accompanied by my daughters Bea, 14, and Martha, nine, plus our dog Goliath, I tested one.

Just like magic, a switch movement and in less than a minute, the caravan has almost tripled, extending like a telescope until it is 15ft wide

Just like magic, a switch movement and in less than a minute, the caravan has almost tripled, extending like a telescope until it is 15ft wide

Just like magic, a switch movement and in less than a minute, the caravan has almost tripled, extending like a telescope until it is 15ft wide

& # 39; How shall we all fit in? & # 39 ;, Martha says. Bea shakes her head. But just like magic, a switch movement and in less than a minute the caravan has almost tripled, extending like a telescope until it is 15ft wide.

Just as with Doctor Who & # 39; s Tardis, it is much larger from the inside than initially seemed possible from the outside. The floor space has not only tripled, but also enters through the sliding door and all the furniture is already in place.

At one end is a couch and a table, at the other a double bed. In the middle is a kitchen with hob, sink and fridge, behind which there is a toilet and shower. Eric Beau, the French inventor of the caravan, says the bed and the banquette unfold when the sides go out – a bit like a pop-up book.

Just as with Doctor Who & # 39; s Tardis, it is much larger from the inside than initially seemed possible from the outside. The floor space has not only tripled, but also enters through the sliding door and all the furniture is already in place

Just as with Doctor Who & # 39; s Tardis, it is much larger from the inside than initially seemed possible from the outside. The floor space has not only tripled, but also enters through the sliding door and all the furniture is already in place

Just as with Doctor Who & # 39; s Tardis, it is much larger from the inside than initially seemed possible from the outside. The floor space has not only tripled, but also enters through the sliding door and all the furniture is already in place

The caravans, which can be operated using a solar-powered battery, come in three sizes. The 2X, designed for two, doubles in size

The caravans, which can be operated using a solar-powered battery, come in three sizes. The 2X, designed for two, doubles in size

The caravans, which can be operated using a solar-powered battery, come in three sizes. The 2X, designed for two, doubles in size

& # 39; I came up with the idea & # 39; ten years ago, says Beau, 56, an IT consultant at Orange. & # 39; I had never been on a caravan holiday, but decided that it would be nice to take my family of four. I wanted something small that would suit us all. But there was nothing on the market. & # 39;

He built a prototype – which attracted a lot of interest. Two years ago Beau set up a small factory near Nantes and is now focusing on the British market.

The caravans, which can be operated using a solar-powered battery, come in three sizes. The 2X, designed for two, doubles in size. The largest, the 3X Plus, sleeps six. They range in price from just over £ 20,000 to around £ 44,000.

Eric Beau, the French inventor of the caravan, says the bed and the banquette unfold when the sides go out - a bit like a pop-up book

Eric Beau, the French inventor of the caravan, says the bed and the banquette unfold when the sides go out - a bit like a pop-up book

Eric Beau, the French inventor of the caravan, says the bed and the banquette unfold when the sides go out – a bit like a pop-up book

Two years ago Beau set up a small factory near Nantes and is now focusing on the British market. They range in price from just over £ 20,000 to around £ 44,000

Two years ago Beau set up a small factory near Nantes and is now focusing on the British market. They range in price from just over £ 20,000 to around £ 44,000

Two years ago Beau set up a small factory near Nantes and is now focusing on the British market. They range in price from just over £ 20,000 to around £ 44,000

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