As the auto industry transforms to support an all-electric and sustainable means of transportation, so will recreational add-ons.
A company selling a high-tech RV component for Tesla's CyberTruck has announced its preorders have climbed to incredible heights, surpassing $50 million in future revenue, according to a recent press release.
This could change recreational travel forever.
CyberLandr comes equipped with water filtration, automation, and more
Called Stream It, the Las Vegas-based analytics company conceived of CyberLandr to add multi-use capability to the CyberTruck, enabling Tesla truck owners to enjoy a portable home for weekend trips or emergencies. The company also said CyberLandr can fit within conventional parking spaces, and comes equipped with a shower, bed, and kitchen.
The CyberLandr also comes with a water-filtration system, a Starlink dish for internet access, and voice automation. Pre-orders began in early April, with the first 20 set at $40,000, but the price increased to its current retail price of $50,000. In the press release, Stream It said its customers had made more than 1,000 pre-orders in the initial 15 days. "We conservatively estimate demand for CyberLandr at more than 10,000 units in 2022," said CEO Stream It Lance King, int the release. He also said the company was collaborating with Munro and Associates, a manufacturing consulting firm, which will assist Stream It with high demands, without sacrificing the highest quality.
Earlier, Stream It said CyberLandrs would be produced in Texas, which is also where Tesla will build its CyberTrucks. The company also said the add-on units will be prepared for delivery to coincide with CyberTruck pre-orders, which, as of writing, is scheduled for later this year.
All-electric trucks will breed new RV ingenuity
The reason behind CyberLandr is many-fold, but central is the idea that electrification will change the RV industry just like the auto industry in the coming decade. And Stream It customers tend to agree: "We believe the enthusiasm is a direct result of people envisioning how this new adventure vehicle can improve their lives," said Stream It Co-Founder Bill French. "People are telling us of many new uses for both wilderness and urban adventures. For example, parents at athletic matches, or the ability to boondock and overland to places previously inaccessible to a traditional RV."
"We estimate CyberLandr will be used 2-3 times more than traditional RVs because it is so easy to take with you," added French. But this doesn't mean conventional RVs are dropping off the map. Earlier this year, a Craigslist ad showed a Fleetwood RV fixed with the outer shell of a Convair airliner for sale in California -- for just $28 thousand. This novel approach was listed as a 1979 Fleetwood Pace Arrow RV, except with a body-swap for the fuselage of a Convair CV-240, initially developed between 1947 and 1954. Sadly, the wild listing no longer exists, which means it was likely sold.
And there are many other crazy ideas for RVs and campers. In July of last year, it was revealed that a hollowed-out jet engine camper took six years to build, according to a YouTube video. Specifically, a mechanic converted a 1967 Vicker VC10 airliner engine nacelle into a makeshift camper that fits on a trailer. Just because RVs and the underlying auto industry are going electric, doesn't mean the wildest and exceedingly creative takes on old vehicle add-ons can't continue. Stream It's CyberLandr is doubtlessly intriguing and successful, but we can expect many more innovative products and designs to come with the advent of the CyberTruck and other all-electric newcomers.