This caravan can suck up its wheels for use in water

It's an impressive design.
Loukia Papadopoulos
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The Scoter.

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German firm Scoter has unveiled a new caravan with a quite unusual feature, according to a report by New Atlas published on Thursday. The vehicle comes with wheels that can rotate 180 degrees back into the hulls for when it ventures on water.

A cool concept that's hard to come by

This means Scoter eliminates the need for a separate boat trailer while still being fit for life on a lake or a beach. The Scoter was featured at this year’s Düsseldorf Caravan Salon and drew quite a bit of attention.

Mostly that was because it was located outside one of the exhibition halls, with no other exhibits near it giving the impression that someone simply left it there. It only had two signs – one German, one English – that explained what it was and a few of its features. Luckily Scoter has a website, albeit in German, that provides more information and pictures.

We must say the Scoter is one of the coolest concepts we have seen in a long time and we feature plenty of caravans. It’s definitely not the prettiest or most immediately enticing thanks to its drab colors and rather weak architecture.

However, the fact that the self-reliant Scoter can roll behind a tow vehicle on its own wheels and can then proceed to enter the water and store away its wheels makes it quite exciting. It’s reminiscent of an aircraft's retractable landing gear but is almost better executed.

This caravan can suck up its wheels for use in water
An illustration of the Scoter.

The craft isn't designed to be speedy. Rather, it’s supposed to drift leisurely under the power of a small electric or fuel motor. Its maker says it is engineered to tackle up to 60 hp which by all means is quite slow but without the wheels hanging around it could reach those speeds smoothly.

There are no pictures of the inside of the caravan so we have no idea what that space looks like or how comfy it will be for long trips. It doesn’t look big enough to host enough guests comfortably but looks can often be deceiving in those types of vehicles.

Similar but different

All in all, it reminds us of another amphibian vehicle that was both an RV caravan and a boat. Introduced in 2018 and created by another German company called CaravanBoat, the Departure One is a fully self-sufficient vehicle for use on both land and water.

It could efficiently be towed behind a car and used as an RV or could be sent into the water to serve as a boat. The crazy floating caravan even featured a practical kitchen, a WC and shower and a covered terrace. The Departure One's design was based on the original caravan boats that launched in the UK and Australia in the 1960s.

Could the Scoter have emerged from that same inspiration? It’s hard to tell without additional pictures or information but one thing is for sure the caravan has one of the most unique ways of handling wheels we have ever seen. Will that be enough to make it a bestseller? Only time will tell.

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