My next van (I wish)….The Unicat

Naturally it will look much better rendered in a matt black finish, but this beast is just amazing. Referred to as the “garbage truck” by some, it has caused a bit of a stir on the Web. What some people thought was a refurbished rubbish vehicle is really a heavy-duty, off-road RV called the Unicat. These machines are manufactured in Germany and custom units can take up to 12 months to complete. If anything, these mobile houses are a great example of space saving techniques and gadgets.

If you really want to get off the beaten track and explore some of the more rugged areas of the world (yet still live in comfort) this RV might be for you. If you can afford it. Most Unicats sell for around $500,000.

In the U.S. Unicat offers two styles of RVs. The Amerigo is a family expedition vehicle in 4×4 or 6×6 configurations. The Professional is primarily used for search-and-rescue, natural disaster survival, remote eco-tourism, off-road ambulances, fire-fighting trucks, professional film crew trucks, and off-road racing support vehicles.

From the Unicat website:

In designing the body, first priority is given to functionality and performance criteria such as weight distribution, center of gravity, stability, and reliability. Next, a well-balanced interior layout comprised of seating/eating area, sleeping accommodations, kitchen, toilet/shower, storage, water supply, heating, lights, and electricity. Thirdly, we enable individual choices for interior appointments such as upholstery, flooring, counter tops, and cabinets in many finishes and materials.

Although UNICAT will gladly build custom one-of-a-kind vehicles, we recommend and prefer to build standardized models. Much research and testing go into the design, engineering and build-out of every new model and it’s extremely expensive and time-consuming to go through that rigor for each vehicle. Customer benefits include greater reliability, better value, greater serviceability, faster delivery, and most importantly, a better chance for an overall ownership experience over the long term.


Photos Courtesy of Apartment Therapy and Unicat

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