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Gizmo: The ‘Bufalino' Camper
The tiny, three-wheeled, sleeps-one camping machine.

I thank my parents that they never took me on caravan holidays when I was a youth. They are something that I am well aware adults my age still wince about when they recall their memories of rainy summers spent in a metal sheathed box on two wheels, peeing in a bucket and having to play endless board games with their gran. Though as I’ve gotten older, the sheer compact convenience of being able to cart your abode around with you seems somewhat attractive. I’m not talking about those colossal gas-guzzling RVs, in which you are forced to pull into a Wal-mart car park every night to recharge the onboard electrics and jettison what’s still bobbing around in the chemical toilet. Oh no. I’ve been looking at the ‘Bufalino’ Camper: a mobile design concept perfect for the minimalist traveler. German industrial designer Cornelius Commans took the three-wheeled Piaggio APE 50, more commonly used as a local delivery vehicle in Italy, and customized it into a modern tech-equipped one-man camping machine, replete with every basic need. The ‘Bufalino’ comes fully equipped with a bed, two seating units, washbasin, refrigerator, kitchenette, storage space, water tank and a somewhere to put your laptop. “My aim was to give people a better understanding of the country, the surroundings and the range they have traveled. This vehicle is always with you like some kind of a base camp, while also being used for moving on in an easygoing and spontaneous way.” In some countries, the APE 50 is exempt from taxes, as it uses only a tiny amount of gas. Another advantage of its tiny size is that it can get through spaces that cars can not. Of course, when Cornelius talks about seeing the country, you must remember that this Piaggio APE has got a 50cc engine, so give your self plenty of time. If you are mechanically minded, you could drop in a more powerful engine from a late seventies Ape P with a 175cc. That would be positively supersonic by comparison.

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