Slideout technology reinvented modern RV travel, allowing larger motorhomes to go from ordinary campers to full-blown luxury homes-on-wheels. But that clever technology has yet to reach even the swankiest campervans. With the help of world-renowned design house Pininfarina, RV maker AC Future is looking to change that with the ultra-futuristic eTH that expands like no campervan on the market today.
From the outside, the eTH RV looks like a vehicle concept straight out of Minority Report. Its cube-like design vaguely resembles today’s modern box trucks, but the chiseled corners, polished glass and paint, and Tesla-like LED lighting provide clues that this is something altogether different. At just 20 feet long, it’s barely longer than a typical American parking space and only a few inches beyond a Mercedes Sprinter 144 (the platform for many of today’s luxury campervans and next-gen van life campers).
The extra-tall design already allows for more headroom than a standard campervan. In fact, it more closely resembles a Class B+ motorhome. But the eTH’s real magic is in its expandability. Once parked, the luxury camper goes from “Drive Mode” to “House Mode” at the push of a button. Its rear and sidewalls extend like traditional RV slideouts, expanding the floor plan to a legit two-bedroom apartment on wheels with 400 total square feet of living space (that’s not a misprint).
Fully expanded, the eTH resembles a sleek, Euro-inspired luxury apartment. The furniture and walls snap into place to define separate kitchen, dining, and office spaces, plus room for two full “bedrooms.” Up front, the cockpit converts to a modern workstation with the steering wheel automatically sliding out of the way. Built-in Starlink satellite internet tech will allow workers to work from anywhere. The glass-heavy design also provides for beautiful panoramic views from almost every vantage point inside the camper, and a mix of opaque and see-through floor-to-ceiling panels in the slideouts adds to the “wide-open” vibe.
But AC Future promises this isn’t just about looking luxurious. The eTh is designed to be a true, self-sustaining motorhome. The expandable roof, for example, provides plenty of square footage for a massive rooftop solar panel array feeding a large battery bank. The company says that the combination will be capable of providing off-grid power for every onboard electrical system for up to a week. What’s more, The eTH will also feature an atmospheric water generator designed to convert atmospheric moisture into up to 13 gallons of drinkable water every day.
Sadly, AC Future’s eTH is only a concept RV…for now. However, the company has lofty ambitions with the intention of delivering a prototype in the first half of 2024, with expected production to start in 2025. The above timeline also hints at a towable travel trailer version and even an expandable “AC House.” Vehicle manufacturers, especially specialty vehicle manufacturers, have a history of overpromising and underdelivering, so it remains to be seen whether AC Future actually delivers. Still, it’s a very cool glimpse into what might be the future of luxury RV travel.
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