What do you get when you combine the luxury of a yacht, the technology of “The Jetsons” and the functionality of an RV? According to a recent article on Fox News, you get a futuristic vacation trailer known as the Romotow T8 that can transform into a spacious mobile camper with just the push of a button.
The Romotow T8 RV is the brainchild of W2, a New Zealand-based architecture and design firm that has been working on this project for over a decade.
Although a design was introduced in 2021, it took six years to build a working prototype and another five to finalize the design and production. The result is something that looks something between an over-sized lego and a whatchamacallit.
The most striking feature of the Romotow T8 is its rotating cabin, which can swivel 90 degrees from its shell when parked. This creates an L-shaped floor plan that doubles the living space and reveals a covered composite teak-look deck flooring and paneling with a fold-out table or a bench. Inside the rounded front nose are removable canvas/mesh sidewalls to keep the bugs out.
The rotation is controlled by an automated hydraulic system that makes the process smooth and easy. You don’t need any special skills or tools to operate the Romotow T8, just a hitch to tow it and a button to transform it.
Positioned as a comfortable and luxurious home on wheels, with a modern interior and a panoramic window, the RV measures 29.5 feet long, 11 feet tall and 8 feet wide. The cabin has a fully equipped kitchenette and dining area. It also has a bathroom with a standing shower, a toilet and a sink.
As for the bedroom, you can either opt for two single beds or a single king-sized bed.
You can also add a lift-up double bed to the living room, which increases the sleeping capacity to six people. The cabin also has optional features such as upgraded appliances, wall-mounted TVs, an outdoor projector system and a multi-zone sound system. The Romotow T8 is powered by a 200-Ah lithium battery that is supplemented by 395-watt solar panels on the roof.
The Romotow T8 is not a cheap trailer, though. It costs approximately $268,500, which is more than some houses. But according to Romotow’s co-founder Matt Wilkie, the Romotow T8 is worth the investment. He says that the trailer is built to last for more than 50 years and that it’s the kind of thing that you can pass down to your children and grandchildren.