Described as the smallest camper in the world, Bufalino is a fully self-contained campervan, built into a tiny three-wheeled vehicle, equipped to meet all the basic needs of the solo traveller.

Bufalino is the bachelor thesis in industrial design of Cornelius Comanns, which was completed in July 2010 at the University of Applied Science in Munich under the assistance of Professor Peter Naumann. Twenty-six-year-old Comanns was awarded the Alfred Rössler Prize for the best thesis of the year.

Using the existing Piaggio APE 50 three-wheeled tricycle as a platform, the more complex structural components of the vehicle, such as the frame, the chassis and parts of the cab, were maintained as they were, as was the engine.

All additional features, however, that are necessary for living in the vehicle were designed.

The Piaggio APE provided an ideal foundation for the Bufalino, as it’s a vehicle that can be maintained very economically. It is exempt from taxes and bans on driving in certain metropolitan areas, requires no TÜV examination (testing, inspection and certification) and is very fuel efficient.

“My aim was to give people a better understanding of the country, the surroundings and the range they have travelled,” says Comanns.

“The travelling vehicle is always with you, like a base camp, while also being used for moving on in an easygoing and spontaneous way. So the phrase, ‘The journey is the reward’ gets real meaning.”

The very mobile nature of Bufalino encourages the user to explore and venture off the beaten track – rather than allowing it to sit parked on the side of the road.

It provides a means to travel, while also offering a retreat from the outside world, with fully self-contained travelling facilities. An apartment on wheels, it’s perfect for the lone traveller, or possibly a cosy couple.

With an extremely narrow design, the mini-RV can drive on all roads, including metropolitan areas, yet the interior affords enough space for an adult to stretch out and sleep in comfort on a fold-down bed.

There are two seats, a cooking zone, a basin that acts like a sink, ample storage with multiple securable drawers, a refrigerator, a water tank and even a laptop table, making it easy for travellers to update their Facebook page while travelling the continent.
 

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