Living Vehicle launches off-grid mobile home that creates water from humidity
California company Living Vehicle has unveiled its 2023 Travel Trailer mobile home, which has a roof covered in solar panels and generates its own drinking water from the humidity in the air.
The newest iteration of the Travel Trailer is equipped with technology from Watergen that can supply the mobile home with up to five gallons of drinking water per day.
Atmospheric water generators trap humidity in the air and condense it, creating water that the vehicle then funnels into UV filters and then oversized water tanks.
"The 2023 model units with Watergen give owners the independence and freedom to enjoy top-quality, mineral-rich water from the comfort of their Living Vehicle wherever their off-grid journeys take them, even in the most arid and remote locations," said Living Vehicle.
The power of the vehicle comes primarily from the solar array positioned on the roof of the mobile home.
The solar panels generate between 1.4-3.4 kilowatt hours of power per day that is then stored in lithium batteries that have a maximum storage of 57.6 kilowatt hours.
Redundant power sources to account for persistent lack of sunlight include an alternator, plugs for shore power as well as a generator. The trailers also allow for propane hookups for the range.
"Conventional trailer design is fundamentally a short-term solution designed for recreation, which in the end, is why they are called recreational vehicles, or RVs," said Living Vehicle co-founder Matthew Hofmann.
"Nomadic Living Vehicle homeowners enjoy both form and function with the freedom to remain safe, healthy, and connected longer while exploring the best and most remote destinations in North America without ever having to plug into a campsite or fill up their water tanks," he continued.
The Living Vehicle models are customizable, with the more deluxe units allowing for higher solar capacity and additional amenities.
The 2023 Travel Trailer is also geared towards working remotely. Models equipped with the Creative Studio option are kitted out with Apple products that are stored in a working area under the Murphy bed in the bedroom.
The layout of the vehicle has users enter into a hallway, with an entrance to the bathroom directly across. The bathroom includes a sink as well as a room for the shower and toilet that has wood panelling on the walls and floors. There is a skylight above the shower.
Turning right from the entry one comes to a living area with a kitchen island, range, pullout pantry as well as a lounge area with a couch that wraps around a table below a media station.
Bunks can be pulled down to convert the lounge into a sleeping area, with the more deluxe models featuring an additional lofted bunk.
On the opposite side is the bedroom that has a closet and dresser with the option to include a combined washer/dryer.
Outside, an awning can be extended down to create a shade outdoor area and a wall across from the kitchen can be folded down to create a railed balcony.
Living Vehicle was founded in 2017 by Matthew and Joanna Hofmann. Other mobile homes designed by US companies include the Land Ark, a model with wood-lined interiors and black-steel exteriors.