Lightweight and practical as a tent, comfortable like a camper - on these assumptions was based an unusual caravan Cricket.
It all began in 1972. At that time, Carrett Finney, a little boy from Philadelphia, wrote in a letter to Santa, that he would like to get a boat for Christmas. Unfortunately, his wish didn’t come true.
From a childhood dreams to NASA
Nonetheless, Carrett didn’t stop dreaming. His fascination with small rooms, where one could live, led him to ... NASA. Right there, in 1999, Finney became one of the designers responsible for the "interior design" in spacecrafts. The purpose of the designers was to create the most functional living space in the smallest room.
Although the solutions created by Finney proved very useful in practice, he wasn’t quite satisfied with it. His dream was to design something, that would be useful in ordinary, earthly life. Thanks to this the constructor, using the knowledge and experience gained in NASA, decided to develop a unique caravan.
That’s how the history of Cricket began - not too shapely, but a very original construction, which, due to its very low weight, can be pulled by any passenger car. Cricket weighs only 591 kg, it measures 4.5 meters long and 2 meters wide. This caravan is not only a prototype. A long age it has passed the testing phase and is available for purchase. Without any additional equipment it costs $ 14,330.
The low weight is thanks to the "cosmic" contruction. Composite and aluminum plates are not only light, but also protect from rust, mold, dampness and odors. However, it would be easy to make a light caravan to gain a weight due to the rich equipment. Therefore, Finney had to plan the interior in such a way, that each of the components he used was as light as possible. And that was the biggest challenge.
The result is that the interior looks very severe. There’re absolutely no elements, that would be useless. On the contrary, there’s a lot of folded and multifunctional devices . An example? The sink is hidden under a flat top, which can serve as a table. When we uncover the hole hiding a light bowl, we will be able to pull out the folding tap. The water may be drawn from the 45-liter container. Also, the sewage tank can contain 45 liters.
The shower is a pulled out of the hole, coiled cord ended with a shower head. And because the cord is long, it is recommended to use it ... outside. You can stand next to the caravan and quickly wash yourself. However, if the weather is not favorable, you can stay in a caravan, unfold a curtain around you and consider this separate, small area a shower.
Beds are available in two versions. In a variant "V" the couch is in the shape of that letter. However, if you lower a folding table, so that it fills the space between the particular parts of the couch, then you get a flat, tight surface of the bed. In the second option, instead of the letter V, we get a double, unfolded couch. And what about children? For them you can buy something like cots, which are suspended from the ceiling.
A caravan different than others
Characteristic features of Cricket are easily visible already from the outside. Large side doors, large rear doors (after opening the can serve as a marquee that protects from the sun), as well as a roof, that can be raised on 2 meters up, make up a distinctive shape, which cannot be confused with any other caravan.
It’s worth adding that in this Spartan vehicle you can live quite comfortably, thanks to the additional equipment, which include a fridge, cassette (portable) toilet or water heater. On the roof, you can install solar panels, which will provide the energy for 12-volt outputs. You can also add a roof rack for your bike.
Those, who like originality, space technology and ecology in one, should be satisfied.