A smart evolution of the camping-in-a-box system, the Austrian-designed Campboks bring a few extra sliders to the basic car camper. Instead of just a kitchen and a standard bed, it also packs an outdoor dining set, two indoor sofa beds, a work room, and even a bathroom set that fits like a glove. Campboks compresses a fully equipped camper van setup into a box that easily installs and removes from a variety of mid-size vehicles, providing comfortable ways to travel without the need for a dedicated vehicle.
As campers have evolved over the years, we’ve seen a few with built-in dining areas that convert to a bed platform at night. But the proven formula of a stove that slides under a flat platform, folded into the cabin has remained the preferred way to quickly turn a regular car, SUV or car into a temporary camper, then back into a passenger car.
Campboks doesn’t rewrite that tried-and-true formula, starting with the familiar pair of kitchen slides under its folding platform. It doesn’t add any new links and twists, however, the most notable addition being a pair of sliding benches under the main left and right sections of the slide. The benches are complemented by a central slide-out table top that creates a table-style dining area for two to four people.
The driver’s side slide-out bulkhead, meanwhile, serves as the main kitchen area, carrying a swivel sink with faucet at its outer end, a small worktop, a Primus gas camping stove, and 15 liter. fridge box – all kitchen essentials in one place. The shower attachment turns the faucet into an outdoor shower.
Additionally, the kitchen slide includes lower shelves with storage straps for storing small items such as gas cartridges, cookware and accessories. Bulk storage is located on the slide-out passenger side, which is sized to hold three Euroboxes for storing pots, pans, dry food, plates and more.
Buyers can top each Euro box with the available flat lid so the set doubles as a work surface or storage table. Of course, between the picnic table and the worktop on the main kitchen slide, camp cooks may even need extra space.
Campboks also offers Boxio products for use with its Eurobox slide. Boxio builds complete toilet and sink systems in Eurobox-sized crates, which can replace a storage box or two in the Campboks slide. Given the 440-lb (200-kg) slide capacity, occupants can even sit on the Boxio toilet without removing it, perhaps with some sort of privacy curtain hanging over the back entrance. Then again, that can be conveniently operated next to where you eat, so campers can also just pull out the Boxio and use it elsewhere.
Campers who replace one or two Euroboxes with Boxio products do not have to worry too much about losing storage because in the middle of the Campboks there is another slide for three Euroboxes, although it opens forward into the car. By placing the boxes wide on the slide, Camboks saves space in front of the central tunnel for two 12 liter fresh water cans.
Another feature that separates Campboks from similar systems is its folding bed design. Instead of stacking on top of a narrow box like many other designs, the Campboks bed adopts an A-frame, creating internal loveseats and a back area on a deep base. The interior seats do not meet road transport regulations but can be used as a lounge. Campboks also offers a side-mounted swivel table to turn that indoor sofa into a work station or additional dining area.
When sleeping, the front sofa section pulls out, creating an A-shaped horizontal bed in seconds. The pillows automatically adjust, and the bed is ready with less effort than the average camping bed in a box.
The optional Camboks kit adds weight, and at 309 lb (140 kg), it’s heavier than other in-car camping systems. It is designed to work with a wide range of European market passenger cars, including the VW Transporter, Mercedes-Benz V-Class/Vito, and Renault Trafic.
Campboks launched its system last year, showing at major RV shows such as Adventure and Allwheel and the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon. Base prices range from €6,590 to €7,990 (approximately US$7,100 to $8,600), and options such as the Boxio separate dry toilet, Eurobox covers and side table are sold as separate add-ons.