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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Bubble Room: A new concept for nature camping

If you have fantasized--as I have--of having a huge, clear, skylight installed over the bed in your RV so you could look out into the night sky carpeted with the billions of flickering stars that make up the Milky Way, French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas has taken a step--actually several steps--beyond the skylight.

Dumas has created a bubble room, an inflatable, clear round plastic bubble, providing its users with panoramic views of the countryside, a continuous close up view of nature outside your comfortable abode, where you can watch the sun rise and set, and see what critters of the night
come visiting.

The bubble structures are hardly roughing it, since they come with wardrobes, shelves, and electric lights. They can be rented out by the night at various sites in France.

For those that are not the beneficiaries of the exhibitionist gene (the bubble provides little privacy from the outside), there is also the Bubble Lodge, where the sides are opaque but the entire top is clear, providing privacy from curious eyes yet enabling un-hindered stargazing.

Once the bubble is inflated, it's kept in shape with an airlock at the entrance and a silent pump, which keeps a constant pressure on the surrounding walls.

The question is, how can this concept be adapted to RVs? Hmmm. How about the deflated bubble being fitted to a box on the RV roof and inflated once camp is set up. The roof top dome would become the bedroom. The trick would be lugging your mattress up there.

Or maybe taking some ideas from motorhome and fifth wheel slideouts or the fold-out bedrooms of tent trailers, the bubble room could inflate outward from the side or rear of an RV to provide the bedroom. And the mattress and furniture could be built into the bubble and be inflatable also. Just provide the sheets and pillows.

It might be fun for boondockers camping well out of sight from neighbors and busy roads, and especially for desert boondockers where sightings of nocturnal visitors are mostly missed. And think how neat the nights would be when a full moon lights up the landscape.

I like the concept. Now to figure out how to do it.

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1 comment:

  1. Funny; I've been doing this for years, and much more cheaply! Toss out a sleeping bag and a pad, make a slight depression beneath sholders and hips. Rapidly approaching the BIG 7, I'll admit my pad has gotten thicker. Since I do nearly all desert camping, rain is rarely a problem.