LuxeCamper motorhomes: Will such vehicles herald a new age of tourism in post COVID-19 world?
The coronavirus outbreak has impacted the global travel industry in a big way as people will be wary of visiting places affected by the pandemic. So, international travelling in the post-COVID-19 world is likely to remain sluggish for at least the next year. But the fear psychosis is expected to take a toll on domestic travelling as well since people will be apprehensive of using trains and even flights because of social distancing. Does this mean that the travelling industry will die? Of course not, we will just figure out different ways of travelling, like using personal vehicles. And those who can afford will opt for vehicles like Mercedes-Benz V-Class Camper. At the same time, motorhomes and caravans are also expected to get popular soon, which is why some companies have already jumped on this bandwagon. Campervan Camps and Holidays India Pvt Ltd, a Bengaluru-based start-up, revealed LuxeCamper earlier today. It is a luxury caravan and has received certification from ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India), making it the first commercially approved premium motorhome in India.
The company intends to use LuxeCampers as a safe and comfortable means to carry travellers on a trail of their choice. The camper comprises two independent compartments for driver and the passengers. It has a living area and two queen beds, one of which can double up as a lounge. The LuxeCamper also has a wardrobe, controls for heating and air conditioning, a fully functional kitchenette which has induction cook-top, hobs, a refrigerator, microwave, Wi-Fi, charging points, and several other amenities that will come in handy when travelling.
All the appliances are powered by an inverter which is charged using roof-mounted solar panels. To ensure the safety of the traveller, the LuxeCamper is fitted with 360-degree cameras, emergency exits, fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, speed governor and a GPS tracker. LuxeCamper motorhomes are currently operational in Karnataka only but the company plans to expand it to other parts of the country. The concept of camper homes and caravans is quite popular in western countries but is yet to catch up in India as customizing a van into a camper/caravan is quite an expensive affair. Nonetheless, this kind of travelling to become popular in the post-COVID-19 scenario.