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Old 06-13-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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Just found an advert for this in my work email spam folder

NASA Engineer Designs Cricket Trailer for Camping Trips - Mobile Magazine

Im unsure what innovation they are talking about here. It is surely one of the oddest looking campers Ive ever seen designed.

Some 'real' pictures here

http://www.princesscraft.com/invento...ing-Couch.aspx
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Looks kinda like son-of-LEM -- used for all the Apollo landings.

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Cool though. I like it.

We once rented a remodeled lake cabin from a Honeywell engineer who said he designed the remodel on his computer at work. I'd say the 'Cricket' turned out a lot better!
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It looks like it has already been in a wreck, with some really crappy body work done.
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Strange...

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It looks like it has already been in a wreck, with some really crappy body work done.
Very strange. I would be curious what they want for one. Why wouldn't you opt for a teardrop trailer if you wanted something that small?
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Very strange. I would be curious what they want for one. Why wouldn't you opt for a teardrop trailer if you wanted something that small?
I followed the other link and saw that they want $14,000+ for it.

If anyone is interested in this I have a bridge...
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I like the idea of pushing function over form to see what is possible. I think I was predisposed seeing the NASA engineer angle to think there was some element of innovation beyond the idea of: Lets see just how small of a space we can get you to function within.

There is an issue of Dwell magazine that had an article about a Japanese designer who took a mid-size Airstream and redesigned the interior to be empty other than a coffin like enclosure in the center which performed multiple functions. Ill see if I can find it.

Found it: http://www.dwell.com/articles/Hide-and-Sleep.html
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The Cricket is interesting in that it is designed first and foremost for efficiency. With everything open, you could stand inside to get dressed - something you couldn't do in a teardrop. I'm claustrophobic, and could never sleep in a teardrop, but could do this. It's 1300# dry - quite commendable.
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