A1 Attack Homester: new dimension of caravanning
There’re a lot of cool things in the world you have no idea about. Just because they’re not delivered to you by the media or overlooked by your friends. They’re not “trendy”.
Some of these things are much better than the ones you have idea about. They may also be very unique!
But before I continue, let’s talk about caravanning.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of it. Maybe because I haven’t discovered its all bright sides yet. But some people say that caravanning is freedom and joy. You get into an almost lorry-sized car and drive forward. You can stop and brush your teeth in the waterfalls of Iceland. You can have your morning coffee in the Italian Alps. You can breathe some salty air somewhere in California.
My friend, Jared Unger, can share with a breathtaking caravanning story. Just have a look at it!
In order to do a proper caravanning you should have a proper car. Because it won’t be a caravanning otherwise. Majority of drivers (and drivers’ families) opt for traditional solutions: (1) a little camper which is usually a re-worked commercial van for two people or (2) a luxury camper capable of hosting four people and built on a chassis of a lorry. Each has advantages and disadvantages, which can be narrowed down to the usable in-vehicle space, travelling comfort, speed of cruising, fuel costs, vehicle price, road tolls, parking manoeuvrability, and additional driving licence (luxury campers require “C” type driving licence for vehicles over 3,5 tonnes in the EU).
What majority of you know is that the campers are being built and sold by the big carmakers. And if you want to have a proper car, you should pick up a candidate from a VW Caddy to Ford E450 Triton range. But there’s a reasonable alternative you may not know about.
A small company of enthusiasts from Slovakia, EU, led by Dick Bob Kvetnansky crafted A1 Attack Homester. They call it the world’s first mobile Maisonette-type camper. It can provide you with almost three times more space as the luxury camper (up to 23 square metres). It also has two bathrooms, bath, double bed, a large kitchen, dining room, toilet like at home, and an integrated garage for a motor scooter. The A1 Attack is sold as a kit-expansion to Fiat Ducato, Peugeot Boxer, Citroen Jumper (Versions L3-H2 and L4-H2, from 2005/6+) and Dodge Ram ProMaster 2013+. The kit with all the furniture weights only 900 kilogrammes and gives you a car far below 3,5 tonnes. This is a car which can go fast and cheap on the motorways allowing drivers with “B” type licence to replace one another for long journeys.
One more interesting point: Dick Bob Kvetnansky is the guy behind K1 Attack roadster. This means that his camper also shares some sport pedigree. In particular, it has a low centre of gravity, what makes it nimble on corners and stable on speeds. Some of its parts are made of light kevlar, forged aluminium and fibre-glass. The car is light!
The A1 Attack basic kit (Model LITE) costs €36,840. For this money you get a big box of camper-parts and a long instruction how to mount them on your donor vehicle. The furniture is not included. The Ricardo Model kit, recommended by the manufacturer, is more expensive and its price depends on your views of comfort. There’s also a “spartan” Dakar Model with an in-built garage for motorbikes. Should work for rally-lovers and explorers.
If you don’t want the screw the camper together by yourself, you may opt for the turn-key option. The A1 Attack company have a number of contact service centres and showrooms all over the world where you may ask for any help.
By the way, when asking for help, you ask the manufacturer directly. There are no brokers or intermediaries between you. The company is a family-type group of enthusiasts. Therefore, it treats its clients almost as relatives. Just send them an E-mail and voila!