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TakeOff ‘First Edition’ at the dealers!

13-07-2020

TakeOff ‘First Edition’ at the dealers!

In Emmen in the Netherlands, the production of the first series of ‘First Edition’ TakeOff’s is in full swing. Due to the enormous success, the First Edition is now sold out. After production of the First Edition, the assembly line will be scaled up to meet demand from home and abroad. The next series will therefore be available from springtime 2021. Coming months the European distribution will be further expanded.

 

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This week, the first TakeOff’s were proudly transported to the dealer for customer delivery. After a final check, the brand new owners can come and pick up their TakeOff: they are ready for TakeOff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Production TakeOff ‘First Edition’ in full swing

25-06-2020

Only a few copies left! 

It has taken a long time, but the production of the first series of TakeOff’s in our assembly hall in Emmen in the Netherlands started a few weeks ago. As a result of the Corona situation, we have unfortunately experienced considerable delays in the supply of materials and parts. The first deliveries to the proud owners of the TakeOff in the Netherlands and Germany will take place in July and August.

Things are also starting to get busier at the dealers (of course we strictly apply the prescribed government measures regarding COVID 19). The TakeOff has been so well received by the market that the First Edition series has sold out except for a few copies. Besides Holland and Germany, we are currently in the process of further developing the European distribution network. There are plans for local distribution development in Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France, Slovenia, Italy, and of course amongst others Great Britain. Please keep an eye on our website for future European distribution partners.

In view of the sales success of the TakeOff in the first months and the expected growth in Europe, we will continue to scale up our assembly line in Emmen after completion of the production of the First Edition series. In order to be able to respond properly to market demand, new deliveries will be made from the end of 2020 – beginning of 2021.

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Suddenly everything changed….

21-04-2020

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You’ll have noticed it’s been quiet around the TakeOff for a while. Normally the first TakeOff’s had already been delivered to their proud new owners, but at the beginning of March everything suddenly changed. Where normally many campers would have (been) already on spring holiday, we are struggling worldwide with a new virus to which medical science has no answer at this moment. The result is a pandemic in which unfortunately many deaths and personal tragedies are to be regretted.

In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, governments have taken far-reaching measures. Many land borders are closed, or can only be crossed for good reason, making it suddenly no longer a matter of course for campers to travel freely through Europe. The ‘new normal’ of the 1.5-metre distance economy and social distancing has ensured, among other things, that this spring campsites have remained empty and many people are confined to their homes. Compared to the suffering of the victims and their families, this is neglectable, but of course we all imagined things very differently.

 

The impact of the coronavirus on the recreational sector is enormous. Not only campsites and camping shops remain empty, but also the brand dealers of mobile camping equipment have reduced their activity to a minimum. And this while it should be very busy at this time of year. Let’s hope that a later start of the camping season will be possible in summer or late summer, but 2020 will also be a year that we would like to forget as soon as possible in economic terms.

 

Also for Easy Caravanning, as a new innovative player in the manufacturing industry of mobile recreation, the impact is well felt. The supply of various parts and materials from abroad came to a standstill in the recent period because not only borders but also companies were closed. In our own country too, the manufacture of for example the interior has been considerably delayed because our supply partner had to close down its business. Buyers of the first hour have now been informed about the delayed delivery of their TakeOff.

 

At the end of last year, under the umbrella organisation Campfire Group (https://www.campfiregroup.nl), we very consciously entered into a partnership with Holtkamper tent trailers with a view to the future. For a stand-alone startup it was financially vital, after a few years of substantial investments, that the first income from deliveries had now been received. Not knowing what awaited us at the beginning of this year, we are now very  happy with our alliance. After all, nobody would have thought this situation to be possible.

 

Nevertheless, we are very positive for the future. Camping is a form of holiday spending where you can safely grab your freedom wherever and whenever you want. You decide for yourself which locations you go to and you are your own director of your holiday plan which you can adjust during the trip if you wish. When camping, you only have people in your immediate vicinity who you know well. Hustle and bustle can be avoided so you don’t have to be constantly busy keeping a safe distance.

 

We appreciate the fact that you signed up earlier to be kept informed about the new TakeOff camping concept. Even in these unreal times, you can easily continue to support us. Please take a moment for our completely renewed productconfigurator and sign up for a no-obligation appointment. But of course you can also give us a call. We will make sure that you will soon be able to discover the TakeOff in person at one of our three tent trailer centers (https://www.tenttrailercenter.nl). And you will be ready for departure when the camping season starts again. TakeOff: your fastest check-in for a carefree holiday, are you ready?

Planning a PERSONAL APPOINTMENT? Let us know!

+31 (0)411 68 36 01  (Boxtel)

+31(0)591 66 89 66  (Utrecht / Emmen)

 

 

Stay brave, stay healthy and we hope to welcome you soon at one of our three tent trailer centers.

 

 

On behalf of the Easy Caravanning team,

Maarten de Roos

 

 

 

Behind the scenes: Karsten Tents

06-03-2020

Behind the scenes:
Karsten Tents

In Emmen we are busy with all preparations for the production start-up of the TakeOff. The production of the showroom models is progressing steadily, mid March we will start with the assembly of the ‘First Edition’ models. By the end of March the TakeOff will be on display at the festive opening of our three tent trailer centers in Boxtel, Utrecht and Emmen in The Netherlands and at our German dealers in Karlsruhe and Bottrop. Further extension of the European distribution network is in progress.

After the successful introduction of the prototypes at the Dutch Camping & Caravanning fair in Utrecht in October last year, we have kept you informed in the ‘In the spotlight’ section in recent months about what will change in the production version of the TakeOff. You can read this again under the news items on our website.

In the new section ‘Behind the scenes’ we give you a look behind the scenes of Easy Caravanning and the realisation of the TakeOff. This week we will tell you a bit more about our Dutch partner Karsten Tents.

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The two frame techniques used by Karsten combined in 1 product: on the right the inflatable basic tent with air hoses, on the left the attachable tunnel tent with a specially made bow frame.

 

It all started for Karsten in 1981 at the Camping & Caravan RAI and an excellent test in a camping magazine. The unique inflatable frame revolutionised the industry. After that, a lot of special Karsten tents were made, and not only for camping enthusiasts. The Red Cross and the army, for example, also knew how to appreciate Karsten tents. Karsten also makes professional work tents for the construction industry, see also:

 

 

A Karsten Tent is an established name in the camping world, it is not for nothing that we enlisted the help of Karsten for the development of the TakeOff. Both the canvas flex wall of the TakeOff and the special X10T awning combination were developed in close cooperation with Karsten. It is quite special that this is a quality product ‘made in Holland’, making these tents is still craftsmanship. By now, Karsten Tents is one of the few remaining tent manufacturers in the Netherlands. And since most products nowadays have a ‘Made in China’ label, that is also the strength of the company. In this way Karsten keeps control of the quality and is able to respond flexibly and quickly. All parts and materials are tested in-house.

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The X10T awning can be easily erected and extended into a tent thanks to the 1-fold custom-made arched frame. With the connectable sleep-tunnel tent, an additional 2-person sleeping area can quickly be created which can be accessed from the inside. Easy with young children: everyone has their own privacy but can still be reached directly without having to go outside at night.

 

 

The X10T is a ‘pole tent’ but with the quality and set-up speed you are used to from Karsten. The awning tent has only 1 custom-made arch, that’s all. Just like all other awnings from Karsten, 100% cotton Ten Cate tent fabric is used for an optimal living climate and fit in all weathers.

 

Behind the scenes:
tyre language and motorsport

20-02-2020

Behind the scenes:
tyre language and motorsport

In Emmen in the Netherlands we are busy with preparing ourselves for the production start of the TakeOff. By the end of February, we will start assembling the ‘First Edition’ models. The new showroom models are currently being manufactured. These will be shown early March in Utrecht, Boxtel, Emmen (Netherlands) and Karlsruhe, Bottrop (Germany).

After the successful introduction of the prototypes at the Dutch Camping & Caravan Fair in October last year in Utrecht, we have kept you informed of what is going to change in the production version of the TakeOff. You can read this again under the news items on our website.

In ‘Behind the scenes’ we give you a look behind the scenes of Easy Caravanning and the realisation of the TakeOff. This week we will tell you a bit more about tyre language and motorsport and in particular the choice of tires and rims for the TakeOff.

 

Of course, the picture above is not based on reality. But all kidding aside: motorsport and tires are inextricably linked. It’s not for nothing that you almost always see advertisements for a certain brand of tyre somewhere in historic motorsport photos.

A tyre provides the grip between vehicle and road surface. And although that sounds very easy, in practice it certainly isn’t. Over an area of just a few square centimeters, driving forces, braking forces and, for example, centrifugal forces have to be transmitted between vehicle and road surface. And this in very different weather conditions.

A tyre also provides a significant part of the damping of road unevenness between the vehicle and the road surface. A tyre manufacturer, in close cooperation with the car manufacturer and other suppliers, is faced with the ultimate challenge of ensuring optimum grip at all times and thus guaranteeing the safety of the driver as well as possible. In addition to the above, the tyre must not produce too much noise, not wear out too quickly, and must be able to drain a great deal of water during heavy rain showers to prevent aquaplaning.

In motor sport, tyres and other components are tested to the limit, motor sport is actually the ultimate test laboratory. With these test results and experiences, improvements are made time and time again, which benefit the ‘normal car industry’ to the full. How extreme it sometimes gets during testing is demonstrated in the following video from our partner Toyo Tires:

 

 

Grip is certainly not a question of fitting as wide a tyre as possible. On the contrary, a tyre which is too wide, in some cases, can lead to more sensitivity to aquaplaning and less grip due to the lower pressure per square centimeter of contact area.

For the TakeOff we have selected 2 rim-tyre combinations in close cooperation with our partners:

  • A 14 inch steel rim with Toyo tyres 175/65R14 82T
  • A 15 inch alloy wheel with Toyo tyres 185/55R15 82H

With the conscious choice of a larger rim diameter and generously dimensioned load index of the tyres (more than usual in our industry), the risk of punctures due to overheating and overloading is reduced to a minimum. However, always ensure the correct tire pressure of course!

There are many codes on a tyre, what exactly does this ‘tyre language’ mean? Here we stick to the essentials:

185/55 R15 82H

  • 185 = the width of the tyre measured from bead to bead.
  • 55 = a 55 series tyre means that the ratio between the height and width of the tyre is 55%.
  • R = a radial tyre. This refers to the method of construction of the tyre carcass (layers of cords).
  • 15 = the rim diameter in inches.
  • 82 = the load index. 82 stands for 475 kg per tyre, for the TakeOff with a maximum allowable weight of 750 kg amply dimensioned!
  • H = speed symbol for maximum allowed speed of this tyre. H stands for 210 km/h.

 There are many more codes on a tyre. For example, DOT 2118 means that the tyre was produced in week 21 of 2018. For the TakeOff the tire sizes have been chosen in such a way that the 14 inch tire-rim combination as a spare wheel can also be combined with the 15 inch tire-rim combination that comes standard on the Sport and Xcite models. Changes reserved.

 

 

Behind the scenes: preparation production First Edition

05-02-2020

Behind the scenes: preparation production First Edition

In Emmen in the Netherlands we are busy with preparing ourselves for the production start of the TakeOff. By the end of February, we will start assembling the ‘First Edition’ models.

After the successful introduction of the prototypes at the Dutch Camping & Caravan Fair in October last year in Utrecht, we have kept you informed of what is going to change in the production version of the TakeOff. You can read this again under the news items on our website.

In ‘Behind the scenes’ we give you a look behind the scenes of Easy Caravanning and the realisation of the TakeOff. This week we will tell you a bit more about the production preparation and in particular the fit of the exterior parts that give the TakeOff its unique look.

In traditional caravans and folding trailers, the walls are usually attached to each other with screws and aluminium profiles. With the TakeOff, we wanted to achieve a smooth rounded bodywork as automotive as possible. In order to keep its aerodynamic resistance to a minimum and to emphasize its unique design. But that’s easier said than done. That’s why we are currently working hard to check the first plastic exterior parts we received from our supplier for dimensions, fit and tolerance.

We also manufacture special bonding and fitting moulds that always ensure during the assembly process that the parts are correctly bonded together and that the roof fits seamlessly to the trailer body.

productievoorbereiding van de TakeOff
Checking the fit of the bodywork parts of the TakeOff.

 

The result is an impact and hail resistant streamlined bodywork. The plastic exterior parts are wrapped around the inner body like a jacket. Thanks to this double-shell bodywork structure, water does not get a chance to penetrate the interior, as rainwater is always drained off between the inner and outer walls. Our cooperation partner Plastoform in Slovenia is market leader in the supply of plastic moulded parts for the recreational vehicle industry.

The production process is explained in the following video:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the scenes: an interior that appeals to everyone?

21-01-2020

Behind the scenes: how to realise an interior that appeals to everyone?

In Emmen in the Netherlands we are busy with preparing ourselves for the production start of the TakeOff. By the end of February we will start assembling the ‘First Edition’ models.

After the successful introduction of the prototypes at the Dutch Camping & Caravan Fair in October last year in Utrecht, we have kept you informed of what is going to change in the production version of the TakeOff. You can read this again under the news items on our website.

In ‘Behind the scenes’ we give you a look behind the scenes of Easy Caravanning and the realisation of the TakeOff. This week we will tell you a bit more about the accomplishment of the interior design.

“We had the ultimate goal to create a design that can be adapted to the personal wishes of every camper, both on the outside and inside. As far as the interior design is concerned, we started, in close cooperation with Hegge Industrial Design, to make so-called mood boards. The mood boards gave us the overall direction for the atmosphere we wanted to create with the interior. On the basis of the interior atmosphere images, we then selected the decors for the furniture body, the cabinet and drawer fronts, and the furniture tops for the table and kitchen, among other things.”

“Armed with the mood boards and decor samples, we travelled to Capiro Textiles in Belgium, the leading manufacturer of upholstery fabrics for the recreational vehicle leisure industry. By mixing and matching with the mood boards and furniture decor samples, 4 fabric designs were selected in the showroom of Capiro in Deerlijk (located nearby their own weaving shops). Almost all of them can be combined with each other. In theory, with the further choice of cabinet doors and furniture tops, more than 60 different interiors can be created. But perhaps we should just say: there are 64 different interior atmospheres possible, because after all, there is no arguing about taste?”

A small selection from the many interior options for the TakeOff: you choose!

 

 

 

In the spotlight: Multi purpose seating group

17-12-2019

In the spotlight: TakeOff 2020 ‘First Edition’ – multi purpose seating group

In the Netherlands in Emmen we are busy with all the preparations for the production start-up of the TakeOff. By the end of February next year, we will start assembling the first series of models. In the coming period we will keep you updated on a regular base on what changes will be made to the TakeOff after the extremely successful introduction of the prototypes at the Dutch Camping & Caravan Trade Fair in October.

The design of the TakeOff and the matching X10T awning-tent combination will be further refined on the ‘First Edition’ models in a number of respects on a detailed level. Keep following us and get the latest updates. This week we will further elaborate on the multi-functional seating group.

The TakeOff is equipped as standard with a multi-functional dinette in which the benches are divided into a so-called 1/3 – 2/3 split in longitudinal direction. In no time at all, the handy swiveling table can be positioned in the back near the kitchen as well as in the front. With the optional extension to the round-table group (standard on the TakeOff Xcite), as many as 8 seats can be created. Or, for example, you can enjoy lounging against the front wall with your legs stretched out backwards: relax! Thanks to the multi-functional layout, you not only have access to a king-size bed of 2.05 x 1.60m for the night, but you can also leave your bed for the day if you wish. This way you can still have a comfortable breakfast together and you are immediately ready for the night. With the TakeOff you can adjust the interior very easily, also due to the handy removable kitchen that we have explained before, always exactly the way you want it.

Soon the configurator on easycaravanning.com will be further expanded and you will be able to put together the TakeOff in all its facets, it is up to you, always ready to go. The TakeOff is for sale from € 12.995,- (temporary introduction price until the end of December 2019).

 

 

 

In the spotlight: Prices and versions

11-12-2019

In the spotlight: TakeOff 2020 ‘First Edition’ – prices and versions

In the Netherlands in Emmen we are busy with all the preparations for the production start-up of the TakeOff. By the end of February next year we will start assembling the first series of models. In the coming period we will keep you updated on a regular base on what changes will be made to the TakeOff after the extremely successful introduction of the prototypes at the Dutch Camping & Caravan Trade Fair in October.

The design of the TakeOff and the matching X10T awning-tent combination will be further refined on the ‘First Edition’ models in a number of respects on a detailed level. Keep following us and get the latest updates. This week we will further elaborate on the 2020 program and associated prices.

Package “Active”

From the 1st of January 2020, the Active will be the entry-level model of the TakeOff and is available from a starting price of € 13,495.

Package ‘Sport’

On the Sport (available from € 15.795,-), in addition to the equipment level of the Active, an interesting package of options & accessories is offered. Your advantage over ordering these extras separately is already more than € 500,-.

Package ‘Xcite’

With the Xcite (from € 18.995,-) there is not much left to be desired. Even the X10T awning is standard in this ‘top of the range’ version.

 

Soon the above versions and the details will also be included in the configurator on easycaravanning.com and you can configure the TakeOff in all its facets, just the way you want it, always ready to go.

 

In the spotlight: The kitchen concept

04-12-2019

TakeOff 2020 ‘First Edition’ – kitchen concept

In Emmen in the Netherlands we are busy with all of the preparations for the production start-up of the TakeOff. By the end of February next year, we will start assembling the first models. In the coming period we will keep you updated on what changes will be made to the TakeOff after the extremely successful introduction of the prototypes at the Dutch Camping & Caravan Trade Fair last month. The design of the TakeOff and the matching X10T awning-tent combination will be further refined on the ‘First Edition’ models in a number of ways on a detailed level. Keep following us to be kept informed of the latest developments.

The design of the TakeOff and the matching X10T awning-tent combination will be further refined on the ‘First Edition’ models in a number of respects on a detailed level. Keep following us and get the latest updates. This week we will further elaborate on the kitchen concept.

The easily removable kitchenette offers you all you need to prepare a delicious meal. Whether it’s in beautiful but sometimes windy and rainy Denmark, or for example in a sun-drenched Puglia in Southern Italy. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, turn the kitchen cupboard upside down and you’ll immediately have comfortable working height at your disposal. Do you prefer to cook outside? In the blink of an eye, you can put the kitchenette on the frame provided. Connecting gas and water is extremely easy with the snap-on quick couplings. Need more space? The kitchenette can easily be extended with the attachable worktops. Enjoy your meal!

Soon the configurator on www.easycaravanning.com will be further expanded and you can put together the TakeOff in all its facets, exactly the way you want it, always ready to go.

The TakeOff is for sale from € 12,995 (temporary introduction price until the end of December 2019).