A great option if you’re the sort of camper who takes short overnight breaks where pitching a tent isn’t practical and you don’t want to splash out on an expensive campervan or motorhome.
PRICE From £1975
WHO’S IT FOR?
For anyone who wants comfortable camping with the spontaneity of a campervan, without the outlay.
WHAT’S IT LIKE?
Camping is a broad church that covers all sorts of shelters, from tiny bivvys to massive eight-berth family tents. But it also includes other sleeping units, like trailer tents, folding campers and kit like this. The Ququq is a German-made piece of equipment that basically turns your SUV into a campervan, at a fraction of the cost. It’s well-made, and well thought out and features everything you need for an overnight away. It comes with a double bed, kitchen unit and storage space and once you’ve got it fitted in the back of the vehicle, can be set up in minutes. The first task is to make sure you get the unit that suits your car. We used a Mercedes Citan, which is compatible with the Kombibox model (the suppliers can provide you with a full list of suitable vehicles). Getting the hefty box into the back was quite tricky as the Citan has split rear doors rather than a tailgate. Once inside, though, it’s easy to use. The bed folds out into the back of your car and with the rear tailgate open you have access to a really well-equipped camping kitchen, featuring double burner stove, water carriers and storage. It’s suitable for two, but would be far more comfortable for solo travellers. But why would I want to spend almost two grand on this, when I could buy a tent for a tenth of the price? Well, the biggest benefit is spontaneity – the camping box lets you pitch up anywhere you like. You can be set up in minutes and packed away just as quickly.
Once installed in the car, the unit is easy to set up and pack away. The bed is comfortable and the cooking unit is cleverly designed, well equipped and highly practical.
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED?
The box is large and fairly heavy so requires two people to install. It also needs a lot of space for storing – and you’ll need to be 100% certain it will be compatible with your car.
Total weight (plus furnishings) 60kg
Box size 106 x 76 cm
Bed size 110 x 195cm
Mattress thickness 10 cm