The SealVans trailer is half travel trailer and half boat, depending on how you plan to use it. The Turkey-based startup completed two prototype models, one for each version of the trailer, in 2022 and is now offering them for sale.
The main difference between the two is in size and finishes, which are dependent on the size. There's the SealVans 4.20m, which measures 4.2 meters (13.7 feet) in length and is compact, designed as "your other suitcase" you take along on shorter travels. Because it's smaller, it doesn't require special permits to take to water. The other is the SealVans 7.50m, with a length of 7.5 meters (24.6 feet), which is meant as the family vacation vehicle, with sleeping for three people – four at a squeeze. We'll focus on the latter today.
The larger version of the flagship model is designed as a lightweight, relatively spacious, and elegant RV that feels as natural when used on land as it does on water. It looks almost like a regular dual-axle trailer on land, albeit a more futuristic one due to the panoramic windshield and the panoramic roof. On water, it resembles a boat, moving with ease on lakes and rivers thanks to a choice of exterior motors according to budget and preferences regarding carbon footprint.
With a maximum permissible weight of 3,000 kg (6,614 lbs), the SealVans offers standing height thanks to the 2-meter (6.5-foot) high roof. It also offers the basics in terms of creature comforts: a small but functional kitchen, a small bathroom with shower, toilet, and sink, and two living areas that become bedrooms at night. With a layout this compact, multi-functionality is key, and this is apparent in the two living spaces. For example, the main bedroom is actually a lounge created around a U-shaped couch and surrounded by glazing; drop the table, and the couch becomes a two-person bed.
On water, the SealVans gets propulsion from either a 50 HP Honda outboard or an electric powertrain with electric inboard motor (DC pod drive 6.0 Evo) and batteries, both offered as optionals. In either version, top speed won't exceed 24 kph (15 mph), but that's ok considering you're on vacation, not as some speed competition. The controls for the SealVans in boat mode are hidden in the furniture in the main lounge, so you're looking out the panoramic windshield as you steer.
The RV sits on a galvanized AL-KO chassis with shock absorbers and a monoblock marine fiber body, with the required lights for legal operation in both modes. One of the side fenders opens up when you're at camp and doubles as a picnic table, while the tailgate swings down on the water to create a swim platform.
The SealVans comes with a 70-liter (18.5-gallon) freshwater tank and a similarly-sized one for wastewater, a 60-liter (15.8-gallon) fuel tank, and an 80-liter (21.2-gallon) ballast tank. Optionals include a Truma combi heater and water heater, an Aventa AC unit, and the possibility to change up the interior by choosing from a range of finishes and colors. Whichever you choose here, the result will still be a yacht-like, glossy, elegant RV.
There's a "but" to this presentation, and that's it doesn't come with a price list. We've reached out to SealVans to get a base MRSP for the 7.5m model and will update the story when and if we hear back, but if we've learned anything from the many amphibious vehicles that have come before it, it's that this kind of dual functionality never comes cheap. It couldn't possibly.
Update: SealVans got back to us with the pricing, saying they opted for a lower MRSP so they could break onto the market. As such, the 4.2m model starts at €28,000, while the 7.5m model is €58,500 before options, so approximately $30,500 and $63,800 at the current exchange rate.