Tiny houses, bus and van conversions, RVs used as permanent residences, and anything in between goes, as long as it's highly mobile, compact, more environmentally friendly and affordable, and more capable of going off-grid. The Maverick is not on this list because it can't afford long-term living, but it still gets an honorable mention due to its high degree of mobility.
The Maverick is a glamping solution introduced by UK-based Caboose & Co. in September 2020 as part of a partnership with Hungarian company Campsule. Campsule's Zsolt Pahor had previously engineered and integrated his Foldaway Mobil HouseSystem into a glamping pod, and it was his experience that was needed to bring The Maverick into the world. The name is a reference to Máv, the Hungarian state railway, not a nod to Tom Cruise's iconic character in the Top Gun movie franchise.
It's easy to assemble and convenient to move around since it's flat-packed yet durable, secure, waterproof, and insulated to withstand even a powerful storm. Think of it as tough as a Lego brick and just as easy to use.
Made with an aluminum frame on a GRP chassis with XPS insulation, The Maverick is a box on adjustable stilts, which means you can plop it anywhere without the need for a foundation. The adjustable legs also ensure it doesn't leave a trace when you remove it, so it's one way of exploring the great outdoors without having the great outdoors show traces of it once you're done. The interior is 33 square feet and can sleep two people, but it's probably ideal for one.
The Maverick doesn't come with too many upgrades aside from that and the possibility to order it in a one- or two-person configuration, but it can be rigged to be fully off-grid.
Then again, if you're at an outdoor event, this is exactly the kind of sleeping unit you want: simple, easy to use, and easy to maintain and store. A tent might be a suitable option in most scenarios, but not when it's cold or wet, and least of all, not when you're sharing the same space with hundreds of strangers, as you would at a festival. By comparison, The Maverick is dry and off the ground, comfortable and safe, and very compact and durable.
A new Maverick starts at £2,999, not including taxes (approximately $3,850 at the current exchange rate), but Caboose & Co. also offers rental schemes for event organizers. For the average Joe and Jane looking for something they can use on the simple plug-and-play principle, that's a lot of money for a box to sleep in for a limited time. That's only because this isn't a product for Joe and Jane (*unless they're really rich and are looking to splurge on the next best thing after a tent) but rather a glamping solution for outdoor event organizers.