Knaus Tabbert reveals ‘next generation’ of caravan frame technology

German leisure vehicle expert Knaus Tabbert has revealed a pioneering new technology for building caravan frames that it claims proves its status as a leader of innovation in the industry. The pioneering frame technology is based on Fibre Frame parts that are automatically bonded together to form a stable frame, thus eliminating the need for screw connections. The frame, which is self‐supporting and high‐strength, ensures the best stability and durability as well as significantly greater flexibility in floor plan and room design compared to the conventional method of building caravans. It was presented by the company in the form of a full-scale caravan model at its recent 2022 dealer convention.

Werner Vaterl, COO of Knaus Tabbert, explained: “The use of frame construction opens up numerous possibilities for us in the future. The technology contributes to greater stability and durability and thus also to greater value stability and sustainability of the vehicles. At the same time, the demands on precision are extremely high. Following our claim as innovation leader in the industry, we have mastered this challenge and can now transfer it to series production.”

At the end of a long vehicle life, the frame design offers advantages as the materials can be separated more easily and thus recycled. Knaus Tabbert is now bringing it into series production of caravans for the first time, with the first model to feature this technology to be known as the Knaus Azur. The Azur is a model that has been in the range since the 1980s and has always stood for quality and the most modern technology. Its frame consists of 22 fibre frame parts bonded together by a robot. In addition to the manufacturing technology, it is characterised by a UV‐resistant and ‘self‐healing’ surface. Pressure marks and dents can disappear all by themselves through the effect of heat alone. The frame construction allows a very flexible interior concept and the integration of new, innovative equipment. The new Azur combines functionality, cosiness and innovative technologies. In addition to a circumferential awning rail integrated into the surface, contour lighting in the sidewall, the caravan also has its own lighting concept for the interior, among other things. Similar to the KNAUS motorhomes, the furniture is set at an angle, resulting in a greater sense of space, optimised visual axes and a larger lying area.

Head of plastics and composites at Knaus Tabbert, Christian Kornexl, said: “Since 2012, we at Knaus Tabbert have been working intensively on alternative production methods. The Knaus Azur is already the third model, which we have brought to market readiness in frame construction. Compared to the predecessor models Knaus Travelino (2017) and Knaus Deseo (2019), the Knaus Azur is particularly impressive due to the further development of the manufacturing process, which is completely implemented in‐house and does not require any solvents or screw connections on the outside.”