Over decades of working on airplane, I have developed an obsession for miniaturization. In general, as a design matures, the engineers are often asked to reduce the size and weight of the design while provide improved capabilities. These directives are just the natural progression of the design cycle. They provide a new set of challenges to improve the design over time. Well, the Yellowstone project was quite a challenge by itself, then the Sonoran project took the design much further in term of compactness, but can I push the boundary a little bit more while still retain all the critical functionalities?
Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet. Over the year, I have followed a number of bloggers who have generously laid out their lifestyles in their blogs. I have been following these bloggers for years. I am thankful for their experiences and their daily journals that allow me to acquire the inspiration for my designs. Here’s the short list of the links to their sites. This is not a complete list but they are the ones that I’ve read every single post. The list is not in any particular order of important or preference:
The one characteristic among these bloggers is their minimalist lifestyle and their choices for RV as a full time residence for which I’ve found extremely fascinating.
So, I was wondering how much smaller can I make the RV and still retain the “Home Comfort”? To answer this question, I started to look at the specification from some of the smallest RVs (i.e. Casita, R-pod, Escape, Airstream Basecamp, etc.) and came up with my own general specification:
|Axle Capacity||3,500 lbs.|
|Black/Grey Water Capacity||39 GAL Combo|
|Fresh Water Capacity||20 GAL.|
The reasons for those specification numbers are not by accident. This time, I’ve designed the Soloist from the Curbside slide-out. When I took a look at the Sonoran project, the thing that I felt the most important achievement was the Curbside slide-out. The Curbside slide-out is a fully functional kitchen and living space combined together in a full wall slide-out configuration. So using the Curbside slide-out as the focal point, I started to build out the remainder of the RV with the minimalist lifestyle as a guide. I do have to trade off a full size bath for a 24″ x 32″ combo bath design. Additionally, I will have to reduce the size of the refrigerator to 5.5 CF to make room for the 20 GAL fresh water tank.
Just so that you have an idea of how small the Soloist is. Here’s a floor plan comparison:
The Soloist Design Concept
So here is the preview of what the Soloist will become. Remember, up to 80% of the components have already been built in the Sonoran project so I have no doubt how quickly I can produce this version.
So, what do you think?