Lonely Planet Writer

This camper has a pop-up roof that turns into your very own movie theatre

A campervan is the perfect way to get out of the city and out on the road. But just because you’re out in nature, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on all the luxuries of life at home. That’s why a new camper with a projector and pop-up roof screen will let you create a movie theatre anywhere you go.

The front of the roof can turn into a movie screen. Image by Kompanja

Kompanja – a German conversion shop – has come up with new a new van based on the Renault Trafic that includes some pretty incredible tweaks, like the option for projector and screen. The two-sided screen actually means that you can watch movies on the pop-up roof while in bed – or on the outside of the roof when sitting outside for a drive-in experience.

The video system in the camper. Image by Kompanja

Kompanja was founded by lifelong friends Ulrich Diefenbach and Christoph Kneer in 2016. Christoph told Lonely Planet Travel News that while the vans are currently only sold in Europe, interest has been picking up, particularly because of the cinema function. But the screen is for more than just watching your favourite film on the road, Christophe explains that “the cinema can also be used to hold a meeting with a presentation in the van, which is good because ultimately it’s about van life and that might mean working independently”.

The conversion company’s van design is certainly one that is aimed at fulfilling multiple functions. The interior of the van uses floor rails to easily arrange or remove seats, so it can go from being a six-seat vehicle, an empty cargo van, or a camper that sleeps four people, reports New Atlas. The changes can be made without tools, according to the company’s website.

Crawl into bed in the convertible camper van. Image by Kompanja

There are also a number of other tweaks to make van life easy – the dining table can be removed to for more space and the “bivouac bed” can be pulled out above the tailgate so you can sleep outside, reports Curbed.  If that’s not enough, there’s still room for two more people to sleep in the rooftop.

Inside the Kompanja van with the seats inside. Image by Kompanja

The new van was unveiled at the Caravan Salon Dusseldorf, which saw the release of a number of new campers that are sure to entice anyone seeking the van life, regardless of what they are looking for. Some of the recently released campers include iconic trailer brand Airstream’s new trailer that is designed for outdoorsy travellers, and a new van that will take people from the city to the great outdoors. Volkswagen has announced a brand new extra-large motorhome for anyone seeking more space, while the brand new – and lesser known – LUME Traveler is a trailer with a roof that fully opens up for star gazing.