Teal Panels Are Like Lego For Campers Who Hate Tents

As the story goes, Lawrence Drake wanted to go camping with a pop-up camper instead of a tent, but his ride could only tow 450kg. So to stick it to the 'camping man' he invented a set of lightweight modular panels that can be assembled just like Lego to create various sized temporary dwellings.

The Teal Panels -- which we might point out are in no way teal -- assemble using simple screws and a ratchet strap tightened around the entire structure for added stability. The lightweight panels can be assembled on top of a flat bed trailer, sleeping two persons as a DIY camper, or on the ground in a considerably larger cabin configuration topped with a tent roof to keep out the elements.

There are also optional panel accessories available like doors, windows, and even a pop-up roof providing more head room when assembled as a smaller structure.

Like Lego, you can theoretically rebuild the entire city of Rome with the Teal Panels, if only they were available for sale right now. While awarded a patent for their design, Drake is still looking for investors to put the panels into mass production. And he's thankfully not turned to Kickstarter as a funding source. [Teal Panels via Gizmag]


    "he’s thankfully not turned to Kickstarter as a funding source"

    Why? Is uncool to use a successful system? What a stupid comment.

      Indeed. Kickstarter would be perfect for this.

    wow, this is actually a really cool idea, and practical too. I could see these panels being mass produced and shipped to third world countries like Africa to serve as affordable dwellings.

    Only thing that I have to ask is that there be some way to make a smaller system for porta loos, I hate the great outdoors experience of crapping in a hole

    he should target the military, he might have been thinking about camping, but what he has made is a light weight air transportable command center, aid station, field hospital, mess, or whatever. with its flat pack design it would be possible to fit an entire natural disaster relief station into a smaller cargo plane like a c 130

    What a great idea for some comfort in those places that don't have somewhere decent to stay - like a Hilton. Tent camping is the pits! Any idea of the floor material?

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