Yamaha exploring ATV camper concepts

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Yamaha is testing the waters for a potential ATV-based camper. The company is soliciting customer opinions on three models offering varying degrees of off-road ability and camping luxury. The survey appears to be targeted at determining if the market for such products would be family campers eager to carry all the comforts of home into as remote a location as possible or hunters looking for a self-sustained mobile base camp.
Yamaha IR Concept
Based on a traditional side-by-side, the IR adds utility with a
roof-mounted pop-up tent and additional sleeping space in the main
cabin. The IR is targeted at hunters and fishers who would drive the
vehicle long distances over potentially challenging terrain to access
prime locations. The vehicle could then serve as a base camp, providing
separate sleeping accommodation for two people and enough storage space
to carry cooking and showering equipment in addition to typical camping

Yamaha LW Concept

The most radical of the concepts, the LW is nearly as large as an SUV
and is styled like a futuristic lunar rover. The bed of the LW hinges
open on both sides to offer a very spacious enclosed living area that
contains room for a family of four and an internal kitchen and
bathroom. While the LW would be massively capable off-road by SUV
standards, it wouldn’t have the go-anywhere ability of the smaller IR.
The LW could potentially be based on a future six-seat side-by-side

Yamaha UT Concept

The most realistic concept, the UT is essentially a four-seat
side-by-side ATV towing a pop-up trailer. With the ability to detach
the trailer when its not needed, this would also prove to be the most
versatile vehicle for owners. The UT wouldn’t carry integral shower,
cooking or toilet equipment (it’s basically a tent in a trailer) but
would presumably provide plenty of storage space for you to bring a
large amount of equipment. Off-road ability would be commiserate with
existing side-by-sides.

So what should we take away from these three concepts? Well, it looks
like Yamaha is seriously considering the idea of bringing an ATV-based
vehicle with extended utility to market. That could be in the form of a
four or six-seat side-by-side (which currently don’t exist in the
Yamaha lineup) or a model similar to one of the above. Which one? That
UT trailer looks to be the cheapest option both for Yamaha and owners.

Us? While we prefer to travel a bit lighter, we like the idea of all
three, but especially the IR. It could be just the thing for long
excursions into the backwoods, providing a base camp that is both easy
to set up and creates minimal impact on its environment. We’re looking
forward to seeing what comes out of this.

Yamaha via Jalopnik

  • http://www.wildrye.com Phil

    If you could make the UT trailer DOT certified, then you’d have an aftermarket with the Jeep crowd.

  • Giggidy

    Aw hell yes!

    Mmmm the IR

    If it had the cc’s to tow a 2stroke out into the middle of nowhere for some blaating, and/or road legal and freeway friendly (even for short excursions) I’d buy one in every colour.

    Hey if Moke’s are road legal and they seem to survive the freeway.

    Kudos to you yamaha. Kudos.

  • Giggidy

    Mount a turret on the UT and we’ve got ourselves a warthog.

    • Gerry

      Looks more like a big cat. Like a Puma.

      • http://www.scootlancaster.com/ Gerry

        The IR was by far my favorite also. But I have no use for something that has to be towed to the woods, then driven in. If you lived on a property contiguous with gamelands, I could see it. But then why would you need it if you already have a property there?

        I was one of the Yamaha owners surveyed. I do occasionally tent camp. But I got the survey because I own a scooter and a motorcycle. I am not the target market for this vehicle and my survey reflected that. So how accurate are their results?

  • http://artistruth.livejournal.com will

    Those off-roading ranch/hunting trucks never made any sense to me when you can buy a kei truck for often half the price, which is cooler and has doors and an interior and AC.

    Gotta admit. That IR is pretty killer though.

  • Jesse

    I’d like to think there’d be a place to drive/park/camp such a vehicle when these concepts come to market. However, at the rate of decline in public land access, I don’t see that happening. I can barely ride my off-road motorcycle “long” distances and trails leading to “prime locations” are gated, fenced and locked closer to the parking area every year.

    Maybe on Mars?

  • http://www.hikehaven.com scott

    I would prefer something with a soft bed, like a hammock type vs. a mattress. It would cut costs, and reduce weight.

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  • Jorge Lozano (MEXICO)

    I prefer for much the UT, l use to go camping very often on my UTV and have to carry many things, the UT give you the oportunity to carry the camping gear and the rest of the family.