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The Pebble Flow Is The New Self Driving Tesla of RVs

In the world of RVing, a new player has us reevaluating what it means to be off-grid: The Pebble Flow camper. Some tout it as the Tesla of RVs, and yes, it’s even self-driving, parking, and hitching! This 100% electric RV wants to make waves in the industry. With a team of ex-Tesla and Apple employees developing it, the Pebble Flow electric RV promises innovation, sustainability, and the ultimate off-grid camping experience. However, does it deliver, and is it truly the new “Tesla” of RVs? 

Join us as we unravel what sets the Pebble Flow camper apart from other RVs and explore how groundbreaking this new creation is. Let’s dive in! 

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The RV You Would Expect from Ex-Tesla and Apple Employees

The Pebble Flow Camper is not your average RV, and that’s evident from its pedigree. Bingrui Yang, former Senior Engineering Manager at Apple, and Stefan Solyom, former Driver Assistance Systems Architect at Tesla and Senior Machine Learning Engineering Manager at Apple are spearheading the project. With the minds behind its development, it’s no wonder that this company wants the Pebble Flow to redefine the camping experience.

So, what exactly is the Pebble Flow Camper, and what makes it such a big deal? The Pebble Flow is an electric RV for the eco-conscious traveler who values style and functionality. But how do they achieve that goal? With an emphasis on sustainability and cutting-edge technology, the Pebble Flow aims to provide a unique camping experience that allows travelers to thrive completely off-grid without fossil fuels. It also has features that make RVing accessible to novice RVers. 

However, while there’s no denying that the Pebble Flow is in a new class, the question of success remains. Is it too expensive for the average RVer? Is there a large enough market for innovation on this scale? We’ll explore these questions and more in the following sections. 

electric RV frame, motors and battery packs
The flow has high-voltage batteries below the frame, just like in an electric car. It also has electric motors to propel itself.

What Makes the Pebble Flow Electric RV So Unique?

The Pebble Flow distinguishes itself through its sustainability and features that make RVing more manageable. Like many RVers, Yang used RVing as a means of adventure during the 2020 pandemic. But with his experience in tech, he sought to streamline the RV experience as much as possible.

“The Pebble Flow embodies a new era in RVing – one that’s sustainable and frictionless. We’re embracing electrification and automotive technology advancements to streamline the end-to-end experience. We’re taking away all of the hassles of RVing to help more nature lovers achieve a freer, lighter, lifestyle.” – Bingrui Yang, Founder and CEO of Pebble

So, what standout features did Yang and Solyom include in their new brainchild? These features are pretty impressive.

Pebble Flow camper
Eco-conscious RVers will love the new all-electric Pebble Flow RV.
Source: www.pebblelife.com

The Pebble Flow Hitches Itself

Setting up camp has never been easier than with the Pebble Flow. One of its groundbreaking features is the “Magic Hitch,” or the ability of the camper to hitch itself. With the touch of a button, the Pebble Flow maneuvers and aligns itself with your tow vehicle, eliminating the need for manual hitching. This self-hitching mechanism saves time and reduces the typical physical exertion of setting up an RV. It makes hitching a rig more accessible to a variety of RVers. 

It Has Universal Charging Capabilities 

The Pebble Flow also has universal charging capabilities, making it adaptable to various charging stations and electric power sources. This feature adds an extra layer of convenience. It lets campers charge their RVs at various locations, including public charging stations, solar-powered setups, and homes. This adaptability aligns with the growing infrastructure of electric vehicle charging points, giving you more flexibility on your journeys.

You Can Set Up Camp Instantly with the Push of a Button 

Next, let’s talk about InstaCamp. With the Pebble Flow, you won’t struggle with manual setup procedures anymore. Using a button, the camper can unfold and set up, deploying awnings, stairs, lights, and auto-leveling stabilizers. This saves time so you can focus more on enjoying your destination. 

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Pebble Flow Basic Camper Specs

Like every RV, the devil is in the details. Here are the specifications for the Pebble Flow electric RV. 

controlling trailer with app
A Pebble Flow camper can be easily operated through an app.
Source: www.pebblelife.com

Weight: The dual-motor Active Propulsion Assist System allows various vehicles to tow the Pebble Flow. With a GVWR of 6,200 lbs and self-propelling capabilities, you can cross the country in an SUV or EV that you might already own. 

Dimensions: The Pebble Flow is 25 feet long, 7.5 feet wide, and 8.6 feet high. RVers who travel in large groups might find the rig too compact for their camping style. However, despite its lightweight design, the Pebble Flow maximizes interior space through its smart design and layout. With features like a Murphy bed, a glass-walled bathroom, and a convertible dinette, the camper’s dimensions provide a comfortable living space without compromising on towing efficiency.

Sleeping Capacity: Between the queen-sized Murphy bed and dinette that converts into a 50-inch by 80-inch bed, this camper can sleep four adults with ease. 

Tanks: Anyone who’s boondocked knows that the size of your holding tanks matters. For its size, the camper does relatively well. It can hold 37 gallons of fresh water and 50 gallons in its combined grey/black tank. 

Orange Pebble Flow camper
The Pebble Flow makes RVing easier with its unique features.
Source: www.pebblelife.com

Pebble Flow Power Requirements & Limitations

One thing’s for certain: the Pebble Flow is much different from most RVs on the market. While it may be a dream come true for high-tech folks who can afford the steep price tag, it’s unobtainable (and perhaps overkill) for many seasoned and novice RVers. 

While the camper’s electric design aligns with the current push toward sustainable energy, this camper relies solely on electric power. Because of this, it may pose challenges in remote or off-grid locations with limited access to a charging station. However, the Pebble Flow has integrated solar power and charges while you’re towing it. Still, would this allow for extended boondocking trips in rainy areas? 

Moreover, its high-tech capabilities may be a little too intimidating for some RVers. Will it be as seamless and user-friendly as an iPhone? Or will RVers, a demographic typically known for their love of nature and simplicity, reject it due to fears of clunky tech and the feel of being “plugged in” all the time? 

In our opinion, for this camper to truly become the “Tesla” of RVs, it needs to be accessible to a wide demographic of people and appeal to the self-sufficient nature of RVers. 

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How Much Does the Pebble Flow RV Cost?

The Pebble Flow electric RV has a base cost of $109,000, but this doesn’t include add-ons like the Magic Hitch, dual motors, remote control, or other autonomous features. If you want the stand-out features that this camper offers, your price tag will be around $125,000 or more. 

While this may seem like a lot, the price is fairly competitive when you compare it to other modern campers. The high-tech, off-grid Living Vehicle Campers start at around $299,995 for the HD24 model and about $399,995 for the HD30 model, while Airstream’s 24-foot Flying Cloud model isn’t much cheaper at around $91,400 without the off-grid bells and whistles. 

Father and daughter at campsite
Electric RVs are the future of the RV industry.
Source: www.pebblelife.com

Do You Need an EV to Tow the Pebble Flow?

With its electric design, it’s natural to wonder if the Pebble Flow requires an electric vehicle (EV) to tow it. While you might feel like an electric powerhouse towing your completely electric RV with battery power, it’s not necessary. The Pebble Flow is compatible with various tow vehicles, including traditional gas-powered ones. As long as your vehicle can tow 6,200 lbs, you can tow this camper. In fact towing with a gas-powered car would still offer a big benefit. The electric motors will reduce your fuel usage to tow it significantly as it’s basically self propelled with the magic pack option.

Can You Power Your Home with the Pebble Flow?

Beyond its role as a camper, the Pebble Flow’s electric capabilities raise an intriguing question: can you use it to power your home? Remarkably, yes. 

The Pebble Flow camper has a 45 kWh battery and 1 kW of solar power on the roof, allowing it to power itself off-grid or power your home if there’s an outage. While it may not replace a home power system, the camper’s ability to generate and store electric power could solve unforeseen circumstances. This function makes the off-grid power system a selling point so you’ll be prepared no matter what happens. 

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Is the Pebble Flow Electric RV Worth It?

Since the flow has not been officially released yet and won’t be available until late 2024, we cannot yet make a recommendation. However, like any significant purchase, determining whether this new camper is worth it depends on your preferences, priorities, and budget considerations. For campers who value sustainability, cutting-edge technology, and the convenience of electric power, the Pebble Flow is intriguing. However, before preordering, you should carefully assess your travel preferences and budget constraints. After all, you’ll need money left over for travel. 

Overall, the Pebble Flow Camper represents a bold step forward in the RV industry, blending innovation and sustainability in a sleek and compact design. While its premium price may be a deterrent for some, those seeking a unique electric-powered camping experience may find this camper worth the investment.

Are you planning on pre-ordering the Pebble Flow camper? Let us know in the comments below!

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Tom, a Pacific Northwest native, is our technical genius. Born in Washington and raised in Alaska before settling in Michigan. He's the man who keeps our operation running, both figuratively and literally.

With a background in Electrical Engineering, Tom specializes in RV solar systems and lithium batteries. He made history as the first documented individual to use a Tesla battery module as an RV battery. Tom has personally assisted countless RVers with system installations and has educated thousands more through his videos and articles.

Cinematography is another of Tom's passions, showcased in his work on the Go North series. You can see his camera skills on display in The RVers TV show on Discovery Channel and PBS where he also stars as a co-host.

Tom's mechanical expertise extends beyond RVs to boats, planes, and all things mechanical. He's renowned for taking on maintenance and repair projects single-handedly and is often spotted underneath RVs, making him the technical backbone of our endeavors.

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Edwin Youngblood

Friday 16th of February 2024

Interior Height? Photos of bath. Hitch weight? Can little wheels handle soft dirt, wet campsite? How does the self propelled feature work? How does Pebble sense what propulsion amount to help tow? Are the brakes part of self regenerative power function? Are the brakes electrically assisted and how does the brake controller manage braking to match tow vehicle braking? Can Pebble work with anti sway bar? Dry weight - does this include battery? Wet weight? How does heat/AC control work? Ducts are where? Photos of storage?

Tom and Caitlin Morton

Thursday 14th of March 2024

There is still little info about these, but great questions I hope we get answers to soon!