AIR OPUS scoops up a German Design Award 2018, announced as a winner in the transportation category for excellent product design

Following success with the Good Design Awards based in Australia, AIR OPUS was nominated by the German Design Council for entry into the German Design Awards 2018. Announced on the 20th October 2017 as a Winner in the transportation category. The jury agreed that the design and innovation on show was worthy of an international award.

Click here to view the AIR OPUS winners details.

AIR OPUS wins Good Design Award!

The trend-setting AIR OPUS Self-Inflating Camper has added a Good Design Award to its accolades in Australia’s internationally coveted 2017 Good Design Awards. Only the Tesla Model X and semi-autonomous Caterpillar digger could beat the AIR OPUS for top honours in its category. Other winners in the category included global style and engineering leaders such as Audi and Mazda.

“The convenience of pushing a button to erect the camper with air is simply genius and makes camping accessible to everyone”
Good Design Award Jury 2017

View Good Design Award certificate.


Buying the OPUS was a big decision for our family, but one of the best decisions we have ever made. I had seen the OPUS online when it first appeared and couldn’t wait to see it at the NEC. It took us a couple of years to finally take the plunge, but our previous unit just wasn’t working for us.

We wanted something that was easy to tow and that we could store on our drive, packed and ready to hitch up whenever we wanted to go away. We wanted proper beds, a decent kitchen and comfortable seating. We needed something that could be used in all seasons. We also wanted a motor mover fitted because of the awkward access to our drive. The OPUS offered all this and more. Towing is so easy! It is no wider than the car and you can see over the top in the rear view mirror.

We love the huge windows and all the light that floods in, as well as the flexible space with, or without the awning. We really appreciate the powerful heater too!

We collected our OPUS in February from Campers & Leisure in Ringwood and went straight to a local campsite that night. The temperature dropped to -2 but we were cosy in the OPUS with the heater on.

We have been away 7 times in it since then and have loved every minute. What we hadn’t realised was how the OPUS would bring us together as a family. Our 13 year old daughter loves it because we all work together to set it up. In fact, she and I can set up and pack down on our own when necessary. She loves her own bed pod which she has accessorised with fairy lights, where she can have her own space, but still be with the family. Even the dog loves the OPUS because she gets to be with us all the time!

We have been very impressed with the level of customer service from OPUS, who have always been ready to help and offer advice when necessary. They are proactive in supporting their customers and we have every confidence that this will continue.

Jane Sommerville – September 2018

Having previously been the owners of a much-loved VW T5 camper van, we decided it was time for a change, as our camper didn’t provide the space we needed for two adults and two young children.

In 2017, having visit the Caravan & Camping show and considered all the options (i.e. caravans, motorhomes and tents) we decided to purchase our AIR OPUS. This decision was definitely the right one!

The AIR OPUS is incredible. It’s easy to tow, quick to erect and offers all the space we require, with our without the awning. The internal height is great (I am 6ft 7), as are the huge windows and sky lights that allow light to flood in; the well-equipped kitchen; the spacious seating area and the fixed double bed pods. The LED lighting and electric heating is also very effective and the side skirts provide fantastic additional storage space underneath.

We have also been very impressed with the customer service. The OPUS Team (Joe in particular) are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and have provided great after-sales advice and support.

In summary, we could not be happier with our AIR OPUS and look forward to spending many holidays with her!

Jon & Jo Rees – September 2018

We’ve loved camping for many years, caravanning just doesn’t quite have the enjoyment for us like being under canvas nor are we able to store a caravan easily. But wanting something a bit more robust & luxurious than a tent the OPUS really does tick this box for us & with so many added extras & benefits!

We love the flexibility our OPUS gives us for just a short few nights away or longer full on family holidays! Our Full Monty package has everything we need but I’m sure we would have just as much fun with the Standard Package! Having the projector on & big screen we really do feel quite spoilt!

Almost every holiday we have someone on the site give admiring glances & then wanders over & asks for a peek inside…the “wow” responses we get really does make us very proud & lucky! We would 100% recommended OPUS to anyone & the OPUS team are fab with aftersales & support!

Darren & Berni Good – August 2018

Being a “glamping” enthusiast but also being self-employed so short on time for weekends away, the minute we saw “Olly the Full Monty OPUS” we knew that it ticked all of our comfort, pack up and go criteria.

We loved the quality of the build, the clever and ample storage but most of all a comfortable bed and being able to hook up, get away and set up quickly.

The support we have always received from the OPUS customer care team has been exceptional and supportive. If you love the outdoors and want to stand out in the camping field, you need an Olly in your life!

Lilly & Clive Roads – August 2018

We bought our OPUS in February after being blown away when we saw it being demo’d at the NEC. Our first trip out saw us extremely snug and warm and thoroughly enjoying the attention from other travellers.

We have been delighted by the build quality and the attention to detail that has gone into the design. We will happily consider overseas holidays with the OPUS as we feel it is certainly robust enough to endure long distance holidays.

The feather in the cap was the outstanding customer service that I have received each time I have reached out for support from the team. It is very satisfying to know that the customer service is as good as the product.

I would not hesitate to recommend the OPUS to anyone looking for the next level in camping. It’s so much fun and we look forward to our trips immensely.

Sarah Campbell – February 2018

We spent some 4 hours with Neal and Debbie at Tony Wild Camping yesterday and all went extremely well. They were excellent in taking us through the put up and put down and showing us the various systems. All good. After a nervous start, the towing went like a dream and it came home to Lincolnshire perfectly. We are incredibly pleased with it so far. An experimental putting up and down this afternoon and then off to North Yorkshire for 5 days, before a France trip in early September.

Steve and Judy Lumb – July 2017

Since picking up our OPUS in January this year we have used it on a variety of sites – from a dead flat sheltered caravan site in Harrogate to a more remote sloping site in the middle of North Wales.

The latter was a challenge as the weather varied from bright sunshine to torrential rain and high winds, the OPUS coped admirably (though we had a few sleepless nights!).

Everywhere we have been the OPUS has caused a great deal of interest especially with a group of campervanners who commented on the amount of room inside!

We are very pleased with the OPUS – a change from our Dandy trailer tent – interior is massive, the heater is great and so is the fridge. Already planning camping holidays for next year – probably the West Coast of Ireland or the Far North of Scotland.

Liz and Barrie Lockwood – December 2016

We were in the market for something that the family could use when camping but not being caravan people we had discounted a folding camper until we stumbled across the OPUS.

We were initially attracted to the modern appearance of the OPUS compared to some other older style models. However, the main attraction for us as a family is the tardis-like interior space and the comfy beds, which for us are really important (hip replacement/dodgy knees!). We also liked the fact that the OPUS is really easy to tow and to store.

We were also very impressed with the high specification of the kitchen area and the in-built sound system and cinema system with projector screen, which we chose as additional options.

We have used the OPUS in all 4 seasons, even high winds and it held up extremely well. We feel that the OPUS is very stylish, comfortable and practical way for our family to camp.

Lisa Alder – December 2016

We drove down to Ipswich in May 2016 from our home in Shropshire to pick up our new OPUS and by mid October we had completed no less than 7 holiday destinations.

I’ve been a camper all my life – from back-backing, wild-camps and mountain bivvying to large tents on posh camp sites with hook-ups – but I have to say there’s something great about just hitching up and going! So it’s been wonderful just exploring different parts of dear old England and my favourite country away from our own; Wales, where we stayed at a lovely campsite just outside Abersoch on the Llynn Peninsular for our first OPUS holiday. It was a lovely sunny week with no rain at all. I was keen to see how the OPUS stood up to a few drops or more of the wet stuff but to no avail.

Moving on for a short stay in Frodsham and then to our annual family camp at Fenny Bentley, Derbyshire, the weather continued to be very warm and dry, perfect for camping but still no rain to test the canvas. Various other trips were completed but it wasn’t until September on a terrific campsite near Barrow-upon-Soar in my home county of Leicestershire that we actually had rain. It was on the first night and it was heavy, windy and sustained but I’m pleased to say our OPUS took it all in its stride!

Over these few months we also stayed at Hebden Bridge on two different sites on two different occasions and finished our final holiday of the year at Mordiford, Herefordshire on another excellent and well-appointed site.

So we’ve had some great OPUS times so far and looking forward to early spring when we’ll be hitching up again and moving on out once more to who knows where?

Our OPUS has given our camping experiences a new and exciting lease of life and has stood up well wherever we’ve been and although our first pitch and pack-down took us an age, it’s certainly true what the hard-working and helpful staff at the main office tell you; practice makes perfect! With just my partner Pam we work as a team each having our own little tasks in a set order, and we now feel we’re like a well-oiled machine.

So… safe to say we’ve fully enjoyed our first OPUS year and are looking forward to many more. Oh… and by the way we’re both in our late 60’s so we’re no spring chickens!

Paul and Pam Watts – December 2016

We bought our OPUS early in 2016 after a few years of renting VW Campervans. We had young kids (5 years and 6 years) who really enjoy camping and whom were able to fit neatly in the pop-top of the VW. Our issue was that they were growing, wouldn’t fit comfortably in a van and we had another baby on the way so needed a camping solution that can grow with us!

The OPUS is perfect because it has easily enough room for 4 (in fact we’re planning on having 3 kids in one end), it’s separate to the car so you have a vehicle while away, everything stows away neatly, the beds are amazingly comfortable (wife was happy 7 months pregnant), and they are fun! We now way prefer the OPUS to the VW – and get just as many admirers on the campsite except now its not to provide advice on getting the engine started!

We had several holidays last year and plan many more in 2017!

Toby Byrne – December 2016

Since we collected our OPUS Camper at the end of March 2016 we have been on 6 different holidays, ranging from long weekends to a 15 day trip. Until Wallie (our OPUS!) had to go into hibernation for winter we had owned him for 150 days of which we spent 31 nights with him. After each stay we were reluctant to go back into our house and sleep indoors again. We can’t wait until next Spring! We love the flexibility of the setup. Every time we built Wallie, we used him differently, from the small basic setup to the full awning, with or without side skirts. Whatever the need was, there was the perfect setup possible.

The McMillan’s – December 2016

2016 was our first year with the OPUS after a rather impulse purchase, one I am pleased to say that we have not regretted. Our OPUS has transformed our camping experience, so much more comfortable than our old family tent. Every time we set up it gives us all a warm contented feeling and has proved to be just as popular with our camping friends who can’t keep away! Six fab trips away this year, even North Wales was a dream, roll on next year when we plan to hit the continent.

The Elliott Family – December 2016

One year into OPUS ownership and we’ve had a great Spring and Summer of new places and quick getaways. Our two children; Freddie and Alice would go away every weekend if they could! The OPUS provides comfort and is quick to pitch. Fantastic customer support, especially the workshop team who really went the extra mile to help me out after dropping our OPUS off for a minor repair. We are looking forward to 2017.

Steve & Sally Rotherham – November 2016

We collected the Opus in May 2015 and it is fantastic. We have been to Cornwall a few times and hooked up with friends and their campers and tents. One cool evening five of us and Daisy May sat around the table and played cards. Plenty of room and we were all warm with the built in heater system. The lights inside were great too. Of course everyone used us to charge their iPhones and iPads. Really handy having that facility. Cold Prosecco from our fridge… We had a great evening.

Sarah Pollard – July 2015