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We bought a Sprinter. We are building out a Sprinter.
And we are going to road trip in our Sprinter.
Learn more: http://www.vanderlost.co/
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“This single axle, 25 ft. Manor is a rare Spartan model (Beatrice). She is a great rescue, in need of restoration. She has two new 8 ply tires and rims, with repacked bearings. The tail lights work. The extended hitch is solid; she is ready to be pulled anywhere.” (source)
Located in Bat Cave, NC.
Approx weight: 4,500 lbs.
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Most of the work you need to do will require a table saw, band saw, drill, and your everyday hand tools.
Click here to the complete step by step instructions which include designing your mock up/design, trailer conversion, cuts, walls, internal structure, roof, and more.
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“All design, fabrication, assembly, carpentry and cabinet work, except as noted in the acknowledgements below, were performed by The Federal Motorhome Company, under the direction of CEO John M. Driscoll. My wife and partner, Valerie, accepted the responsibility for esthetic considerations, such as colors, fabric, and furniture. Her choices helped transform this vehicle into a home. The project has been a great journey over the past 42 years. We have traveled about 40,000 miles through 20 states and Canada and the time we have spent living and raising our family in it probably adds up to a year.” (source)
The house has been built onto a 1949 Federal flatbed farm truck which he bought in 1971 for just $125.
Learn more about this housetruck here.
See more photos here.
The Big Maroon has also recently been seen at The Flying Tortoise blog by Keith Levy and Tiny House Living by Michael Janzen.
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Thanks Carl for sending this in!
Looks like a VW that has been customized to a truck along with a travel trailer that’s also been customized into a lightweight 5th wheel travel trailer.
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“Before” image, below:
Cozy little interior 🙂
Storage below the bed:
Toilet and a little refrigerator for food storage:
“It’s been more than three years that I’ve been enjoying my van in every possible way; I’ve lived in it, I’ve partied around it, I’ve camped with it, I’ve transported massive amounts of people in it, I’ve travelled with it, and much more. Most importantly, it’s taught me a lot about self-sufficiency, continuous learning, and the importance of minimalism.” (source)
“As far as aesthetics go, I felt obligated to sexify the van up a bit – especially since I’ve gotten pretty sick of the “creepy van” perception over the past couple of years – frankly, it gets pretty tiring to always have people’s first impressions be a negative one. I am aware that this exterior modifications are not on the minimalist list, however I consider my van an investment. On the exterior I got the van painted with a full black glossy coat, upgraded the wheels to four gloss black/chrome XD Series Hoss’s, and put on four brand Firestone Destination tires. Basically, the van went from looking creepy/dangerous, to 100% hardcore/awesome.” (source)
Check out Eddie’s blog, Mobile Technology and Van-Dwelling here.
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“The trailer pictured is our prototype model, the first one we’ve built. We’ve taken it all over the U.S. and it’s getting ready for a trip to Yellowstone this summer. While the prototype is not currently for sale, we would like to build you an identical BRAND NEW Comanche Cocoon Camper. Fully loaded price of $9500 will include: LCD TV/DVD/Game Console/Air Conditioner/Rooftop Fan/Locking Doors/Sliding Windows with screen/Full Kitchen Galley/Deep Cycle 12V Battery/Mattress/110V connections/Inverter/custom paint job of your choice/etc.) Your camper will be constructed from scratch in 6-8 weeks. You can pick it up from us in McKinney, TX…or for a small fee we’ll deliver it to you anywhere in the U.S.(we love road trips).” (source)
Weight: 1440 lbs.
Dimensions: 6′ high, 11′ long and 7′ wide
Interior dimensions: 5′ wide, 8′ long and 4′ high
Features: A/C, roof fan/vent, AC/DC power, custom wood accents, bumper, and more.
Read the entire description here.
About the Builders
“We like old stuff….not sure why…but we do. We drive old cars, wear old clothes, look at old pictures, decorate with old trash. New stuff sucks.” (source)
Check out their Etsy store here.
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From the information I was able to gather on this online this concept vehicle was created by an aftermarket developer in Nagano, Japan. But by now it might even be available in some areas of the world.
The shell extends the length and height of the Prius vehicle and allows you to sleep two people in the first level and another two people in the loft. There may even be room to create a convertible table/bed system as seen in many RVs.
It was unveiled at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon. Photo credit unknown. Original post seen here.
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