DIYer Nate lives in his Honda Element camper full time thanks to an ingenious series of installations and conversions inside the vehicle he and his grandfather constructed. For a number of months, he has lived in his ecamper — what he calls his “35 square foot tiny house on wheels,” complete with kitchen, bedroom, office and closet. You need to check this thing out!
An All-in-One Convertible Camper
How can he fit all of this into one car? Different “modes” allow him to convert the space quickly to suit his needs. A folding support system to makes the platform for his bed by adding in supports between the back seat and cockpit area. This creates a space that is slightly smaller than a twin bed – allowing a more comfortable experience than curling up on the backseat bench. A sleeping bag and pillow is laid over the sleeping platform to complete the sleep mode.
The kitchen is comprised of a cabinet storage system, pump sink, a camp stove, and a mobile 12v fridge. He has even included a smart safety feature, a carbon monoxide detector. The custom-built cabinet system also allows for a small closet area for clothes to be hung. Space under the bed allows for any other clothes or gear to be stored in a suitcase.
Nate is able to get by with minimal amenities as long as he has a public place to park his car. He has built in added privacy and sleep curtains using Velcro tape and magnets. This helps block any ambient light for a restful sleep, and adds in a level of security from peering eyes in stealth mode.
Lastly, during the day when he needs to get some work done, the bed folds up and out of the way. A simple tray table is set up to become the perfect desk space and the office mode is complete.
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