There’s a certain heartiness to people that make the decision to live in a camper a good portion of the year.
My grandfather was one of those people. He lived about a hundred and fifty miles away from my parents when I was growing yup and I remember that once a year he would make the drive with my grandmother to a state forest campground with their camper.
It only cost them three dollars a night to stay there and he had a marine battery rigged to power all of the basic electrical needs (no low cost solar yet then folks) and would spend most of the day either there or at our house.
He said it was because the 20 dollars a week that it ended up being when he would stay up there for three or four months was cheaper than paying for gas to come visit every weekend. Which happened to be true.
The many ways that people have either figured out alternative living, whether it be traveling in a motorhome, living in a tiny home that they can move pretty much at will to campers that weigh less than a person that you can tow behind a bicycle are absolutely fascinating
A man named Paul Elkins is raising the bar even farther when it comes to this alternative style of living. He created something that may seem like it would never work, but it surprisingly comfortable and efficient. The best part? It only cost him $150! Check out this awesome build below!
Paul first got into “micro-camping in 2002.
Back then he had a truck with a cap that he converted into a camper and toured around the country with. I’d take this thing in a heartbeat!
He then created a post apocalyptic micro-camper for his trip to Burning Man one year.
He wanted to create something that was truly affordable for almost anyone though, so he started on his latest project by drawing inspiration from an old emergency shelter he had.
This was the fruit of his labor. It may not look like much, but this thing has everything you need for a comfortable life on the road.
The micro-camper attaches with a simple bicycle hitch. The whole frame is made of 1×1 pieces of wood, it is extremely light. The frame alone weighs around 3 pounds.
The entire structure is made from an extremely light but durable plastic called coroplast. He collected most of the materials by recycling old political campaign posters, as many of them are made from coroplast.
He was able to figure out a technique to give the micro-camper a rounded nose. He simply insulated the inside and says it does a nice job of keeping him warm even during the winter time.
He even got creative enough to add a skylight/air vent to the top.
He built a wooden frame and nailed down coroplast along the top to create his sleeping platform.
For a kitchen, he simply created a container out of chloroplast and slid a small camping stove inside. He added a metal housing around the flame to keep the whole thing from catching fire.
He has cupboards made entirely from coroplast as well. They hold his food and various other things.
He even has his own little spice rack!
With everything added inside of the micro-camper, it weights about 60 pounds. Pulling that weight would be a small price to pay for a place to sleep on a long bike ride.