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Old 04-12-2016, 10:07 PM   #1
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Man lives in bicycle stealth camper

This guy built and travels in a 60-pound trailer towed by a bicycle. It is made from recycled coroplast political signs and about $150 in materials. It looks quite functional with skylight, windows, insulation, bed, cabinets, and cooking area.

Sounds like some LBYM types might enjoy this.

This Man Lives Inside A $150 Bicycle-Pulled "Stealth" Camper

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This guy is really clever!



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Old 04-12-2016, 10:22 PM   #3
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That's the smallest tiny house I've seen.

DH and I watch the tiny house shows... we've agreed that we couldn't go below about 500ft... We want a couch AND a bed and lofts won't work for DH. Our casita is 700sf and is plenty big for 2 people.
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Very clever. It would be great if that was a minimum issue kind of housing for homeless people.
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Very clever. Here are some alternatives but come without the same creativity Bike Campers: 12 Mini Mobile Homes for Nomadic Cyclists | Urbanist

Since I like bike touring, I will take a closer look at this alternative
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That's the smallest tiny house I've seen.

DH and I watch the tiny house shows... we've agreed that we couldn't go below about 500ft... We want a couch AND a bed and lofts won't work for DH. Our casita is 700sf and is plenty big for 2 people.
700sf for a casita? Sounds huge.

I measured out the living space of our '33 motorhome with all three slides out and it came to something like 300sqf. But that was plenty for two people. We had a couch positioned directly across from a ~50 inch flat screen TV, a dining room table that could seat four, a queen sized bed in it's own room with a door, a full bathroom and a decent enough kitchen equipped with a good sized refrigerator and freezer. We lived in it for four years and never felt cramped.
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When you cannot stand up in your 'house', it is too small. I think a tent and a camping stove would be an improvement.
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Very creative!
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Each to his/her own. You all can have it. I don't like it as a permanent residence, and I'd almost rather go back to work than live in it. I also wonder about fire safety, vulnerability to burglary and other crimes, heavy windstorms, and more.

But mostly I would feel utterly destitute and deprived living in something like that. I'd rather live in the crawl space under somebody's house than in that thing (and I wouldn't like that either). Or hey, how about this? Under a bridge. (not for me)
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I wonder how hard it would be to pedal with the camper and its contents attached.
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That's the smallest tiny house I've seen.

DH and I watch the tiny house shows... we've agreed that we couldn't go below about 500ft... We want a couch AND a bed and lofts won't work for DH. Our casita is 700sf and is plenty big for 2 people.
Your casita is 8 feet wide and over 80 feet long?

Edit: oh, lower case casita.
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I wonder how hard it would be to pedal with the camper and its contents attached.
Going up any steep inclines would sure be a workout and slow going.
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Going up any steep inclines would sure be a workout and slow going.
I have a recumbent (tadpole trike design though) that has a 750 watt hub motor on the rear wheel. I use it for exactly that, going up steep inclines. My knees can't handle the power it takes to go at any speed up a really big hill so this assist lets me average out the physical stress of a ride. The lithium battery pack is 500 watt-hr and lets me ride about 50 miles on a trip with assist on hills and intersections (I scoot across fast after coming to a stop to limit my time in danger zones). Perhaps 200 watts of lightweight flexible panel on the camper and he could recharge while riding and at camp.
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Novel idea, really "cool," and I'd get a kick out of trying it........for maybe one day. After that, no thanks, for multiple reasons. (But I do give him credit for ingenuity)
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Very creative and minimalist and kind of cute. Seems to work for him. Our trailer is a 31' Hornet with 2 slides. So, I guess everyone has their own needs and wants.
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A no go for me. Not enough room for me and my 100lb lab.
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I wonder how hard it would be to pedal with the camper and its contents attached.
I biked the Apple Cider Century with a Burleigh filled with my young son and a cooler full of drinks for our group, the total weight was around 60 lbs. Biggest issue was hills and cross winds. I was quite a bit younger but went the 75 mile route and was thoroughly gassed when I finished. So though it appears claustrophobically small for me I think I would still would have been gladly slept there after my 75 mile excursion.

The bike he is using would really be hard to go any distance with and uphills on a recumbent towing a “camper” would make for very poor visibility for him. The rear wheels, I assume there is no real reason to be using off trail wheels on a road other than trying to construct this at the lowest possible cost while maintaining functionality and would change to road tread for better roll, I used a Schwinn Passage which was from 1977 but built great even though a heavy bike it took a ton of abuse without any issues. I would think traveling 50-75 miles a day would be very possible with a better bike and rear wheels.

The amount of ingenuity and artistry he shows in thinking, designing and building this is truly impressive.
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Is there any credible indication that he lives in this thing? He clearly has a excellent shop, which is not inside his mini-trailer.

IMO, this is more akin to a hobby, and perhaps a public statement of some sort.

Can you imagine him having his girlfriend over for a beer and pizza? How about a romantic home cooked candlelight supper?

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Can you imagine him having his girlfriend over for a beer and pizza? How about a romantic home cooked candlelight supper?

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