10 Craziest Campers And RVs

Crazy Campers and RVs

1. Space Trailer: NASA Architect Now Makes Mini Mobile Homes

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So you live in a small condo where every square foot counts – but imagine the premium on space of actual outer space habitats. Combining his childhood love of houseboats and adult work on habitat modules for NASA and the International Space Station, one architect has applied all of his learning and yearning to a unique space-saving (and space-age) trailer right here on Earth. After years figuring out how to make comfortable and compact living quarters in which astronauts were to eat, sleep, bathe and relax – their tiny floating home away from home – the eventual creator of the Cricket Trailer refocused his efforts on something more useful to everyday earthlings: a made-to-order, modular, miniature trailer home.

The most decked-out version available to buy includes a a kitchen, eating, sleeping and lounge spaces as well as a hand shower, toilet, flexible awning, heating furnace and air conditioning – all somehow stored within a 15′ by 6.5′ trailer box with an (optional) pop-up, tent-like top. One size does not fit all – people can purchase a simple shell with wheel well storage compartments and a sloped floor for drainage, then build out the rest on their own if they wish.


2. Rare ’50s Camper Has an Untouched Interior That Will Take You Back in Time

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Some things get better and better with age… and a little wood polish. Like this nearly untouched 1953 Vagabond trailer that still has all of the original birch paneling, appliances and furniture. According to the ad on Vintage Camper Trailers, the trailer was purchased in 1953. The buying couple lived in the space for a couple years and then put it into covered storage for three decades. A new buyer finally got a hold of this impeccable time capsule and polished it up. With a little cleaning and new tires this lime green, 8,000-pound work of retro art came back to life.


3. Tech company Furrion introduces an epic Elysium RV equipped with hot tub, helicopter

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So camping isn't your thing because of the bugs and dirt and uncomfortable sleeping arrangements? Tech company Furrion has a new concept RV that will likely change your mind. The U.S. company that specializes in luxury tech products outdid themselves in their new concept RV camper called ELYSIUM, which they introduced at the 2017 International CES earlier in January.

The luxury finishes of the RV are primarily found on the camper's roof, where a hot tub, lounge area and a two-passenger helicopter - the Robinson R22 helicopter - sits on a landing pad. Whenever the RV is on the move, the helicopter is lowered into the bedroom to ensure its safety. Inside the RV, the cabin is equipped with high-end Furrion appliances, including a refrigerator, oven, wine fridge and others - three 75 inch TVs, a fireplace, and "smart" bathroom toilets and showers. In order to fit all of this in there, the RV had to be a grand 45 feet long, 8 feet wide and 13.6 feet high.

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4. Sealander – The New Age Camper Boat Hybrid

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In the 21st century finding a convertible camper which converts into a house boat is not easy. Only a few handfuls of models were made of the vintage Aqua-Trail Terra Marina Campers, which doubled as house boats. This self-contained, camping boat trailer had pontoons concealed behind access panels for buoyancy and was the perfect choice for camping and boating getaways for the whole family.


5. It’s A Boat, A Plane, A Camper!

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We’ve posted on some crazy recreational vehicles over the years, as well as some expedition vehicles that make us drool. But this airplane/boat/camper called the MVP by MVP Aero takes off-road to a whole new level. Billed as “the world’s most versatile plane” by the company, the MVP looks like a lot more than simply a float plane. The MVP is a “triphibious” airplane first, meaning it can land on earth, snow or water depending on gear. Certified as a Light Sport (S-LSA) airplane, it will cost about $189,00 when it finally hits the market in about 5 years. Some kits might be available earlier for $169,000. Both will be sold worldwide.

If the finished model lives up to company promises, the MVP will pack a lot into a small footprint. It is already more than just a dream, with a physical mockup revealed at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisc., in July 2014. With a retractible instrument panel and canopy, the nose of the airplane opens wide to resemble a bass boat. The plane can be outfitted with a pedestal seat in the front for fishing or other boating activities. The engine can be run with the canopy open, allowing the users to motor along to coves or fishing spots.

When it’s time to call it a night, a tent built into the canopy unfurls to cover the entire front of the airplane, creating about 9 foot long by 5 foot wide sleeping platform, big enough for two people to stretch out and sleep on a fitted air mattress. To travel over the water or berth in marinas, the MVP has on-the-water folding wings. You can taxi up close to docks using an on-board trolling motor. Close in navigation is aided by a bow thruster integrated into the bilge.


6. Rocket Inspired Atomic Camper For The Astronaut In All Of Us

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When you just have to get “back to the future” this retro inspired, steampunk-esque “Rocket Camper” may be just the inspiration you’re looking for. Exquisitely handcrafted by instructables user longwinters, this fine piece of machinery is built almost entirely of wood. The base trailer appears to be a small boat trailer, retrofitted with a propane tank and some tie downs to hold the rocket ship camping module in place. In its finished condition, the propane hoses and position on the trailer make this rocket camper appear like its ready for a camping mission to the stars.


7. Family Fun In A Mercedes Fire Truck Overland RV

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Are you brave enough to go fulltime RVing in a country where you don’t speak the language? This French family sure is. The Rigos transported their Mercedes fire truck overland RV from France to North America without knowing a word of English. In 2012, Anthony Rigo and his wife Benedicte decided they’d had enough of living an ordinary life. They also wanted to show their young children the world before they got too big. Anthony purchased this old Mercedes fire truck and turned it into a family-friendly overlander RV that could go anywhere in the world.


8. Incredible De Markies trailer folds out to triple its size with adjustable awnings

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It’s no surprise that we here at Inhabitat really love tiny houses, convertible homes, and smart camper makeovers. The Dutch-designed “De Markies” trailer is our latest obsession. On the outside, it’s a plain-looking, unassuming travel trailer. When you get to your camping destination, something wonderful and amazing happens.

If you passed the Markies trailer on the freeway, you wouldn’t look twice. While traveling, it looks just like your average RV. Actually, it’s even less interesting than that, since it has no windows on the side walls. It doesn’t need them. Each side of the trailer folds down to become a floor nearly triple the size of the original footprint. The trailer’s name translates to “The Awning” and this trailer is equipped with two of them. They aren’t your grandpa’s roll-out sun awnings, though.

This design is so entrancing that one might not even realize Dutch designer Eduard Bohtlingk created the De Markies trailer thirty years ago. Despite its age, the design stands up to other impressive modern interpretations of camping life.

The Markies trailer gets phenomenally more exciting when you sneak a peek inside. The vinyl awnings and collapsible furniture make this trailer a whole lot different from its traveling cousins. In the center (over the main floor’s platform), the camper features a full kitchenette with a four-person dinette table. A spacious lounge space inhabits the outer portion, which can be indoors or outdoors, depending on the adjustable awning.

When the other wall of the trailer is lowered, it becomes a sleeping dorm with a double bed and two single beds stemming outward from the main room. An adjustable screen can be raised between the beds, to provide a small amount of privacy at night. The awning over the sleeping area can provide total cozy comfort from the elements, or be left up to allow for sleeping under the stars.


9. A mechanic creates a Deco masterpiece with a rooftop steering


The "Decoliner," created by master craftsman Randy Grubb, is a 26 ft aluminum beauty which features a flying bridge, complete with driving station and room for five passengers on the roof! It was built on the chassis of a 1973 GMC motorhome, and a cab from a 1955 White COE, and the entire body was hand-fabricated from aluminum by the talented team over at Blastolene Cars.


10. Push Button Camping for the Modern Family

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This Push Button Camper was presented in The Ford Treasury of Station Wagon Living, Volume 2, which I picked up in at the Inquiring Minds book store in New Paltz, New York. So nice to see that theses independents still exist. Written in 1958 it seems to capture the essence of an ideal America - a time when prosperity was high and Americans had disposable income, and time to spend in the great out doors. The book, which shows how life is better with Ford station wagons, also serves as a guide to the enjoyment of the great outdoors. It includes campsites to visit and products to buy, most of them made in the U.S. It's a snapshot that evokes Kodak's Colorama series.

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