The Spaceship

3…2…1…BLAST OFF!

Get ready to head into the world of nomads with the Spaceship. Even though this vehicle is primarily used for traveling and vacations, I thought I would include it in the blog for its fun and unique use of space and nifty storage options. Think of it as a Swiss Army knife on wheels!

The Spaceship is only available in the UK, Australia and New Zealand as a vacation and camping rental, but it’s fascinating to look at as an all encompassing place to sleep, cook, eat, lounge and live for a short period of time.

Each Spaceship drives like a car, but has all the features of a small RV or trailer including double beds, food and water storage, awnings, dual batteries, security storage, refrigerator, swivel seats, gas stove, DVD/CD/MP3 player and screen and stereo. The vehicle can seat up to four people and can sleep two in the double bed. Extra sleeping and storage space is available from a pop-up attached to the roof of the car.

Spaceship YouTube Videos:

Sleeping in a Spaceship

Cooking in a Spaceship

By Christina Nellemann for the (Tiny House Blog)

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Tom Sackett - February 22, 2010 Reply

New Zealand is heaven for anyone interested in camping vehicles. I toured New Zealand with my wife and son in a rented camper van a couple years ago. The variety of campers is amazing. Most of the small campers are based on a variety of Toyota vans that are not sold in the U.S. The Space Ship is the smallest, and probably the cleverest, rental van. It’s also the only one based on a van that has been sold in the U.S. (the Previa). To get a sense of the variety of commercial and home-grown campers in NZ, check out the listings here: .

Susan McReynolds - February 23, 2010 Reply

Reminds me of the old school Vanagon that we traveled up the Pan American Highway in in 1967.

Benjamin - February 23, 2010 Reply

Decades ago I remember seeing a Commer (or Conner?) van for sale in Berkeley. It was a British camper that was really classy. Not much bigger than a VW bus but really well laid out. I don’t know if they still make them. (I wanted to buy it but the seller changed her mind and decided to keep it.)

Christina Nellemann - February 23, 2010 Reply

Benjamin. You might have seen a Commer bus or truck. They had one called the Spacevan which was used to deliver mail in the UK. They are classy!

    Benjamin - February 27, 2010 Reply

    Christina: Thanks for clarifying the name! That’s probably the one, although the photo in the Wikipedia article looks like it may be a pop top or simply a slightly elevated roof. The one I saw had a raised roof about 2 feet wide and 5 or 6 inches high, going down the center with windows along its sides, which facilitated walking from one end to the other plus acting as a skylight to brighten the interior. It was fitted out as a camper and had some fine interior woodwork along with lots of cubby type storage spaces.

blob - February 24, 2010 Reply


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