Little Green Camper

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In my profession, I deal with the un-pleasantries of human nature. While working in law enforcement stationed in a metropolitan area, I often find myself needing a break from civilization. Over the years, I have found that time spent in nature is where I could clear my head and find security in the world around me. I started backpacking which relieved the stress and rejuvenated the mind and body. However, I was missing someone, my wife! She was not the sort to venture into the wilderness away from modern conveniences.

So came the creation of my first camper. Living on a budget, I acquired a fiberglass motorcycle trailer from my neighbor. Within a few weeks, I had converted the trailer into a covert camper. It was great for a time. But as my curiosity grew about cleaver ways to make the most of small spaces, I began surfing the net.

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I came across the Tiny House Blog and was inspired from the start. The stories, pictures, videos, and products stimulated my latest creation “The Little Green Camper.” I wanted something that would be comfortable yet completely sustainable for a long stay away from modern amenities. With a bit of planning and quite a bit of trial and error, we finally have a product that can provide that peaceful retreat.

The camper is made of all lightweight wood and salvaged RV parts. The dimensions are 6’ width x 10’ length x 8’ high. It can be towed by a small SUV. It is completely solar powered and includes a 10 gallon water storage. It has ample storage and a table/couch combination that converts to a queen size bed. The overall cost of the build was about $4,000. It took approximately 8 month due to an extremely wet spring and summer. Now it’s ready for the beautiful North Carolina fall.

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I hope this how-to-video will inspire others to take a chance and create their own peaceful retreat. I also wish that others will find inspiration in solar power products and find solitude among nature.

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maren - October 23, 2014 Reply

Is there a link to the video?

    Kent Griswold - October 23, 2014 Reply

    Video added, sorry!

KJ - October 23, 2014 Reply

The author mentions a “how-to-video”–what is the link to the video?

    Kent Griswold - October 23, 2014 Reply

    I missed putting it in. I just did sorry!

Marsha Cowan - October 23, 2014 Reply

That’s really clever! I like the way the microwave is set into the cabinet, and especially like the way the bed pulls down. Cool! Thanks for sharing this idea with us!

TomLeeM - October 24, 2014 Reply

I think that is well done.

MJ - October 24, 2014 Reply

I love the line “…I was missing someone, my wife!” I hope your retreats are full of peace and tranquility and good companionship! Nice work.

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