Picture of Vetsport Extreme SIPS Microcamper

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 57,849 veterans are homeless on any given night. There are more than 600,000 homeless people in America.

This project actually started out as a design for a small survival camper for Veterans and other homeless people and is one of my extreme weather designs for small affordable off-grid houses for the homeless, Veterans and disaster relief. The camper is designed to be easy to construct using SIPS Structural Insulated Panels System made from commonly available materials, low cost and super insulated for year round living in extreme weather. It was designed to be a mobile house that could be parked in someones yard, in Federal and state campgrounds or be used for temporary homeless shelter or for housing for disaster relief but it would also make a great small camper for people that enjoy outdoor sports and adventuring in extreme conditions and because it is light weight, super insulated and super strong it would be perfect for people that have Kayaks, mountain bikes and other equipment they want to take along.

Many of the products made/carried by Oru kayak, Alite Designs and Brown Dog Solar would work perfectly with the Vetsport Extreme Microcamper because they are light weight and designed for rugged outdoor use. I am not associated with any of these companies but I like their products and designs.

If you are wondering why I have only the plans and designs and not the actual model it is because I have 3 camp trailers of my own including a similar small camper design and an insulated shell camper so I am not in need of another camper but I am a professional off-grid house designer and architectural draftsman/builder so rest assured if you follow the plans they will provide enough information for building the camper.

I am an avid outdoors-man and I live full-time in a small off-grid cabin so I know what is required to be comfortable and safe in a small structure or camper as I live that life every day. I was also homeless for two years and I survived in a small camper and I understand how difficult that life can be without a proper shelter.

All I ask in return for the use of these plans is that you include the name Vetsport on the camper exterior which stands for Veteran Sports, send me pictures of your completed camper and consider helping me to spread our mission to provide shelter designs for the many homeless Veterans and other homeless people all around the world.

You can see many more small off-grid house designs on my website: www.simplesolarhomesteading.com

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Legal Note: All images are the property of LaMar Alexander. I am not associated with any of the companies that may be mentioned in this Instructable. These plans require basic construction skills and you assume all risk for any use of these plans. If you do not agree to that DO NOT use these plans. Vetsport Extreme SIPS Microcamper is a Trademark and copyrighted design of LaMar Alexander www.simplesolarhomesteading.com

jeremiah.biard made it!7 months ago

Hey, just wanted to let you know I built one of these. It's seen a couple of nights below freezing so far and with two dogs inside, I actually have to sleep with the window open. Thanks for making this available!

LaMar Solarcabin (author)  jeremiah.biard7 months ago

That is awesome jeremiah! Would it be OK if I posted your pics to my website and if you have more as you finish it that would be great?


LaMar Solarcabin (author) 1 year ago

I hope you enjoy the Vetsport Microcamper plans and please VOTE on the orange vote tab in the upper right corner. I would sure like to have that Kayak!

I want to build one of these campers. I was wondering what the formula is for the R 18 Rating for the insulation?

reallyreally6 months ago

What program/app did you use to draw your plans?


Susitna8 months ago
Approximately how heavy is this trailer, without interior furnishings? This would be just right for our camping trailer when it's time to move home to Talkeetna Alaska. I like that we could live in it while our 1st camping cabins are being built. Besides, moving with several cats and a dog could make finding motels difficult.

Hey, I built one of these and although I'm not sure exactly how heavy it is, I can lift the tongue up to hitch it to the car if I need to. I'm towing it behind a 2003 Toyota Camry with a 2.4L engine and I'm not having any problems except for speed bumps :)

Jah love! Hi my name is Adam and I'm currently a street kid in Chico, California and this would help keep me safe. I would dig to make this and it be perfect to live in! It's all I need. x] Blessings and loving you!

Petergottm11 months ago
Really nice design! Your cabin on your website is pretty sweet too!
awiner1 year ago

This WILL be my project for the winter! I do have a few ideas that I plan to change but the majority of the plans are exactly what I want.

I really wish you would use real photos of you making this instead of what you did
LaMar Solarcabin (author)  lynnfiorante1 year ago

If you would like to see the many off-grid houses I have designed and have been built from my designs please visit my website: http://www.simplesolarhomesteading.com

LaMar Solarcabin (author)  lynnfiorante1 year ago

Architects and designers rarely build all the projects they design. I have hundreds of off-grid structure designs and these are FREE plans for people that want quality plans by someone that builds off-grid projects.

c_spiegel1 year ago

I love this idea. I am seriously considering making one of these. We don't have enough money to buy a camper, so this would be a great solution. I definitely voted for this.

What a great idea! I really would love to see this in real life!

Thanks- you could be the first to build this design. I have 3 campers I built/remodeled and I can't afford too build all my designs so other people will have to do it if they want one.

I'm tempted but I just bought an RV and I've been putting a lot of work into it!

I don't get what this is it just looks like a model
LaMar Solarcabin (author)  lynnfiorante1 year ago

It is the step-by-step plans for building the micro-camper. All houses and structures use architectural drafted dimensional models.