Bike Camper 66 Lb and Other Examples




About: I am (caravanes velo et +) on facebook and (brazerio le jongleur de feu et lumiere).

I learned a lot from my last bicycle camper prototype. One thing I
didn’t like was the limited room in the tapered front, which made turning around inside rather difficult. The idea to make a bicycle camper with the resemblance of an airstream nose came to me a while back, but instead of making a full scale mock-up like my previous project, I decided first to make a 1/4 scale model. Again, this frameless arced design is borrowed from the ‘Emergency Homeless Shelter’ design and build techniques.

Step 1:

The model proved that the main body, minus the floor and rear wall, would only need two 4x8ft sheets of 4mm thick fluted plastic. I originally thought of using plywood for the rear door but opted for light weigh Coroplast.

Step 2:

The wheels could be 20″ front bicycle wheels. I show a flexible solar panel for charging personal devices, LED lights and such.


I had 5 recycled full size campaign signs kicking around, so I decide to finally make the camper.

After sitting in the dome area I decided to eliminate the front storage
compartment and have it so I would sit against the front wall and face the rear door. I had forgotten how difficult it was turning around to face forward in the narrow mock-up. In doing this I would loose the desk top and some storage, but the view and roominess would definitely be better.

Step 4:

Another panel is added. Unlike my Homeless Emergency Shelter, I used
small zip ties to join the panels together. Later I added 2″ white Duct tape over the outside seams.

Step 5:

For the frame I used six 1″x2″ pine boards purchased for under a buck
apiece. The cheap electrical plate wheel supports was not my idea, but borrowed and modified from a trailer design I saw on the internet. Thanks to the person who thought of this!

Step 6:

The front wheel weighs 3.5 pounds and the rear wheel 4.5 pounds. The
wheels and frame together weigh 18 pounds at a total cost of under $40.

Step 7:

At under 45 pounds, with the 3″ thick foam pad and cabinets, it pulled
very easily. I am however going to need a longer mirror arm to see around the shelter. I came up with this simple tow bar made from 1/2″ electrical conduit and a swiveling ball joint. It works great and the bike can be laid down flat.

Step 8:

The upward swinging door makes for a nice sun shade and light rain protector.

Step 9:

Here it is with a semi camo rattle-can paint job. I used Krylon fusion
paint that’s meant for plastic. I used this on my Homeless Emergency Shelter and it’d held up now for four years. Unfortunately it doesn’t stick to well to Duct tape. Maybe if I used Vinyl tape? The door wall is reminiscent of my Homeless Emergency Shelter having a round window that opens, except this window is made of opaque coroplast. Once the wheel chucks are installed the front legs are swung down.

Step 10:

My shoes store nicely at the foot of the 3″ thick foam pad. The lower storage tub is for heavy items.

Step 11:

The dome wall makes for a nice back rest. The music acoustics are great.

Step 12:

The skylight or upper vent is a recycled
gallon bucket. Ample calking was added around the edges. A Plexiglas window was added to the lid. For keeping cool another lid can be added that has bug screen instead of Plexiglas.

Step 13:

The skylight or upper vent is a recycled gallon drywall bucket. Ample
calking was added around the edges. A hole was added to the lid and a Plexiglas view port riveted on. More calking was added. For keeping cool another lid can be added that has bug screen instead of Plexiglas. I was going to add a small circulation fan but never got around to it. Maybe this summer.

Step 14:

used spray-on Elmers glue to attach the bubble insulation. Later I added the 2″ wide chrome colored duct tape to the seams.
(After several years the chrome tape is starting to fall down. To do it again I’d use gorilla duct tape.)

Step 15:

The two upper Coroplast cabinets, although small and light weight, are strong and hold a fair amount of items.

Step 16:

This little drawer is actually my favorite detail in the camper.

Step 17:

Although I’m not an advocate of Walmart worker practices, I reluctantly found my speakers there for cheap.
If you buy a dollar meal you can also order a cup of ice. Place the ice in a zip lock bag, stick it in your little cooler and you have a micro frig for a day.

Plans are now available for this camper. I’ve also added lessons and improvements in the plans.

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    9 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Elegant! Great design solution to your needs. Thanks for sharing this ‘ible


    1 year ago on Introduction

    This is a great project, may I suggest an attached tent or screen room to the back to give you more livable space to move around in and still be sheltered.

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    yes I see to make a custom tent like a yurt.

    canvas inflatable mattress


    Reply 1 year ago

    unlit brakes a lot, it takes a little weight, it gives the impression of having a truck especially braking

    Alex in NZ

    1 year ago

    Wow. Just Wow.

    You say that you can use the airstream nose as a good backrest for sitting against. That surprised me that it would be strong enough for that. Did you have any extra stiffening or strength added to that area to take that load?

    Totally amazing project: imaginative, beautiful and useful!

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    brazerioAlex in NZ

    Reply 1 year ago

    but if you want to do that,

    it will have to be used


    1 year ago on Step 27

    here the clamps of tightenings were enough