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Bicycle Camper Improvements So Far…

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I don’t always posts pics of myself on NaggingInspiration, but when I do, it’s always with bicycle campers…

So the biggest exterior improvement has been mounting the wheels further back. I did so using firring strips and frustration, more of the latter than the former. I will have to do it again with electrical conduit, at some point. Also, the tow bar needs some work, I’ll see what I can do, but frankly I think I’m going to have to have the male offspring of a firearm welded.

This blog is primarily about the interior improvements, so here we go!

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I’ve reinforced some of the seams with more gorilla tape and painted the walls and ceiling white. It helps to brighten it and make it seem a little bigger (a couple centimeters of perception makes all the difference in the world when it comes to less than 14 square feet!). Here you see two press dome lights attached with velcro in the foot bay.

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The thermometer is resting on the shelf from the last blog, below that is a new shelf, 5 and a half inches high by 3′ long.

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That’s quite a bit of extra storage for clothes, canned goods, toiletries and a folding chair, among other things. All in a space that I wouldn’t be using anyway, as it’s too small for any other part of me other than my legs.

My next favorite addition was my curtains!

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Every day is Halloween! I love how the sunlight filters through these, and with a little velcro they’re going to be perfect for sleeping in when the sun starts rising at 5:30 am!

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Crappy shot with the lights on inside.

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Here’s the 3rd of 4 dome lights.

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The 4th dome light over my folding table.

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Presto! Cooking surface!

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These Instabulbs light the whole thing up while I’m in there well enough without the dome lights.

The next thing I’m going to work on are four vents. I’ve discovered that when it’s 20 degrees out or warmer I don’t need my alcohol heater, body heat alone raises the temp by 30 degrees. But my breath condenses on the windows and on the ceiling by morning. The vents will help, even if I have to use a candle heater or alcohol heater, but I doubt I will. I may have to add even more ventilation come Summer, we’ll see.

After the vents I’ll add a cup holder. Then I’m going to work on exterior improvements and be done with it….yeah right, I have a feeling I’ll keep adding stuff to the Pedal-Inn =)

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My Bicycle Camper: the Pedal-Inn

Let me start off by saying that this was just quickly scrapped together, I’m still working on the tow bar, and the wheels need to be moved back for it to tow properly. Plus I’m not done working on the inside. So there will eventually be more!

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The over all length is 7′. The first 4′ it is 2′ wide, 38″ at the highest and 33″at the lowest. The last 3′ is 22″ wide by 26″ high. The two window are each 8″x15″ and are scavenged plexiglass. When warmer weather arrives I’ll have to make some modifications so they open and add screens. The black vertical and horizontal lines you see are seams taped with gorilla tape. Like I said, this was made from scraps, ideally it wouldn’t have all those seams, but I have to tell you it is much stronger than I thought it would be! It’s seen some rain and a few inches of icy snow in its week of existence and is holding up fine and leak proof! It probably weighs 20-30lbs, I just know when my friend helped me carry it out the house (where it was put together) we both said “Wow! At least it’s light!!”.

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If I was working and not so broke I could make it so the rear section slid in like a drawer for travel.

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Front shot. The walls are made of 1″ dow tuff r insulation board.

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Rear. You can see the back two legs, which are just some steel tubing pressure fit into wood blocks. Give them a little wiggle with no weight on the rear and they pull out. It has four more legs, scavenged from an old folding table…so to be clear they fold up =)

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Close up of the door.

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Under that blue sleeping bag is a smaller sleeping bag for insulation, below that is reflectix, basically bubble wrap with a reflective foil on it. You can see 2 of the 3 strips of dow to help weather proof the door.

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It’s a shame that wire coat hangers are harder and harder to come by, they’re almost as valuable as duct tape or MacGyver’s army knife!

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This shelf is the roof of the rear section, and perfect for holding the contents of my pockets and my trusty lantern.

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That alcohol heater, on it’s lowest setting, keeps it 70 degrees when it’s 20-30 outside, and raises it to that temperature within 10 minutes! Behind the heater I punched 4 small vent holes so it would not burn my oxygen. That block you see buy the door on the left is what the clothes hanger door latch latches on.

I’m pretty proud of the Pedal-Inn, it works better than I hoped for being something made from scraps and in haste. It could be better. All in time. I can’t wait to finish my motorless home, and to make more versions of it and smaller campers like this!

Bicycle Camper Pre-blog

I’m currently out of work, and don’t know when I’ll have the money to finish my motorless home. I know some of you have been waiting patiently to see it, and I apologize that it’s taking so long. I promise you that someday it will be finished. I already have several ideas for different bicycle campers, all of which have solid walls. Tents on platforms are LAME.

I’ve been bored and itching to make something, pining over the camper, so I decided to use scraps leftover from the motorless home to make a small camper. It took me two days, and part of today, but I’ve got it made. I slept in it last night, and while it’s a bit cramped, I loved it! It was about 30 degrees out last night, but with my alcohol heater on the lowest setting it was 70 inside! I also did some cooking with the Nomad, and had to prop the door open as it was over 80 degrees! I’ll sleep in it tonight with a candle heater, maybe a new one, and see how that works out. There are a couple of things I’d like to add to the camper, so once that’s done I’ll post a real blog and some pics, probably tomorrow.

Pics and blog HERE