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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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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

Tripi

It wasn’t too cold last night, about 28 F, but I wish it had been colder. And I really don’t like the cold. I spent about four hours out there, nice and toasty, having a fire and staying out of the breeze in this:

The aptly named Tripi

The Tripi or tripod tipi. It took about 3 mins to set the tripod up, using 8′ firring strips and some cheap rope. It took about 2 mins to duct taped the tarp (old 4’x8′ that was laying around) to the tripod and stake the two ends in the ground. Taping consists of a single, small piece at the top of the tarp at the apex of the tripod. Stakes were kindling sticks, the flaps created by them help to encompass me and draw in heat from the fire.

Propane tank fire pit

Side view

It took a little experimenting to get the height of the “ceiling” right, and the tripods positioned just so, but all in all it was rather spacious, comfy, and warm.

A new monster is born, I sense a growing fascination with tarp shelters!