Cozy $150 micro-camping trailer pulled by bike has kitchen, bed, bookshelves


Paul Elkins built a bike-towed micro-camper for $150 and has made the plans available.

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Paul Elkins fell for micro-camping in 2002 when he toured the country in his cabover “stealth camper”. Sure he could make something more affordable, this year he began building a nomadic micro-shelter based on the Airstream design.

Using 4 recycled fluted-plastic campaign signs from a recent election, a $20 secondhand bike, 6 pine boards ($1 at Home Depot), screws, Duct tape and zip ties, he built his latest micro mobile shelter for only $150.

Calling it a “micro Airstream bike camper”, it’s a 60-pound “home away from home”, complete with butane stove, bread-pan sink, counter, food storage shelving, clothes-storage bins, LED lighting, bed, windows, pee jug, bubble insulation, stereo with MP3 player, and a skylight made out of a 1 gallon plastic tub.

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Nifty mini camping trailer


The Gidget Retro Teardrop Camper, with a slide-out queen size bed, is made in Australia. It costs between $13,000 and $16,000.

From Gizmag:

Many small teardrop interiors have little more than a cabin-filling bed with some cabinet space and maybe a TV/entertainment system and fan. Gidget's slide-out module gives its trailers the space for a seated lounge, a feature usually reserved for larger camping trailers. The foot of the queen-sized bed folds up, creating a bench with help from the under-bed footwell. The slide-out table completes a lounge area useful for eating, playing games and more.

Gidget's use of sliding hardware isn't limited to the cabin extension. Slides help keep the design of the tailgate galley neat and organized. The main counter of the galley houses only the glass-top sink, while appliances like the two-burner gas cooktop and cooler slide out from underneath the counter behind curved timber drawer faces. The kitchen sink is hooked up to a pressurized cold water system fed by the 80-liter/110-liter (21/29-gal) water tank. The trailer also has a 40-liter (10.6-gal) waste water tank.

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Stainless steel cookset


My daughter wants to do some backyard camping this summer. BioLite sent me a cool little woodburning stove, which uses sticks as fuel. I bought the Stanley Adventure Camp Cook Set for $11 to go with it. It's got a 24 oz stainless steel pot with a folding handle and two 10 oz cups. Read the rest

Kickstarting an inflatable "hammock"


Kozē is a giant, doubled-up parachute-nylon dry-bag that you wave around to inflate, then clip shut, turning it into an instant hammock-style sofa. Read the rest

A look at Airstream's new limited edition $114,600 trailer


Airstream is making only 100 of these Pendelton Limited Edition trailers. They have a U.S. National Park Foundation motif, and Airstream will donate $1,000 to the National Park Foundation for each Pendleton trailer sold. The base price is $114,600. It comes with a stainless steel oven, a 3-burner cooktop, a refrigerator, 2 30-lb. propane tanks, deep-cycle-batteries, 2 Samsung HDTVs, a Blu-Ray player, and a high definition marine-grade Polk audio system. If you want the accessory kit that includes woolen blankets, a dining set, throw pillows, hand towels, you can order it separately.

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Collapsible silicone pots would be amazing in small, urban kitchens

Camp-gear company Sea to Summit makes a line of collapsible silicone cook-pots with anodized aluminum bases. Read the rest

Beautiful portable camping kitchen


The Camp Champ is a stately and elegant mobile kitchen with equipment and utensils for six that collapses into a compact wooden box. Its construction reminds me of a magician's stage illusion! Read the rest

Fire-pistons: start fires by compressing air

The Survival School Fire Piston is a gadget that uses a hand-pumped piston to compress air, creating enough heat to spark a bit of tinder. Read the rest

Rent a camping tent in someone's backyard near Google X for $46/night


Need a place to stay near Google X in Mountain View? John Potter is renting out a 9' x 7' Coleman tent in his backyard on Airbnb for $46/night. You're allowed one shower per day and can eat inside too.

"It kind of is (outrageous)," Potter told CBS SF Bay Area. "But maybe they should build more affordable housing in Mountain View."

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Easy to use, camping and emergency fire starter

I am a huge fan of this Gerber survival series fire starter. It is cheap, rugged and easy to use.

After nearly 30 years of camping use, a block of magnesium I used as a fire starter wore away to nothing. They still sell the same tiny blocks of alloy, but I wanted to try something new. Maybe I felt in a rut. This Gerber Bear Grylls tool is a welcome replacement. Well sized to fit both my hands, the striker is easy to scrape down the rod and throw off some good sized, hot and long burning sparks. Snapping the two together results in an o-ring sealed tube with space for tinder. Gerber recommends jamming some cotton balls in there, I can fit 5 or 6 but also carry a few sticks of fat wood with me on every camping trip. Fat wood always works.

This is a simple, well thought out tool that easily fits in my backpack or sidebags on the bike. I'm looking forwards to decades of easy use.

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Fantastic camping mattress: Thermarest LuxuryMap

The Thermarest LuxuryMap air mattress makes camping a whole lot more comfortable.

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An awesome cast iron dutch oven for camping

My daughter specifically asked if I had packed this 6 qt dutch oven for an impending camping trip. It is super handy and surprisingly makes the best desserts.

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The new VW California van you can't have in California

Here's a new protest movement for all you old Hippies out there: "Bring the T5 VW Camper to USA". This sweet ride is like a Robocop update of the old VW bus, full of RV-like amenities including a fold-out bed, a sink, refrigerator and fold-out table; perfect for that cross-country drive to discover the soul of America you've been meaning to take. Read the rest

Tactical cutlery

The Buck 941 Travelmate Kit Chocolate Paperstone Knife is a tactical spreading knife with a clip-on multispork. Read the rest

Bikecamper: bicycle with sleeping box

Amsterdam artist Bas Srakel made the Bikecamper, a tricycle with an expandable coffin-like sleeping container meant "for homeless people, refugees and urban nomads." Read the rest

Superefficient campstove that charges your phone while it boils water, using only twigs

The superefficient Biolite woodstove will boil water in minutes from twigs and charge your phone while it does it. Read the rest

Solar fire-starter

Solo Scientific's $40 Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter is air- and water-tight, uses no fuel, or batteries, and keeps your dry tinder dry in transit. It's machined from aircraft aluminum and wights 4oz. Not much use for getting dry in a snowstorm or thunderstorm, but still awfully handy.

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