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A horizontally expanding motorhome is all well and good, but what happens when your pitch isn’t long enough to extend the sleeping quarters?
The answer, obviously, is to use a vertically expanding motorhome instead — and that’s just what three Japanese students have developed as a pet project.
Built on a Toyota ‘Toyoace’ 1.5 ton chassis, the “Camping-car” consists of a lower living area with kitchen and bathroom (complete with bathtub), and an upper ‘Japanese-style’ four-berth sleeping area accessible via an interior staircase. The upper level is raised using a generator, abut compressor and two pneumatic lifts — a process that takes two minutes to complete.
The ‘van has distinct DIY look about it and took two years to complete, but the builders freely admit that they knew little about carpentry or engineering — and their handiwork was still sufficient to see them on a 25,500km trip around Japan.
More details and photos at the makers’ web site.