Bicycle Camper

Burningman Camper

This bicycle camper was built for the Burningman Art Festival. The idea hatched from the theme for that year, which was ‘Hopes and Fears of the future’. My thoughts at the time were fixated on the news warning of a potential bird flu epidemic.  This was an attempt to show how one might live in a nomadic post apocalyptic life situation.

Burningman Camper

From left to right are the light switches, food storage bin above, underneath resides the table extension, The door has a mirror, thermometer, note pad, fan, fan switch, callender, amp meter and clock. Below in the kitchen (not shown) is the spice rack, butane stove, counter, three storage bins and sink. Underneath, the pee jug.

Burningman Camper

With the floor hatch lowered (left) and the floor hatch (right) raised, the futon bed takes on a lounge chair position. Left to right; trash can, sink, hot water spout silverware, rag, 2.5 gallon fresh water, 3 misc. storage drawers, below that, 12v battery, food cooler,

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From left to right above: socks/underwear storage, main clothes storage. Below; dirty clothes storage, futon, acrylic bubble window and magazine rack not shown.

Burningman Camper

Three solar food dehydrator screens for food preservation.

Burningman Camper

Why the bubble? So I can see the stars at night, and the bottom of the dome has a cut-out for fresh air while sleeping.

Burningman Camper

The dome wall opens for hot daytime ventilation. The sleeping bag is stored in the box below, The black square on the roof is a solar hot air collector for food dehydration. To the right is the solar shower bag. Above that resides a 5 watt 12 volt solar panel.

Burningman Camper

The Wind turbine was made from a bicycle light generator. It worked for a while, and only charged 6volt. Water from Solar shower was also routed to the kitchen sink. the pee funnel, although functional was never used. the herb growing box and below that a ventilation door hatch.

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The camper weighs roughly 100 pounds dry.  The skin is 1/4″ fluted plastic like whats used for election signs. This was riveted and screwed onto 3/4″ square aluminum tubing salvaged from an old satellite dish. The base was made of 2×2 fir. The 30″ square door frame, made of 1×2’s was screwed to the side panel, cut on the sides and bottom. The upper part was left uncut to act as a hinge.  I used 13″ wheel barrel wheels on a 1/2″ axle mounted on a triangular frame made of 1/2″ square tubing. I used 3/4″ steel for the tow bar, and a recycled card table for the camper support legs. For any other parts, I used whatever I had kicking around, and that’s how anyone would have to do it if worst came to worst.

Because this is so ‘different’ I’ll never make up a detailed plan for this, so for the curious here’s is a simple drawing showing some basic dimensions. The 13″ wheels were bought at Harbor freight.

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