Most do it yourself truck campers come together on a shoestring budget. Cheaply sourced (or free) materials and recycled lumber can dramatically reduce the amount of money required to make your own homemade truck camper.
Sometimes though, we come across a design that goes to the extreme in the opposite direction – in this case pure extravagance.
What’s Special About the House of Seven Rivers Motorhome?
An architect reviewed seventeen camper floor plans to try to come up with the ideal layout for a truck camper. He wanted to keep the design compact so that the vehicle would still maneuver easily on city streets or narrow mountain roads.
After much deliberation, he came up with the ideal floor plan: a 14 ft x 18 ft main living space with a 4 ft 7 in cab-over sleeping area.
Besides the unique open floor plan, he also incorporated a bunch of features you’d rarely see in any other camper like:
- a teak-lined shower stall
- interior walls made from incense-cedar
- exposed sleeping surfaces (no need to fold out or convert tables or sofas into sleeping quarters)
- stained glass windows in the sleeping loft and entrance door
- built-in bookcases
- a steel channel on the back to haul a motorcycle or bicycles
- and a copper roof to top it all off!
A magnificent, hand-crafted rolling home on wheels. It sort of looks like a Gypsy Caravan or vardo, doesn’t it?
Leveled at the campsite. I hope he’s got chocks on the other side…
You’re greeted with a front door complete with handcrafted stained glass window.
The wood stove shown in the picture above is made of solid cast iron, and burns either wood or coal. Terry Thompson, the founder of Thompson & Thelin Stove Works, modified the stock design by adding three oval windows in the front.
The camper owner said that the window you see in the entry door took six days to make. There’s 45 individual stained glass elements, each cut and filed from a piece of 3/32″ sheet steel.
This sheet stock was electro-plated with a non-rustable metal. Then using the Tiffany copper-foil technique, the various colors of stained glass were soldered in place. The whole window was then treated with selenous acid to take the ‘newness’ off and washed.
Have you ever heard of an ‘open floor plan’ truck camper before?
Entrance to the teak-lined shower area.
A 67 gallon water tank and 6.2 gallon Atwood water heater make for luxurious showers.
Looking toward the front of the truck camper you can see the over-cab bed and kitchen area.
This motorhome is so cool, it’s bewildering why he would want to sell it in the first place. Maybe he’s just sick and tired of having to give anyone and everyone a tour! 😉
If you know someone who would be interested in this $165,000 motorhome (that’s the price for just the camper portion, the truck is being sold separately!), have them get in touch with the folks at Hinterland Campers. You could use this thing as a full-time home, luxury weekend camper, or even a posh bug out vehicle.
And if you find the next buyer, you’ll earn a fat $5,000 commission!
For more details on this one-of-a-kind camper, visit this link…