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Winter-Proof Insulated Bicycle Camper Pulled With Trike

With some simple materials, blogger nagginginspiration built a heavily-insulated one-man trailer for his reclining bicycle.

To test his new creation, he slept overnight in it, with the temperature going down to about 30 degrees.

While it was below freezing outside, with a small alcohol heater and good insulation, the temperature inside the bicycle camper stayed a balmy 70 degrees.

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He wrote,

The over all length is 7′. The first 4′ it is 2′ wide, 38″ at the highest and 33″at the lowest. The last 3′ is 22″ wide by 26″ high. The two window are each 8″x15″ and are scavenged plexiglass.

Gorilla Tape holds everything together!

Insulated bicycle camper

The black lines are Gorilla Tape that holds together the panels. He’s even been in some rain and snow, and no leaks so far!

Walls are made from 1″ thick Dow Tuff-R insulating board.

Bicycle camper front

Rear view. The two legs support the back end, and are made from steel tubing passed into some wood blocks.

Rear of bicycle camper

To improve upon the design, he recommends placing the wheels farther back on the body to make towing easier.

In this picture, you can see the layout after he moved the wheels further back on the body.

Pedal powered bicycle camper

Interior of the cold-weather bicycle camper.

Bicycle camper interior

With the walls painted white, he installed a couple of small shelves.

Bicycle camper shelving

This fold-down shelf provides a makeshift cooking area.

Fold down shelf

In the future, he plans on adding some vents to improve air flow and prevent condensation from his own body heat.

All-in-all, a functional, on-the-cheap camper!

I have a feeling I’ll keep adding stuff to the Pedal-Inn =)

Photos via nagginginspiration