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Unusual Motorhomes

Updated on November 27, 2014

VW Campervan on steroids

Not enough room in the old veedub campervan? Just attach a handy monster truck with slide out to the chassis...

I'm assuming the pop-top is needed as the camper section is actually a top floor. Or maybe the whole van comes off like a Thunderbirds craft?

I've trawled the interwebs for these pics - apologies if I've used any I shouldn't have. Please let me know and I'll remove them straightaway.

If you fancy free motorhome stopovers in Britain - why not check out Brit Stops

Beetlevan anyone?

Following on from the VW campervan XXL above, here's another veedub variation on a motorhome theme.

I love motorhomes, and I love the old style beetle, but let's face it, It's ugly, isn't it?

Not sure Airstream actually made this...

Here we have the classic American Airstream caravan cobbled onto the back of a saloon car.

Nice that they've sprayed the car the same as the Airstream, but I bet the car's bodywork isn't aluminium (or should that be aluminum?).

What the future looked like in the past

This looks more like an Airstream than the Airstream above!

It puts me in mind of the sort of vehicle seen in 1930s visions of the future. In fact it was built be cinematographer Roy Hunt in 1937. This is the Star, and there was another called the Turtle.

Now that's what I call a roof box!

Why put everything you need for a holiday in the boot and the roof box when you can use that space for a motorhome and even take your bed with you!

These additions are made by Toppola specifically for Saabs. You remove the rear hatch door and slot in the motorhome conversion unit. Simply replace the hatch and pop the motorhome unit away till next time.

Who needs turbo diesel?

By anyone's measurement this has to be the most fuel-efficient motorhome.

Notice the chap in the background with a flatbed version, looking on enviously.

Hell's Motorhomers

Even bikers love their comfort. I think the chap with the pedal tricyclehome above would seriously covet this.

Saab motorhomes

Swedish car giant Saab made this back in 1965 and it was restored by enthusiasts. It's called the 92h, being based on the Saab 92.

With the wheels hidden inside the bodywork, it looks just like a caravan's been plonked on the car chassis.

This one is a Saab 95. Again restored by Saab enthusiasts "Klassiker" and pictured here at a show.

Classic American "woody" motorhome

All the charm and style of an American "woody" estate car, but it's a motorhome!

If it was English it would, of course, be properly thatched, too...

You call that a woody?

Now THIS is a woody!

Sort of a cross between an oversize barrel and a log cabin, this just has to be a self-build!

Fifth wheel? Motorhome? Portable summer house?

Still on the wooden theme, but along with the Toppola top box addition above, the Tonke is the only other motorhome featured in this lens that you can still purchase.

Made in Holland, this Gypsy caravan-styled habitation unit comes separately from the flatbed truck and can be taken off and used as a separate summer house, guest accommodation or garden studio when not touring.

You can visit Tonke here

The "Swiss Army Motorhome"

Only the nation that brought you the Swiss Army Knife would dream up a motorhome in a box! This can be fitted in seconds to any car, and reassembles quickly to make cooking, toilet, shower and sleeping arrangements! It would take far too many pictures to show how this works, so here's a short video clip. You can find out more at SwissRoomBox

Need more room? Add a loft extension! - Self-build by ambitious Japanese students

I love this unique hand-made motorhome! Three students built it for their tour of Japan, and it incorporates all the usual home-from-home comforts most Japanese would recognise - rice cooker, bathroom with bath and picture window (!) and of course a bedroom in Japanese style with tatami mats "upstairs"!

Take a look at their short video, then get more information and see how they built it over the course of two years by clicking here

And finally...

Yes, really and truly finally, as at least one of this motorhome's passengers will not be making the return trip.

But hey, for the motorhome lover - what a way to go!

Like the unusual motorhomes? Why not leave a comment?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These are brilliant!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      love all oddball motorhomes; i've pics of about 50 odd that i've taken in my travels. keep up the good work!

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      fcinternetmarketing 4 years ago

      Love motorhomes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i loved the hell motorhome,just great would like to see one on show,,,,ian

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Talk about traveling in style!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ok! I'm ready to start building!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hahahahahahhaha

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      a2zcamping 4 years ago

      Outstanding lens... great photos and well written.

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      exeter-web-design 5 years ago

      Nice! I love the Airstream model!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      amazing..!!

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      lisasboutique 5 years ago

      Now that is what I call a cool motorhome!...with our last name being "Woody" I wonder which one we should have :)

      Cheers

      Lisa

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      cherriebombetsy 5 years ago

      How cool is this? As a relatively new motorhome enthusiast, this was an interesting and entertaining lens! I would love to have one of those Tonke motorhomes, just beautiful!

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      Senditondown 5 years ago from US

      Great lens and a unique topic. I enjoyed the "ride".

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Different

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      LauraTelier 5 years ago

      Some of these are awesome! I've just booked mine for next year but would happily take any of these oddities on holiday! Great lens, I'm checking eBay for a Saab 92h ;)

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      BritStops 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks, Susan. I appreciate your comments. I think I'm just beginning to get the hang of this Squidoo lark, now!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What an amazing collection of unusual motorhomes! Love the presentation and your commentary!