• Sep 5th 2009 at 3:02PM
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Paul Elkins' homemade bike-towed camper - Click for hi-res gallery

Designed with an eye toward post-apocalyptic living, Paul Elkins whipped up this trailer to pull behind his bicycle at the Burning Man festival. It's 100 pounds of home away from home, built from aluminum tubing reclaimed from a satellite dish and skinned with the same type of plastic commonly used for political campaign signs. A card table and some wheelbarrow parts are also in the mix, following the idea of using what's on hand after a disaster.

While Elkins designed another version of this idea that's more suitable for road use, this rig looks pretty comfortable and well equipped. It harnesses the energy of the sun to charge batteries and dehydrate food - you'll be able to read a book at night while enjoying your own beef jerky recipe. Hot water for a shower is also provided courtesy of the sun. It's all pretty cozy, and it's way cheaper than an Airstream. Checking out Elkins' blog reveals plenty of ingenious projects that might give you something to do during the coming winter months.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      A head bubble may have made the crosstour more attractive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I smell Crosstour Bashing in AB... ;p
      • 6 Years Ago
      oh yeah.. perfect for the burning man!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you gotta travel light, that's the way to go!

        Still, it's seriously hot and dusty out there and dust storms can be BRUTAL. I'd want more sun coverage, more ventilation and room for the crazy gear you need at night.

        Folks, if you've never been, Burning Man is the ride of your life. I've never seen so many crazy machines and dangerous art in my life. It's a mutant car guy's dream.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wouldn't it just be easier to wear a turbin and some desert gear and put on some rollerblades with all terrain tires while carrying an inflatable bed with a tent and a portable solar panel to power the motor to inflate the bed? Yeah it sounds more complex but oh so doable...

        They have portable solar panels at www.greenandmore.com
        they're pretty cool for powering things and charging them on the go. Ya know?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The bubble looks more like a oven for your head. Wonder how long to cook your brain in the direct sun.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly as long as it takes for a fakakte contraption like this to seem like a good idea.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please tell me the kitty litter bucket is a repurposing of the bucket, and not what I think it's for.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, even that thing beats Honda Accord Crosstour in the design department.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, nice post, really well written. You should write more about this. I’ll definitely be subscribing. you know so many interesting information. You might be very wise. I like such people. Don’t top writing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      His "Investigate 9/11" button makes me want to kick him in his non-existent balls...
        • 6 Years Ago

        I was mildly amused by the concept until I ran across that button, too. Pissed me off.

        I'm a mechanical engineer, and I can appreciate the effort put into this little travel box. It's just that one little thing that flushed it allllll down the toilet for me... typical dipsh!t nü hippie moron, that guy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would like to add that his idea as well as the execution of this camper is excellent! Just for that one thing I mentioned before I absolutely don't like.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @WetheSheeple (which is a very appropriate screen name, considering your ignorance).

        Catch a clue. You're a f*&%ing moron. A typical Keyboard Kowboy who doesn't have a single clue about engineering concepts or physics.

        You have fallen into the trap of being baited by internet loons who use talking points like "pull it" and "freefall speed" without actually understanding the underlying facts and issues.

        Gage is an attention whore, much like yourself, who waves his hands and raises his voice rather than present facts and evidence. He uses grainy YouTube videos and the public's general ignorance to push some weird agenda. I don't even know what he's trying to prove anymore... that he's an idiot? Well, he succeeded at that.

        As have you.

        Go to school, get an education - preferably a degree in mechanical engineering, and go back and think about all the stupid things you've written in your post.

        Two large, high-speed airliners impacted the WTC towers. They experienced horrific structural damage, and suffered massive fires. After a short time, the structures were unable to remain standing. They did NOT "show every characteristic of controlled demolition" - explain, in detail, how their collapses looked like CD. Be specific - tell us how "charges" were placed, WHERE they were placed, how they were wired up, in what order they were detonated - oh, and how NONE of this was detected by the thousands of workers in the buildings. In fact, explain what sort of preparations are necessary to ensure a successful demolition job.

        WTC 7 was clobbered by the North Tower as it collapsed, 'nuf said.

        Regardless of what the NIST report says, basic physics and engineering principles corroborate the actual events - aircraft hijacked by muslim cowards were used to kill almost 3000 people, and it really happened.

        Oh yeah... how about you talk to my girlfriend (who witnessed the 2nd impact and subsequent impacts), and maybe talk to her mother's neighbors near Parsippany. 1/3 of the neighborhood lost fathers, mothers, daughters, sons.

        Your ilk are afraid of showing yourself in meatspace and actually airing out your lame accusations - you prefer the "safety" of the internetz. How about you head to your nearest accredited university and engage in a technical discussion with the deans of mechanical engineering and physics, you know, just to make sure you know what you're talking about?


        • 6 Years Ago
        OOOOOOHH, look out everyone. Geekengineer let everyone know he's a mechanical engineer and a foremost expert on the events of 9/11. Bottom line is that I can show you all the evidence that points to controlled demolition and you can refute that, blah blah blah. Basically you are mindless sheep serf who serves his master well. Go fu*ck yourself moron!!
        • 6 Years Ago

        "OOOOOOHH, look out everyone. Geekengineer let everyone know he's a mechanical engineer and a foremost expert on the events of 9/11. Bottom line is that I can show you all the evidence that points to controlled demolition and you can refute that, blah blah blah. Basically you are mindless sheep serf who serves his master well. Go fu*ck yourself moron!!"

        Yes, I am a mechanical engineer.

        No, I am not a "foremost expert on the events of 9/11".

        However, having an education, I *understand* the events of 9/11, unlike yourself.

        You have zero evidence of "controlled demolition". The burden of proof is on YOU. Explain your "evidence" without pointing at grainy YouTube videos or referring to "experts" like Alex Jones, Jim Marrs, and the AE911 jokers.

        Who is this "master" that I serve? Please, clarify this for me.

        Yow! Zing! You insulted me on the internetz! Betcha you can't do that in person. I'll betcha.

      • 6 Years Ago
      You want interesting? You want inspiring?

      Try this (older) lady's story!


      • 6 Years Ago
      Shortly after the Facebook reveal of the Accord Crosstour he was quickly fired and lost everything. Though depressed some have stated he is happier now that he has his bike towed camper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's actually... pretty awesome!
      • 6 Years Ago
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