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A Motorhome You Can Easily Detach From: Meet the Fieldsleeper

The Fieldsleeper is a unique motorhome designed by a company named Tonke.

I found out about these gorgeous campers thanks to Lloyd Kahn over at his blog.

By the way, Lloyd’s recently released his latest book, Tiny Homes: Simple Shelters, that you can order now through Amazon.

Tonke’s Fieldsleeper 1 Camper

Inside you’ll find everything that you can ask for in a recreational vehicle:

  • Fridge
  • Double gas burner
  • Oven
  • Sink
  • Shower
  • Toilet

Since it’s made in Holland, you’ll find the exterior and interior to be very yacht-like.

So if you like dark woods, mahogany, and gloss – you’ll really get a kick out of Tonke’s Fieldsleeper and Explorer Series.

Tonke Big Blue Fieldsleeper Detachable Motorhome slash Camper from Holland


Photos Courtesy of Tonke Campers

If you want you can check out the rest of the pictures and watch a video of how it works:

Tonke Big Blue Fieldsleeper Detachable Motorhome slash Camper from Holland

Tonke Big Blue Fieldsleeper Detachable Motorhome slash Camper from Holland

Tonke Big Blue Fieldsleeper Detachable Motorhome slash Camper from Holland

Tonke Big Blue Fieldsleeper Detachable Motorhome slash Camper from Holland

Tonke Big Blue Fieldsleeper Detachable Motorhome slash Camper from Holland

Tonke Big Blue Fieldsleeper Detachable Motorhome slash Camper from Holland

Tonke Big Blue Fieldsleeper Detachable Motorhome slash Camper from Holland

 

Tonke’s Fieldsleeper is a Detachable Motorhome

Tonke Big Blue Fieldsleeper Detachable Motorhome slash Camper from Holland

Tonke Big Blue Fieldsleeper Detachable Motorhome slash Camper from Holland

You can unload the camper from the vehicle in about 10 minutes so you can drive around without your entire house.

But what if you aren’t camping? Then you can park the detachable tiny house in the backyard and use it as a…

  • Guest house
  • Workplace
  • Bed and breakfast
  • Mother in law suite

The hydraulic lifting system can lower the home until it’s only 4 inches from the ground. If you wanted you can also have wheels installed so you can move about on a paved surface or roll it into a garage for storage.

This particular model (Fieldsleeper I) offers sleeping space for up to 3 people and includes enough space to store bicycles, furniture, and possibly even a scooter.

(http://www.tonkecampers.nl/en/travel/campers/fieldsleeper_1)

Video of How it Works

Length: 2:18

Tonke Camper Story

The company was founded by Maarten van Soest in 2005.

Every sunset he would tow the gypsy cart with a four wheel drive vehicle up the hilltops to watch the wildlife and sunset.

Then his wife gave birth to their first child, Tonke, and he created the first Tonke Camper.

It was a safe and modern truck combined with a sailing-yacht-like interior along with the exterior of a gypsy cart.

Later he sold the first one to a well-known comedian and began the construction of his second one. And that’s how Tonke Campers began.

(http://www.tonkecampers.nl/en/travel/company)

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  • Kat January 11, 2012, 2:56 pm

    This is so totally awesome!! I thought, when you said “dark woods and mahogany” that it was going to be dark. But the use of color is wonderful ~ making it look sunny and bright! I wish that something like this was made in the States….. I don’t think I can afford to have one brought over from Holland.

    • Alex January 11, 2012, 7:20 pm

      I wish it were more widely available, too, Kat. Certainly is beautiful. Thanks for checking it out and glad you liked it.

    • jerryd November 17, 2013, 4:07 pm

      This is exactly how I build my movable TH’s, older boat style, varnished clear mostly. My EV’s are built the same way too which freaks people out a wooden MC or 3wh Subcar driving down the road.

      In fact my next one will be just this style only build better so it floats too as a nice houseboat. Likely it’s be it’s own trailer too with removable wheels/suspension and trailer tongue bolted to the bow.

      On varnished, clear coated wood on the outside you need to keep it under a cover of the sun will eat it every yr. But in summer a good canopy with be well worth it for cooler, drier living.

      After it gets too much just paint it the color/s of your choice.

      Though I’d do a different interior sticking to traditional boat layouts for myself but any kind can be done. I’d go twin couch/berths, kitchen on one side, desk/storage, etc on the other and head forward center or side.

  • cj January 11, 2012, 5:12 pm

    Looks as if a gypsy wagon got a makeover from Ikea. I love the warmth of the wood and the sheer practicality of the design.

    • Alex January 11, 2012, 7:20 pm

      Haha, yeah, I can see that too CJ. They did a great job. They have a few more designs you can check out at their site too. I love how easy it is to remove it so you can drive around, etc, use the vehicle.

  • Danielle January 11, 2012, 7:15 pm

    LOVE IT!

  • Rob January 11, 2012, 8:27 pm

    There are just soooooooo many reasons this is a good idea!

    • Alex January 12, 2012, 9:47 am

      Agreed! Rob- I like your photography. Am slightly envious of your adventures, hehe. 😀

      • Rob January 12, 2012, 8:50 pm

        Thanks Alex.My tiny house goes where I go. Keep up the good work.

  • jim sadler January 11, 2012, 8:50 pm

    That is a first class tiny home but I fear it is for the rich. In my area maintaining that wonderful interior wood would be expensive and very difficult. Also many of us can not count on much security when we are not “at home”. I like windows that would forbid a burglar access by their size. And I want doors that don’t surrender easily to a sledge hammer or axe. Also through the roof straps for tie downs are the only way to go here as hurricanes are common. I would need to trade some of that nice and pretty towards something built to not need maintenance and was more secure.
    The area in which the home will be used must direct its nature. In much of America we need a lot more security than in many nations in Europe.

    • Alex January 12, 2012, 9:52 am

      Yep- this has got to be quite pricey but still way less $ than the average American home. I understand it would need maintenance but at least it’s not more than 150 or so square feet so it can’t be that bad. A yacht has to be worse! You make good points on security.. Wish people didn’t have to worry about that so much. I can see that being an issue if you’re all alone in the woods but in a little community where someone is always home I’d visualize it being pretty safe, and the least of a burglar’s attempts if it’s around any larger homes. Bigger homes have more valuables, right? But I def see what you mean. Thanks for your comment Jim!

  • Jürg Hölzle January 11, 2012, 9:27 pm

    Very nice and beautiful camper concept!

  • robert January 12, 2012, 10:19 am

    That is some of the best craftsmanship I have ever seen. If you used the right materials, the up keep would not be that bad. everyway you look at it, a mobile life style is cheaper than owning land with a house. No property taxes, or insurance etc. etc.

    • Alex January 13, 2012, 9:14 am

      Thanks Robert. I agree, I think whatever maintenance would be worth it as it’s not that big anyway. It’d actually feel great to put some love into it since it’s so beautiful.

  • Jay Shafer January 13, 2012, 2:14 am

    I like!

  • sesameB January 13, 2012, 12:18 pm

    Excellent. ohhhhh, I want one a Tonke Camper. Happy and safe 2012 and beyond to all of you from rural Arkansas.
    I would certainly take my tonke camper to Queen Wilhelmina State Park in the Ouachita Mountains atop 2,681-foot Rich Mountain, Arkansas’s second highest mountain, home to the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center, if I had one!
    Keep up the great work you are doing Alex!!!

  • LaMar Alexander LaMar August 15, 2013, 3:37 pm

    Nice woodwork and good interior layout!

    The jack idea is interesting and would make getting the house off the trailer easier but I question how much weight those jacks would hold. The camper also does not appear to be insulated for year round use.

    I designed an 8×16 fully insulated that can be put on a trailer or slid off onto a foundation so people can travel and live in it until they find some land or pull it off the trailer and use it for a guest house and with a shed roof design you could put two of them side by side for a 16×16 house.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONryh0E9eWE

    LaMar

  • Jason August 15, 2013, 9:24 pm

    I’m wondering how he can precisely drive the truck back to move it… there seems to be much less tolerance for the ball.

  • Bill Burgess November 17, 2013, 1:11 pm

    Went to the site with real interest to see what is available but I too was not able to get any pictures. Any Ideas what is stopping the process? I liked this the first time I saw it last year and feel it would be a natural in this country for one of the Vardo builders to copy some of the big plus Ideas. Having an 8.5′ floor makes a major difference in what you can achieve.

  • Phyllis November 18, 2013, 12:34 am

    The model featured costs €102.691 ($138,489.08 US) with the truck, €68.734 ($92,694.67) without. I don’t care how nice the woodwork is, it doesn’t look sturdy and it weighs 1130 kilos (almost 2500 lbs.). Interior space is approx 14’10” long, 6’9″ wide with a height of 6’3″. The square footage is just about 100. From the Census bureau: “The average price per square foot for new single-family homes sold was $86.30. Regionally, the Northeast had the highest average price at $122.60 per square foot.”
    The Fieldsleeper: comes in right around $927 per sq ft.

    • Alex Pino November 18, 2013, 8:49 am

      Thanks for that research Phyllis. Wow, it’s pricey. Like NYC pricey!

  • Robert Olson May 25, 2015, 11:46 am

    Excellent!

  • Robert Olson May 25, 2015, 11:54 am

    Yes its pricey. But an RV of any kind will be more pricey per square foot than site built Real Estate. I think when we compare a tiny house on wheels or RV camper to a house, we are comparing two different animals. Always a nice camper will be more pricey per square foot. But its a camper, and should be compared with other campers. Even at that its high priced. But I like it for what it is and designed to do.

  • Danielle T. May 25, 2015, 5:41 pm

    Really like this, do they have any power going on inside?

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