I wanted to show you Big Al’s homemade camping trailer.

He has nicknamed it ALVAN the camper caravan.

It’s a pretty simple structure on a 8′ x 4′ trailer chasis that he ordered on eazytrailer.com.au.

Once he put that together he set up a foundation right on the trailer and began framing the walls.

Then he proceeded to add more of the camper’s features like:

  • Lounge that folds to double bed
  • A pop up roof
  • Kitchenette area
  • Windows
  • Awning
  • Aluminum cladding

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Photo Credit AlvanH on YouTube

In total the Alvan is 10′ by 5.25′. It can be towed with pretty much any small vehicle since it weighs less than 1000 lbs.

I almost forgot to mention, he even added a 12v refrigerator, 12v lighting, and a DVD/MP3 player.

There’s also a tank that holds 6.6 gallons of water.

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  • Mariah Pastell February 1, 2012, 10:08 am

    I love this homemade camper! One day I’m going to build my own camper from scratch…I’ve been designing dream campers since forever. Right now I’m retrofitting an existing one to live in full time, but one day I hope to build my own like you have done! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Alex February 1, 2012, 10:28 am

    Thanks for sharing!

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  • TomLeeM November 17, 2012, 8:55 am

    http://www.easytrailer.com.au/
    I noticed a link on one of the photos. I tried it but it does not work. The above link works.

    I think Harbor Freight has similar trailers.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/

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  • Bob January 5, 2013, 1:52 pm

    Its good,well,nice!!!!!!!

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  • tessa June 22, 2013, 5:03 pm

    hi, cool photos and video, but i was wondering how to make a pop up roof
    can you help me with that?

    Tessa

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  • Greg Burns December 2, 2013, 9:10 am

    Concerning the follw-up story about the “mobile homeless”…WOW! What a GREAT term for it! I’ve done it briefly until I lost my car. I know of another woman who did it for years in Maine and LOVED the freedom of doing it! Seem to recall that most “Walmarts” allow overnight “camping”, but not sure if you actually “need” an RV or can just use a car, SUV, or van. Would pay to check with your local “big box” store…

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  • DARYL MURRAY January 28, 2014, 6:36 pm

    I LOVE THE CAMPER I WANT TO BIULD ONE SOON IM NOT GOING YO PUT IN THE POP UP MINE WILL BE 6X10 THANKS FOR SHARING

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  • James May 28, 2014, 10:56 am

    I was wondering if anyone has put a material list together for one of these home made campers as well as a list of venders for parts. If so that would be very helpful to anyone that would like to build one of these jems of there own.

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  • paul jeffrey May 31, 2014, 4:38 pm

    Love the rig. Working on a plan of my own, but would really like to see how you raise the pop up roof? We have a 29 footer, but am trying to talk the wife into a much smaller outfit.

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