The “Swiss army knife” motorhome squares and domesticates the Tesla Cybertruck

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The simplest, most straightforward Cybertruck camping solution yet, the Space Camper turns Tesla’s pickup bed into a micro-home and simultaneously makes the Cybertruck look like a normal pickup…well, almost. Not only does the all-electric motorhome run on Tesla’s battery, it also taps into the on-board air compressor to open its roof in seconds and relies on the height-adjustable suspension for easy removal. A modular ecosystem with additions like a kitchen, an outdoor bathroom, and a rooftop solar charging system promises to meet the creator’s vision of multi-functional Swiss Army knife levels of performance.

From flimsy accordion cabins to over-the-top amphibious gear, the sharp, unconventional angles of the Cybertruck’s bed have inspired some seriously weird campers…or renderings of campers, at least. Space Campers keeps things simple with a simple design more similar to existing products designed for traditional vans.

Space Campers starts by taking the top lane, designing a wedge-shaped bed cap for a wedge-shaped truck. The Space Camper will mount to the walls of the pickup bed, just like other mattress toppers, turning the pickup box floor into an RV floor. As a bonus, the level motorhome roof makes the Cybertruck look a little less like a post-apocalyptic B-movie prop.

The Space Camper has a raised roof that provides up to 8 feet of standing space

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To create space beyond what a fixed roof cap can offer, Space Campers adds a wedge-style retractable roof, much like Tesla did by quickly rendering a potential Cybercamper. Space Campers’ roof rises much higher than Tesla’s, however, with the intention of clearing up to 8 feet (2.4 m) of standing space when the 50-by-80-inch (127 x 203 cm) is lifted out of the way. Space Campers plans to make this bed removable so it can be mounted to a frame and serve as an outdoor daybed, with the small sleeping platform panels and cushions functioning as other furniture, such as a desk / mobile workstation table and a padded bench.

Space Camper’s basic design leaves the Cybertruck bed wide open, meaning owners can use it as a pickup shell to secure cargo stored inside the bed. They could also easily remove the camper shell by placing the open door on a bracket that Space Campers plans to offer as both a product and DIY instruction set, undoing the clamp brackets, and lowering the hanger. adjustable tire of the truck so that the camper lifts immediately. .

Like the typical pickup truck shell or mattress topper, the Space Camper leaves the bed empty and available for loading, securing the contents
Like the typical pickup truck shell or mattress topper, the Space Camper leaves the bed empty and available for loading, securing the contents

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Prospective buyers looking to turn their Space Camper into a more complete mobile home will be able to choose from a full range of modular components – or Swiss Army-style tools, if you prefer. One option that is sure to be popular is the kitchen block which fits snugly against the front wall of the crate. It will include a sink with hot/cold water and storage for crockery and kitchen utensils. Initial renders show bed platform panels that double as side worktops to hold the portable induction cooktop and provide prep space. A self-contained cooler-style fridge/freezer finds its place on the pick-up floor.

The kitchen area fitted out and ready to cook
The kitchen area fitted out and ready to cook

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Outside, an available shower enclosure would deploy from a rack-mounted enclosure and provide privacy for the hot/cold shower and portable toilet.

Space Campers want their motorhome to integrate more completely and cleanly with their base truck than the average pickup or motorhome by relying on existing Cybertruck equipment. All available electrical equipment, including the induction cooktop, fridge/freezer, water heater, interior and exterior lighting and power outlets, will run on the truck’s heavy battery, which Tesla aims to donate a range of up to 500 miles (805 km). So there will be no need for an LPG tank or a separate leisure battery.

The plan for the sunroof, meanwhile, calls for it to operate via pneumatic struts powered by the Cybertruck’s onboard air compressor. The system would operate at the push of a button, raising the roof in around 30 seconds. Closing the roof would also require a push of a button and would take about two minutes. A basic strut-assisted manual opening/closing would probably be faster and easier, but it might prove difficult to use given the height and pitch of Space’s roof design.

San Luis Obispo-based Space Campers plans to assemble its campervans on California’s central coast from “aerospace-grade composites.” He estimates the base weight at 470 lb (213 kg), but is ultimately awaiting final Cybertruck specifications to finalize his own design and spec sheet.

A particularly interesting accessory, this solar setup uses three separate panels that stack on top of each other, with the first two fanning out to the sides to triple the amount of charge available.
A particularly interesting accessory, this solar setup uses three separate panels that stack on top of each other, with the first two fanning out to the sides to triple the amount of charge available.

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Space Campers starts pricing at US$24,000, and reservations are now available at various refundable deposit levels between $100 and $10,000, each with its own level of production priority and benefits (or lack thereof). Accessories like kitchen and bathroom will be specified and priced closer to launch.

The Space Camper promises some standard features that not all mattress toppers offer, such as side storage compartments and an L-rail on the roof for mounting crossbars, supports and other accessories, but its price is quite high compared to others. RV related hardware prices have been rising rapidly based on the current state of supply/demand, but other pickup accessories still tend to drop from under $10,000 to $16,000 for begin. We imagine Cybertruck owners will have to deal with this kind of bounty for some time…perhaps forever, as they will be buying products specifically developed for the Cybertruck that don’t work well with other mics.

Source: Space Campers

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