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A VW-Based Van That Expands Tent-Trailer Style
One would hardly guess that Phoenix was designed and built nearly 20 years ago, long before downsized vans were fashionable. Closed up for driving, Phoenix has the sleek look of a modern sports van. Its low frontal area coupled to a curb weight of only 2,000 pounds make it a low-rolling-resistance featherweight, even by today's standards. That, along with its VW van chassis, translates into 25-mpg highway fuel economy and nimble handling.

Nitrogen-cylinder-assisted gull-wing doors provide easy entrance into the low-profile cab. Two bucket seats in front allow central walk-through space into the rear. The rear is set up with bench seats along each side. Each bench seat has a lift-up top so food, clothes, and other bring-alongs can be stored underneath. Storage area totals about 14 cubic feet per side.

Phoenix expands tent-trailer style into a large room with stand-up height in the center for a six-foot adult. With the camper expanded, the section along each side that normally forms the back of the bench seat now extends out horizontally to become part of the bed (one bed along each side). Each bed measures 72 x 59 inches. Overall, the unit measures 12 feet wide across the bed area. The seat area is covered with three-inch-thick foam padding, which then serves as a built-in mattress when the camper is expanded.

Appliances are located across the extreme rear, above the engine cover. A sink is on the right, a mirror-faced ice box is in the center, and a two-burner propane stove is on the left. The stove uses disposable cylinders, which are the only kind legal in the absence of a power-vented stove hood. Water is carried in a 9-gallon plastic tank located under the ice box.

The cost to build Phoenix is about $2,000. For more information on how to build the body, click on One Off Construction Using FRP/Urethane Foam Composite.

Phoenix was first featured in Popular Mechanics magazine, in March, 1978. Mechanix Illustrated magazine featured a restyled version called "Renegade" in their March 1984 issue. Phoenix/Renegade was used as a background vehicle in the movie Total Recall.

Length: 165 inches
Width: 72 inches
Width Expanded: 144 inches
Height: 71 inches
Track: 60-1/5 inches
Wheelbase: 94-1/2 inches
Body Construction: Fiberglass over foam composite


Otra furgo del mismo zumbao:
Boonie Bug

An On-Road/Off-Road Van Built On A VW Van Chassis
Boonie Bug combines the go-anywhere ruggedness of an ATV with the sleeping and camping facilities of a conventional compact van. It gets its name from what it does best - roaming the "boondocks" - plus the fact that it's built around a Volkswagen van chassis (the old style Transporter, Bus, or Kombie). The VW van was picked because it's easy to convert to off-road use and just about all of the VW aftermarket add-ons will fit. Also, the VW van is almost free when purchased used (nobody wants one), and it's thrifty on fuel. The featherweight 1600-lb Boonie Bug delivers 24 mpg, or slightly better fuel economy than the original van.

After the body is removed, the chassis is shortened 16-1/2 inches to give the finished van the ability to traverse rough terrain without bottom out. Because the drivetrain is in the rear, shortening the chassis amounts to little more than taking a 16-1/2-inch slice out of the center and welding it together again. The shorter wheelbase also makes the van more nimble, both on and off the road. Two steel roll bars serve a station formers when the body is built, and they add extra strength to the finished van. The roll bars are glassed in place and become a permanent part of the body. The new body is anchored to the chassis by bolts around the perimeter and at the base of the roll bars.

A carpeted floorboard, hinged down the center, is located at the widest point of the van. The two half-sections fold up on either side for access to 34 cubic feet of storage space underneath (retrieve drawing in the left margin to the left for more details). The floorboard also serves as a sleeping platform with enough room for two adults.

Boonie Bug served as a test bed for the automotive application of the fiberglass-over-foam composite, which is explained in detail in the document entitled "One-Off Construction Using FRP/Urethane Foam." It also appears in a number of scenes in the movie Total Recall. Although it was repainted and upgraded to 21st-century Martian specifications, it is still recognizable as the only van in the movie with a square-tube rack on top.


Aquí es cuando empiez a irsele la olla del todo:z):
It's Built on a VW Beetle Chassis With Sleeping and Camping Facilities for Four

My first encounter with MiniHome was on a Los Angeles freeway where we passed each other heading in opposite directions. Regardless of the mesmerizing effects of LA traffic, I doubt that anyone could pass a motorhome with a VW Beetle protruding from its front without turning around for a second look. As it turned out, these VW-based mini-motorhomes were being manufactured by a small shop in Irvine, California. After driving one, I negotiated with the owner for the rights to publish plans, and within a few months the little motorhome was on the cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine as MI's MiniHome.

Despite its contradictory appearance, MiniHome is an amazing little vehicle. Due to its wide offset wheels, beefed up stabilizer bar, and rear overload shocks, it handles very much like the stock VW. And its overall design is one of the most clever packaging solutions around. Inside, it has all the appointments and facilities of a standard camper. Appliances and storage space are situated across the rear. The butane stove and stainless steel sink in the left rear corner mount to a single module that slides out the side so you can cook and wash either outdoors or inside. A 50-lb size icebox is located in the center rear, and a closet is located on the right. Turning the large swivel-base chairs 180 degrees (backs against the windshield) opens up the center so the modular lower bed can slide out of its hideaway compartment. The cabover section makes into a full-size bed by folding down a hinged extension.

Driving MiniHome is an addictive experience. Acceleration and cornering are much like the original VW. But one does have to negotiate a few trial turns in order to gain confidence in its roll stability. MiniHome is much more stable than it looks. After a few minutes behind the wheel, the pleasure of driving such a small vehicle, in comparison to other RVs, begins to take effect. MiniHome has the same nimble feel that Beetle owners have always enjoyed in their stock VWs. The only detriment is limited rear visibility, similar to that of many other RVs. Also, maximum speed is reduced about 10 mph, and fuel economy suffers slightly because of increased air resistance at highway speeds.





Apartir de hoy tengo un nuevo sueño , yo quiero uno de estos inventos

Pues en su página web te puedes comprar los planos y manos a la obra.

No encuentro la pagina en el google , podrias ponerla ?

lo de insertar una autocaravana en un escarabajo es genial
lo unico que podria haverlo pintado todo por igual y ya parece
de serie.
Horas no le faltaran para hacer todo esto claro.

saludos y gracias es que post así me vuelven loco

No te he respondido antes porque estaba buscando más cosas raras por la web.
Aquí tienes el enlace a la página. A la derecha de la misma hay una barra donde están los diferentes modelos.

mil gràcias,
me has echo mas feliz que a un niño con un caramelo,

( si yo tubiera tiempo ....jajaa)

Vaya mezcla de bugie y camper....el sueño de todo surfista 
Buenísimo Stilo, cada día te superas a ti mismo 
Un Saludo.

la verdad es que la pagina de donde salen esos inventos es de lo mas curiosa, te venden los planos hasta para fabricarte un submarino!!!!!
la monda.....

Pues un submarino tampoco estaba mal para un surfista,je,je.
Sobre todo me gustan esos ruedones tipo big foot y la separacion de ruedas,ahora ,tiene que consumir tela,no?



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