Couldn’t find his dream popup micro-camper, built it instead




Jurgen Jas makes things- a mini Smart bike/car for his nephew, a fully-furnished mini-camper for another, a backyard workshop and hundreds of Bowers-&-Wilkins-inspired speakers for himself- so when he couldn’t find a popup micro-camper that he liked, he built one.

Beginning with just a donated chassis, he began to built all the components of his future micro mobile home. “I have been a carpenter for a company that builds exhibition stands so I am used to working with plywood – making very thin and beautiful things without any weight – so I saw how extremely strong it is.”

On top of the trailer base Jas installed an insulated plywood floor, wooden ribs for framing, plywood with insulation for walls and sheet aluminum for cladding. Despite his degree in technical engineering, Jas admits he didn’t calculate anything. Instead he relied on his familiarity with other campers- particularly Airstream and Basecamp- and his belief that “seeing is knowing”. Fortunately the camper came in under the weight limit for towing by his Suzuki Alto (total weight is under 500 kilograms).

The finished camper rivals any off-the-shelf micro camper, complete with popup top and popout side, full kitchen (Dometic refrigerator, 3 burner gas stove, sink, toaster oven), a drop-down dining table that slides/retracts into several positions/sizes, a couch that transforms into a king-sized bed and plenty of storage.

The total cost was 8,500 euros, including all appliances (650€ for the refrigerator, 350€ for the stove, 185€ for the sink). As a comparison, an Airstream or Basecamp in the same model would be about 34,000 euros. Jas spent 2 years crafting his tiny mobile home, but he didn’t do it to save money.

“It’s nice to make your own environment. People have lost a bit the feeling of making things for yourself,” he explains. “A lot of things are made in a factory just for somebody else. So perhaps people go to the factory doing their job without them really wanting to do their job. They make things for somebody they don’t know. And it’s nice to make things for yourself, you enjoy it more, it’s more fun actually.”

Jurgen’s website (in Dutch):

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20 Comments

  1. Desert Logic
    November 19, 2017
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    182 camper companies don't like the video.

  2. Kosinator
    November 20, 2017
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    Jig saw and a hand saw. Amazing craftsmanship

  3. Adam Skinner
    November 21, 2017
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    Very cool design and build. His experience building light, portable structures shows, along with his experience working in lightweight modern materials. Looks like a bought one, well designed and original.

  4. Saladgyrl B
    November 24, 2017
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    Amazing! This guy is incredible.

  5. Kimmie Elzain
    November 25, 2017
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    This man is more creative than all of IKEA! Very talented with a great imagination.

  6. Alimin8r
    November 27, 2017
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    This is amazing!! I shared this on F-book

  7. Heidi Avera
    November 27, 2017
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    Wow…really cool

  8. Joseph Nordenbrock
    November 27, 2017
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    If you need to take a dump,…you figure it out or take it outside.

  9. America by pop up William Blair
    November 28, 2017
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    I want one

  10. Paul Roberts
    November 29, 2017
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    O my gosh! This is awesome. Lots of time and thought went into that. Great Job

  11. Patrick McLaughlin
    November 30, 2017
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    wow, just wow.

  12. Lucia Kwakernaak
    November 30, 2017
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    Dat is mijn mentor

  13. ano T
    November 30, 2017
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    This is one of the most ambitious projects I have seen. He literally built a mini trailer home that doesn't looks store bought. What a wonderful craftsmen.

  14. Greg Tudor
    December 2, 2017
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    Incredible well designed Caravan. Very Clever Designer!

  15. Genie Are You Done Sewing?
    December 3, 2017
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    Very ingenious and awesome build. Thank you for the inspirational video.

  16. Johnny Knoxville
    December 3, 2017
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    hahahaha i don't know if i like his pop up or the kid's pop up better LMAO

  17. Paul Smeets
    December 3, 2017
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    I HATE THIS GUY !!! Fantastic geweldig gedaan

  18. Евгений Иванов
    December 4, 2017
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    With imagination and hands the author of all super!!!

  19. Mike Maslen
    December 5, 2017
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    Who are the 186 assbags that gave this thumbs-down? Bloody tossers!!!

  20. Monte W
    December 6, 2017
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    Wow, Well done! His knowledge and craftsmanship is so apparent.

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