Blast Off with this Homemade Atomic Age Rocket Camper

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Blast Off with this Homemade Atomic Age Rocket Camper



When Alaskan resident Bill Guernsey got into a serious plane crash and broke his back and fractured seven ribs, he knew he was going to be laid up for a long, long time. But rather than let that get the best of him, he decided to use the time to finally design and then build his dream camper. And what a dream it is — a 16-foot bright red atomic age rocket camper — which ultimately took Bill two years to complete.

Features of this sweet little 50s B-movie icon-on-wheels include portal windows, solar power, kitchen, bathroom, and power and environmental control panels complete with needle gauges, segment displays, gem lights, and toggle switches. And for as tiny as the camper is, it actually looks very liveable inside. Besides the fun and inherent awesomeness of the project itself, to build and to camp in, one can never underestimate the joy and wonder a rig like this generates as it blasts down a highway.

The Instructable that Bill has put up is more of a gallery than a how-to, but it gives you some details of the build.




2 thoughts on “Blast Off with this Homemade Atomic Age Rocket Camper

  1. lanetron says:

    Too bad it can’t actually fly

  2. Stefan Jones says:

    That is so flipping cool. I don’t think I have the skills to build one, and then there’s storage . . . no way it could fit in my garage and I’d hate to have to pay to store it.

  3. George Crawford says:

    Reblogged this on Paleotool's Weblog and commented:
    Home-built camper fans will probably really appreciate this remarkable future-retro monstrosity. Conceived, designed, and built by Bill Guernsey while recovering from a broken back, it took two years to complete. Follow the link below to the short write-up on the Makezine Blog or click here to straight to the Instructable:

  4. Phil Drackley says:

    I may be accused of splitting hairs, but I would call that a caravan, rather than a camper. It is way cool, though.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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