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"Camper conversion on my 2015 eSpark"

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:13 pm
by ElectricAdventure
I thought I'd share this picture here.

My friend took this on an astronomy trip last June. I had converted the rear space of the car to accommodate a custom raised floor I could sleep out the back of it without the lip of the trunk getting in the way. I could store a weeks worth of food, two ropes and all my climbing gear, 10 gallons of water and a cooler. I also had a small backpacking tent, a propane stove, and extra clothes stashed under the driver seat. I ended up doing over 1,200 miles exploring my state for a week. This was on the tail end of that crazy adventure, and now my car is back in it's original form. But it still does a lot of offroading and driving out to remote climbing crags.

Enjoy : )
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(I also learned the eSpark is really good at fording rivers.)
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(And here is a dirt road that lead me to my first "true" offroad experience. We had to cross a mountain range VIA an ATV trail to get to our next charge session.)
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Re: "Camper conversion on my 2015 eSpark"

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:06 am
by NORTON
Those are awesome pics !!

You sir, truly live up to your handle!

Is the orange tarp one of those light weight tarps?
Can you show the floor mod? I need ideas for car camping in my Element.

Re: "Camper conversion on my 2015 eSpark"

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:19 pm
by ElectricAdventure
NORTON wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:06 am
Those are awesome pics !!

You sir, truly live up to your handle!

Is the orange tarp one of those light weight tarps?
Can you show the floor mod? I need ideas for car camping in my Element.
I don't have a floor plan anymore- my SD card with all the photo and video of me doing the conversion died. What I did was get a plastic pallet and cut out parts of the floor that conflicted with the raised HV disconnect. I had about 8cm of space I could store stuff in under my bed and it raised my bed and "living" space just above the lip of the hatch. I also had gear loops running in between the handles in the back seat so I could hang my climbing gear up. I bet someone has done it to a Honda Element.

The tarp is off the shelf on a custom frame. Back when I had it converted I would use a frame to cover just the trunk opening, and in turn my head, but when I was staying in a location for more than a few days I would attach a tent to the back and use it as a vestibule to give me more space. Funny enough both times I did it it rained (hence the raincoat in the top image) so having all that space meant I didn't have to cook in my tent!

Re: "Camper conversion on my 2015 eSpark"

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:35 pm
by JPL
So did you removed all the back seats and charger storage stuff?

Re: "Camper conversion on my 2015 eSpark"

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:44 am
by ElectricAdventure
JPL wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:35 pm
So did you removed all the back seats and charger storage stuff?
Yes

Re: "Camper conversion on my 2015 eSpark"

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:45 am
by NORTON
More pics, please !!

Re: "Camper conversion on my 2015 eSpark"

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:02 pm
by ElectricAdventure
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^This one was taken before I figured out how to wire an inverter to the back so I can use an electric stove
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^First time crossing a state border in a car designed for the city
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^Image taken as we retreated from the scariest 5.8 I have ever attempted.
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^First time camping at a designated campsite
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^This is the kind of camping I am used to. . .

Re: "Camper conversion on my 2015 eSpark"

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:04 pm
by ElectricAdventure
The Spark can truly take a beating. I've run it through rivers. Hooned it in the mud, driven it on slickrock, high centered the vehicle on multiple occasions, fit three people and a 14 diameter dobsonian telescope in the back seat. Yea. . . I am surprised i haven't had to take it in yet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j8gDofcC0g