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Pop-Up Camper
This is a MOC of a collapsible tent camper trailer. The camper really compacts into a a small trailer, just like the real thing! It took two days and, I would guess at least 8 hours to build, though probably a lot more. I was so into the project it’s kinda a blur, at least I remembered how many days! XD I also wasn’t sure weather to put it in “Automobiles” or make a new category of “trailers.” But I didn’t want it to be lonely so I put it in Autos.
About this creation


A short backstory:
The first time I attempted to make a Pop-Up Camper was actuly many years ago. I’m really not sure when but it was in LDD 2.0, so that might give an idea of how long ago that was. I do not have any pictures of it nor do I remember what computer it was on or if we even still have that PC. Anyway…

(A picture of the first one will go here if I ever find one)

I have/had (I’m not good at tenses) a craving to build something for I long time, but thought that I lacked the parts. I had just gone to the LEGO store the day before and bought $90 in parts, which really only put a small dent in my shortage (where is some idiot selling there kids LEGOs while their away at collage when you need one?!?), but I realized that I had a large amount (though not any more) of white parts in my collection. I tried to think of something that would look good in white and decided to have another go at building a Pop-Up Camper.

The build story:
The building took place on the 7th and 8th (I think) of November 2011, and I don’t know how many hours it was. The Camper started out as a 10 wide but I quickly realized that it was becoming way too big and bulky for a compact tent camper. So I finished of the 7th with a prototype of a roof raising mechanism and a base that would have to be completely rebuilt. As soon as I got home on the second day I got to work. Honestly I worked so furiously that whole time (was even an hour late for diner and then ate it in 5 minutes) that I don’t really remember much about building it, just that it was hard and I had to improvise in some places because of lack of parts.

This was supposed to be the main pic, but it came out really blurry:



Camper Mode:





Towing mode:





The AC unit:
This it actually what holds the entire roof together. It needed an AC unit any way and this was the perfect way to hide how the two halves of the SNOT roof fit together.





How to set up your Pop-Up Camper:

Step 1:
Pull up to the camp site.
(As nice as that campsite looks, it was really easy to make and only took 15 minutes. My friend Callan made that tent in the background and most of you probably recognize my El-Campino.)



Step 2:
Un-hitch the car from the trailer. [Important:Make sure to lower the stands in the front and rear before you do this! Falure to do this can result in damage/injury to you, your trailer, or your car!] After that drive your car away from the trailer.





Step 3:
Take the locking pins out of the front storage bin.



Step 4:
Use the crank tool to raise the roof of the camper.



Make sure the locking pins are in place or the roof could come down on your head!



Step 5:
Using the cranking tool again, extend the front slide out.



Step 6:
Attach the front door, stored on top of the rear slide out (inside the camper), into place.



Step 7:
Extend the rear slide out and move the tent polls on both slide outs into place.



Step 8:
Raise the table and take the bathroom walls and door, stored under the table, and attach them in place.



Congratulations, you have set up your Pop-Up Camper!



Features:
The camper has a bed in the front and rear slide outs, the dinette-set (table) can be lowered to from another bed. The camper has one sink, two burner stove, toaster oven, and even a bathroom! It has a storage compartment in the front of the trailer for all your beach gear and the camper comes equipped with air conditioning. In its collapsed position it is very easy to tow with even a small car. The camper is designed for 3 person use though, a family of 4 with small children could fit.











Final Picture:
For the final pic I desided to take a suggestion that a guy named Christo Tracey gave to me a while back on my El Camino Camper V1, he said: “All you need now is a moc of a huge traffic jam behind it when it hits the road” And you know, he was right. I never got to doing it for that MOC, but better late then never, so here it is for this one:



Final thoughts:
I am very happy with how it came out, a few parts need to be traded out for ones of the right color when I get them but other then that there is nothing I want changed. The entire thing goes from compact trailer to home on wheels without having to add any parts, and when it goes back all the parts either fit inside the camper or in the front storage bin. In the future I think I might continue to make more campers, maybe I will make it an off brand of Retro Motors. Though I don't think Lone-Stars ship would count as that (Spaceballs). Yes, I do want to build that some day.



Comments

 I like it 
  May 8, 2014
Great work of Lego creationism!
 I made it 
  May 7, 2014
Quoting Lucas Chis I want it,, can u send me the instructions, plzplzplzplzplz!
You shouldn't post your E-mail right out on the internet like that, I'd recommend you edit your post. Anyway, I can upload instructions directly to this webpage for people to download, the problem is I don't have any. I plan on making an updated version at some point, if I do I will see if I can make an LDD file for it so people can get directions to build one.
 I like it 
  May 6, 2014
I want it,, can u send me the instructions, my email is lucasnchis@gmail.com, plzplzplzplzplz!
 I like it 
  May 6, 2014
WOW! This is amazing, I love the functionality and how it pops up, I also love how you have positioned the mini figures it makes for the perfect scene, them setting everything up, 10/10, please check out my yacht sometime :)
 I like it 
  November 8, 2012
I really want this pop up camper.
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  January 23, 2012
 I like it 
  January 23, 2012
Very functional, cool. I added credit's to mine, as you (and the landcruiser with the UEV) inspired me to this MOC
 I made it 
  December 1, 2011
Quoting Andy L Great pop up caravan. A very original idea, I think this must be the only one on MOCpages. Looks very spacious but maybe a little too big for minifig scale, it still works very well though. This trailer looks the perfect companion for your retro station wagon. I also noticed that yellow tent next to it. It looks great and I've noticed you've used old school dump truck parts to make it, pure genius. I think that deserves a MOCpage of it's own. Great work as always.
It is definitely the only pop up trailer on MOCpages, I've checked, and one of the only campers in general. I think its Minifig scale, just not the one LEGO wants me to build on :D But its the best I can do for a species of fat midgits. I will see what I can do about getting that tent a page, my friend Callan Built it; he doesn't have a MOCpages so his stuff is on mine. He's coming over tomorrow I'll ask him about putting it up. Thanks for the comment, I'm surprised how little I've gotten on it!
 I like it 
  December 1, 2011
Great pop up caravan. A very original idea, I think this must be the only one on MOCpages. Looks very spacious but maybe a little too big for minifig scale, it still works very well though. This trailer looks the perfect companion for your retro station wagon. I also noticed that yellow tent next to it. It looks great and I've noticed you've used old school dump truck parts to make it, pure genius. I think that deserves a MOCpage of it's own. Great work as always.
 I like it 
  November 13, 2011
Amazing! A very impressive build, especially the way you got the ends to pull out, and the roof to collapse like that! I honestly cannot remember the traffic jam comment. But anyway, LOL! :-)
 
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