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Discussion in 'Vintage & Off The Wall Campers' started by Camp-N-Nuts, Sep 11, 2012.
Don't think I'd want it...engines in the back!
Here's one in Hillsboro, Oregon. Looks the same to me... I wonder if they built and sold them. I always thought that someone put it together as a spoof.
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I'm guessing a tad under-powered, too!
www.RQRiley.com sells plans to make a mini-motorhome out of a VW Bug (http://www.rqriley.com/minihome.html). I'm guessing that this pic -
shows the same thing as the other two pics here. Originally, there was a shop in Irvine that manufactured these.
He has a couple of other camping-based projects as well.
The camper above is a mail order kit, called the LiL Buggar. I've seen in person, only enough to count on one hand but theyre still out there. Here's one that's been for sale...
The engine, drivetrain, and chassis are all that of a standard beetle. The body is cut away, and the camper is lowered in its place, that's the best part of a bug... The chassis is completely drive ale without it's body.
IS THAT SHAG CARPET????
Straight from the 70's!
Was just checking out the RQRiley website mentioned above... I'm curious as to their legitimacy, as they're selling plans for kits that I KNOW aren't theirs. Maybe they've obtained rights, maybe it's done through the proper channels, I'm not one to assume. But I know several of the plans listed on the left side column, like the Boonie Bug for example were project plans that you bought through Popular Mechanics and other hobbiest mailers. Same too with the Gypsy also listed on their page. Odd, but still a cool find!
It is my understanding, although I certainly have no proof, that he purchased the rights to sell some off the plans from their creators, and some are his that were originally offered through Popular Mechanics. For example, the Trimuter article in the magazine was co-written By Mr. Riley and another gentleman.
I do know that some of his offerings have a decent following, such as the Trimagnum and XR3 vehicles. I belong to Yahoo groups for both vehicles.
Thanks! That would certainly explain it. I too have seen some of those kits before, just noticed that I knew a few came rom "elsewhere"
Thanks for the heads up!
Yep - they were built and sold under the name Lil Bugger. Kind of fun looking, but that's just me.
I thought this was a cool setup. Now I've seen everything! I wonder if this ever really 'took off' and sold?
I have to say I laughed out loud when I saw this youtube video. I think I would crash my car if I saw that thing rolling down the highway.
There was one of those Bugs in Hutch when I was growing up, it said "Winnie-Bug-O" across the back. I have seen the you-tube vid. in the past and always thought it was cool, and they say a half ton truck is not capable of pulling a fifth wheel.