We live in a golden age of camper vans. Modern technology culled from both the motoring and home worlds has made turning a four-wheeled conveyance into a roaming residence a far nicer proposition than it once was — and as a result, the options have exploded. Modern campers come in all shapes, sizes and types, from mighty all-terrain EarthRoamers to compact vans practically as easy to park as a crossover.
Still, as wild as the camper van world is these days, perhaps the wildest example of the trend isn’t even a van at all. Meet the Haaks Opperland Camper — a two-story pop-up tiny house that commutes on the back of a flatbed truck.
And not even a big flatbed, mind you. At just 158 inches by 90 inches by 99 inches in compact mode, it’s small and light enough to fit onto the flatbed version of a Fiat Ducato — the European version of the Ram ProMaster van. Roll it off the bed and onto the ground, however, and it transforms in a way that’d make Optimus Prime proud; hydraulic legs pop out to level it, the roof pops up into a triangular shape, and the wall swings up to open the house to the world in nice weather.
That rising roofline enables the Opperland to offer a second story: a loft space with a double mattress and a window above it to let the sun shine in. A small staircase leads down to the main level, where you’ll pass the small wet bath in the corner before reaching the living room and kitchen — the latter boasting an induction cooktop and 2.9-cubic-foot fridge/freezer.
Power for the appliances and lights comes from a 360-ah lithium-ion battery, connected to a Victron inverter and solar panels for a bountiful supply of off-grid electricity. The fresh water tank is a little small, at just 11.9 gallons, but you should be fine so long as you keep your showers short.
Now, here’s the rub: this camper isn’t cheap, and it’ll likely be tough to get one here. Pricing starts at roughly $107,500 before taxes, though that includes the price of the diesel-powered, manual-transmission-equipped Fiat host vehicle. In case those specs don’t make it clear, that’s a baby truck that’s not sold here in the United States.
Still, if you really have your heart set on an Opperland, it’s worth reaching out to Haaks and seeing if they’ll make an exception and just build the tiny house part. If you BYO flatbed and don’t mind the cost of shipping the living quarters across the Atlantic, you could be living the ultimate camper van life here in the States…even if it’s not really a van.
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