Honda N-Van solo micro-camper seeks out true solitude and zen

As enjoyable as American and European small camper vans are, nobody does a correct micro-camper fairly like Asia, significantly Japan and South Korea. These lovable tiny rigs typically put on a Honda badge, and the newest to seize our consideration, with assist from bright-yellow paint, is the N-Van solo camper, a kei camper van that is about as dead-simple and tiny as potential whereas nonetheless delivering cell shelter. Have a look at it intently and take a look at to not daydream of shedding on a regular basis life like a suffocating winter coat and discovering peace in an onsen deep within the Japanese Alps.

This time, Honda’s gearing up not for one in every of Japan’s superior tenting automobile exhibits however for the upcoming “Feeld Good” competition, a extra basic outdoor and recreation occasion the place it should showcase the N-Van solo camper it ready along with Japanese converter White Home Camper. The mannequin on present highlights how the N-Van’s flat-folding rear and entrance passenger seats can be utilized to make an impromptu camper with little greater than a single-person inflatable sleeping pad. Based mostly on the N-Van Model + Enjoyable mannequin, the tiny camper additionally features a passenger-side awning and a folding wooden tenting desk thrown in to higher set the scene.

Together with hauling bikes and floor-to-ceiling crates, tenting is a significant focus of Honda’s N-Van promoting. The tiny van takes the idea of a multifunctional camper/work/passenger van to the following degree with its low load peak and flat-folding seating, requiring little or no further tools to function a four-wheel micro-home. It is powered by a tiny 52-hp 660cc engine or out there 63-hp turbo.

White House N-Van Compo with pop-up roof

White Home N-Van Compo with pop-up roof

White Home Camper

These in search of a fuller micro-camper expertise out of the 340-cm (134-in) N-Van will wish to look straight at White Home’s kei camper lineup. Honda’s present van is one thing of a simplified model of the store’s N-Van Compo, which is available in each solo and multi-person varieties. As a substitute of merely resting an inflatable mattress on the floor-level folded seats, White Home installs a solo or duo platform mattress that makes use of the half-folded and/or swiveled entrance seats for assist.

A lesser conversion store could be happy merely making a useful sleeper van out of a tiny N-Van kei platform, however White Home goes a number of steps additional. It takes benefit of the N-Van’s lack of passenger-side B-pillar, figuring that campers sliding off the bed can use the massive passenger aspect opening with out having to depend on the tailgate. It then pivots the camper tools away from the perimeters, the place it might often be, and to the rear of the van, sustaining many of the side-to-side width of the mattress.

White House's "Style Two" N-Van Compo package brings three stacked L-shaped shelves along with a sink

White Home’s “Model Two” N-Van Compo bundle brings three stacked L-shaped cabinets together with a sink

White Home Camper

White Home integrates parts like the tap and small storage cupboards neatly into the rear sidewalls and/or compact nook console and installs a foldable shelf with collapsible sink basin over prime the foot of the mattress. It appears just like the shelf may additionally double as a small eating desk, or campers may at all times use an outside tenting desk. White Home gives variants with overhead cabinetry full with a microwave or stacked L-shaped shelving for versatile storage.

There is not any range in sight, however White Home does provide a slim drop-down outside worktop that might simply maintain a small moveable range for cooking below the shelter of the tailgate. The corporate additionally gives a second collapsible sink basin with an prolonged faucet for placement subsequent to the outside worktop. One bundle even features a slim fridge field that shops under a flip-up mattress cushion for straightforward entry.

Available N-Van Compo fold-down outdoor worktop and second sink

Accessible N-Van Compo fold-down outside worktop and second sink

White Home Camper

Rear and aspect display screen doorways ship inside air flow, and people who wish to develop their sheltered footprint can add the aspect awning seen on Honda’s present automobile or an entire aspect tent.

White Home N-Van Compo base pricing ranges roughly between ¥2.23 and a pair of.8 million, relying upon bundle. These costs would possibly look intimidating at first, however they convert over to a really reasonably priced US$20,125 to 25,275. White Home gives vans in each fastened and pop-up sleeper roof kinds.

As fascinating as kei campers are, we’re undecided many RVers within the Western world would benefit from the tiny, low-power engine or miniaturized camper inside for greater than an evening or two of novelty. With out bringing ebike campers into the combo, the closest to kei-camper tininess we have checked out from the West would most likely be the German Flexcamper and British Wheelhome Vikenze II solo campers, each based mostly on the 386-cm (152-in) Fiat Fiorino/Qubo, and the British Romahome R10 Solo, based mostly on the Citroën Nemo, a Fiorino sibling. If it makes it to manufacturing, the camper model of the brand new Xbus van will draw ever nearer to N-Van measurement, hitting the leisure market as a 364-cm (143-in) expandable electrical mini-camper.

Fifth Element's modular Honda Element camper kit creates a dining nook/mobile office and folds into a double bed

Fifth Aspect’s modular Honda Aspect camper package creates a eating nook/cell workplace and folds right into a double mattress

Fifth Aspect Tenting

Over in North America, the place a lot greater autos rule and vans the scale of the Fiorino should not out there, the boxy, funky Aspect that Honda discontinued again in 2011 is about as shut as you may get to the N-Van. At roughly 430 cm (169 in) lengthy, it is the one car over 4 meters (13 toes) lengthy mentioned right here, but it surely stays an absolute tiny marvel on the planet of American motorhomes. North Carolina’s Fifth Element Camping continues to construct a captivating, 3D-puzzle-like modular micro-camper package for the Honda Components nonetheless on the market roaming highway and path, and California’s Ursa Minor gives the ECamper conversion with a pop-up sleeper roof much like the one it has for the Jeep Wrangler.

After being pushed again from its unique September dates, the Feeld Good competition will run on October 2 and three.

Supply: Honda and White House Camper through Motor1