Basic 4x4 camping, Fuso style.
Base4x4 makes camping affordable
PROVING that not all Yanks demand bigger, more luxurious and of course thirstier vehicles, Base4x4 creator Mark Schoening is building a Base 4x4 Expedition Vehicle on the chassis of a Fuso.
Schoening explains the mission of his Base4x4 expedition vehicles is to be minimal. This encourages users to finish their camper trucks to their own taste and ensure affordability.
But being American, basic does not mean roughing it in a roof top tent. Electric motors expand the fibreglass pop-top to raise Cordura canvas walls around a two-person sleeping area, with an optional side tent if more sleeping space is required.
Even without the side tent, the Base4x4 sleeps up to five people, ideally mom and dad with three children. Standard equipment includes 80litre tanks for fresh and grey water, a chemical toilet and outdoor shower, and an electrical system with battery and 2 000 W inverter and a sink.
Schoening showed the Fuso truck he equipped at the Overland Expo in Flagstaff, Arizona, in May and was surprised by the interest shown in his van, which is positively spartan when compared to the average American recreational vehicle.
He said the most interesting takeaway from the show was how people did not see his Base4x4 as a competitor to vehicles competing in price or size, but “more as a mini/practical alternative to the giant Sahara-roaming monsters”.
Schoening said prices for the van must still be confirmed, but hopes to keep the base price around $95 000, or around R1,4 million.
The flip-out side panel is available optionally, offering an expanded cabin sleeping area.
Industrial designer Mark Schoening is the designer and builder behind Base4x4.
While the rooftop pops up with electric motors, getting into the Base4x4 requires a ladder, or bit of a stretch.