Ba­sic 4x4 camp­ing, Fuso style.

Base4x4 makes camp­ing af­ford­able

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - ALWYN VILJOEN

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.

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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.

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