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Turn yourToyota Echo into a cheap "RV"

Post by TacAir » Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:09 pm

http://tinyhousetalk.com/toyota-echo-mi ... r-camping/

Interesting article that shows some thought for cheap road trips.

Could use some window shades tho.


More related auto campers here - http://tinyhousetalk.com/category/car-camping-2/
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Re: Turn yourToyota Echo into a cheap "RV"

Post by Rugger » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:34 am

That's pretty cool. The Echo was very inconspicuous, but on the link provided I really liked the Element. Seemed the most practical, albeit not as incognito.

My FJ is set up as a camper. Need to do a write-up. May have to start scheming on my corolla, too.
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Re: Turn yourToyota Echo into a cheap "RV"

Post by TacAir » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:38 am

Rugger wrote:That's pretty cool. The Echo was very inconspicuous, but on the link provided I really liked the Element. Seemed the most practical, albeit not as incognito.

My FJ is set up as a camper. Need to do a write-up. May have to start scheming on my corolla, too.
I'd love to se some photos.

When I traveled up the ALCAN with one of my sons, we camped in the back of the Suburban. COmplete with window shades. Great fun and saved up a ton of money, rooms were 250 USD + per night....
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Re: Turn yourToyota Echo into a cheap "RV"

Post by Halfapint » Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:07 am

Rugger wrote:That's pretty cool. The Echo was very inconspicuous, but on the link provided I really liked the Element. Seemed the most practical, albeit not as incognito.

My FJ is set up as a camper. Need to do a write-up. May have to start scheming on my corolla, too.
Do you have a link to the Element?? It is one of the vehicles I'm looking at as an incognito camper/light BOV.

I used to live out of my '89 Civic hatch when I was going to college. Made the read into a little bed (complete with inflatable twin mattress), a small 12v cooler that I hooked up to sit under the bed. I was working on a flip down DVD player when the car got totaled. Really miss that car, served me well doing the full time college/work thing for a while. It was fun I'd sleep in the school parking lot and my classmates would come knock to wake me up and I'd head into class. :clap:
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Re: Turn yourToyota Echo into a cheap "RV"

Post by Halfapint » Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:35 am

Wow, that's pretty damn awesome! Don't know if I like it better then say a Toyota Tacoma with a canopy or not.... But I'd assume the Element might bet better MPG.
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Re: Turn yourToyota Echo into a cheap "RV"

Post by Nick Adams » Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:19 pm

I have a Toyota Echo and I have been thinking about doing something like this. I also want to get a roof rack and basket so to able to carry stuff up there.
I love my echo, is the best car I have ever had, I get 40-42 MPG has plenty of pep and for a small car plenty of room with lots of storage spaces, the trunk is big. Mine has been an amazing car, I bought it about 4 years ago with 95,000 miles on it for $3,000. In the 4 years I put another 160,000 miles on it. Had no trouble at all, only thing I did was replace the plugs, replace the tires and change the oil around 7-8,000 miles. Finally a few weeks ago the one rear wheel bearing went bad, haven't had a chance to fix it yet
I really want to find another one.
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