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Housetrike Bike Camper is a Tiny Shelter on Wheels That Empowers the Homeless

by , 07/16/14

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The Housetrike is essentially a bike equipped with a small front-loaded camper that slides open and serves as a warm and comfortable bed for one person. The camper is a sliding box that opens to almost double the width to give a person more room to sleep but slides into a compact box when being moved on the bike. The extension is supported by two legs, so the sleeper can safely hop in, close the hinged box top, slide the roof extension shut and lock up from the inside for security. It may feel a bit like sleeping in a coffin, but it beats sleeping outdoors in inclement weather. The box includes two portholes for looking out.

Related: Camper Bike: A Pedal-Powered RV for One

When not being used as a bed, you can use it like a cargo bike and carry all your stuff – up to 18 cubic feet of it. And it’s lockable, so you don’t have to worry about security out on the open road. The box can also be used for deliveries, enabling the homeless or people on a long trip to earn money to support themselves. The top of the box acts as counter space for people camping out that need work space. And since the bike camper is so easy to use and repair, there’s no need to worry about breaking down in the middle of nowhere. Would you get one of these, if you needed to?

+ Bas Sprakel

Via Gizmag

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2 Comments

  1. Mihaela Giurescu September 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    how much for it? :)

  2. firehouse August 1, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Hi.
    Love the concept!
    i was working on similar ideas a while back and think that with a bit more development it could be quite a comfortable place to stay with water storage beneath and basics for slide out cooking built in! with enough room to sit up with a pop up roof! other ideas were to use the pedal power in the day to charge a battery for a light! water pump! with fold down mini sink and maybe power a PC at night!
    My idea is a fiberglass pod good to look at inexpensive but eye catching!
    FAB IDEA!
    It really needs to be sponsored and put into a limited production! (Cycle Manufacturer)
    So come on you business people how about sponsoring an RV-Trike for the Homeless (pay for one) and in return have it wrapped as a traveling billboard for your business!!! “INHABITAT”…”VIRGIN MEDIA”…”LOCAL PIZZA”…(With a delivery driver!)
    “Brilliant don’t you think” Write it off as advertising for your business!!!
    As an Architect I would love to be involved in the design and moving forward with this
    and retain Copyright for the idea!

    Love it!
    Regards

    Michael Stokes

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