This May Seem Like An Ugly Camper, But Once You See What's Inside, You'll Wish You Had One

Susan and Klaus decided to take a road trip for a year and a half to see the world. They didn't want to spend the money and time on hotels though. They preferred something called "freedom camping," a New Zealand term for camping in non-campground areas in a camper van.

Before their trip, the couple teamed up and built their new freedom rig themselves. And it is a beast of a vehicle.

It's a customized 1984 Mercedes Unimog, a utility vehicle meant for all-terrain driving during World War II.

The inside looks tough and rugged, but the interior is classy with modern wood tones and a lot of windows.

An intricate system of drawers and folding systems allow the space to be completely stowed away when not in use.


It's definitely built to last, and every inch of the Unimog just screams practicality.

The Unimog can carry 80 gallons of fresh water and 80 gallons of diesel fuel, letting Klaus and Susan explore remote areas without worrying about running out of either.

Unimogs are popular worldwide for a variety of heavy-duty uses, but it's not common to see it used as a traveling home.

They carefully planned the customization to be able to accommodate anything they would need for their incredible journey.

They needed to be able to store everything from clothes to silverware to toiletries.


A functioning bathroom and shower were an absolute necessity for a year and a half of travel.

The outer shell of the Unimog is one of its greatest engineering feats: it reveals a sleeping loft when the top part is expanded.

It's a perfect place to catch a few zzzs after a day of exploring.

But in the morning, the Unimog is ready for action, no matter what terrain.

The Unimog might be a little boxy to look at, but it's built well, like a tank. Would you take a long vacation in something like this?

Credit: The Flying Tortoise

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