Oh wait, don't look too closely, it's not a real type H. But it's a really nice camper!
When I last wrote about a Ford Transit camper van, commenters complained, “I'm not buying the Treehugger greenwashing, however hard you try. How is it relevant to this site? A diesel camper? What about the Nissan EV campervan?”
So, back to the Citröen, which has this fabulous retro look of a classic Type H Van, built between 1947 and 1981. According to Wikipedia,
The distinctive corrugated body work used throughout the period of production was inspired by German Junkers (Aircraft) starting from the First World War until the 1930s, the three engined Junkers Ju 52 being the last to use this construction. Henry Ford also adopted this construction for the Ford Tri-Motor passenger aircraft. The ribs added strength without adding weight, and required only simple, low cost press tools.
Alas, in this camper van it is all fake, added on top of a modern Citroen, adding weight and air resistance, so this is not exactly TreeHugger correct.
Inside, it is one of the more clever conversions I have seen. It is not a big van; it does not have an ugly top like the Ford Transit did, but it does have a full bathroom with shower, enclosed by sliding screens. You are standing on the shower floor while you are at the kitchen sink, but at least the space is all serving multiple functions.
The Interior is actually a Pössl Roadcamp R – City Speedster with Central Washroom, designed to go in short, easy-to-drive vans. It is a very modern, clever interior in a fake old van; C.C. Weiss of New Atlas, which showed this earlier, says, “This new concept camper van looks vintage but rides modern, complete with everything you need to live away from civilization.”
I admit this makes no sense, wrecking the aerodynamics with a 20,000 Euro conversion kit. Perhaps I should find an old Model H, do an electric conversion, and do some home-cooked version of the interior in sustainably harvested bamboo plywood. But the more I look at these camper vans, the more I think that their designers really have small space living figured out down to the last nut and bolt, and at least these camper vans have legal places to park. There is a lot a TreeHugger can learn from these.
But it is not greenwashing; it is an alternative way of living in smaller spaces, using fewer resources than you would with a house and a car. And you get to see something instead of your TV. I could not figure out where you can buy it or how much it costs, but Weiss of New Atlas concludes:
While Citroën refers to the WildCamp as a concept, interested and determined buyers will be able to recreate the package. As listed in Citroën's announcement, the Jumpy L2H2 with Pössl Roadcamp R camper van kit starts at €41,597 (approx. US$47,450), and the Caselani Type H body kit tacks on another €27,132 ($30,950). Not the cheapest "old van" camper conversion, but it certainly does provide a unique mix of retro style and modern camper van design.
More at Citroen, in German.