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Las Vegas
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 14, 2008 - 02:16pm PT
Looks pretty good

Not a cheap conversion but used Elements are not to pricey
ECAMPER™ Sleeper Assembly $4300
+ Honda Body Color Paint Match - Metallic + $750
+ Honda Body Color Paint Match - Solid + $100
+ Yakima/Thule Rack Mounts, factory installed (RMI) + $150

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Mar 14, 2008 - 02:21pm PT
cool -

with that distinctly utilitarian interior,
think Honda has a good thing w/ the "E"
would love it if someone - Subaru? - would
make the killer replacement to the VW Bus.

in the meantime, the E represents one of the
few vehicles on the road that doesn't have
a "living room" interior.

and fake wood?
good god, horse and buggy stuff


Trad climber
primordial soup
Mar 14, 2008 - 02:59pm PT
now they just gotta make a deisel electric hybrid...

Chalkless climber
the Gunks end of the country
Mar 14, 2008 - 03:09pm PT

No wheels, but total luxury!

Social climber
Davis, CA
Mar 14, 2008 - 03:12pm PT
wow, I never thought much of those elements, but that looks like a pretty nice set up!

Las Vegas
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 14, 2008 - 03:48pm PT
Found a picture of someone building out the inside

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Mar 14, 2008 - 04:02pm PT
cool indeed,

modular (OEM style) camping components
that "latch" in,
would B the ticket.
Monkey Girl

Boulder climber
May 22, 2009 - 12:31pm PT
This is soooo sweet!!! I have a Honda Element 2006!
Im in LOVE!!!!I want to do this to my Honda before we go to J Tree. Thanks for the pics!!

Trad climber
May 22, 2009 - 12:39pm PT
I've got an '03 Element, and that conversion (while still not as cool as a vintage VW bus) looks awesome! Gonna have to put that one in the hopper...

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
May 22, 2009 - 01:00pm PT
radness, another climber rig post success.

hrm, how about an FJ conversion? Now we're talking.

Looking for a small, drivable, reliable pop up camper capable of both weekend adventures and daily commuting?

The ECAMPER™ conversion adds a pop-top sleeper for two onto the Honda Element® Four Wheel Drive model (2003 through 2008 models with removable skylight).

The innovative design combines carbon-fiber material and the latest in composites manufacturing technology to minimize weight and allow a streamlined profile that adds only 5" to the overall height of the vehicle.

Convenience features include:

6'-6" standing room when popped up
Comfortable 7' x 4' mattress with washable covers
Lightweight composite construction minimizes impact on handling
Access from inside or outside of vehicle
Gas spring assisted hinges for quick, easy operation
Low-current interior LED lighting
Sleek, streamlined profile minimizes wind noise & maintains mpg
Tough, breathable, fade and water resistant Sunbrella® canvas soft walls
Panoramic views and ventilation with zippered screened windows on all sides
Built on Honda reliability & economy
Because the original sunroof opening is used for access, the conversion does not involve any cutting or modification of the vehicle roof, retaining all the strength and structural integrity of the vehicle.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 22, 2009 - 01:53pm PT
what's your gas mileage on that rig?

Trad climber
A place w/o Avitars apparently
May 22, 2009 - 02:21pm PT
Pretty nice rig, but the conversion web page says that it weighs 130 pounds. Taking the cargo load from 850 pounds to 720 pounds (honda actually claims the cargo load is 680 which takes it down to 550). We'll go with the GVW calculation of

720 pounds.
300 less for Christa and me.
130 less for the dogs.

Only 290 pounds of gear? Tough sell there.


Mountain climber
May 22, 2009 - 03:10pm PT
For those who already own an element; what kind of gas mileage do you guys get in real world driving?

Trad climber
May 22, 2009 - 04:57pm PT
I have owned a Honda Element for almost a year now. I switched from a full size diesel pick up. I have had basically no regrets or complaints. It is simply a great car.

Summer (no box on top, regular tires) MPG 28.
Winter (box on top, snow tires) MPG 23.

I should add that the GVW Honda suggests is way under its capabilities.

Brian Hench

Trad climber
Laguna Beach, CA
May 22, 2009 - 05:20pm PT
I have a 2008 Element with Automatic 5pd and 2-WD, no rack. I get 23 in the city and 27 on the highway.

Berkeley, CA
May 22, 2009 - 05:26pm PT
2005 4wd manual Element: 20 city, 25 highway.

City requires very conservative driving to get this mpg.
the Fet

Supercaliyosemistic climber
Jun 8, 2009 - 06:41pm PT
I just bought a used Sienna, I want to do this. Well maybe just the pop top.

Siennas have plenty of ground clearance. 4WD available, mine's just 2. Plenty of room. 25 mpg highway. I got 28 mpg going 65!

Trad climber
Lost Wages
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 9, 2009 - 01:35am PT
Fet enjoy your new ride

Jun 9, 2009 - 02:47am PT
I opted for the 1977 version, a Toyota Chinook.

Trad climber
Jun 9, 2009 - 03:28am PT
That is pretty damn cool.
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