The Cross-Country Camper

Behold, the ultimate recreational vehicle

camper off-road truck car Bullet Steve Robinson

Ride the Bullet.     Photo: Courtesy of Steve Robinson

The vehicle's kitchen.

Camping doesn’t have to mean roughing it. Just ask Steve Robinson, 46, an architectural designer from Eugene, Oregon, who took the lowly camper to new heights by committing $125,000 and hundreds of man-hours to this mashup of a U-Haul storage container and a heavy-duty pickup truck. The result: a 14,000-pound off-road trailer capable of taking on even the toughest terrain. Behold, the ultimate recreational vehicle.

  • Robinson’s Sterling Bullet truck has a 6.7-liter turbo diesel with a 52-gallon gas tank.
  • Three spotlights atop the cab give 150 degrees of forward illumination.
  • In case of emergencies, Robinson keeps a shovel and ax in a tool closet on the outside of the U-Haul box.
  • Winches in the front and back of the truck can pull 10,000 pounds, in case Robinson gets stuck in the mud.
  • A system of hydraulic lifts at each corner raises and lowers the camper’s roof, allowing for extra headroom.
  • Oversize 35-inch wheels give the chassis up to 24 inches of clearance.
  • External compartments house fuel cans, a chainsaw, firewood, and a 10-gallon propane tank that can keep the stove and hot-water heater running for a month.

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