This Fiberglass Camper Could've Been This Generation's Gem but Disappeared Without a Trace

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Photo: EggCamper
As I was exploring all sorts of machines used for on-road living, I ran across a rather catchy design and concept that seems to have stopped at just one unit. However, if it's built the way I think, it's certainly hanging around in some garage, waiting like a forgotten Faberge egg, only to be rediscovered.
Folks, what we're looking at today is dubbed the EggCamper, and before you start calling every dealership in town for what we see, don't; the unit we have before us seems to be the one and only ever built, and it's probably hanging out in some garage as we speak. Maybe, just maybe, its creators, Free Range, are roaming around the world with it.

The question is, what the heck are we looking at, and why is this machine's website still up and running, considering there's nothing to actually buy or present? For example, the manufacturer's website states nothing about how this camper is built or the materials used to bring it to life. All we're told, and this seems to be a message from back in 2013, is that the proverbial team at Free Range "appreciate your patience as we get our ducks… ummm…chickens in a row." Everything was supposed to then take flight in 2020, but nothing.

So, what happened? Well, no one seems to know. Sources say nothing; the WWW is quiet, and even this camper's Facebook page has been silent since 2013. Sadly, it appears that the world may have missed out on what could have been this generation's 'Boler' camper, the ones designed to last decades.

If you've ever seen or heard of a Boler, then you know they are typically crafted from fiberglass. After all, the original Bolers of the 70s were initially brought to life by a gentleman who ran a septic tank production line. These tanks were typically crafted from fiberglass and still are today.

Photo: EggCamper
What made them so amazing, aside from lasting decades - with proper care, of course - was that once the upper and lower halves were fused together, the elements stood a very little chance of getting in. Typically, and most are still being made the same way today, the top and lower halves are joined at a horizontal seam.

By the looks of things, a Boler-like camper is precisely the sort of machine we have before us today, which, if we think about it, is a damn shame this Egg never made it to market, be it before the chicken or after. I would have been interested in making an outdoor omelette with one of these units, and most folks around the world would, too, especially for the right price.

One major difference that I spotted here is that the exterior seems to be fused together on a verticle axis rather than a horizontal one - two lateral meet in the middle - but the result is the same: an entirely sealed interior and exterior. The only way the elements can seep into this one is via features like the windows and door, but we can see that those are taken care of, too. All that is then placed upon a single-axle chassis with an exposed battery array sitting on the drawbar.

Now, what blew me away regarding this camper was how its builders managed to craft an interior that includes absolutely everything we would ever need on the road. Don't believe me? Be sure to check out the image gallery to see exactly what I mean.

Photo: EggCamper
Upon entering this rolling egg home, we find ourselves toward the front of the unit and standing in the middle of just about everything. The EggCamper doesn't come across as a very long unit, so everything is basically within arm's reach.

As we stand here, with our backs to the front of the unit, lurking in the background and hidden behind us is nothing more than a wet bath, ready with a shower and a toilet. That's essential number one.

Essential number two is the galley setup in place along the port side of the camper. While it's not some large and fancy block, it does include the essentials, such as a fridge/freezer, sink with running water, and overhead goodies like a microwave and plenty of storage.

Across from the galley sits a dinette, and while it may not be the biggest of them all, it's a neat little intimate space where two people can enjoy sun-filled breakfasts, relaxing dinners, and, if needed, maybe entertain a guest or two. You'll need extra seats for the latter.

The very rear of the unit is reserved for nothing more than two opposing single-occupancy beds, but with a trick: they can be united and transformed into a beam-to-beam bed suitable for two, possibly three people.

Photo: nuCamp
Yet, what really blew me away regarding how the interior of the EggCamper came out was the way each of the spaces I mentioned are integrated into the shell. Yes, it's all one molded piece, which leads me to believe that these puppies could have withstood years of abuse. Even the storage bays follow the same pattern.

All this means one thing: whoever crafted this puppy knew what they were doing and even had the tools to do it all with. After all, big-name manufacturers are typically the ones to be spitting out these types of machines. Take the nuCamp Barefoot as the perfect example of what I mean.

The question is: why didn't this thing ever make it to market? Well, there are countless possibilities: maybe some big-name brand scooped up the design. Maybe production was too expensive, or maybe there was no interest; I can't believe that last one, though, especially if the price was right.

At the end of the day, who knows why this rather solid machine never made it to market, but maybe, just maybe, the manufacturers are still around and end up reading this little piece about the work they once achieved. Maybe they revive this Humpty Dumpty of a mobile home. For the right price, it would surely serve someone's purpose.
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Editor's note: Images in the gallery also showcase the nuCamp Barefoot.

About the author: Cristian Curmei
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A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
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