Jay Baldwin's Quickup Camper

Jay Baldwin, long-time Whole Earth editor and toolmeister, has designed a lightweight (800 lbs.) pickup truck camper that folds down for aerodynamic travel. Jay has built just one prototype. It’s not in production. To my question of getting investors, Jay wrote:

“I am not looking for investors (though I’ll listen to any decent ofer), as I do not feel up to starting a new company at 76. What I need is someone to make and distribute them., and send me the modest royalty. I designed it to be a a truck “conversion” in the same way that dealers sell van conversions with striped, big windows and  a French Bordello interior. Feel free to tweet it, and say that we will suitably reward anyone who gets this going. I have talked to many RV makers (Airstream sat on my proposal for three months before saying no, even in aluminum). They all say pretty much the same thing is so many words: “It’s a great idea, but if we put it in our catalog, it would make everything else we sell look obsolete.” …  I’ve had it in five shows and also featured it at Art Center school of Design in Pasadena. and two Dwell conferences and three years of the MAKER Faire,  to much acclaim.”

Pix of camper at: https://www.quickupcamper.com/

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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