This Tiny RV is Smaller Than a Mini Cooper but Sleeps Four
The Honda N-Van Compo Might Be the Cutest RV Ever
Japanese automaker Honda has joined forces with a company called White House Campers to create what might be the smallest—and cutest—RV ever produced. Dubbed the Honda N-Van Compo, the diminutive camper is based on one of Honda’s smallest vehicles, and yet somehow, it includes a kitchen and can sleep four people.
The Honda N-Van is a tiny vehicle that the carmaker only sells in Japan. Even though it is just 133.7 inches in length—making it smaller than a Mini Cooper—the van has a surprisingly large cargo area, making it a popular choice with delivery drivers. The vehicle’s base engine produces just 52 horsepower, which means the N-Van won’t win many races, but it is a reliable option for urban commutes and hauling packages.
When the White House Campers’ design team was given the opportunity to turn the N-Van into an RV, they made the most of the available space. The company started by adding a pop-up roof that creates six feet of headroom when deployed. The lofted area can also be fitted with a support insert and inflatable mattress, creating a cozy rooftop bedroom for two. The van’s seats also fold flat, transforming into an additional sleeping space inside the main cabin.
The N-Van Compo is available in three different configurations, with the only variation for two of those options coming in the form of the location of the kitchen. Yep, you read that right; this tiny RV comes with a kitchen. The designers managed to squeeze a microwave oven, refrigerator, and sink inside the small interior space. A third floorplan does away with the sink to recoup some of the room in the interior cabin.
Other handy features include an onboard solar panel for recharging small devices, a folding table, and a fresh water tank for the sink. The van even comes with two screen doors, allowing owners to lounge and sleep inside while enjoying insect-free ventilation. Overhead storage provides a convenient place to stash essential items, like cooking utensils, plates, and cups. An awning is an optional add-on for the exterior.
The N-Van Compo is extremely affordable, with a price tag of between $20,125 and $25,275, depending on the configuration and options. But sadly, Honda and White House Campers have no plans to export the vehicle outside of Japan. Still, we can all appreciate its compact design and clever use of space.