Tomorrow, I will leave you all, because I will go on vacation.
But hold on! I can't leave without posting something awesome.
First, let's explain why. Nowadays, going on vacation is relaxing at the sea, or the hotel balcony, mostly in Southern France, where the weather is nicer. However, when I was little, we and our 1995 Volkswagen Passat Variant, were going on vacation with my parents and sister, packed full with stuff, roofbox on the roof, and a folding tent. It was characterful camping :)
I wanted to recreate this a bit. The creativity of camping, with some character. Then I stumbled upon my 1989 BMW M3, which is roughly as old as our family's Passat. Because the M3 had some rough edges, I made my E30 better, converted it to estate, packed a roofbox on the roof, and started building a folding tent.
At that moment I realised that we always carried our mountainbike with us on the rear of the trailer. And for some reason, the BMW became even more appropriate, because...
...BMW made a very suitable "village hopper / hobbycar", the '57 Isetta. And because those things are tiny, you can carry them around easily!
So that is how this caravan/car trailer came to be. A custom built caravan for the E30 Touring. Overall, I'm pleased.
The caravan is very nifty, follow the pages as a sort of "instruction manual" :)
Hope you enjoy, and happy holidays!
Step 1: "When arriving at the campsite, the Custom BMW Caravan™ 's wheels need to be deployed to make it solid and unmovable. These wheels concearn the hookpole moving wheel, which can be deployed by turning the top handle clockwise, and turning the sidemounted bolt counterclockwise to close. The side wheel on the right front side needs to be the same. When the Custom BMW Caravan™ is placed stationairy, decouple the trailer from the towbar of your vehicle and move vehicle to clear space for the caravan. Once the trailer is stuck, proceed to step 2."
Step 2: "Use the door to gain access to the interior of the Caravan (LM: of which I forgot to take pictures, trust me it's awesome) to take out the back wall. Included on the back wall are the ramps that can be used to drive the Isetta™ off the trailer. If the Isetta™ is free from the trailer, proceed to step 3."
Step 3: "use the electric controls to fold the Isetta™'s storing space onto the Caravan's rear side. Now, you have a working caravan. Enjoy your holidays".
P.S. if you want to get the Custom BMW Caravan™ back into "travelling mode", read this manual backwards.
(in real life the black support bars can be replaced by LEGO ropes to guarantee maximum stability.)
The Isetta itself, with opening front door and steering column that comes with it. And a nice "Jeans Blue" seat that comes with it. Also, it has one of those rear mounted baskets instead of a trunk.
How I fixed the rear seats on the E30, nothing major, just cool.
Three neat cars but the little bubble car feally takes the biscuit! I love the mad idea of a platform on the caravan for towing the car. You'd imagine that the weight of the car would unblalance the trailer.