D-Box Turns Your Land Rover Defender Into a (Tiny) Motorhome
Turn your go-anywhere vehicle into a self-contained, go-anywhere campground
German company Ququq specializes in self-contained camping modules that turn certain vehicles into go-anywhere mini-motorhomes. Mostly, they specialize in products for the type of inexpensive, relatively compact work vehicles popular throughout Europe, like the Dacia Dokker and Ford Tourneou Connect—though last year they launched a model for the decidedly pricey and U.S.-available Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. While the G-Wagen certainly has the off-roading cred, given the price point, it seems like the type of vehicle for those who would rather spend the extra money not to sleep in their truck.
Enter the Land Rover Defender, the classic truck beloved as both European-farm workhorse and gray-market fashion accessory for Anglophile American men of a certain age. But no matter who's behind the wheel, the Defender has for almost 70 years proven itself an unfussy and nearly indestructible overlanding machine—which is why it's the perfect choice for its own Ququq kit, called the D-Box, which the company announced this week.
The self-contained box measures 28.7 x 16.5 x 30 inches, weighs 143 lbs., is made from water-resistant wood and aluminum, and secures inside the Defender's rear door. Inside you'll find a slide-out dual-burner stove, worktop, a pair of spouted, 10-liter water jugs, and two bowls (the latter two items can be used together as a makeshift sink). A fold-out mattress is stored on top of the box, and unfolds to provide 49 x 76.7 inches of sleeping space.
For those not ready to commit to the full RV life but who still want to disappear for a few days into nature (and who are lucky enough to have a gray-market Defender handy), the D-Box will cost just under $2,800 and will debut in June at Germany's Abenteuer & Allrad show.