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A Florida Man Turned A Car Hauler Trailer Into A Camper That Looks Like A Giant Wine Barrel

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The modern RV is usually a snoozefest. You get a giant white box doing its best 2.5-star hotel impression, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A Florida man wants to sell you something different. He wants you to sleep in a giant wine barrel. This is the EcoBarrel House, and it started life as a humble car hauler before being turned into a camper that Donkey Kong would toss.

Weirdly, I stumbled upon this creation while looking for something that wasn’t even related to campers or tiny houses. I’ve gotten so desperate to find a Smart Fortwo Cabriolet with a clean red interior, working roof, and silver safety cell that I’m searching across America. I haven’t found the car, but I did find this wheeled barrel of a camper. This thing follows my idea that the best RVs are ones that stand out in a pack. If you’re going to give up sleeping in a hotel, at least have some fun.

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The EcoBarrel House, which is currently in prototype form, is what you see for sale today in Sarasota, Florida. Its builder is looking to get $30,400 for it. Let’s see what you’d be getting!

A Neat Build

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The EcoBarrel House is a creation of EcoBarrel House LLC, a company started by Radu Lungu in late 2022. The story of EcoBarrel House is thus far a short one. Lungu’s mission is to design and then build strange and weird vehicles that could be used either as campers or put down on a plot of land and be used as tiny houses. He brings on the help of his friends, including an experienced welder he calls Albino.

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If you look closely enough, you can see the EcoBarrel House’s origins. Your eyes don’t deceive you. Under all of that wood sits a steel car hauler trailer with a dovetail. Here’s what it looked like Lungu picked it up:

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Starting with the bones of the car trailer, Lungu’s welder started the concept build by welding steel wall supports into the trailer. Then, he added additional steel stringers. This basic structure was then covered in Tyvek HomeWrap, a non-woven, breathable material said to aid in insulation while also limiting air and water intrusion.

While using Tyvek seems to be an odd choice, it’s commonly used during the restorations of vintage campers.

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With the structure in place, Lungu began covering the outside of the trailer with wood planks. He doesn’t say exactly what planks are used here or how they are affixed. Looking through the build pictures, it appears Lungu has created a sort of wood and structure sandwich for the wall panels. There are planks outside, an inner plywood structure, metal stringers, a block of foam insulation, and more wood planks for the interior.

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There isn’t much to the interior. Lungu added a dry bar, a stainless steel sink, a faucet for the sink that can also be used as a shower head, and a composting toilet. The sink gets its water from a 5-gallon tank which is pulled by a 12V pump. Water then drains into a different 5-gallon tank. The trailer does have ceiling lights as well as a kitchen light, but these appear to be 12V as well. Lungu does not say if there’s any 110V power onboard.

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The rest of the trailer is pretty barren and features a wood floor and a futon, but not much else. To me, that’s fine! This looks like a fun blank canvas for someone to finish out into a camper unlike anything else. Lungu says the trailer is under 3,000 pounds and measures 16 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 10 feet tall. So, there’s a lot of room to play around with this trailer! With that said, there are a few issues I want to point out.

Looking Closely

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The first issue I see is that the quality isn’t totally there. Lungu and his friends built a really cool custom swinging door for the unit. But the door’s mechanisms are exposed and the door itself is sealed with a single piece of weatherstripping that’s already falling off.

While you’re staring at that failing foam, you’ll also notice that the thin floors were sort of just laid down without any securement or form-fitting cuts. So, the floor panels are lifting and look a little sloppy on the edges. Before we move inside, I will also note that because this trailer started life as a car hauler, there are no stabilizer jacks to be seen. I also hope the body support metal was reinforced.

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Inside, there are a few choices that stand out. There is a privacy curtain for the combination kitchen and bathroom, but the curtain covers only half of the viewable area. The sink’s faucet may also be used as a shower head, but there’s nowhere for the water to go. It’s also important to note that there is no real ventilation in this trailer, so you’ll need to open those portholes and have at least a fan pushing or pulling air through the trailer.

It may sound like I’m being harsh to Lungu’s work, and I may be. However, I am willing to cut the build some slack since this is the first prototype from someone with a dream and some building skills. I bet subsequent iterations will be better. Lungu says he’s already working on improvements.

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However, those trailers do not exist yet. So, what you see is what you’re getting with the EcoBarrel House prototype. It’s a car trailer that now looks like one of the barrels I saw at a winery recently. The next question is if all of this custom work is worth $30,400? I’m not sure about that price, and this wasn’t even the original price. The trailer was posted weeks ago at $34,700. That said, I’m sure Lungu will eventually find a buyer for a price he’ll find acceptable.

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I think this can be a really fun blank canvas to turn into something even greater. Maybe install a discrete air-conditioner and add full plumbing plus a real electrical system. Maybe lean in further on the barrel idea and put Donkey Kong on the roof. I’d love to see bigger windows, too, because nothing beats an airy feeling inside of a trailer. When you’re done, you get to say you sleep inside of a giant barrel, which sounds like my kind of silly.

(Images: EcoBarrel House LLC)

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Freelivin2713
Freelivin2713
12 days ago

At first it looked interesting since it was different and kinda neat as a barrel…but $30K for this thing?Crackpipe
Thanks again for another great article though…any idea when we’ll be getting Train content?

Greensoul
Greensoul
12 days ago

After seeing this, turns out the Oscar Myer wiener mobile was Jewish and just attended it’s bris ceremony and it’s for sale! For the record, I’ve attended some of those ceremonies in my family and this is not an antisemitic comment. The buffet afterwards is awesome, just avoid the little BBQed wieners and go for the desserts

Manwich Sandwich
Manwich Sandwich
12 days ago

What I see is a poorly designed heap of shit with dreadful ventilation and missing a lot of stuff it should have… such as trailer lights.

I wouldn’t give the seller $3500 for this let alone nearly $35,000.

The asking price is solid Crack Pipe territory.

Kurt Schladetzky
Kurt Schladetzky
13 days ago

Looks a bit like an armadillo.

Jim Stock
Jim Stock
13 days ago

Paint it red, put a tail on it, and sell shrimp and lobster out of it.

MaximillianMeen
MaximillianMeen
13 days ago

$30K for a prototype that the builder acknowledges needs improvement?!?!

I do not want to know what he’ll want for something he considers production worthy.

The Mark
The Mark
13 days ago

Once the wine barrel novelty wears off, it really doesn’t look all that usable. This is definitely a CP

Zorn Zornelius
Zorn Zornelius
13 days ago

Aesthetically, it’s very cool, functionally I can only wonder what the air temperature is inside that thing, if it’s parked in Sarasota, Florida today. The interior looks, literally, like a sauna.

Last edited 13 days ago by Zorn Zornelius
Freelivin2713
Freelivin2713
12 days ago
Reply to  Zorn Zornelius

“It’s like sauna in here”
-Cosmo Kramer

MikeInTheWoods
MikeInTheWoods
13 days ago

The not-fully-baked idea comes to life from a fully-baked person.

Church
Church
13 days ago

So busy trying to figure out if they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

TheDrunkenWrench
TheDrunkenWrench
13 days ago

The wine barrel shape is apt, as I’d have to be wine drunk to destroy a perfectly good car hauler to make this. Let alone pay 30k for the privilege.

Brandon Forbes
Brandon Forbes
13 days ago

Not that water often goes up, but I would guess that the floor is not waterproof. It looks like he more or less just threw plywood down on top of the original wood planks, so driving through a rain storm would likely end up getting anything on the floor wet unless I am missing something. This attempt feels like only half an ass was dedicated to it.

MrLM002
MrLM002
13 days ago

It looks more like an upside-down ship’s hull to me.

Cayde-6
Cayde-6
13 days ago

Autopian road trip to Paso Robles?

Taargus Taargus
Taargus Taargus
13 days ago

The temptation to paint a large, red “DK” on this thing is large.

Nic Periton
Nic Periton
13 days ago

My thoughts turned to these,

https://gypsycaravancompany.co.uk/restoration-gypsy-caravan.html

I have toyed with the idea of trying to build a modern version of these.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
13 days ago

With some modifications, something like this would be great as a mobile bar for a winery to pull around to special events.

Drew
Drew
13 days ago

The modern RV is usually a snoozefest.

I sure hope so. If I can’t sleep in it, that’s a problem.

Last edited 13 days ago by Drew
Erik W
Erik W
13 days ago

It has potential but isn’t there yet. 30k seems a bit aspirational.

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
13 days ago
Reply to  Erik W

Yeah, it’s an interesting idea, but it’s a looooong way from being a usable RV.

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