With house prices in Auckland City (New Zealand) going through the roof, 22 year old Lily Kemp decided to get a bit creative in order to escape the rent trap. For her, inspiration struck in the form of a vintage pop-top camper which she found on TradeMe (similar to ebay) for only $1,000.
The camper is parked in the backyard of a flat in a central city suburb, where Lily pays just a fraction of the rent that those inside the house do. Such low rent means that she has been able to take a couple of months off of work over the summer to enjoy a nice long break and truly spend some time relaxing.
The camper contains almost everything that Lily needs, including a galley kitchen, fridge and gas stove. Although she is able to use the kitchen inside the main house, she seldom does.
The whole pop top camper is powered via a very simple PV system, which Lily picked up on TradeMe for only $60. Amazingly, this is able to power all of her electrical needs, charging her cell phone, battery bank and powering a fan and the LED camper lights.
Most important to Lily is the fact that she now has a space which she can truly call her own. A place to decorate to her style and where she is answerable to no one.
For the foreseeable future Lily plans to keep living in her camper and says she absolutely loves it. Her next plans are to replace the old canvas and to winterise the camper.