Thu May 12, 2022 3:03 am

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Ape MP600
Joined: 12 May 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Cornwall UK
 
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Ape MP600
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Posts: 4
Location: Cornwall UK
Thu May 12, 2022 3:03 am linkquote
I read old threads about using an ape as a camper and there were pictures of a concept, one man camper. Last year I decided to try to make a 2 man Piaggio Ape camper. I used the MP600 as the basis, because it is a two seater and has a 600kg payload, as well as a reasonably long truck bed. The project took 6 months including the restoration of the vehicle and the making of the removeable living pod. It has a small double sofa bed, 3 burner stove, tiny wood burner/water heater, solar panel, fridge, sink and hot and cold water systems. I took my vehicle to a vintage vehicle show a couple of weeks ago and was inundated with wonderful comments. If you would like to see it, I have a YouTube video of the project which you can find here
. Please feel free to share it with your friends.

If anyone wants to try something like this and needs any advice please feel free to message me.


The Tiny Two man Piaggio Ape camper



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Thu May 12, 2022 4:21 am

Hooked
2016 Sprint 50
Joined: 26 Apr 2014
Posts: 253
Location: Ireland
 
Hooked
2016 Sprint 50
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Posts: 253
Location: Ireland
Thu May 12, 2022 4:21 am linkquote
Absolutely fantastic! I love it
Thu May 12, 2022 5:00 am

Ossessionato
Looking for the next one, probably electric
Joined: 10 Jan 2008
Posts: 3520
Location: Babcock Ranch, Florida
 
Ossessionato
Looking for the next one, probably electric
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Posts: 3520
Location: Babcock Ranch, Florida
Thu May 12, 2022 5:00 am linkquote
Very interesting and well executed. Nice workmanship.


Pedantry Alert

It's not ape as in Barbary,it's ah pay as in Italian for bee.

End Pedantry Zone. Carry on.
Thu May 12, 2022 5:15 am

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Ape MP600
Joined: 12 May 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Cornwall UK
 
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Ape MP600
Joined: 12 May 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Cornwall UK
Thu May 12, 2022 5:15 am linkquote
Thanks for the pedantry note! It is rather a source of amusement. In the UK if I pronounce the word as the Italians would, only Ape owners would have a clue what I am talking about!

I have a really good Italian friend and he informs me that they actually call them little monkeys in Italy, so perhaps I should just call it monkey and be done with it! lol.

Thanks for your nice comment on the workmanship. Regards Steve
Thu May 12, 2022 6:36 am

Molto Verboso
portofino green GTV 300
Joined: 29 Aug 2010
Posts: 1357
Location: w.ma. Northampton
 
Molto Verboso
portofino green GTV 300
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Posts: 1357
Location: w.ma. Northampton
Thu May 12, 2022 6:36 am linkquote
Nice camper, welcome to MV from New England.
Thu May 12, 2022 6:51 am

Hooked
Vespa ET4 125cc , Baotian 70cc rat scooter
Joined: 21 Jan 2018
Posts: 381
Location: Wales
 
Hooked
Vespa ET4 125cc , Baotian 70cc rat scooter
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Posts: 381
Location: Wales
Thu May 12, 2022 6:51 am linkquote
Nice job and welcome from Ceredigion.
Hopefully spot it one day.
Thu May 12, 2022 6:56 am

Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 40904
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Posts: 40904
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Thu May 12, 2022 6:56 am linkquote
Love it.
Thu May 12, 2022 7:13 am

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2010 ThunderFly 190, 2008 250 GTS
Joined: 29 Apr 2011
Posts: 3049
Location: Springboro, OH
 
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2010 ThunderFly 190, 2008 250 GTS
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Location: Springboro, OH
Thu May 12, 2022 7:13 am linkquote
That's really awesome! Congrats on a terrific result.

How fast is this with the living pod installed?
Thu May 12, 2022 2:23 pm

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Ape MP600
Joined: 12 May 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Cornwall UK
 
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Ape MP600
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Posts: 4
Location: Cornwall UK
Thu May 12, 2022 2:23 pm linkquote
The top speed is 40mph. The living pod is really only noticeable on hills. It is possible to fit a bigger piston and sleeve to make is 224cc. The standard engine is 11hp, but with the upgrade it is 15hp. These vehicles are designe dfor torque more than speed.
Thu May 12, 2022 8:38 pm

Hooked
Gts 300 notte
Joined: 27 May 2020
Posts: 185
Location: Toronto
 
Hooked
Gts 300 notte
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Posts: 185
Location: Toronto
Thu May 12, 2022 8:38 pm linkquote
Wowww. This is amazing. Nice job!
Thu May 12, 2022 9:23 pm

Ossessionato
'70 Super 150, Aprilia SR MT 125, Moto Guzzi Bellagio
Joined: 22 Nov 2011
Posts: 2309
Location: Sydney, Australia
 
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'70 Super 150, Aprilia SR MT 125, Moto Guzzi Bellagio
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Posts: 2309
Location: Sydney, Australia
Thu May 12, 2022 9:23 pm linkquote
Pretty cool but not really practical. The Ape is designed as a city delivery vehicle. You'd be taking your life into your hands every time you hit the open road.
Fri May 13, 2022 3:05 am

Enthusiast
2016 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 26 Aug 2021
Posts: 60
Location: FL and VA
 
Enthusiast
2016 GTS300 ABS
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Posts: 60
Location: FL and VA
Fri May 13, 2022 3:05 am linkquote
Very cool, well done.

Fri May 13, 2022 6:48 am

Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento & GTS 300ie HPE 2022 - Regina Arancione.
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 1486
Location: Lancaster, U.K.
 
Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento & GTS 300ie HPE 2022 - Regina Arancione.
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 1486
Location: Lancaster, U.K.
Fri May 13, 2022 6:48 am linkquote
Bobo wrote:
Pretty cool but not really practical. The Ape is designed as a city delivery vehicle. You'd be taking your life into your hands every time you hit the open road.
I can't see it being any more dangerous than a bespoke motorhome. Providing the body is bolted down onto the chassis and you don't sit inside it while it is in motion, I don't see a problem?
Fri May 13, 2022 1:24 pm

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Ape MP600
Joined: 12 May 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Cornwall UK
 
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Ape MP600
Joined: 12 May 2022
Posts: 4
Location: Cornwall UK
Fri May 13, 2022 1:24 pm linkquote
Bobo wrote:
The Ape is designed as a city delivery vehicle. You'd be taking your life into your hands every time you hit the open road.
I live in Cornwall UK. It has no motorway (freeway). Many of our roads are narrow and winding, without any road markings. The Camper is very practical for that. I agree wholeheartedly with your point on "the open road". I have no intention of taking it on fast roads, but have 1000s of miles and hundreds of beaches to explore in the beautiful county where I live.
Fri May 13, 2022 1:39 pm

Ossessionato
One of each
Joined: 17 May 2006
Posts: 3421
Location: Ranura de Monedas, NorCal
 
Ossessionato
One of each
Joined: 17 May 2006
Posts: 3421
Location: Ranura de Monedas, NorCal
Fri May 13, 2022 1:39 pm linkquote
If anyone feels inspired to build a camper, mobile coffee, cocktails, craft beer or prosecco, I know of several 2005 Bajaj three wheelers on the West Coast that need new homes

PM as to not distract from dippyd's thread
Sun May 15, 2022 6:39 am

Hooked
GTS 300 hpe
Joined: 28 Sep 2019
Posts: 229
Location: NYC
 
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GTS 300 hpe
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Location: NYC
Sun May 15, 2022 6:39 am linkquote
This is so beautifully done!
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