Maarten van Soest founded Tonke Campers (named after his daughter) shortly after he returned home from a trip through Europe.
A friend had asked him to deliver an old gypsy wagon to their house in France, and Maarten accepted the request.
Here’s what he had to say about the journey that started a company and why his campers are so special.
One of his designs, the Tonke Fieldsleeper, has plenty of room for up to three people, and it’s the model I want to show you today.
Part Truck Camper, Part Motorhome
The Fieldsleeper model is made at the Tonke workshop in the Netherlands. It’s detachable so you don’t need to worry about towing another car behind your rig (but you still have the option to).
Tonke makes two versions of the Fieldsleeper camper. The first aims to maximize storage for scooters and furniture, while the second gives you a more luxurious and spacious living area.
The simplicity and mobility of the camper remind me of a shipping container house.
Fieldsleeper is built on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis. No messing around here.
Mounting and dismounting the camper is a lot easier than with a traditional truck camper setup.
Easy access from the rear.
It’s rare to find a camper with such a high quality exterior.
The roll up blinds are a great feature and they’re super easy to clean.
The kitchen has room for a full-size oven.
You won’t be bumping your head in this bedroom.
The couch folds down to sleep a third person.
All the exposed wood reminds of the interior of a high-class sailing ship.
Overview of the layout.
Wow that was quick and painless. A lot easier than trying to match up a truck camper to the bed of a truck.