This is a mobile shelter, powered by human pedal, that is it's own sleep and storage unit. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on March 11, 2014.
About this project
In the fall of 2008, I watched a tv news report about the homeless in NYC who were given, grocery karts that had a tent built into it, allowing the homeless to have a better shelter, than the street or cardboard box. I thought to myself, that while that was nice, they still had to be outside in the weather to move it around. There must be a better way. So I came up with the idea of having the tent or shelter be moved by human power from inside, using bicycle power to steer and move the unit. This solves the problem of the owner being open to the weather, yet allows them to store their material goods, food, personal belongings, and sleeping bed all at the same time. I knew this could work, so I started looking to see if this had ever been done before. Surprisingly it had not. Secondly I saw a huge multi use platform for many other uses. A high end model design could be used to travel long distances, for touring, living, and local shopping. Delivery of small packages, in large cities, could be used, and even an electric unit could be made for hilly areas. The potential is huge. Help me make this idea come rue.
After many years of working on design elements, the time has come to build these great vehicle. With your help, I can build the prototype, and test the use age of the BRV in all areas. Testing is a must, for safety, and design updates. Please help, and God bless you
Stage One. Build frame for BRV, secure materials to build the basic chassis. The wheel, and gears to make the BRV move, steer, and brake. Time to build is about 3 weeks, and budget for this items is $5000.
Stage Two. Build and install tent cover, that allows for water proof riding. While allowing wheels to turn, and brake. Time to build is about 2 weeks, and budget for this items is $2000.
Stage Three. Build and install bed/sleeping area, design and build removable seat for driving BRV. Time to build this is about 1 week, and a budget for this item is $1500.
Stage Four. Build and install all lighting, signals, charging systems, all safety devices. time to build is about 1 week, and a budget for this item is $1500.
Stage Five. Test drive all design items. Time to ride the BRV in real life situations. Ride in rain, wind, and hot weather. Test for leaking, steering issues, stopping issues, and storage issues. Test ride at night, and sleep in unit. Test for as many issues as possible. Make adjustments to BRV and retest if possible.
Through out each stage, video and photos of each stage will be recorded and posted here on Kickstarter. And problems with tough solutions will be shared for input from supporters and sponsors.
Complete reports will be filed for proper updates, and cost of stages.
Risks and challenges
I am a long time cyclist. From my days as a mountain bike police officer, to racing, and training for personal use. I am a master carpenter with over 12 years of building custom items. The challenge is to build a unit that is easy to use, light in design, strong for hauling items, safe and functions as it should. I have worked out most all of these detail, now I need help with the funding of materials. The build time once all funds are raised is about 2 months, and then testing will begin. Thank you again,
Virginia beach, va
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