- Fun, Versatile, & Efficient Small RV
- Interesting Looks & Well-Appointed Interior
- 3.1L Diesel Engine w/ 5-Speed Manual Transmission
- 4x4 w/ “Hi-Lo” Transfer Case
- Rarely Seen in North America
- Great Alternative to Sprinters & VW Campers
Campers and RVs based upon the many small truck chassis from Japan have evolved into a very interesting subset of today’s collector-vehicle market with a loyal and very enthusiastic following. In particular, RVs based on Isuzu’s long-running medium-duty Elf are perfect for today’s camper market, with useful load carrying capacity, proven powertrain combinations, and manageable proportions. Known as the “N Series” in Isuzu’s various export markets, the Elf was so popular that it was even manufactured in Australia since the 1970s, using many locally sourced components, as well as in Colombia.
This Isuzu Elf camper is described by the seller as “the raddest little camper ever,” and we can’t argue with its fun and stylish character. It’s built on the 4WD Isuzu Elf N-series 150 chassis, the NHS model, with 4-wheel drive, “Hi-Lo” range transfer case, 5-speed manual transmission, and 3.1L Diesel engine. The chassis is the perfect size for a self-contained camper, measuring about 16 feet long by 9 feet high with an 8.5-foot wheelbase, allowing it to fit in automobile-size parking spaces while providing a high level of amenities, including a bathroom with shower and sink, a two-burner stove, kitchen sink, 3-way refrigerator, and two sleeping areas. Supporting features include a furnace, water heater, fresh water tank, grey water holding tank, battery charge controller, sine wave inverter, and a large bank of batteries.
To say these Elf-based vehicles are rare in North America is an understatement. A quick online search found only one sold on Bring a Trailer – a higher-capacity Elf 250 Fire Truck that brought a winning $28k bid. There are several on enthusiast sites and dealer listings, though, demonstrating the cult-like popularity of the Elf and its variants. Our subject vehicle is priced a bit higher than the Fire Truck, but with its well-appointed, nay, luxurious accommodations and myriad features, it’s far more usable and definitely worth the premium.