Motorhomes come in many forms, from a simple motorhome to giant Class A beasts with more amenities than a five star hotel. This 1992 Toyota Coaster camping sedan is imported from Japan and is a great way to introduce yourself to the campsite. Oh, and did I mention it’s on sale here in America?
Japan has all kinds of weird campers on its roads. Some examples are RVs or vans based on Mitsubishi Delica like the Mazda Bongo Friendsee that we featured on a recent Dopest Cars entry. But what if you don’t want to sleep in a van with a tent on top and a Delica RV just isn’t big enough?
Toyota offered the possibility of going further by taking its Coaster minibus and transforming it into a motorhome.
The Toyota Coaster has been in production since 1969 and has been used over generations for everything from transit buses to school buses. However, Toyota has also taken over the RV market by taking the Coaster and turning it into a spacious RV. The result is the Camping Saloon, and one of them is for sale on Craigslist near Naples, Florida for $24,000.
It is one of the biggest vehicles I have seen imported from Japan. Shipping costs tend to increase exponentially with the size of the vehicle, so it probably wasn’t cheap to get here.
He looks bigger than he actually is. At around 6.40m, it’s only a few feet taller than a Ford Excursion or an extended Chevrolet Suburban.
The seller calls it a “JDM Mystery Machine” and I guess that’s what the Mystery Machine’s. Scooby doo would look like a Japanese minibus. Forget the boring everyday American RV dives, this thing is painted bright green!
The motorhome features an advanced cabin design, making it easy to maneuver in tight spaces. A soft lower window that allows the driver to better see what is happening on the left side of the vehicle makes maneuvering even easier.
The Coaster has received a few upgrades over the years, with the biggest change on the exterior being custom rear lighting.
Inside, the driver receives a big GPS on the dashboard and steers the platform from a wood-trimmed Momo steering wheel.
Near the front is a 4.2-liter turbodiesel producing 165 horsepower and 122 kg-ft of torque. It’s mated to a four-speed automatic. Yes, this thing has a mid-front engine setup!
The lounge includes all the essentials needed for your trip away from home. There are also comfortable seats for the whole crew on this platform.
To the rear is a master bedroom, living room or dining room combination, depending on how you set it up.
In its bedroom configuration, it also converts into a spacious king-size bed!
It’s a smart way to use the limited space available. The seller says the Camping Saloon can accommodate around six people. The motorhome is also equipped with double air conditioning and double heating.
But there are some limitations. The rear air conditioning only works when the engine is running and cooking is provided by a propane stove in the kitchen. Fortunately, the kitchen has an extractor fan. Also discover what this bathroom looks like:
This Camping Saloon isn’t a giant palace on wheels or some weird custom build, but it’s definitely a cool way to travel. It also appears that there are few in the country. One of the few others in the country went on sale in 2018 on Bring a trailer.
Oddly, even though Toyota doesn’t seem to turn coasters into RVs anymore, many others are. Premium motorhomes, a conversion company in Australia, notes that regular Toyota Coaster buses are a popular conversion platform and of course there are a ton of them converted to RVs.