Isuzu Elf Turned Into Teeny-Tiny Cute Camper
Van life is a hot topic right now, whether it’s the result of a global pandemic or a midlife crisis. In the booming industry there is a niche of enthusiasts who import Japanese motorhomes as the glamping vehicles of choice. In his latest video, Derek Weldon of PacificCoastAuto takes a look at Isuzu Elf, a great candidate for a JDM camping buddy.
The example in the video is a rear-wheel drive model equipped with a 4.3-liter four-cylinder diesel engine. Weldon says the powertrain is actually on the broad end of the spectrum that these vehicles come with. The Elfs were originally designed to be medium-duty trucks before being converted to motor homes, hence the relatively heavy engine.
Her cute and cuddly aesthetic aside, it turns out the Isuzu Elf has a habit of playing hard. Unfortunately, it turns out that the majority of people who want to buy one do not follow through as these vehicles must be purchased without being seen at Japanese auctions before being imported. The only evidence buyers can look at is a singular pre-purchase inspection sheet written in Japanese that Weldon himself translates. Fortunately, he says you get what you pay for when it comes to purchasing a JDM motorhome.
Paperwork aside, we think Doug Demuro would have a field day with the Elf; as it was intended for the Japanese markets, the vehicle is right-hand drive. With the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car, the kitchen has a microwave that also works as an oven. Everything else is pretty much what you would expect from a motorhome. For a vehicle of its shape, we are surprised to see a private bathroom and shower inside the motorhome.
Even with the uncertainty associated with purchasing Japanese imports, the exclusivity factor is hard to dispute. And what this vehicle lacks in size, it makes up for with character.