After converting two Mitsubishi L400 LWB vans into a camper, I wanted to get my hands on a L300 4WD.
Why a Mitsubishi L300 4WD?
I always liked the looks of the L300 4WD. I first noticed these cars traveling through Australia with a camper van in 2014/2015. The high stance looked really good on these small vans. In Australia, they are pretty common and it makes sense to have one if you like to visit remote locations. Having a proper 4WD high/low gearing (technology shared by the Pajero) makes them very capable off-road. In the Netherlands these capabilities are less needed so 4×4 L300’s are very rare. The unique, tough look of the car made me want to have one for my next camper project. Fortunately, I found one.
Building the camper
On this website, I’ll document the project. The challenge will be to make the camper suitable for at least three people. Compared to the L400 campers I built previously, the L300 only has two seats in front, so extra seats have to be available in the back. The stock bench doesn’t have any seat belts, so that’s no option to transport our one year old son. The roof is too narrow to fit a pop-up roof with a built-in bed. Only Reimo made these kind of roofs in the past but they are not produced anymore. It won’t be easy to cram seats, beds and storage for three persons and a kitchen into the Mitsubishi. I’m glad I found a L300 4WD with a long wheel base. Also the cargo area of a L300 LWB is a little larger then a L400 LWB. Still, everything has to fit into a 150cm x 270cm space!
So far the plans are:
- Installing a new turbo
- Improved brakes
- Replacing the bench with seats with integrated seatbelt & isofix
- Popup roof
- Roof rack with Rhino-Rack luggage basket
- Rhino-Rack Sunseeker II awning
- Acoustic & thermal insulation
- Dual battery system
- Kitchen under the bed
- Waeco Coolmatic CD30 drawer fridge
- Dometic HSG 2445 2 burner hob and sink combination
- 2 person bed
- Suspended kids bed
- Light bar
- Alarm system
- Central locking
- Radio with carkit and iPod controls
- Speaker upgrade
This is the “maybe” list:
- Bash plate protection for the radiator
- Amplifier + subwoofer
Roof rack with Rhino-Rack luggage basket
The popup roof is taking up the majority of the roof but there is still some space left to fit a small roof rack above the cabin.
Rear seats with integrated seat belts and isofix
I bought two rear seats out of a Renault Espace including mounting rails. Safety-wise they offer integrated 3-point seat belts and isofix to mount a childs seat.