Mitsubishi L300 4WD camper

Published 15th August 2017
Updated 11th May 2020

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?

A Mitsubishi L300 4WD I spotted in Sweden

A Mitsubishi L300 4WD I spotted in Sweden

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:

This is the “maybe” list:

  • Sidebars
  • Lifting
  • Amplifier + subwoofer

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5 Comments

  1. JOZEF on 28th October 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Hello I keep fingers crossed for your project! I also have similar ambitous plans about my 1991L3004WD. Up to now AC, good acoustic insulations, audio and LPG. Im looking for inspiration how to install frigde and external tent with a place for gas kitchen. Regards J

    • Tom on 29th October 2017 at 5:12 pm

      Acoustic insulation will also be part of this project. Sitting on top of the engine introduces quite some noise inside the cabin. The vibrations through the body is also something I’ll try to put a stop to.

  2. stan on 6th March 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Tom,
    Are you sure there are no pop up roofs available with bed ? I saw some L300 in Germany fitted with a roof, (no 4×4). I am already searching for quit a while for a suitable base for a camper (like you), but I realy need a pop up where we/kids can sleep, so it would be a now-go if that is not possible.

    • Maria on 17th May 2020 at 10:30 am

      Hi Stan, I have one with a pop-up roof. I’m in Italy but the van was coming from Germany 🙂

  3. Tom on 7th March 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Reimo (German brand) made them but have stopped doing so for quite a while now. I’m sure you could have something custom made but it will cost an arm and a leg.

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