From tents to cabins – camping made cozy with log pods.

Posted Apr 03, 2020, Category: Advice

A camping pod is a small, insulated dwelling that can house from 2 to 6 people based on its size. It’s a great substitute for classic huts and it’s much easier to install. Camping pods are a great choice for campsite owners that are looking to offer their clients a comfortable stay. It’s also a great choice as a fishing or hunting hut, a workshop, a guest house, a home office and for many other purposes.

Our camping pods are all made from Northern pine. It’s a strong, beautiful and eco-friendly material. Its colour is always light and it smells wonderfully of a forest. All our camping pods come with the possibility to be connected to water and electricity, so the guests can enjoy a shower and a kitchenette.

If you’re planning to purchase your own camping pod, whether for business or personal use, there are several things you should plan out beforehand. We will go through them here, step by step.

  1. Types of pods

Depending on the purpose you have planned for your pod, there’s a variety to choose from. From small pods for a short stay, to a real home substitutes. We are here to help you pick out the best option.

Camping pod – a classic pod. Comes in variety of sizes, from very small 2.4x3m to large 3.25×6.6m. Smaller pods come with a glass door and as a single, small Danish window at the back. Larger pods can come with an entrance on the side and windows at either end. All our pods are insulated with steel wool. Their roofs are rounded and are covered top to bottom with premium bitumen shingles.

Camping pods are great in all seasons – summer to winter. Their insulation makes sure you will not get too cold in the winter, while windows at either side will ensure good air circulation. Camping pods are a great choice for campsite owners. They’re comfortable, can fit a double bed and can easily be connected to water and electricity. Also, it’s a great choice for music festival organisers, who are looking to offer their guests a luxury experience.

Camping bus – a larger, rectangular construction, resembling a bus, which is where it got its name. It’s a great option for a campsite with amenities in separate buildings. Camping buses usually fit one or two double beds, depending on their size and have two windows on either side. All camping buses have a door on the side. Camping buses are not insulated and therefore are best to stay in during warm summer months. They can be small 2.4x4m for a couple to stay in, or big 2.4×5.9m for a family of four. All buses are covered with premium bitumen shingles for roofs to secure from the elements.

Camping buses can be used as summer home offices on a private property. With proper interior design, they can also serve as kids playroom, a garden shed or a guest house. For campsite owners, they can also serve as a cheaper stay option for campers. Overall, it’s a great summertime option for a stay in the nature.

2. Location and legal aspects

Whether you choose a camping pod or a camping bus, the beauty of these pods is that they can be brought and built anywhere. With compact size, relatively easy assembly and uncomplicated interior design, these pods will fit just about anywhere.

Things to look out for are legalities and building permits. If you own your own land and just want the pod as a guest house or for personal use, you do have the right to construct additional buildings. Depending on your state and country, there are general rules to follow when building a structure on your land:

  • Camping pods or buses have to be single storey, with maximum overall height of 4m.
  • They must occupy no more than half of your land space.
  • Camping pods or buses shouldn’t have balconies, verandas or other raised platforms.
  • They must not be used as a home.

As a guest house and not a permanent dwelling, pods are still legal to construct. If you’re unsure, consult your municipal development department or your real estate agent.

As a campsite owner, you have the right to construct buildings within certain parameters. Consult your land lease contract or your municipality for details.

3. Maintenance

Just like most timber homes, camping pods and buses do not require much maintenance. Giving them a fresh coat of protective varnish or paint over the wooden parts should be enough to keep the wood fresh. For camping pods, most of their surface is protected by bitumen shingles and insulation.

One thing to watch out for is the base of the pod or bus. It’s the most vulnerable spot, as it can catch a lot of moisture where it touches the ground and start to rot. We recommend laying down a gravel base, cement plates or a platform that lifts the structure up from the ground. Consult your camping pod contractor for the best advice on your location.

4. Amenities

Most of our camping pods can be connected to water and electricity. With smart interior design, the pod can house a kitchenette, as well as a toilet and shower. If your campsite has connection to the grid and piping, it’s a great option to connect all of your pods.

Camping buses are meant as a summer-only constructs, so they do not have access to any amenities. However, if you’re considering camping bus as your home office, you can bring in electricity from the main house. As for a campsite, you might want to consider a separate building for cooking and washing to make your guests feel more comfortable.

There’s a lot to choose from in regards to camping pods and buses, but choices give you freedom. Not just in size, but in purpose as well. If you’re hesitant, always consult your contractor and don’t be scared to ask questions. You will want to pick the best option for you. Good luck!