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Perak man single-handedly built his campervan, but MCO hampers his solo travel plans
Published on: Friday, February 05, 2021
By: Bernama
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Kuala Lumpur: It was two years ago when Mohd Asri Mohd Nawawi first converted his Perodua Kancil into a campercar.

To further quench his thirst for adventure travel, Mohd Asri, 31, recently converted his green Daihatsu Hijet s85 mini van, commonly used by night market traders, into a campervan.

“I built the campervan from scratch all by myself, after learning the tricks from YouTube social media platform,” said Mohd Asri who hails from Kroh, Perak

“I love watching people in other countries making campervan conversions on YouTube channels, and this inspired me to make one but it has to suit our living condition.

“When I bought this van online in Kajang last November, it was empty and several repairs had to be made to the engine and doors, before it could be brought back to Perak," he told Bernama.

Following that, Mohd Asri, made videos of the modification process and the video episodes CamperHijet were shared on Aceyie Channel on YouTube thus giving encouragement and ideas to campervan enthusiasts and introducing this as a hobby or leisure activity to others.

“I enjoy carpentry even though I have no experience in this field. Anyway it all depends on your budget, its usage and how comfortable you want it to be,” said Mohd Asri who has been a tour guide in Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu since 2014.

Elaborating, Mohd Asri said, his campervan built at a cost of RM3,000, is exactly like a mobile home as it is equipped with a lounge, bed, cabinets, curtains, ventilation fan, solar system to generate electricity and a rooftop cargo storage.

“The back portion is laid with plywood wooden flooring and the rear passenger seats are portable.

"I prefer a simple and neat layout to suit my style as I like travelling solo. However, this van can accommodate two persons at a time," he said adding that it took him six weeks to modify the van.

Mohd Asri said he had intended to travel alone across the country in his campervan, but this was hampered following the Movement Control Order (MCO) since Jan 13.

"For the time being I will spend my time with my parents and make improvements to the interior while enjoying my campervan, though it is stationary in front of the house," he said.

The Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) school leaver also harbours a dream to build a tiny house,  equipped with a bedroom, living room, kitchen, dining room and toilet, in future.





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