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Beyond Ordinary: Discovering Flex Dream’s Wide-Body Camper FD-BOX

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TEXT: 勝村大輔(KATSUMURA Daisuke)  PHOTO: 勝村大輔(KATSUMURA Daisuke)

  • FLEX DREAM's FD-BOX, a custom vehicle based on the Toyota Hiace
  • FLEX DREAM's FD-BOX, a custom vehicle based on the Toyota Hiace
  • FLEX DREAM's FD-BOX, a custom vehicle based on the Toyota Hiace
  • FLEX DREAM's FD-BOX, a custom vehicle based on the Toyota Hiace
  • FLEX DREAM's FD-BOX, a custom vehicle based on the Toyota Hiace
  • FLEX DREAM's FD-BOX, a custom vehicle based on the Toyota Hiace
  • FLEX DREAM's FD-BOX, a custom vehicle based on the Toyota Hiace
  • FLEX DREAM's FD-BOX, a custom vehicle based on the Toyota Hiace
  • FLEX DREAM's FD-BOX, a custom vehicle based on the Toyota Hiace

Light camper based on a wide body Hiace

Osaka Auto Messe (OAM) 2024, held at Intex Osaka from 10-12 February 2024, attracted a record 660 custom vehicles. This time, FLEX DREAM’s FD-BOX, a custom vehicle based on the Toyota Hiace, is presented.

The exterior of the round-eyed, two-light specification is wrapped in titanium color

FLEX DREAM’s FD-BOX light-camping complete vehicles, based on the concept of “town vehicle specifications that allow overnight stays in the car”, come in several models depending on the base vehicle and layout, but the model introduced here is the latest FD-BOX V09-M based on the Hiace S-GL wide-body model.

The exterior is of the FD-classic specification, which can be converted to the company’s popular round-eyed two-lamp headlights, and the body color with a shiny metallic texture is a brushed titanium color that has been reproduced by wrapping. The body is fitted with black front and rear bumpers and wide fenders. The FD-classics up to now have had a strong image of earth colors, etc., but they also fit well with this hard atmosphere.

By the way, the suspension is a combination of MLJ XTREME-J XJ07 wheels and Toyo Open Country A/T tires. Also, taking into account the increased weight in the rear and the fact that the stock leaf springs would lower the ride height, they are currently testing an air suspension system that can be added to the stock leaves on a trial basis. If the results are good, they are considering commercializing it.

The interior made of CORDURA is the right choice for outdoor gun use

Now it’s time to check out the interior. The second seat is an i-seat with a width of 1,400 mm that can be arranged in a variety of ways, and a bed kit has been adopted at the rear to create a vast, full-flat space. Furthermore, when part of the bed mat is turned up, a sink and a simple stove are stored in the bed.

The seat and bed kit’s seating area are now made of CORDURA, a strong and water-repellent fabric. It is a material that has been attracting a lot of attention recently as it can be used for outdoor activities. In addition, wood with downlights installed on the ceiling provides a combination of indirect lighting and spotlights.

The FD-BOX V09-M, which dared to eliminate unnecessary equipment and create a vast full flat space, can be said to be an easy-to-use vehicle that can be arranged according to the number of passengers and the way they play.

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