Ultra compact 4-person camper

Alu-Cab is revolutionising the market of pickup campers with the Ossewa Camper. Constantly updated to meet the needs in Africa, the Ossewa has everything you need to survive life outside of civilisation. And while the vehicle is extremely compact, it offers two double beds, and therefore sleeps four people.

With the Alu-Cab Ossewa, a new generation of camper has come to Europe. It is not intended to be a living room on wheels, but instead for those who love outdoor living.

The compact size and off-road capabilities of modern four-wheel drive, reduction gear boxes and high-performance engines make virtually any goal seem achievable with the Ossewa. Its low structure is unmatched in other motors homes, because it gives a low centre of gravity which allows for sporty driving behaviour. It can therefore drive much faster than a typical motor home.

The camper can be mounted on various pickup double cabs (for example the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, VW Amarok, Isuzu Dmax, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi L200 or classic Toyota HZJ 79). The length of the cabin is 1.95m without rear attachments. Including the roof stem, it is 2.70m. It is between 1.6 and 1.85m wide, and (without side boxes) only 1.4m high.

Sleeping Areas

The roof, which opens upwards, has a comfortable 140 x 200cm sleeping area. For more space in the cabin, it can be folded upwards when the roof is open. A short flap closes the roof tent against the cabin if necessary. With entrances on all three sides, the Rooftop Tent can also be accessed from the outside with a ladder. The rear entrance has a tautly pulled fly sheet for sun and rain protection. All entrances are equipped with mosquito nets. To keep temperature at a comfortable level, the roof is also insulated.

The lower and transverse sleeping area accommodate two people each. After the right side wall has been folded down, the sleeping attachment can be set up easily. Being a shelter that is protected from sun and rain, with two windows that have mosquito nets, the experience is much more pleasant than the size suggests. The sleeping area can be accessed through the rear entrance of the cabin or from a ladder on the outside. In particular, children are delighted by this sleeping area when the entrance to the Rooftop Tent is left open, because they feel as if they are sleeping outside, but also safe and within reach of their parents.


The kitchen is accessible behind the opening on the left side door and is designed to be used outside the vehicle. The pull-out countertop has a single gas-burner as well as a drawer for cutlery, cooking utensils and a mounted spice rack. On top of that, there are enough neatly-sorted and securely-stowed dishes, cups and glasses for four people as well as kettles, pots and pans. On the left side is the extension for a large refrigerator and freezer. Above is lots of storage space, e.g. for food.

Shadow Awning

The awning over the kitchen can be enclosed by side walls that can be rolled down. This provides good protection for cooking in bad weather.

Table and Chairs

An Aluminium camping table is stowed under the front area of the Rooftop Tent. Four compact folding chairs can be found in the cabin and set up quickly when required.

Freshwater and Shower

A 90 Litres freshwater tank has been pre-installed in the Ossewa. Hot water comes from a gas boiler. On the right side of the vehicle, is a fold-out rinsing zone with a sink. The shower head with a pull-out hose can be found behind the cover.

In front of the right rear door of the double cabin, the frame for the shower enclosure is pulled out of the front of the cabin and the shower curtain is clipped on. This clever system makes it easy to put your clothes in the vehicle while using the shower. The floor for the shower is stowed on the rear door.


Although at first glance you wouldn’t suspect it, the Ossewa camper offers a lot of storage space. Each available space was used and closed with flaps or zippered tent fabric.  The Rooftop Tent also offers space for clothing and extras. On the left and right side below the cabin are two large, lockable cabinets. Heavy luggage can also be stored here.

An Aluminium box can be installed above the double cabin. In Africa, this is normally used for firewood.

Electrical Equipment

The campers are powered by a separate auxiliary battery. Thus, the car battery will not die after continuing to power the fridge while the car is turned off. With solar panels on the roof, the additional battery is continually recharged so that there is electricity for a much longer period of time. This is particularly useful for electrical equipment like the fridge, which need continuous access to power.

Inside, the kitchen and two sleeping areas there are LED lights. Mobile phones can be charged via USB sockets. An inverter provides 230 Volt AC.