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We’ve seen plenty of camper conversions. There are camper vans, trailers, truck campers, RVs, and everything in between. This Chevy Suburban Z71 4×4 camper is so unique.

Everything you need is thoughtfully built to make this small but mighty camper a home on wheels that’s ready for action. It looks like a Chevy Suburban Z71 from the outside, but on the inside, it’s a 4×4 RV equipped for full-time living. Overall, it’s just such a cool camper conversion.

The Chevrolet Suburban

The Suburban used for this conversion is a 2002 Chevy Suburban Z71 4×4. It is also equipped with a Z71 off-road package. This is a trusty machine ready to take you virtually anywhere. Plus, you can pull a trailer behind you as well.

In the video, the owner shows us that it’s a Suburban that was babied by the original owners before he bought it for the camper conversion. Consumer Reports rates the 2002 Chevy Suburban high in both reliability and owner satisfaction. In fact, we see a 4 out of 5 reliability rating and a 5 out of 5 for owner satisfaction. Consumer Reports also praises the 2002 Chevy Suburban for its smooth and quiet ride. In addition, CR mentions the 2002 Chevy Surban’s brawny towing strength––its max tow rating is affected by the Z71 off-road package, though not by much.

this 2002 Chevy Suburban off-roading shows one reason why these are desirable as a camper conversion.
2002 Chevy Suburban | Chevrolet

Now it’s a full-time camper conversion

This Chevy Suburban Z71 4×4 camper conversion is striking on the inside. From the outside, it looks like a mint condition 2002 Chevrolet Suburban. But the interior is fully outfitted for an adventurous and nomadic lifestyle. It’s a pretty incognito option, which is one thing that’s unique about this cool camper conversion.

The owner says that the Suburban is in great condition, and from what we see in the video, that’s absolutely true. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that parts like the seats were easily sold after the rear of this Chevy Suburban Z71 4×4 was stripped down. On the odometer, there are just 130,000 miles. That means there are plenty of miles left to go––easily 100,000 miles more if the proper maintenance is kept up.

Fully livable RV

This RV is pretty unconventional. That’s one of the big reasons we like it. A Z71 4×4 Suburban is a very capable vehicle. Outfit for full-time living and you’ve got a pretty cool camper conversion––and one you can likely do on a budget. Consumer Reports shows a price between $3,150 – $5,500 for a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban, for example.

But let’s get to the interior living space of this Z71 4×4 Suburban camper. First off, a wooden box behind the driver’s seat contains the auxiliary battery system. The unit can power up to 1000 Watts of “pure sun.” It’s all rigged to charge while the camper is in motion. You can hook all of the electronics to run on solar power.

Chevrolet Suburban from 2002
2002 Chevy Suburban | Chevrolet

Additionally, there’s a 2-burner propane stove. The sink water is powered by a foot pump and you can hook water bottles right up to it for a water source. Then, it drains into an easily drainable auxiliary tank.

Solo travel is just an option

While solos travel in this Z71 4×4 Suburban is an option, the bed actually pulls out to sleep two. So you can opt to travel with a partner as well. This is another unique feature for a cool camper conversion this small.

A fridge fits perfectly between the front two seats, and the top of that fridge provides another workable surface. In fact, the entire bench that the sink and stovetop are set into is packed full of storage. Plus the sink and stove are completely storable for another workable surface.


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Everywhere you turn, this Chevrolet Suburban camper has storage compartments––under the bed, up the wall, and in some thoughtful nooks and crannies. The whole thing is completely ready to accommodate not just you, but a second traveler as well. Plus, the Z71 off-road package will get you where you want to go.