Steam room

This steam room on wheels is my ideal winter vehicle


How many times have you been forced to endure a icy car winter mornings? Sometimes, no matter how long you leave the engine running to heat things up, you always find yourself wishing you had a place to plug in one or three electric blankets. Well look no further because amazing Russian car fans are here to show us how to make our life on the road so much more comfortable.

In a two-part video series, the YouTubers Garage 54 transform an old UAZ bus into a hammam on wheels, because why not? It’s the Roadkill– meet – the Russian collaboration – ingenuity that I didn’t know I was expecting.

They remove most of the exterior panels of the bus so that they can expand the body. After all, they’re going to have to install people as well as generators and other equipment. Make it’s scorching.

After reinforcing the chassis with sturdy side bars, they basically build a very small cabin on top of the UAZ. It is the most absurd thing you will ever see. Do you know those prefabricated houses that you sometimes see being driven on the highway? It is like that, except without a towing vehicle. This is the tow vehicle.

The second video is about the details – mostly, you know, putting a roof over the thing and then outfitting it with the actual elements that will make it a steam room and not just a small portable cabin (which would also be cool, if I’m being honest) .

And then we get to the good stuff: watching this machine take the test track to see if it can actually, you know, do anything.

It is so good. I chuckled at the sight of this bulky, non-aerodynamic, ill-equipped-to-carry-that-big-body-UAZ pushing through the snow with its tiny little wheels, still on the verge of pitching to the side. It’s a bit like watching a puppy with really big feet trying to figure out how to move around without tripping over everything.

This thing is not Great functional – it could use power steering to help maneuver all that weight and mirrors to actually see. Does functionality matter? Surely not. It’s a sauna on wheels. He can do whatever he wants.

Would I drive this thing? Surely not. This is because I would be sitting firmly in the steam room at the back, enjoying the cozy comfort of a hot summer day while the rest of the world froze around me.


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