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Car Danchi Camper for sale!

Posted by Neil Hartmann on July 27, 2014

Camper van for sale!

The legendary camper featured in the snowboard movie series “Car Danchi” is for sale!
Custom built on a Toyota HILUX truck Manual 5 Speed 2800cc 3L engine. This camper is made for the all terrain all access go anywhere lifestyle!

Legal to carry up to 7 people, and comfortably rides and sleeps 4 or 2 adults and 3 kids.
It has all the basics and none of the unneeded items like a shower that you never use.
It features a sink a table.  Plug for external electric hook up

Window screens and shades.
Very warm to sleep in even in the winter.
Has a heater that runs off of the diesel fuel (I never used it).
Air suspension for level sleeping and carrying heavy loads.
Summer and winter tires included.
Shaken for TWO YEARS. Valid until 2016 July 14th. Just paid ¥170,000 for that!
Stereo / CD player

Best offer takes the camper! Including a full tank of gasoline, window washer fluid, an ice scraper, sunscreen for front window and maybe a few other goodies!

Time limit for offers August 15th

Price ideas.  My local car repair master tells me the Toyota Hilux is worth about ¥600,000 just as parts.  A check of similar campers on the internet shows some dealers selling this type model with similar mileage for about ¥1,200,000 or more.  So some where between those two numbers!

I have added a form at the bottom of this post to send in comments, questions, and offers!

Now check out a few photos for details!

Look how good it looks on the road!

Camper 1

Camper 6



Spare tire on the front.  Needs to be removed for the bi yearly “Shaken” test.  This keeps the car registered as a vehicle under the 5 Meter limit which means ferry fees and highway tolls are the same as a passenger car.

Camper 3

Camper 4


Large awning rolls out and makes for a shady spot.  Fiamma brand.

Camper 9


The body is not much wider than the truck itself which makes driving easy on Japan’s rather narrow roads.

Camper 7

 Screen door and step.

Camper 8

Beds ready for sleeping!

Camper 10

 Table mode.

Camper 14

Camper 11

 Sink and storage.  The sink is basically there to keep the “8” (camper) license number.  I never had the need to use the sink as there are sinks and bathrooms all over Japan.  The doesn’t mean you cannot use it, there is a tank underneath the camper that collects the drain water as required.

Some storage space underneath the sink and storage under both seats.

Camper 12

 Electrical control and battery check panel.

Camper 13

Windows have built in screen and shade.  Just pull up or down depending on the season and activity.

Camper 16

 HID headlamps that cost me ¥50,000 and are worth the cost.  Very bright and makes for safe driving!

Camper 17

 Electrical hookup.

Camper 18

 Captains position!

Camper 19

 Storage space behind the drivers seat.

Camper 20

 Now if you still want to see more watch the video I made about the camper below.  All in Japanese but you will be able to get a good idea of what it looks like and drives like!




年式 H5(1993)
燃料 軽油 3L
乗車定員 7名
走行距離 85773 キロ

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Neil Weblog Archive and Contact

Posted by hokkaidoken on January 27, 2014

As you have probably noticed Neil has been very busy ever since the release of Car Danchi 7th Gear, the latest in his series of films.  Finding time to write stories for this blog has become very difficult and he has focused mainly on keeping fans and friends informed via his Facebook account, tied into Instagram photos and Twitter messages.  You can see his Twitter Feed to the right on this page.  He would like to encourage everyone to follow his personal Facebook page which can be easily found by doing a Google search on his name.  If you are not a friend he would be more than happy to establish a friendship through FB. It would be better to contact Neil through the FB message system, if you have a comment to make or share with others.

This blog page will remain activated as it provides a very valuable resource of his history going back to September 2007. Also, the links to many of his favorite sites will be maintained and added to for they provide some great information on a variety of topics.  Whenever things change and there is time to add important information to this weblog once again, I am sure he will do it.

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Posted by Neil Hartmann on September 15, 2013

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9/19(木) 20:00から大ヒットシリーズ【車団地】の仕掛け人、ニール・ハートマンが USTREAM で 新作「Car Danchi 7 GEAR」の魅力を生中継。



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Car Danchi Sapporo premier! 9/16 at Bankei

Posted by Neil Hartmann on September 13, 2013

ICI sports presents a ski and Snowboard movie show! Car Danchi 7 and Build 5 showing together one night only at Bankei in Sapporo. This will be four days before the official release so please come and check it out before everyone has a chance to even buy the DVD!

It cost 500 yen to get in and you get one drink with entrance. Last year the room was packed and the movies looked and sounded great on the big screen and HD projection system. On the same day there is a wood fireplace festival going on in the parking lot at Bankei. If you are interested in wood fires, fireplaces and related topics I suggest coming early and spending the afternoon AND evening at Bankei!

Hope to see you there!










ICI Bankei premier flyer

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Danner big thanks!

Posted by Neil Hartmann on September 10, 2013

I recently had the chance to be included in a new web project backed by Danner the classic shoe company. Last year on a trip to Alaska I happen to buy a pair of Danner shoes. They are my go to work boots around the house! Now it looks like I am going to get a new pair or stylish boots that can be worn out to dinner. Stoked. Check out the short interview

Click this link to check out the website or Danner
Danner photo

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Car Danchi Tokyo premier! 9/20

Posted by Neil Hartmann on September 6, 2013

Tokyo Premier Flyer

「Car Danchi 7 GEAR」と「ANOTHER WORLD」の試写会、

お忙しい中、お手数をお掛けいたしますが、是非、以下をご一読頂きまして、ご 担当されている

[9/20日開催のをします「Car Danchi 7 GEAR」と「ANOTHER WORLD」の試写会をLOVE SNOW FILM COLLECTIONに小林優太も参加!!]
9/20日に開催が決定した、「Car Danchi 7 GEAR」と「ANOTHER WORLD」の試写会、
毎年CAR DANCHIシリーズでも良い滑りを見せてくれる若手ライダーも参加し、更に熱い夜になること間違いなし!!
日時:9月20日(金) OPEN 20:55 START 21:10予定
場所:ヒューマントラストシネマ渋谷 シアター1
〒150-0002 東京都渋谷区渋谷1-23-16 ココチビル8F)
電話番号: 03-5468-5551


入場料金:前売りのみ ¥1,000 / 全席指定
前売券販売開始予定日及び購入方法:2012年9月6日(金)より 、ビジュアライズイメージの電話対応のみ 03-6273-2686

・〈座席番号付き入場券〉へのお引き換えの受付は2013年9月17日(火)より当該劇場窓口にての昼10時より映画館窓口にて行っておりま す。

車団地 Car Danchi 7 GEAR
出演:中川伸也、清原勇太、渋谷謙、小林優太、山内一志、見野雄祐、石川寛文、増田塁揮 、吉野”ヤット”康人、奥村幸司、Antti Autti、Alvaro Vogel、Tyler Chorlton、植村能成、Paul Vanderheiden a.k.a Boarder-san、下村基樹 、土井隼人
3,990円税込予定価格 9/20日店頭発売開始予定

出演:清原勇太、高橋烈男、高井隆司、増田塁輝、吉野”YATTO”康人、角野友基、藤田一海、竹内正則、豊田貢、壁田竜一、青野令、中野貴 元、楠泰輔、美谷島慎、Antti Autti、Saku Tiilikainen、Dylan Thompson、Nick Pooch
3,990円税込予定価格 9/20日店頭発売開始予定

Tel: 03-6273-2686

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Car Danchi 7 package design revealed!

Posted by Neil Hartmann on August 31, 2013

Time to show everyone the package design for the new edition of Car Danchi. Big thanks to my favorite designer Etsu! Check out her site Etsu Lab for more great work. She knows what I like and always comes up with a great package design for me. NO exception this year!

The rider on the cover is Ken Shibuya who lives in Tsugaike, Nagano, Japan and rides for Voltage snowboards! His first time on the cover with a classic layed out heel side turn.

The photos for both the front and back were shot by Key Sato long time friend and compadre here in the Hokkaido snow scene! Check out his site and FB for more regular updates!

Don’t forget the DVD goes on sale 9/20 here in Japan and iTunes around the world shortly after!

7th Gear package design

7th Gear package design

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Car Danchi 7 teaser released!

Posted by Neil Hartmann on August 30, 2013

Check it out a new edition of my Car Danchi movie series is going to be hitting stores on the 20th of September 2013 and then iTunes a little bit after that!

“Hang on we are about to reach warp speed!”
“We are in 7th gear and there is no turning back now! The 7th edition of the Car Danchi winter lifestyle series takes you on a trip deep into the powder of Northern Japan. The Danchi crew grows with new additions from our European family joining the free ride sessions, and the bottomless powder does not disappoint with one of the biggest snow seasons on record. Keep your seat belts on for this high-speed powder ride as we take the art of the turn into 7th gear and beyond.”

The 7th edition of the Car Danchi series come with another incredible music selection featuring some of Japan’s best techno, deep house and future Jazz along with an international selection of Hip Hop, acoustic rock and funk. If this wasn’t a snowboard movie it could be a compilation mix album!

Featured artists:
EPICK, L.E.D., Flare aka Ken Ishii, Kuniyuki Takahashi, INO hidefumi, Clare Means
Clint Lapointe, Charles Rangel, Seboo

ニール・ハートマンがプロデュースする全世界待望の車団地シリーズ最新作「Car Danchi 7th GEAR」が遂に動き出した!!日本のフリーライディング、スノーサーフィンといった質の高いライディング・シーンはもちろん、ライダー達のライフスタイルを追いかけたドキュメンタリー・ムービーの勢いは今年も止まらない。

今回の最新作では、ヨーロッパの団地メンバーAntti AuttiやAlvaro Vogelといったライダーも参加し、北海道の道北でディープ・パウダー・トリップの模様を収録。また現在のスノーボード・シーンで注目を集めている、日本のフリー・ライダー清原勇太や小林優太の熱いバックカントリーの攻めや、長年、Car Danchi住民になっているお馴染みの山内一志、中川伸也、見野雄祐らの、気持ちいいライディング・スタイルも収録。

加えて今回の作品に使用されているニールのこだわりのセレクションというサウンドトラックが、作品に絶妙なエッセンスを加えている。日本のテクノDJ KEN ISHIIのニュー・プロジェクト「FLARE」からのエレクトリック・グルーヴや、INO hidefumi、L.E.D.、Kuniyuki Takahashiのジャジー・スタイル。そして今回、アメリカのアンダーグランド・アーティストで、EPICK、Clint Lapointe、Charles Rangelらも参加。

独自の世界を世界に向けて更に加速するCar Danchi!!観たら滑りたくなるスノーボード&スキー・ムービー、それがCar Danchi!!


中川伸也、清原勇太、渋谷謙、小林優太、山内一志、見野雄祐、石川寛文、増田塁揮 、吉野”ヤット”康人、奥村幸司、Antti Autti、Alvaro Vogel、Tyler Chorlton、植村能成、Paul Vanderheiden a.k.a Boarder-san、下村基樹 、土井隼人

DVD Distribution and inquiries:

〒150-0047 東京都渋谷区神山町2-10 吉田Yビル3F
TEL: 03-6273-2686 / FAX : 03-3468-2658
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2-10 3F Kamiyamacho Shibuya-ku Tokyo Japan 150-0047
TEL: 03-6273-2686 / FAX : 03-3468-2658
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Package cover photo: Key Photo
Rider: Ken Shibuya
Package Design: etsu

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New short movie released!

Posted by Neil Hartmann on June 16, 2013

A new series for The North Face Japan is now on-line for viewing! Called Mountain Basics, Vol. 1 is focused on Mt Fuji. Locals guides talk about why they love the mountain and what you need to be prepared to hike Japans highest peak. It is very basic information so those who already enjoy trekking and hiking will probably not be interested in the info provided, but there are some nice views of Mt. Fuji and it never hurts to review the basics!

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Trip Your Travel movie taking off

Posted by Neil Hartmann on May 9, 2013

Very happy with the reception that “Trip Your Travel” movie is getting on The North Face YouTube channel! This is something new for me, a project non winter related, non snowboarding related, non Car Danchi related etc., This is a fashion based movie made to promote a line of clothing by The North Face, but you won’t really know it until the end. If you like California, travel, West coast lifestyle etc., take 10 minutes to check it out! Also check out the great music from Ted Russel Kamp and Clint Lapointe that I was able to use for the soundtrack.

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