Since last year, UK-based metal worker Tom and his girlfriend Sophie have spent about 12 months converting a 1982 Bedford military truck into a tiny house on wheels and now, they have been living in it for about nine months. Like any other house truck it has living space – including a bed, kitchen, and bathroom, allowing them to travel wherever they want.
Tom used a wood-lined metal frame and clad the structure with scrap pallet wood. There is a retractable window on one side bringing in lots of natural light. The roof is made from steel folded into T-shaped joins, held together with bolts and metal strips placed over the top of the joins. On the inside, walls are heat insulated with Polyisocyanurate foil and then clad with plywood. The ceiling is lined in pallet wood in the stained dark brown finish.
A retractable ceiling bed is used to utilize the available floor space depending on the needs. It can be kept up against the ceiling in the daytime and lowered at night, meaning there will be more living space available. Tom installed a map to the underside of the bed to get help in planning trips.
The kitchen area is furnished in a custom-built counter frame that fits inside the fridge, sink, cooker, and cupboards. The countertop is made from wood extracted from the original bed of the lorry, while kitchen cupboards are made mainly from army ammo crates.
There’s also a small utility room for the fuse box and electrical components, as well as boiler and water filtration system. The house truck also has a wood burner to keep the interior space warm in winters. It even has rooftop solar panels and rainwater harvesting and filtration system to completely go off-grid.
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The most amazing build of this house truck is the custom frame that not only houses a beautiful oxblood red chesterfield but also hides water tank underneath. It also has drawers to provide some extra storage space.
Tom was recently off for his first trip to explore Wales, covering about 520 miles. You can catch up his truck conversion experiences at The Lorry Life.