UK-based Tom Duckworth and his girlfriend Sophie have spent about 12 months converting a 1982 Bedford MJ ex-army truck into a tiny house on wheels and they are living in it full-time for about nine months. Like any other mobile home; it has a lounge, kitchen, sleeping area and a bathroom, making it a full house on the road.
He has used a wood-lined metal frame and clad the structure with scrap pallet wood. The low-pitched 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 fully insulated and clad with plywood. The ceiling is lined in pallet wood and then stained in dark brown.
A retractable ceiling bed is used to make most out of the available floor space. It can be kept up against ceiling to free up floor space in daytime and lowered at night. Tom has installed a large map underside the bed to plan new trips.
The kitchen has a custom-built frame that accommodates inside sink, cooker, fridge, and cupboards repurposed from army ammo crates. The countertop is made from wood salvaged from the original bed of the lorry.
There’s also a small utility room that houses fuse box and electrical components, as well as boiler and water filtration system. The house truck also has a custom-built sofa with storage drawers and a wood burner to keep the space warm in winters. A bathroom with windows is also there. Furthermore, it has rooftop solar panels and rainwater harvesting and filtration system to make run off-the-grid anywhere.
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The most amazing feature of this truck conversion is custom-built frame that not only hides underneath water tank and storage boxes but also provides space for easy steps to climb inside.
Tom was recently off for his first trip to explore Wales, covering about 520 miles. You can catch up with road experiences in his house truck at The Lorry Life.