I know a lot of you are going to hate me but I think that buying a camper seems like such a waste of money. You buy something, that is meant to be a home away from home. Reality sets in when you realize that it’s just not that comfortable. The waste of money really starts to kick you in the head when you realize that you only use it on extremely rare occasions that only equate to about two weeks a year if you’re lucky. Think of all the money and time spent, now think about spending roughly the same price for a full-time home. This couple spent roughly $20,000 on a mobile home that they use permanently.
Alex lived in a van in the UK for a couple of years so this transition was easy for him. When he and Hannah moved to New Zealand, they knew that they didn’t have to money to become property owners right away. To save money, they bought a 1986 Hino Flatbed Truck. With some modifications, they turned their flatbed truck into a 2 bedroom home. A truck into a home… I know what you’re thinking, I couldn’t live like that. Well, after seeing these pictures and watching the video below, you’re probably going to change your mind. After a year and a half of building, Alex and Hannah had everything they would need. A wood fireplace, electrical hookups, a full 12V solar power system, gas stove and oven, gas shower, kitchen table, sofa, counter space, a bedroom and even a guest bedroom! That sounds like a pretty good home to me.
Alex and Hannah started with an older, used flatbed truck. They scored a good deal on the 1986 Hino that would become the foundation for their home. They only required that it was mechanically sound.
The first step was to get going on the framework. As you can see, they welded a metal skeleton onto the existing flatbed of the truck.
Here they had started work on the body of the truck and the roof of the future home. Fixing the cosmetic blemishes on the truck and giving it a new coat of paint looks good.
Looks like the outside of the home is all skinned. Next they’ll need to make some holes for windows and do a little finish work on the outside giving them the look they were after.
After about a year and a half, Alex and Hannah have a new home.
Overview of the inside of the home. Complete with a wood burning fireplace, gas stove and oven, storage space, counter space and a bed.
This place has everything. Oven and stove, electric kettle, kitchen sink, stereo… What else do you need?
A place to sit? Well look here, that looks like a comfy love seat.
Alex, Hannah and the interviewer talking to each other at the table while the cat pacifies a gnarly itch.
Here is the master bedroom. The windows offer great utilization of the natural light. The staircase being on the side, and the short wall offers a little extra privacy.
The welcoming guest bedroom treats extended stay visitors to plenty of sunlight coming in through the stained glass bay window.
A cozy fireplace for when the weather gets cool. Hannah actually looks forward to winters and admits that this little fireplace keeps the whole house quite warm.
Natural wood ceiling supports add a little style and elegance to the place. Alex chose to make the whole place out of natural materials because he didn’t want to live in a plastic box.
There’s even a good amount of counter space. Plenty of room to prepare a nice meal for two or more.
Alex and Hannah’s flatbed truck home by the lake. Who wouldn’t be jealous of a home you can park on the shores of your favorite lakes?
Check out the video below to see Alex and Hannah’s interview in the video below
Alex and Hannah have a lot of talent and vision. It is wonderful to see people who think things out and exercise some restraint when dealing with their financial planning. In a world overwhelmed by debt and the struggles of living within your means, people like Alex and Hannah can serve as an inspiration. Good, humble, down to earth people and their cat living a happy life in their 2 bedroom cozy flatbed truck home.