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He Used an ATV Winch To Create an Epic Murphy Bed in His Cargo Trailer Camper

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Jim is a professional carpenter who takes his skills to the road in his DIY cargo trailer camper, which he now calls home. After selling his big house of 25 years, Jim spent two months working and living in his cargo trailer, making it into a stealthy rig with room for all of his woodworking tools!

He used five different types of wood in the build, including some veneer he’d been saving for the right project for about 15 years. During the past year, he’s kept asking himself why on earth he didn’t make the move to nomadic, tiny living sooner! Check out the Tiny Home Tours interview below.

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Carpenter’s Stealthy Cargo Trailer Tiny Home

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Here’s his Murphy Bed folded down, featuring those handy t-shirt cubbies along the back wall.

He Used an ATV Winch To Create an Epic Murphy Bed in His Cargo Trailer Camper

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The rear garage has space for all Jim’s tools.

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VIDEO: DIY Cargo Trailer Tiny House – Stealth Camper

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Patricia Padon
    October 21, 2021, 11:24 am

    My house demolished built by my crippled dad I have two 50×100 lots I’m in the city I want a tiny house with bathtub/shower

  • Monica
    October 21, 2021, 7:41 pm

    What can I say…πŸ™‚πŸ™ƒπŸ™‚
    If you make it to Southern Oregon/Northern Cali… send me an email… Dinner will be on me…😊😊😊

  • Just Jim
    October 24, 2021, 6:42 pm

    Of the many conversions that I have viewed, few if any, state the weight of the completed unit. This would be helpful to persons considering their own self conversion, in estimating if the vehicle they have will not exceed the gvwr (gross vehicle weight registration), thereby not doing drive train damage, and more importantly, not having braking ability to get stopped say…..coming down a mountain. Happy trails.

  • cathy
    December 18, 2021, 10:43 am

    What you have done is amazing .

  • Cheryl
    December 19, 2021, 2:02 am

    Jim is extremely talented. His home is so cute and looks very cozy. What more do you need? I’m very impressed!!

  • Norrie Wise
    December 22, 2022, 5:17 pm

    I was wondering, how do you get your folded t-shirts out of the cubbys when the bed is up? What keeps the mattress in place when you put it up? And since you are mobile, do you have to run everything off the generator until you get your solar set up? What do you have in mind to turn the low platform into a couch for the daytime? I think this is so cool, and I love your straight forward description, without playing with your dog and giving your life history. I think this might just be the first person I’ll ever follow. Thanks. Happy Holidays

  • Jon
    January 5, 2023, 5:51 am

    Very nice and like my Mobil home I converted the back end which was a dog pound (used to transport Great Danes) to a comfortable cabin looking inside. Mine unit is a 1978 Wanderlodge Bluebird and not light by any means 14 ton. Completely self contained and makes the perfect small home. Jon

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