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His Box Truck Home with Workshop and Jacuzzi


Paul was ready to get away from the Pittsburg area and find a place with friendly and like-minded people who would want to talk to him — but he needed a way to support himself. A handyman at heart, he decided to build out a huge box truck, fill it will all (and I mean ALL) of his tools, a jacuzzi, a bed, and a microwave, and hit the road.

Paul has everything from a drill press to a table saw to tons of spare materials and a heavy vice grip loaded into his rig. He reuses the 50 gallons of water it takes to fill his jacuzzi with a meticulous chlorine + filtering process! You have never seen a conversion like this one.

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He chose a box because the straight square lines are easy to work with and it would allow him to include everything he needs for a mobile workshop.

There are even solar panels mounted to the top of the truck for solar power. This vehicle allows him to travel, work, and live anywhere on the continent.

Even his kitchen cabinets are made out of toolboxes.

And yes, it is literally a workshop on wheels as well as a home.

The jacuzzi.

The truck’s name is Box Therapy.

VIDEO: Box Truck Therapy! His Tiny Home & Workshop

Highlights:

  • Wanted to find a place with nice people who would say “Hi” back
  • Decided to leave the Pittsburg area, but needed a way to support himself
  • He works fixing things and has all (and I mean ALL) his tools with him
  • There’s even a table saw!
  • Added a jacuzzi which he bathes in nightly

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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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  • Richard Lynn Herrington
    July 22, 2022, 12:55 pm

    With all that weight from tools and everything else… I bet the gas mileage totally sucks… considering what the cost of fuel is today. At some point, the truck will break down and need to be towed to a repair shop… and that is going to really be expensive. That is why building a home from a large truck or school bus is a very bad idea. Instead… build a tiny house on wheels and tow it with a 1 ton dually truck. When the truck needs repaired, you can live in the tiny house trailer while the truck is in the shop. You can’t do that if your home is a truck or a school bus. If your home is a big truck or a large school bus… every time you would want to make a trip to the grocery store or anywhere, you have to take all that weight with you. No thanks.

    • James D.
      July 22, 2022, 5:47 pm

      Well, the caveat here is he has his workshop with him and should be able to fix most problems himself and should be able to maintain the vehicle well enough that it becomes very unlikely to just break down. So this may be an ideal setup for him specifically.

      While mileage will generally suck for trucks and would be true even with a separate tow truck, just to a lesser degree when not towing. Unless you can get away with a lighter tow vehicle… So a separate tow truck may not benefit him as much, as he’ll need a heavy super duty truck for his needs. Something like a F-450 is under 12 MPG without a load for one of the newer models, less with many of the older ones. It’ll still drop under load but it’ll have to be a pretty big load to get it below 8-10 MPG and push the limits of the truck. Still a difference for sure, but doesn’t make the tow vehicle a great daily driver either…

      Besides, you can have groceries and food delivered to limit any reason to go anywhere. While a small vehicle could be towed behind this if he really needed a daily driver. Alternatively, there are vehicle rental services as well as public transportation and good old taxi services. Depending on area he’s in there can be multiple options to make it work for him.

      Everything does have trade offs but also often multiple ways to do it that may just fit certain people more than others…

      • Ken
        July 23, 2022, 9:08 pm

        Plus, I am sure that not having a mortgage payment more than offsets the cost of fuel. Then there is the other benefit that he eluded to: having a much better quality of life this way. You can not put a price on that.

  • Marsha Cowan
    July 22, 2022, 1:23 pm

    Wow! Talk about a person who can do anything, you really can! Amazing organization of space and equipment, yet the kitchen area was very homey. I am so impressed! I imagine that if there are any problems with this truck that you can fix them yourself as it can be jacked up, and as the engine tilts forward for easy access, and as you seem to be very mechanically inclined and very experienced with motors of all kinds. I sincerely hope you are meeting a lot of cool people and are able to help them out. I also hope this article garnishes you with all the right attention and that our paths will cross one day. I’ll be looking out! Happy trails!

  • Heather
    July 22, 2022, 5:12 pm

    How convenient!! Ya, I bet it’s heavy with tools but you couldn’t have picked a better type of truck than you did!! Happy roads and all the power to you on your ventures!!

  • Sandi Jull
    July 27, 2022, 6:09 pm

    I want his tub!! I’ve always loved the idea of a walk-in tub (bad knees and hips) — but a bit of pain in filling. The door has to be closed so you either have to be already in the tub waiting OR you can swing your leg over (although that does kind of negate the advantage of having the door!). Rock and a hard place! But I still want the tub. Jacuzzi every night – be still my heart.

    • James D.
      July 28, 2022, 3:45 am

      Well, they usually don’t take as long as a regular tub would. Typically around 4 minutes or less versus a regular tub taking 5-10 minutes or more…

      While you do have options to fill your time while you wait. Like, you can take a shower while it’s filling and not need to worry about water temp as that’s part of the function of the in-line water heater… You can read a book… You can do a facial or listen to music or do aroma therapy… Some models will have heated seats/backrest to help you relax…

      They also drain pretty quick, primarily for safety reasons… So 60-85 seconds you can be out but faster if it’s an emergency with a switch for faster draining, some models even let you release the door… Messy but it’ll definitely get you out quick…

      They normally have a large flow rate fill faucet for fast filling. The drain is often double to facilitate the fast draining feature…

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