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Cheap DIY Box Truck to Motorhome Conversion

This is a DIY box truck turned motorhome.

Outside, you’ll notice a standard white box truck, but this one has a door and windows to let in natural light. The home includes plumbing and electrical just like a standard R.V.

When you go inside, you’ll find the builder inserted “below the floor” storage to keep all your needs underneath the bed. There is also a fridge/freezer. When finished, you can sleep in the twin bed and store clothing in a nearby dresser while travelling around the country in this DIY motorhome! There’s even a shower created from a typical clear shower curtain.

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Cheap DIY Box Truck to Motorhome Conversion


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Natalie C. McKee

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 two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar kristina nadreau
    February 23, 2016, 1:36 pm

    nicely done.

  • Avatar Diana
    February 23, 2016, 2:33 pm

    Would love this! Great job!

  • Avatar Debbie Johnson
    February 23, 2016, 3:00 pm

    I love this conversion. Wish there was enough room for my cat to stay all day while I work, but a little small for that. If it was just me…..awesome ides. Wish I could do something like this. The only thing i did not see, or missed it was the toilet, :).

  • Avatar Heapie
    February 23, 2016, 6:20 pm

    What is the headroom? I am 5’7″ tall.

  • Avatar Theo
    February 23, 2016, 6:47 pm

    Cheap, eh? I don’t think so. I saw the shower, but no loo. What do you do, go in the shower, then wash it down the drain?

    • Avatar Comet
      February 23, 2016, 8:57 pm

      Really? Do yourself a favor and learn how to do some research. Most set ups like this use a portable bucket type toilet with a regular seat and some sort of absorbent material that is contained in a bag that can be disposed of. Being snotty is not what we are here for.

      • Avatar Theo
        February 23, 2016, 9:26 pm

        Yep, really. After all, no photo, or mention, of a loo. And I imagine I have done more research than most. You can clean up satisfactorily with a pan of hot water, a washcloth, and a dishpan to stand in; so a shower is second to a indoor loo any day of the week. I was going to make a composting toilet, until I found one for $13, new; as cheap as I could make one, or less, and much faster. By the way, a loo can be stored in a shower too.

  • Avatar Bigfoot
    February 23, 2016, 8:14 pm

    Nice job ! For a tiny unit it seems like the space is well utilized. I was wondering about a toilet as well, didn’t see even a porta-potti. One of the great features is that it is pretty stealthy, quite compact, & allows you to roll with a low profile. Hope he changed the tires, there is an age limit regardless of tread appearance. I guess cheap depends on your vantage point. I wonder what the total cost was ?

    • Avatar Comet
      February 23, 2016, 9:01 pm

      Probably uses a common bucket toilet like in a pop up. About $30 at Walmart or any camping place. Hides in a cabinet or for a single user could be anywhere just not in sight of the camera! .They even make a pop up tent that can be used for these or showers; I have seen them for about the same price on eBay. Just a tall tent that sets up in a few secs.

  • Avatar Porcsha S
    February 25, 2016, 1:38 pm

    Well done!

  • Avatar rich miller
    March 2, 2016, 9:09 pm

    Was gonna do that once with my ’66 econoline … then came a 32′ …Wrong! …… Finally, my beautiful ’99 Roadtrek 190 … Perfect condition and always garage kept … never will another, duplicate that machine … We in love ….. Rich Miller … Live Oak, Fl.
    but i really admire the engineering and satisfaction of doing whatever you want !!! Great !

  • Avatar CathyAnn
    July 3, 2016, 3:33 pm


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