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Couple Living Simply in a Converted Box Truck

This is a converted Ford Transit Luton box truck that is home to Adam Croft and Nikki Pepperell.

They outfitted this box truck with everything they need to feel at home including a kitchen, wood-burning stove, living space with a mini library, bathroom, and a cozy loft bed. This truck takes them all over Europe and beyond.

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Couple Living Simply in a Converted Ford Transit Box Truck

Couple Live Simply in a Converted Box Truck

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  • Mike
    October 22, 2015, 6:32 pm

    So, how is this better than buying a used RV for a few grand? How did it save money or provide options that aren’t currently available?

    • Jon
      November 3, 2015, 8:45 am

      Buying a used RV means there may be issues that you discover after the purchase. Also, many lots won’t let you park an RV overnight but wouldn’t bat a lash at an unmarked box truck. On the other hand, some campgrounds may turn away a truck like this.

    • Melissa
      January 28, 2016, 12:34 pm

      Quality of living quarters, workmanship, personal preferences, organization preferences, perhaps preference in engine, and so much more….. a whole bunch of reasons why that I can think of.

  • Kim W
    October 22, 2015, 6:32 pm

    It looks much nicer in side than I was expecting! Well done to you both. Enjoy your travels.

  • Gord.
    October 22, 2015, 7:33 pm

    I was wondering is there a way into the front without going around to the back.If NOT 🙁 …….
    What is stopping someone or bunch of people locking you in the back with no way out.To me that looks like a death trap.I’d put a ESCAPE HATCH above the bed with a handle to open from the inside.Sure it looks nice but look at a motorhome safety sake.I wouldn’t catch me in that,with out a way out.No offence intended but look for the worst ,That way it never should happen.Also here in ALBERTA CANADA YOU ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A ESCAPE ROUTE IN A EMERGENCY,specially with a wood stove at the back between you and the way out. 🙁

    • October 23, 2015, 5:26 am

      The type of lock that is on the back roll-up door, one can snap a lock on it that would prohibit anyone from trying to lock it. This kind of truck did not come with a “walk-through” from the front to the back. But, that is an option when ordering most trucks like this. It would be a must for me to convert a truck. But, we are converting a Blue Bird Bus!

    • sandi mac
      October 24, 2015, 10:57 am

      I agree there, it should have a emergency exit i prob would have done the bed area differently and had a side door put in behind a cupboard or something,but have a sky light that can pop out in a emergency over bed would be a good idea,just a thought ,as for the other guys comment can’t see you getting a good used RV for a few grand and and the truck prob would have a big motor and it’s a labour of love to build your own mobile lil house..good job guys 🙂

  • October 23, 2015, 1:38 am

    Adam & Nikki,

    What a great idea to see the world and get to travel at the same time!! Your place is adorable!! You thought of everything I love your cute little kitchen and your build in library. Awesome wood stove. I bet it will keep you nice an warm on cool nights. Happy traveling!! Carol Perry

  • Dominick Bundy
    October 23, 2015, 2:12 am

    OMG! It needs WINDOWS! Lots of them..

  • Christa
    October 23, 2015, 4:33 pm

    Great place! I wish you both the best.

  • Nanny M
    October 24, 2015, 3:08 am

    It looks very cozy and comfortable, way nicer than the exterior suggests. Beautiful job. Enjoy!

  • Kim G
    October 25, 2015, 2:28 pm

    I agree, there is a real safety concern here, especially with that wood burning stove. They could VERY EASILY die of CO2, fire, and of course anyone at all could lock them in. Cute kitchen and stuff, I like the poofy couch. But seriously, there is real, actual danger here.

  • Paul Larsen
    November 21, 2015, 10:55 pm

    I love this !! a lot more sturdier than factory built RVs. One window at the back is sufficient as far as I am concerned . As far as the wood burning stove is concerned , a lot have fresh air intakes . In the interest of safety , I would get a CO 2 detector. Also find a way to lock the back roll up door open, to prevent bad guys from locking you in . A second way of exiting would be a good idea too like a roof vent escape hatch. When I built my trailer years ago . I was told it was the law here in Alberta. And if some snooty campgrounds don’t like your van , its their loss , just carry on. I am sure lots would welcome it !!

  • Bonnie Marie
    January 27, 2016, 3:52 pm

    I am unimpressed with the negative responses. Most people need a crash course in tact and diplomacy. Show us what you have produced. IF the builders were inclined to build another one, I am sure there would be improvements because of their experience .They did it without your comments, and will enjoy it without your approval. Go, Adam and Nikki and anyone else who sets out on an adventure with a vision.

    • Darcy
      January 27, 2016, 9:13 pm

      Bonnie, if you cannot handle the negative comments , get out of the truck. When some one post there business on this format , they ask for comments and that’s what people do. So whether they are negative or positive if they cannot handle critism then don’t post your business for all to view. Other then not enough windows, the interior is nicely done.

    • Margery
      January 28, 2016, 7:02 am

      Agreed. Everyone’s a critic. In their defense, we didn’t get a real good walk through and we have no idea if they have a CO2 detector, or if they have an escape hatch above etc.. He only spoke of their plans now since they finished the renovation. People need to relax and not be so negative.

  • Bonnie Marie
    January 27, 2016, 9:42 pm

    So..Darcy. a post on this site is not an open invitation to target practice. It is to share. I am able to handle it, obviously you are not. My comment was in general. Yours was personal. I have been doing research on tiny homes, and have had to wade through a lot of unnecessary negative posts just to read the positive info. People seem to take their anonymity as a shield to use their tongues as a weapon.

    • Mike H
      January 28, 2016, 11:44 am

      Context is everything here. People only seem negative because they like tiny but probably dislike van living. If this unit were on a blog called Vagabond, people would likely be more receptive. People are here to consider tiny living. What I hear them saying is that this isn’t what they had in mind. Alex has been trying to make this blog about any kind of minimalist living but I think it just goes to show that you can’t be all things to all people. Those people that you accuse of being negative are probably quite supportive when they see something that appeals to them. I think they’re just being honest. What is not helpful is when people start complaining about other commenters on the blog, and not talking about the subject of the article. That’s really the off topic remark. So mind your own business! Focus on what you think about the van and let others do the same.

  • Nanny M
    January 28, 2016, 12:28 pm

    I this very much, and could even handle no windows in exchange for the privacy. In many of the structures I’ve seen on this site I would feel way too exposed with their walls of windows, which many others love. We are all different. I am surprised by how many seem to feel a need to point out all the “defects” they find in the homes. I don’t think anyone is really asking for that kind of evaluation. Fine to express opinions, but need they include every nit picking thing?

  • Bonnie Marie
    January 28, 2016, 12:32 pm

    Well said nancy.

  • Jim Havens
    January 17, 2017, 5:56 pm

    I personally can appreciate the work put into remodeling this box truck. I own a static tiny home with only 120 sq.ft. and enjoy seeing how any small place has been arranged. While I don’t ever leave comments about what I don’t like about a place, it never hurts to have discussions (without making it personal) on what people do and don’t agree with when a new build is presented.

    • Natalie
      January 19, 2017, 7:20 am

      Very true 🙂

  • Paul Larsen
    January 17, 2017, 6:15 pm

    Sure you can buy a used RV for a few K but you might also be buying a few problems to go with it. The beauty of building your own be it trailer, truck or van conversion is that you know what you have and can repair issues should they crop up. And best part is it is built for YOU! the way you want it , unlike a commercial RV built for the masses.

    • Natalie
      January 19, 2017, 7:19 am

      That is the truth!

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