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Floating Micro Cabins Built Using Recycled Truck Caps

This is Truck-a-Float. It’s a floating micro shelter in NYC built using recycled truck caps.

Architects Matteo Pinto and Carolina Cisneros wanted to create a houseboat to live on in the summertime in New York City. The owners of Marina 59 in Far Rockaway, Queens had given them the space to build something (they paid the slip fee). Inspired by the hundreds of used truck caps they saw for sale along the highways of New Jersey and New York, they decided to build a floating home using a cap as a prefab roof complete with windows and screens.1

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Floating Micro Cabins Built w/ Recycled Truck Caps

… each pod has a sleeping platform with a full size convertible sofa bed (an IKEA hack), a small closet, and a compact flip table as a very limited kitchen (coffee pot and kitchenware).2

Video Tour and Interview: NY Truck-a-Float as Truck/Boat Camper

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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Swc3IQ68L_g
  2. https://faircompanies.com/videos/waterworld-done-right-ny-truck-a-float-as-truckboat-camper/
  3. http://www.truckafloat.com/
  4. http://www.combocolab.com/

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  • Sockeye
    July 10, 2017, 1:58 pm

    Saw these somewhere else, love them!! Great minimalist idea for a b & b in a normally very expensive place.

  • Hudson
    July 10, 2017, 6:32 pm

    That does not look safe at all ….

    • Marcy
      July 12, 2017, 11:41 am

      I completely agree! I would be worried the whole time about everything crashing in on me.

  • Mike
    July 10, 2017, 7:55 pm

    I wonder how a semi truck sleeper would look?

  • jerry
    July 11, 2017, 5:08 am

    These will roll over so fast if a side wind were to hit them it isn’t funny.
    Plus their floats have a history of sinking.
    It needs to be shorter and wider.

    • Sockeye
      July 15, 2017, 12:38 pm

      The do look fairly tied up…..I certainly wouldn’t want to float around untethered but I thought the ties would keep them upright, assuming they are tied on the side too.

      • jerry
        July 15, 2017, 1:14 pm

        They have been tied up well and still get blown over made like these. I have a lot of experience living on the water in Key West where anything that can float became a home.
        Then one day a wind bust would come though catching many sideways, rolling them both anchored out and at the dock.
        Build wider and lower and decent hull/s, not floats that don’t leak, rust, collapse like those shown that have very short lives.
        Look up shanty boats for simple very low cost but much safer
        One would be great with a solar canopy giving A/C, other comforts and catching rainwater and almost free living.
        One of the best TH ways to live at low cost.

  • Pam
    July 11, 2017, 11:34 pm

    These are kind of cool and very primitive, but what about any bathroom facilities? Nothing was mentioned about that!

  • Melissa
    July 12, 2017, 10:24 am

    When I was growing up, I was constantly made fun of (by my own parents) for my unusual “forts”. One of them just happened to be a floating fort on the Yellow River in GA. They were for “me”. I never designed them with anybody else in mind. That being said, I’m glad to see adults “playing” around with ideas such as this. And, there are restrooms in the marina. Perfect. Kudos! I’d love to visit one day.

  • July 12, 2017, 7:13 pm

    Wow! They are amazing! Is there anyway they could have a heater n board in case the evening get’s cold?? Just curious!! Love the cute little set ups! Enjoy them!🐟🐠🐡

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