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19-Year-Old Builds Budget Box Truck Tiny Home

Max didn’t “get into” nomadic vehicle life because of YouTube — he was born into it! His parents each had their own van conversions before they got married and when little Max came along they converted an awesome truck tiny home and Max “helped.” In other words, it was in his blood!

So it’s no surprise that this 19-year-old decided to take on his own box truck conversion when he was ready to move out! His build is particularly remarkable because of how many free and reclaimed materials he used in order to stay under budget. Enjoy the tour below!

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His Awesome Cabin-Like Truck Conversion

19 Year Old’s Budget Box Truck Conversion 4

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He painted the exterior with a roller brush and military paint.

19 Year Old’s Budget Box Truck Conversion 2

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Here’s the clever and dedicated 19-Year-Old!

19 Year Old’s Budget Box Truck Conversion 3

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I love the flip-up awning off the back.

19 Year Old’s Budget Box Truck Conversion

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  • Max, a 19-year-old, successfully completed a budget box truck conversion, following in the footsteps of his van-converting parents.
  • His resourcefulness and creative use of free and reclaimed materials allowed him to stay within his budget.
  • Max painted the exterior of the box truck with military-grade paint, giving it a rugged and eye-catching appearance.
  • The interior design of the tiny home reflects a cozy cabin-like atmosphere.
  • Clever design elements include a flip-up awning at the back, providing an outdoor gathering space.
  • Despite limited space, Max maximized functionality with a compact kitchen and foldable dining table.
  • The sleeping area above the cab offers a comfortable sanctuary and efficient storage solutions.
  • Max’s journey into nomadic living represents his pursuit of freedom and adventure.
  • Through his YouTube channel, he shares his experiences and inspires others to embrace alternative lifestyles.
  • Max’s budget box truck conversion serves as a testament to his determination, resourcefulness, and passion for mobile living.

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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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  • Marsha Cowan
    June 8, 2023, 6:42 pm

    Wow! So impressive! It’s a lovely home and well built. Be proud!

    • Marsha Cowan
      June 8, 2023, 6:44 pm

      Oh, I wanted to add that the ventilation of the wool insulation was a clever idea. There are lots of clever ideas in this home.

  • Liz
    June 8, 2023, 11:09 pm

    Life on the road, living in this TH would be quite the experience. You have put together a fine home. I love the rustic style, furniture, walls, all of it. It’s a calm, warm and cozy way to live and travel. But for real those steps need to be replaced with safe stairs beginning with adding a step coming out from the door. As it is that 1st step is dangerous! If you could build a set of stairs and put them on hinges so they could be raised up and locked in for travel. See?

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