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His Surf Shack Box Truck Tiny House

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Scott has been surfing on this popular California beach for 50 years and had plenty of experience with boats and RVs, so when they changed the rules about the size of vehicles allowed on the beach, he decided to downsize. He wasn’t planning on building something himself, but with the shutdowns of 2020, he decided to take on the project.

And wow! He did a great job. His house has a full-sized bed, an L-shaped couch on an electric lift that houses his electrical system, a separate bathroom with a boat toilet and shower stall, and amazing under-floor storage so he doesn’t have to clutter the space with overhead cabinets. Enjoy!

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He Hasn’t Needed to Use External Power for 3 Years!

He loves having his kids and grandson along.

He has an induction cooktop and huge TV.

The windows and door open up to let in the lovely salt air.

VIDEO: His secret beach house is inside a box truck!?


  • Scott lives part-time in his amazing box truck conversion which he built during 2020.
  • His favorite CA beach, which he’s been surfing at for 50 years, changed their rules about length of RV/vehicle allowed in the parking lot. So he had to get rid of his RV and find something smaller.
  • His rig is entirely off-grid and his solar system supports his induction cooktop, fridge, two freezers, a huge TV and more, with no generator use or shore power!
  • He has a large shower that he can take a 5-minute shower in, with the water running continuously.
  • His L-Shaped couch provides an extra sleeping space for one of his kids, and his grandson doesn’t mind sleeping in a sleeping bag on the floor when they join him camping.

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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
    February 22, 2024, 7:10 pm

    Absolutely wonderful! I love it!

  • Stephen Fosdick
    February 23, 2024, 9:33 pm

    I love your box truck design. The truck is diesel, as I recall. What kind of mileage are you getting? Do you know your total loaded weight!

    Great design!

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