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Man’s Simple Nomadic Life in a Custom House Truck

This is John’s custom built tiny house truck. It’s 8′ wide, 23′ long and weighs about 6 tons.

And right now we get to tour it thanks to our friends at Tiny House Giant Journey. When they were driving down the highway with their tiny home in tow they spotted it at a gas station and raced to go see it and hopefully meet the owner.

John has been traveling with his tiny house truck for over a year. Please enjoy the story and house truck video tour/interview then re-share it with your friends below. Thank you!

Man’s Simple Nomadic Life in a Custom House Truck

John's Tiny House Truck

Images © Tiny House Giant Journey

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Video Tour: Man’s Tiny House Truck Tour

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  • Liz
    August 7, 2015, 3:27 pm

    What a mess!!

    • Deadrock
      August 7, 2015, 4:32 pm

      Well, it’s not like he was given any notice he’d be the subject of a photoshoot. Not sure I wouldn’t have a few things I’d have to stuff under the cushions if a film crew showed up unannounced at my front door. I think it looks kind of homey, myself.

    • alice h
      August 7, 2015, 4:43 pm

      To be fair, he does say he’s in travel mode so probably a lot of the stuff that seems to be cluttering the place up has a storage place when he’s stationary. Much better to have stuff in boxes or lying around on the floor than falling out of shelves while you bounce down the road. It my seem a simple idea to just have shelves that keep stuff in but you still get a lot of wear and tear from things bouncing against each other that you can prevent by careful packing.

    • Carolyn
      August 10, 2015, 2:31 pm

      It wasn’t a mess in my opinion – I live in a small space and just a few things out of place makes it look cluttered. And Liz – why bother to comment if all you could offer is negativity?

  • Kristina H Nadreau
    August 7, 2015, 4:07 pm

    To point out the obvious, this man is actually doing it for real! Lives and travels in a tiny house that he built. He is not not living in his parents driveway, using their potty while he attends school or any other crutches. He is living inexpensively and completely independently. Many people believe this is ideal and few are actually doing it 24/7.

  • Shelby
    August 7, 2015, 4:08 pm

    Very Very Cool to see a tiny house that someone is actually living and traveling in. So a little cluttered – I loved it!!

  • Eva
    August 7, 2015, 5:41 pm

    First of all a big thanks to this gentleman for sharing his home with us. This isn’t a model – it’s a real lived in space. I love the stained glass window and the cabinets above the window.

  • AmyCat =^.^=
    August 7, 2015, 6:51 pm

    Yes, it’s cluttered… Unlike most pro-photo-shoot homes, you can see this one’s OCCUPIED by a real person. One of my friends recently inherited, rehabbed, and then sold a house, and it was astonishing to me how much she had to HIDE for the realtor photos. The usual Tiny Home seen in articles looks the same: clean and VACANT, with no sign that a REAL PERSON with STUFF actually LIVES in it, sink-ful of dishes and all.

    And given that this guy graciously opened his home on NO notice, I’d say don’t snark about his housekeeping. I know MY home wouldn’t look as good if someone toured & photographed it without giving me a day or three to clean up!

    I like the panel covering the shelves for travel; does he use that propped up for a table when parked?

  • Kate
    August 7, 2015, 7:52 pm

    I love that lit’ window too with the stain glass effect. What I found interesting was the bicycle inside and wondered why didn’t he just put in on the back. Then down the page, there was a pix; he has two motor bikes there!

  • Comet
    August 7, 2015, 9:04 pm

    Some people need to get a life–commenting on the guys HOME while he is surprised by some STRANGERS and then letting them take PICTURES as he is driving down the road—

    Obviously these people have NEVER been in a trailer or RV or a boat while under way–and what you have to STOW while doing this and where things NEED to go so they don’t roll around and get destroyed.

    • Marcy
      August 9, 2015, 10:02 pm

      And if someone stopped by my home unannounced, the pictures they took would show my lived in clutter, also.

      • Comet
        August 9, 2015, 11:38 pm

        LOL—-I don’t even wanna THINK what some one would see if they just “dropped in”–we have seven people; two kids; three dogs one of them aged and not always in the best of conditions; several guinea pigs; rabbit; two indoor birds; bearded dragon; degu–and thats only INdoors! We have been known to have several chickens come IN the house—there are 11 chickens that COULD wander indoors—And this is in a SMALL house where winter lasts 9 months out of the year—

        And not a one of us has that “neat” gene!!!!

        I remember traveling with my parents in their various RV’s–they were half year wanderer’s–and how every thing was packed in baskets; crates; totes; bags—you can’t leave ANYTHING to rattle about or roll or slide; so all your “normal” things like your dish soap on the counter will NEED to find another place to live; RV Forums are FULL of clever ways to stow these things; as are boat forums where the space is usually even MORE scarce and you have to think about not only forward motion and the side to side sway but the action of up and down waves and tides—I grew up on cabin cruisers and can remember rough seas opening all our carefully stowed lockers and everything had to be rounded up and sorted and re-stowed—yeah; just as much fun as it sounds! There is a reason they use those lovely marine hard ware latches!

  • Marsha Cowan
    August 8, 2015, 12:32 am

    Very nice! The trucks nice, too…lol!

  • Karen Davis
    August 8, 2015, 3:04 am

    Living the life! Nice wood work. I love his extensive use of reclaimed materials! I just purchased a 32 ft motor home and am moving in in the next week or so. I went big because I have 4 furry kids. I would have loved to have been able to do a more conventional tiny home on wheels but $ and health demands dictated my choices. Nomadic living has been a long time dream. This man is an inspiration to those like myself who seek this lifestyle.
    Way to Go!

  • Peter Piper
    August 8, 2015, 3:44 pm

    Wow, what a great job! And I admire his lifestyle. No connections, no electronic tracking devices, etc. I threw y cell phone away 10 years ago and I don’t miss it at all. I also remove any On Star or other tracking devices from any vehicle I buy. Would be nice to live out of a truck or van.

  • ev
    August 10, 2015, 3:24 pm

    That’s very cool to see someone actually living in his house full time. I LOVE that bicycle. I hope he has safe travels

  • MightyOak
    October 3, 2015, 11:56 pm

    I would be willing to guess that this guy is not trying to live in the Burbs. Not trying to keep up with the Jones’, so he is probably not offended by the snarky comment. Probably not concerned with what the judgment of the normal society folks think. If you are looking at these tiny homes to impress your neighbers then you are missing the point. I am reading this site to get ideas on how to continue my families 2 1/2 jorney in our tiney home since loosing our burb home to an F-5 tornado…for some of us we are just trying to put a roof, no matter how small, over our families head. If you are judging, there is probably a wine tasting or some other snub fest you are missing. Traditional society has plenty for you to pick at…leave these honest and creative people alone.

  • Brandi
    October 12, 2015, 10:59 pm

    I LOVE all the supportive comments. He’s living how he has chosen to live, simply. We should all be as content in our lifestyle choices as he is. Blessings to you my friend. You could teach us all a few lessons from the path you’ve chosen, Well Done!!!

  • Cate
    October 16, 2015, 1:23 pm

    Finally, the real deal by a real person. Love it!

  • Janp
    December 17, 2015, 5:12 pm

    When I first looked,I said “what the….” But as I read comments I must agree. Real folks showing some of the issues with tiny homes if you travel,have bikes and other stuff…………real life. Thanks for sharing. Still thinking if this is a realistic life for me.

  • Melissa
    December 18, 2017, 7:01 am

    Well, I’m jealous of his “mess”! Six tons of awesomeness! Love THE TRUCK & The Man behind its creation❣️👍🏼 Thanks for sharing, Alex and Tiny House Giant Journey!

    • Alex
      December 18, 2017, 11:11 am

      Thanks Melissa glad you enjoyed it!:)

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