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Mike’s 3rd Military Overlander Conversion

Long before #vanlife or tiny living were Instagram-worthy pursuits, Mike was in Africa living out of an overlander. He has converted 3 separate rigs of his own since then, using them to travel all over — and he loves waking up in his own bed with his own things no matter where he goes.

This rig was a military vehicle with only 5,000 miles on it when he purchased it. He spent $18,000 on the vehicle, and another $75k or so converting into the ultimate overlander. You’d never guess from the bright orange exterior that the inside has a cozy farmhouse vibe! Enjoy the tour below.

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He’s Been Driving the Globe in Overlanders for Years!

Look at this adorable farmhouse kitchen!

He has a luxurious residential-sized shower.

VIDEO: Army truck to tiny home overlander


  • On a 5 year, 220,000 mile trip overland around the world
  • Military vehicle with 5,000 miles on it
  • Bought it for $18k, put $75K+ into it
  • Amazing exterior storage
  • Homey interior
  • Oven, full kitchen
  • Flip-up table
  • Residential-sized shower
  • Large queen-sized bedroom

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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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  • Tony
    July 13, 2022, 2:49 pm

    This is honestly the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. What a dream set-up!

  • vee
    July 13, 2022, 6:24 pm

    This clip was such fun to see. I never cease to be amazed as to how inventive people can be!
    Who would have thought a large and not too pretty military truck could be converted to a very cool living space. Lots I liked here: the kitchen — of course!! — The computer set-up — small stools that have storage and of course a cooler/fridge in the cab and more! Lots to like here!!!

  • Eric
    July 13, 2022, 8:58 pm

    Look at this adorable farmhouse kitchen!

    Uh, I don’t think so. I will agree that its compact. I will agree its functional. I will agree that it utilises space to the Nth degree. But adorable! Nah, I don’t think so. My opinion may not be yours.

  • Sammie
    July 14, 2022, 10:50 am


  • Diana
    July 21, 2022, 4:04 am

    Is the truck diesel and what kind of mpg does it get? I could totally live in this. So classy and well thought out.

    • James D.
      July 21, 2022, 10:30 am

      Yup, it’s quote:

      “1994 Stewart & Stevenson
      M1079 van
      6.6 Caterpillar turbo diesel engine
      Allison 7 speed automatic transmission
      Full time 4×4, CTIS, air ride cab, air brakes & more!”

      Like most of these types of vehicles it gets 8-10 MPG… Fully loaded he’s usually around 22,640 lbs and it’s about 19,000 empty…

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