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Retired in an Overlander RV After Losing his Wife


Daniel served in Vietnam and Thailand and got married, had children, raised them, and retired. Just after retiring, he lost his wife to cancer.  He felt completely lost and ended up hiking the Camino de Santiago Trail in Spain, where he came to realize how little he needed to live and feel content — so he found a Mitsubishi Fuso 4×4 and made it into a home on wheels!

This awesome overlander is ready for just about anything. It has tons of storage that slide out, his fridge slides outside or can be accessed indoors, and he put his tool chest pantry on a swivel, so it’s easily accessible. Both his side walls open up and turn into awnings for when he really wants to enjoy the weather. What do you think?

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Hiking in Spain Showed Him How Little He Really Needed

The sides of his rig open up entirely!

He uses a tool chest to organize his pantry goods!

He can climb up to sleep here, or sleep next to the table.

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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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  • Kathy
    May 18, 2022, 3:32 pm

    First, I am sorry for your loss. Not every one finds something or some one else to love after such a loss, but fortunately you have done so with your cool overlander and hiking. Best to you, and drive safely!!

  • Marsha Cowan
    May 19, 2022, 4:44 pm

    Cool! Love the tool box idea! Also love that the sides go up for instant shade and breezes. Sorry for your situation, but glad you’re able to find some joy in traveling. Nice rig 👍

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