Chris Rodiger is a senior at Colby College in Maine and an accomplished artist. As if his gorgeous “En Plein Air” paintings weren’t enough, he built himself a truck bed tiny house with minimal woodworking experience — and the result is stunning!
He calls it the “Beehive” and he spent the summer of 2021 living and working out of the truck, selling his paintings. His college was awesome and actually funded his tiny home creation as part of a class project — does it get better than that?
Now he’s back on campus (gets a little too chilly in Maine for his un-insulated tiny!), but he can always head out in his home and paint wherever calls him! We got to do a Q&A with him, which you can read after the video about Chris below.
This couple was just about ready to begin traveling when a family emergency derailed their plans for three years. When they were finally able to hit the road, they needed something they could build on the cheap. Using 100% reclaimed and recycled materials, Kelsey and Shane managed to create an amazing truck bed tiny house!
In total, they spent just under $4K on the build, and the result is a cabin/boho tiny home complete with a mini kitchen, room for guests, and their own comfy bed. They love bringing a smile to the faces of those who pass them during their travels.
They also discovered there are endless ways to make money — even if they’re a little unorthodox! Watch the Tiny Home Tours video to learn more.
Marsha is a long-time Tiny House Talk reader as well as a tiny-home-dweller. She just sold her amazing THOW in Arizona because she’s moving back home to North Carolina to be closer to family. While she’s planning on building a new tiny house in NC, she needed something to live in during her road trip/move.
So what did she do? Built a tiny house in her truck bed! Here’s what she told us:
Because of a gasket leak that was fixed with a liquid sealer, I had to keep this camper very light to try to make it home to NC from AZ, so 4 simple arches, 1/2″ plywood, white heavy duty tarp, and cardboard boxes for storage. Left over memory foam became a “rug” down the center to save my knees. It has an electrical port and 2 screened windows and redwood floor. Living out of it for 2 weeks now at my friend’s house, just two more weeks to go until school is out, and I can head home to my son’s farm where I can build another tiny home. Enjoy!
She even decorated the exterior, which I just love!
Outside, you’ll notice it looks like a very standard tiny home, complete with pine shingles, white trim, an American flag, and a beautiful red door. What makes it unique? It’s sitting in the bed of a truck!
When you go inside, you’ll find a full bed against a wall with pretty artwork. The interior is less than 50 sq. feet, making it a very tiny home – nearly half the size of some of the smallest homes we feature. According to the builder, they originally called it the Mopar Mansion because it was built to fit in an old 77 Dodge D100, but was later moved to the Ford. They built it so they could have a fun place to live in while driving cross country. It cost him many hours of labor and $4,000 to build and now it’s for sale for $9,500 and it’s located in Baltimore, MD.
Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!
It was built using about 90% recycled materials using a 2000 Ford Ranger as the chassis. Inside, you’ll find a bed, bench, and storage.
Joe, the owner/builder, was able to build it himself in about a about a month. He has a camp shower and uses local and public restrooms and showers as he travels. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!
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