Pompano Beach, Florida 33069, United States
If you're looking for a tiny home on wheels than look no further than this 05 international 4300 with only 127,500 miles. The living space is 26'x8' with space for 6 to sleep- 2 on the queen bed, 2 (3 if they're all children ) on the net up top (which also works for storage), and the couch can sleep 2 as its a futon.
All of the work was done by me and a local certified RV mechanic and his apprentice. I will provide anyone interested with his business phone number so you can ask him anything about the conversion process as well.
What makes this conversion special is the fact that the living space is actually fully removable from the truck itself. The box has 4 legs that easily slide out from the corners that can suspend the box anywhere you'd like. After pulling out the legs you just drive the truck out from underneath it and go! To see how this system works, check out this informative video straight from the manufacturer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYjropiaQPQ
Everything in this build is brand new. No reclaimed/old materials were used.
Tires were replaced only about a month ago, as the old ones were over 5 years old, and only have 400 miles on them.
There is double layered insulation inside of each wall along with insulation in the ceiling frame as well. We built the inside the same as you would build a normal home with studs every 16".
40 gallon fresh water tank, and 35 gallon black and gray water tanks have been welded underneath the living space and all the electrical is hidden inside of the closet. There's a 6 Gallon hot water heater as well.
A 3500W generator powers everything inside and can run for about 7 hours straight on a full tank (only 2.5 gallons) with the Dometic 15,000 BTU A/C (with a full year warranty) running on full blast at 65°. You could easily hook up solar panels or even just an electric inverter as well. I decided against full solar power as running a 15,000 BTU A/C system draws too much power but you could add if you'd like to run everything else strictly off solar power.
There is a full, separate bathroom with a soundproof wall unlike almost any other tiny home conversion out there.
There are white LED strip lights that wrap the whole perimeter of the ceiling that accent the colors of the walls beautifully.
The counter top is brand new and is made of high quality quartz. There is another LED strip that's positioned underneath the cabinet so that when the light is on, the quartz shines beautifully.
Only 3 windows as I wanted this to be more of a stealth camper. With both doors open on the back and the side, this home feels much bigger and more open than it already does.
2 different entry ways, one being the roll up door in the back and the other being the 7' wide French doors on the side of the box that lock using the wooden bar you see pictured.
If you, or someone you know has mobility issues, there's no problem getting into the truck as there is a hydraulic lift in the back that goes up and down at the push of a button.
I also made sure to add the city hook ups for both electrical and water for when you're in an RV park. I even have a 30Amp adapter so you could hook it up to a normal house outlet without any issues.
The living space has a much softer ride compared to the truck cabin as the box sits on airbag suspension which can be dumped out right from the cabin. When taking it out to Sarasota on its first trip, the airbags provided so much stability inside that not a single thing fell, not even anything in the cabinets. Even after driving on many poorly kept roads with massive amounts of potholes and bumps.
After looking into what type of vehicle I wanted to use for a tiny home, I decided on this international as many box trucks are meant to last hundreds of thousands of miles, unlike most other vehicles such as a sprinter van or even a normal RV. A huge benefit of this truck is its engine. It's a pre-emission standards turbo diesel. Any mechanic you bring it to will tell you that this beauty could easily last another 300K miles without a problem as long as normal maintenance, like oil changes, are done when they should be.
There is still a lot of design freedom if you'd like to add/take things out, and I would be happy to provide you with my ideas as to what else I was going to add to this conversion before I officially hit the road.
Please feel free to contact me by email or phone. I'd be happy to answer any and all questions about it along with any additional info you'd like to know!
Pompano Beach, Florida 33069, United States