Built a MOBILE DWELLING While LIVING in a TRUCK


Hi I’m Alyssa. This is Hailey
and this is our home. Our cargo trailer that we live in full time. Well, we started off traveling on
the road with just the pickup truck and then we actually had a truck camper on
top of it. It really wasn’t the right fit for us because they’re super top-heavy.
The cargo trailer you can build everything yourself, so there’s a lot
less stuff that’s gonna break, and for us that was a really big deal. It’s just
like keeping everything as simple as we could because we didn’t need all that
stuff. With a box you just put the things in it that you want. Luckily our pickup
truck has a solar panel on the roof so we’ve got power tools. We just built this
thing, living in the back of the pickup. So it’s been over a year and we just
finished it and if, you know it’s never done. You’re never like, “Oh it’s done.” It’s like no,
of course there’s projects still. The entire build has happened on public
lands pretty much. We did our countertops at a house so that was like
a place that we had shore power but besides that the entire thing was just
built on public land with our solar panel. This is Jess , the truck. This a 2000 Ford
F250 Super Duty. It has the 7.3 liter engine which is amazing. If you don’t know about
it you should look into it if you’re looking for a truck of any kind because
this truck is amazing, it’s bomb-proof. We did install a front hitch on it so we
have this rack. Really just for storage purposes most of the time when it’s up
here, but we can take it out and we can throw it on the back when we’re not
hitched up to the trailer and then we have extra storage when we’re just in
the truck, which is really nice. We’ve got 190 watts of solar. Right now I think
there’s 160 amp hours of battery storage. So we have a couple AGMs
back here and then we have 12 volt and we have 300 watt inverter and
so we can do like computer stuff from back here too. We built in some storage
in here, which is really nice, so we got that extra tall camper shell because we
wanted to be able to have storage and then sleep back here and we would still
fit comfortably and be able to sit up and all that. So this right now is just
where we keep our clothes. There’s a lot of times where you’re like, “Oh, I want to
go swimming and I don’t have my swimsuit”, well I do have my swimsuit. We have a crash pad
in here that just folds out. It’s like the three tier crash pad and so that’s our
bed which is really kind of nice to have things that are dual purposed. That’s huge
on the road to just have something that does a lot of different things for you.
It’s nice to have two different options like you can be like super comfortable
and fancy with the trailer and then you could also be like, “okay, let’s really,
really downsize and do some roughing it.” So this is our cargo trailer that
recently has been named, at least for me, I’m naming it The Beast because of what
it was capable of. I took the wrong road and ended up having to do stuff with
this that I wouldn’t have really even wanted to do with just the truck and
the cargo trailer did it. No popped tires. I am so grateful and this thing is a
beast so this is now The Beast. It’s a 7 by 12 foot cargo trailer, but the nose
actually makes it more like 14. We really like having dual axle. We think it’s
actually better for off-roading. We heard that it was not as good, but because you
have a second tire to be on the ground if the other ones not on the ground,
you kind of stabilize a lot better that way so for us it was good. The back
tire here is really close to the back end and so if you’re doing stuff where
you’re off road that back end is not gonna hit the ground as easily. Another really
big thing with this trailer is that they make them in like cool colors and like
black and like silver and all these things, but when you go inside of those
trailers (we were testing stuff out when it was really hot out) those trailers get
so hot like even silver it really makes a difference to have a white one in
terms of temperature control. On the top we have the Renergy 400 watt solar kit
and then we also just have an antenna that was like somebody, one of our
friends leftover antennas, and then we have a cell booster inside and so that
connects to a cell booster so if we’re in a place that doesn’t have great cell
reception we can still get a little bit. The car trailer itself, like empty, was
like 4,700 brand new a year and a half ago so they’re really not that expensive,
but the build out process was kind of expensive so I would say all-in we’re
probably just under 7,000. This was something that like I had to have for
the cargo trailer. I wanted a deck. So this is our house, welcome. We found
really cheap paint that was for like a garage floor and so we just bought that
and we’ve painted it like ten times with that bucket of paint. The kitchen. So we
have a little sink. I don’t eat meat at all so this makes things a lot easier,
but it’s really easy to clean stuff. What I do is just use a spray bottle with
regular water and like that mist like that is really efficient for cleaning
stuff and so I have just regular water and then this just has this much
Dr. Bronner’s in it or some type of castile soap and then the rest of it
is just water and then I can just spray that the same way and it’s amazing.
I can wash my entire three days worth of dishes with like five
tablespoons of water so if you’re looking for ways to conserve water and
not have to use so much water that’s a really good one. This is just like a
remnant from Walmart or whatever like they have those little like, “here, we’re
throwing this away. Take it.” and so I found this and installed it with
Velcro. This can also be used for water in the sink, but it’s actually meant to
be a shower. It’s stainless steal and so you can just throw it on some type of a
heat source and you can heat it up and then you have a pressurized shower. This
is a pump and then I just have it threaded through into
the sink and you have a nozzle. This is my Kombucha setup. Let’s talk about the
walls. I was probably reading Walden and
thinking, “I love this book so much, let’s just make it wallpaper”, and so this is
the entire book of Walden, which I now call Walden Paper. It really was
super easy to do. It was just a big tub of Elmer’s glue and sitting with a
little exacto knife and like cutting out the pages. So each chapter is contained
like you can read a full chapter from the wall. It’s put in places that are out
of order from the way that the book goes. So in this area like this is the Ponds
because this is our water area and then the Bean Field is up here and then this
area is kind of like, like I’m standing here a lot to be cooking and stuff, and
so this is Where I lived and What I Lived For, which is like my favorite
chapter of all. And then the sink is kind of interesting how it’s not holding up,
but I kind of love that. That it’s like deteriorating and it makes me really
happy. It’s like a fast paced version of what’s happening all the time. We
actually have two counter top heights because I am 5 foot 3, my husband is 6
foot 1 and so it’s nice to have a place where you’re both comfortable. And then
underneath here we just have a bunch of storage. It’s arts and crafts time for
the adults because this is all like not fancy like pretty, beautiful, like I’m not
a carpenter, but I can make it work, you know? So these are just like hand-built
drawers like this is all my bedtime stuff. So this is our heater. This is a
Wave 3, it’s like a catalytic heater, so it doesn’t produce as much carbon
monoxide as like a Mr. Buddy. So these ones will work really easily at any
altitude so that’s another really big positive with these is that if you’re up
in the mountains and whatnot they still work totally fine. And we have just a
Dometic fridge which it holds a ton of stuff, like it
really does. We had a fire in this trailer because of our own fault, really.
There were wires that were not fused and so we ended up having a fire. Dometic
heard about it and said, “can we do anything for you?”,
and they out of the kindness of their hearts just sent us a fridge. So not only
is this like an amazing fridge the company is an amazing company. Water
storage. This is just drinking water for me and for Hailey and coffee and tea
water. I would say with the amount of water that I can carry and the food I
can keep in here, having power wherever I go, I can probably be completely off grid
and not have to go to a grocery store or anything like that for about two weeks.
It’s just really pleasant. That’s a good experience to have if you have the
opportunity. It does a lot for you. This is kind of the garage area. This is kind
of like the crazy wire area of our solar system. Everything comes in. This
hole was already in the trailer. It’s like a vent because this trailer is
meant to be for like carrying things that usually run on gasoline like dirt
bikes and ATVs and that kind of stuff. This area is the office. We have like a
big monitor cuz I do work here and so this is my office and it’s really nice
to have a big screen to do work from like just makes it so much easier. I am a
consultant in the energy industry and the big picture of renewable energy systems
and saying, “okay, how do we take the resources that are available and connect
them all in a way where you could actually produce the type of power that
you want for a certain scenario?” So I have an outside light. If it’s dark out I
can turn that light on before I go outside. We’re in the desert a lot of
the time and places with coyotes. It’s really nice for me to be able to flip
the light on and say, “hey, is there a coyote out there? Can Hailey go play
outside right now or go pee?”, or whatever she needs to do. So this is bed, couch, and
also folds all the way up to the wall because we do have an ATV that we have
in storage right now, but travel with a lot and so
when that’s in here it takes up all of this space. It is a twin extra long and
we are two people and we do sleep on that and it’s actually pretty
comfortable. It just depends what your sleeping habits are like if you’re okay
cuddling all night then it’s good. If you need to like be sprawled out and crazy
then it would not be good because we also have a dog who sleeps in the bed
with us cause she’s kind of spoiled. We use a ratchet strap to hold in place
when it’s a couch and it works really well. Then when it’s a bed this just folds out and you
just kind of *kicks* and then underneath I just throw all of our blankets and stuff so
it’s really super multi-purpose for us. Fear is a place where we’re
scared we’re gonna be uncomfortable. That’s a natural reaction. I think that
we’re humans and being scared is part of what we are, we need that. The things that
we’re scared of are usually based on like how we’ve lived our lives and the
world that we’ve grown up in and holding ourselves accountable for our fear in a
negative way I think is very unhelpful but for me if I’m in a situation where I
need to be aware of my environment and that level of fear keeps me on edge to
keep my awareness like it’s okay for it to be there but to have the fear take
over everything means you’re gonna shut down and so if you let the fear take
over and you shut down you can’t move forward and so it’s this balancing act
of saying, “okay, it’s okay that I’m scared but that doesn’t mean that I need to let
it control everything.” That’s all you’ve got and you’ve got to keep your eyes on
what’s coming next and planning for the next thing and that’s the only things
you can think about. You cannot prioritize the fear or else that fear
will shut you down and you’re not as effective, but then there’s fear like, “I’m
not scared that your camera is going to come attack me”, or something, you know,
but I’m still scared so there’s a different way of dealing with that which
is just like, “okay, that’s a thing” moving on. And then it pops up again. It’s
like, “okay, that’s a thing”, moving on. Thanks for watching this week’s episode.
If you enjoyed it be sure to like comment and subscribe. And if you’re curious to follow along with my travels, and my husband, and our dog Hailey you can find us on Instagram @outdoors_is_free. Have a great week!

100 Replies to “Built a MOBILE DWELLING While LIVING in a TRUCK

  1. Your ego is fear period. your being however, isn't a noun but a verb. The Buddhists ask if you aren't your thoughts and opinions memories then what are you? This question is liberating if you can live in it playfully and joyfully. Be greatful trust your path our lives aren't what we think they are. Namaste .

  2. They didn't disappoint in the stereotype department, boulder pads, kombucha, the dog in an inappropriately small space, having to hear about their dietary preferences.

  3. How to live in the trunk of your car ~ You'll find that car-trunk living is fun & affordable. You don't need a big car. You can do it in a Fiat. First, remove as much stuff from the trunk as you can. Next, install a single bed in the trunk, night stand & portable toilet, kitchenette & small fire place. Also: You'll need a way to cool your trunk. You can use a window-box air conditioning unit or a swamp cooler. I usually just use my car's air conditioner, but you don't have to if you don't want to.

  4. I just wanted to say that I have been using your idea of the spray bottle to clean my dishes and silverware. I was skeptical but it works great! Thanks

  5. Another very enjoyable video! Wish there was more detail about what caused the fire…with so many people installing basic solar systems (myself included), learning from other's mistakes could be very helpful…

  6. Why do you have a nose ring, don't you know that it signifies submission? …plus it's ugly looking! …and NO, I'm not a Troll nor am I a trendy hipster. Bet your vegan too. Thought so.

  7. Uh huh! As I watched on, I was right, you ARE a vegan, LOL! I guess you can judge a book by it's cover. ๐Ÿ˜… Frogpondian! Stopped watching at 7:01

  8. You could find a used horse trailer for way cheaper and do the same thing but wow. love this build! very nicely done.

  9. I enjoyed your interview with Bob Wells and I'm very glad to see you have your own channel. Love the wallpaper and the whole design.
    Oops I thought this was Melissa's channel

  10. Hiโœ‹, hey if you use Marine urethane in your sink area over the pages!! it becomes hard like Stone and that will protect your pages and it will become like countertop! That will stop the staining!! Just a thought! I love your input thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. All I can say is WOW! I would love to go tiny, however with 2 dogs and my 2 kids I don't know if they'd go for it. Can I ask you a personal question?
    How are your finances now that you're living in a tiny home? Did living tiny alleviate money problems? I understand if you decline to answer. I wish you and your family luck and happiness.

  12. I love this build out! Congratulations you guys! I think I would put some nicer fake grass on the rear door, so the deck would be like a lawn too! Awesome!

  13. Dr. Bronners magic soap!!! I use it for everything! And I mean it. Supposed to dilute it with water. But, I let it burn me in my pores and open cuts.

  14. Just found ur video great job im from ar so my question is how do yall find places to go like this love the off rd part of ur travel but i dont know anything about the western part of the country looks like cool. Place to explore

  15. Melissa, you're a little weird for sure! But then aren't all vegans?? Thanks for the V-Log nonetheless!!

  16. You two are brilliant. The entire text of Walden on your wall. Where is the first paragraph of "Reading"? A beautiful section. Grateful for your offering.

  17. How much water can you carry in there at a time? And where do you store it? you mentioned you can stay "off grid" for a really long time with the amount of water you can carry.

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  19. Very simple lifestyle. I will never understand why people leave an inside shower out of their builds. Being clean before bed is like my number one concern. What happens when you are all dirty and it's freezing outside, or you are in a public place where you can't simply set up to shower outdoors?

  20. Thanks for posting. I too am planning to convert a multi purpose, open trailer into a lighter and smaller toy hauler/RV.
    For an interesting channel with useful information on both a minimalist RV as well as life philosophy, there sure are a lot of people commenting with sarcastic remarks. Why is that?

  21. 9 out of 10 camper van inhabitants,are either vegan,or vegetarian,and have at least 1 dog,i'm going to piss them all off and only eat meat and drink beer,not exercise and just be lazy,but at least i will shower and have a toilet in my conversion,most of these types look dirty,probably not,but they look it. And no fcukin pets!!!!!!! dirty little vermin. . . .;-)

  22. Wow guys- Seriously, I can't believe how you have literally, lived my plan. Truck+large shell+enclosed trailer (6×10)+2 dogs and build out on pub. lands. Amazing… And the Walden pages- I was swooning. lol… See you out there, *A.

  23. Nice setup. Really like the folding bed/convertible space. Wide deep drawers to store this/that/clothes. Counter sink extreme water conservation appeals to me. Sweet solar setup. My power needs are minimal too. Free power from Mr. Sun beats that monthly bill 8 days a week..

  24. What didn't you like about the truck camper? I see they are very small, but wasn't it easier to travel in? I'm curious….

  25. Named my truck the Beast too. Good video, I live in a RV myself.. Hate to say it but your a much better DIYS person than me, I donโ€™t understand electrical at all. With that said, thanks for the inspiration because now Iโ€™m gonna get out of my comfort zone and try to figure out how to instal some solar panels

  26. Enjoyed your video I can relate to the fear of the unknown Iโ€™ve been widow for 22 yrs miss my husband very much he was a Vietnam vet so in spite of him being a little crazy he always made sure I was safe so with that I gained a lot of strength from him but life does go on I am 67 retired and I want to sell my house and get out of the city I donโ€™t want to rent to me thatโ€™s just throwing money away when I can get a cargo trailer and carry my home with me I already have a truck but I donโ€™t want to pull around a bunch of unnecessary weight thanks you for sharing and god bless you on your adventures

  27. Iโ€™m curious of how a nice young couple like yourselves support yourself and what you do to generate an income. Very nice trailer

  28. lets see how your bio diesel works in northern canada in the winter and it congeals and you freeze to death this coming from ex truck driver who almost froze thank goodness for wood burns

  29. I've been wondering if bed-caps like that help with the aerodynamics of pulling a trailer like that. Can anybody verify my theory?

  30. The content in this video is just sublime! Wonderful narration from the woman telling her situation-practical/spiritual. Wow!

  31. Hey if you like the book wallpaper and want to do the same in a full sized house just use a Stormlight Archives book. You may need a second home to fit all of the pages though.

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  33. I like your trailer, simple elegance. I know you have a portable potty bucket somewhere if you go off grid for up to a couple of weeks! I know I would not be going out to pee in a strange place in the middle of the night. You are lucky to have a job you can live this way!

  34. Fear- god placed the best things in life on the other side of fear

    I've just started watching your videos n so far so good. I wish I lived where you are you have so much areas to cover plus you have bigger n better motors!!

    I live in the UK we do have beutiful places but to ride a motor on it the farmers would get really pissed about it . You have so much freedom than us Brits!!
    Once again love ya vids!๐Ÿ˜Ž
    Can I ask you personal question?
    Do you travel full time n if so what work do you do to support your self to do what you enjoy?

  35. Very nice you did all the work yourselves… But, how did and why did you do much of the work Barefoot..??.. Certainly cut up and bang the toes…

  36. Wow I love this! I've been on the road now for 6 months, living in my van. I just bought a cargo trailer 3 days ago. While I am a cabinet maker I still don't want to go all fancy. I'm leaning towards something like what you've done.
    I've been trying to decide what I want to put up in the nose. The desk idea is interesting.

  37. You should epoxy the sink area after it starts looking how you like it to preserve the look and not deteriorate the paper too much. Nice build though

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