Joe’s Truck House

I don’t feel I missed anything beyond this form of life. Yes, I gave up a lot of stuff-books, clothing and other unnecessary things we all registers. But gained freedom. Real freedom. Freedom of movement, that allows me to live near the beach, in the beautiful wooded area, or even in the city. Freedom from taxes, electricity, cable companies and corporations.

A work truck converted into a rolling home. Photos by Ilan Nachum. More info. here (translated).

2016-07-08T12:49:27+00:00

143 Comments

  1. Nancy Hodges November 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Awesome, how much did it cost, do you have plans available? My son would love one of these and so would I.

    • Kelly B January 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      beautiful. wish i new someone to help me get to that point. that point of freedom. awesome job!

      • Name (required) March 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm - Reply

        You can do this… YOU CAN GET TO THIS POINT… Take action! 🙂

    • Dana January 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      I do wonder how he keeps his computer chair from sliding all over the place when driving.

      • joeblogs March 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm - Reply

        Tibetan Mind Control

        • Laf May 2, 2014 at 5:25 am - Reply

          Great 😀

        • NewYawkahBroad April 23, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

          Great! Now EVERYONE KNOWS!

      • joeblogs March 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm - Reply

        Why did it cost so much? It seems excessive to spend so much on a bus/camper, to renovate a house can be done for a fraction of the cost.

        • Shayna March 28, 2014 at 5:29 am - Reply

          Reading the original Hebrew text from the article, the word “shekel” was kind of erroneously translated to “dollar.” An Israeli shekel is worth about 0.29 of an American dollar, so that would explain why the numbers seem so large.

        • Russ June 20, 2014 at 5:50 am - Reply

          It never was a comparison between a house reno vs a ‘camper’.

          It was always about freedom and expression.

          This man painted a rainbow of simple truth… He wasn’t looking for a financial return on his investment…

      • Craig Wright March 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm - Reply

        Nails.

      • Ray April 28, 2014 at 12:27 am - Reply

        Probably puts the wheel lock on.

    • jobelle collie February 20, 2014 at 4:03 am - Reply

      I got your plans from stumbleupon.com Please let me know if there are plans to make a home like yours. I think it is wonderful.

      • debi July 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm - Reply

        I bought a camper for $4000 American Dollars. I have a pick-up that pulls it. Anyone can do this. You aren’t truly free though. You still have to pay for gas and food. These campers don’t get good gas mileage. Pulling my camper, I probably get 10 mpg. A motor home gets even worse gas mileage. You still need some way to make money to pay for your food and gas. And most campgrounds make you pay for a spot. There are places where you can stay for free, I’m sure. My camper doesn’t have solar panels, but that would help you be more self sufficient…so you wouldn’t have to have a campsite with electricity. Good luck with your dreams. Someday I will get in my camper and go to the ocean in the winter and the mountains in the summer! Planning on working at a fun little job like working at a gift shop or even a campground host so I can stay free at the campground. Hopefully will have time to paint and create!

    • [email protected] March 6, 2014 at 2:51 am - Reply

      Dear Joe,

      This is absolutely stunning – my family and I are planning a similar escape – may I ask how you have sorted out the food situation? We will be growing our own via a homestead in the mountains – how have you done it? Very much looking forward to your reply!

      All the best,
      Kai.

    • Akki March 21, 2014 at 4:15 am - Reply

      Your Wagon’s Interior look Awesome……………. its like Dream Home….

    • daire burke March 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      joe u are the man, how much does it cost i want one

    • vickie March 31, 2014 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      This is amazing! My husband talks about hitting the road like this once our kids are off to college….looks awesome!

    • Alice April 16, 2014 at 5:16 pm - Reply

      The biggest dream… No words for it

    • Sonya April 18, 2014 at 3:30 am - Reply

      WOW I love the timber, very nice I have a Euro Cargo Iveco and one day I would love to place a mobile home on it to travel around Australia. I love freedom too but I love a home base more with a garden!

    • Lindalee June 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      the swoon house is fantastic

    • korbi July 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      very cool! my Husband & I have talking about doing something like this! We will he is very creative.

  2. promise November 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    omgoodness, to live the life you live, just touches my soul…God Bless you in your journeys..peace and God Bless.

    • Atwas911 November 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Ugh.. Why does everyone always feel the need to call upon imaginary creatures to bless things. GROW UP! Imagine how people would look at you if you went around saying “Oh may Santa bless you..” as an adult. Thats just as foolish. You’re grown, time to put away childish things, and imaginary friends.

      • Dickwad December 3, 2013 at 1:03 am - Reply

        I take it fedoras are a major component of your wardrobe.

      • Ricky Gervais December 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm - Reply

        Pardon the pun, but amen to that! It’s 2013 and we’re not cave-dwelling retards. All gods were created by man to control and manipulate the masses. If you disagree with me then you’ve proven my point.

        • Lucy Lastik March 19, 2014 at 6:24 am - Reply

          I really appreciate your open-mindedness and the way you so lovingly accept diverse opinions from others! You do such a wonderful impersonation of a human being, it must have taken years of practice!!!

          Your mother has to be ever so proud!

        • Ray April 28, 2014 at 12:41 am - Reply

          Yet, it is funny how the people that don’t believe in God seem to be the angry unhappy ones. Well, their posts seem to be angry, unhappy, or at the very least judgmental.

      • Lurena December 7, 2013 at 7:51 pm - Reply

        Why do you feel the need to interfere in someones life? Does it make you happy to upset people? GET OVER YOURSELF!

      • Chris December 10, 2013 at 12:59 am - Reply

        Fuck you ( Imagine that ) You faggot

      • dave January 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm - Reply

        I don’t understand why people need to call out other people for their individual beliefs. I’m agnostic, so I’m not critical towards theists for claiming to KNOW there is a god, or atheists for claiming to KNOW there isn’t. I suppose you have just as much freedom to needlessly impose your unoriginal argument on this person as they do to type god bless at the end of their post. God bless america! Sorry promise, I know that just makes you say ugh.

      • Jaye February 16, 2014 at 11:53 pm - Reply

        Why are you so bothered by someone you don’t even know? why do you feel the need to be a douchebag because someone believes differently than you. What is your problem.

      • james February 22, 2014 at 12:25 am - Reply

        agree with you!! That appears to be enough solar energy to power a small community. Why would you possibly need so much power?

      • Gels March 1, 2014 at 10:33 am - Reply

        May ugly crap bless you! Is that better?

      • Sharon March 6, 2014 at 8:34 pm - Reply

        Because Santa is a figment of people’s imagination, whereas God walks with me and talks with me and tells me I am His own every day.

        • aya devin January 23, 2015 at 4:53 am - Reply

          if you are hearing voices in your head – there is a name for that – schizophrenia

  3. Gaëtan Girard November 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous…..Your project «fit» exactly with my project! Congratulations…..

  4. jean November 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  5. Sarah November 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    How much did this cost? Beautiful, by the way.

  6. debra doan November 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    would like to know how u figured enough watts to service ur home…how many solar panels isn’t enough to figure it out. looking into simple, small living, but wanted to know the electical freedom of all this. so how did u figure…what equation, i guess..help me…lol

  7. AnnaLucia November 23, 2013 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Perfectly perfect!

  8. Nancie November 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    I absolutely adore this. Beautiful job! Thank you for sharing.

  9. cathy November 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    That is just beautiful.

  10. moira November 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    GORGEOUS!!!

  11. Penny November 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    This place is the bomb! I could totally live here if it had an oven. Would also want a stackable washer/dryer, if possible.

  12. Kate November 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    That is beautiful and the space is used so well. I am curious, did you build a slideout? It looks like the couch and dinette are in a slideout. Also I would love to see what you did for the bathroom.

  13. Helen Rose November 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    This is Absolutely Awesome! Something I would dearly love.

  14. cajun69 November 23, 2013 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Nice i wish i would have had this when i was a HOBO!! it would have been much better than MY PUP TENT!!

  15. Brandon November 23, 2013 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Love. It.

  16. ann comstock November 24, 2013 at 12:17 am - Reply

    I too am wanting to build my own tiny home. do you have any advice ?

  17. Carol November 24, 2013 at 7:27 am - Reply

    A fantastic restoration and use for a truck as a home. Lovely interior. Well done

  18. Michelle November 24, 2013 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Joe, your home is simply beautiful!! but I’m wondering if there is a slide out? looks very spacious on the inside! lucky you 🙂

  19. Emme November 24, 2013 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Very beautiful! I could totally live there.

    It’s always interesting too see tiny house from around the world. I don’t really understand though why it cost over $400,000 US dollars. That’s a scary price tag.

  20. E. Daniel Ayres November 24, 2013 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    What is the power plant that lets you move from place to place? Fossil fuel?

  21. Barbara November 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Fabulous

  22. Reuben November 25, 2013 at 11:30 am - Reply

    That is fantastic!!! I’m gonna learn to do that.

  23. Cahow November 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    I realize that everyone has a different aesthetic sense in HOW to live but >this< place is a shining example to those people who think Tiny Homes = Unibomber. Sublime elegance. I am so very happy for the man who lives here. 😀

  24. Diane November 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    For those of you asking questions, you’ll find most of your answers if you click on the link below the last photo that says “More info here.” Lots of nice details there.

  25. Pooter November 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I read in another article that it cost him approximately $225,000. Not bad considering the price of a luxury RV these days.

    • Velvet February 8, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      I have exactly what info I want. Check, please. Wait, it’s free? Awmeoes!

  26. Bram November 30, 2013 at 8:26 am - Reply

    awesome mobile mancave. freedom of movement. thanks for sharing

  27. Michelle November 30, 2013 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Very unique and awesome! Love it!

  28. Name (required) November 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    “Freedom from taxes”
    I don’t think so.
    Next, you’re going to tell ain’t gonna die.

  29. Eric November 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    I really wish I had the knowledge to do something like that.

  30. Mark December 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Unfortunately you are still bound to the petro-polluters and contribute to that pollution yourself, I will wait until hydrogen fuel cells are practical.

    • Veggie Fuel November 9, 2015 at 9:35 am - Reply

      Being that this house is built on a cab-over truck, it most likely runs on diesel, which means it could also quite easily run on straight (albeit, filtered) vegetable oil with very little actual diesel being used (just enough to warm up upon starting & purge before stopping). It’s quite easy to do! Btw, I’m not talking biodiesel, either. Instead, recycling used vegetable oil that can often be obtained for free! Much better than fuel cells that require an extraordinary amount of environmentally harmful battery components to manufacture & operate, not to mention, the technology is far from being readily available to ‘Joe-Public.’

      Easter Bunny Bless you!

  31. aj December 2, 2013 at 10:36 am - Reply

    hi.

    i admire your job.

    few things are missing for me [the hood over the stove for example],
    but i can do it in my project.

    could you tell me the size of the box? how much did
    you extend the box?

    sincerely,
    aj

  32. Michael Bradham December 3, 2013 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Well done!

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  34. arctic December 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Way to go Joe! You have done an amazing job my friend ~ God bless you brother!

  35. Mark December 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Best of all this truck is in Israel, I know one of the pic right beside Jaffa where there is the wooden bench.
    Kol Hakavod achi!
    Israel forever!

  36. universaldirect333 December 7, 2013 at 2:49 am - Reply

    very beautiful!!! Im gonna learn to do that

  37. zahran December 8, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

    zahran

  38. plaket December 11, 2013 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    very beautiful!!!

  39. jean December 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    I like it

  40. Kayla December 23, 2013 at 5:25 am - Reply

    I want to know the exact dimensions, process, and the licensing and insurance aspects.

  41. Justin Elvins January 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Looks epic…admiring bro

  42. Mike January 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Just so you know…. it’s a lie. He is NOT free from taxes, everything he made out of that truck had taxes… solar panels are taxed like NO other. Also, the truck is not ‘free’ either… he pays taxes for that. he pays taxes for sustainability of living, for groceries, for gas, for electricity when he hooks up at a campground when his solar panels are not working….. I can go on. The ‘hippy’ mentality drives me up the wall when someone actually claims to be “free” of things in life when they are right there in the midst of them. Sure, he may not have a cable bill or doesn’t pay rent (although he does pay ‘rent’ for where ever he sets up camp).

    It’s truly amazing because the truck front (engine) that he has is from a HUGE corporation who specializes in the creation of those types of trucks. So, everything he THINKS he is free of, he isn’t. He just found a way to live a more frugal lifestyle than most other people and there is nothing wrong with that. There IS something wrong with someone claiming to live a certain way they are CLEARLY not. That is all…

  43. tjsmith January 26, 2014 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Awesome peace of art keep up the hard work .

  44. Grey February 17, 2014 at 3:46 am - Reply

    Good job – it gives a real taste for freedom.
    No offence, but you should have laid the flooring lengthways — not crossway. it would have given an even more spacious feeling.

  45. Toni February 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I really love the wood effect. Two questions that I do have though. Why is there no picture of the bathroom facilities or are there not any.. Secondly, why is the front wheel covered in the outside photograph. Just curious.

  46. Jessica Turnbow February 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Super jealous. Very much in agreement for bucking the status quo. It looks like a beautiful life.

  47. mintiwall February 21, 2014 at 2:55 am - Reply

    it’s adorable

  48. sam eatmon February 21, 2014 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Great Life style Joe, I have wanted something like that for more than 20 years. I feel you and understand why you choose to live the way you’re living. As a writer it has to be the hands on freedom one can ever experience God Bless
    you…

  49. TheGreyHome February 23, 2014 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Leaving the city behind… : )

  50. Nilantha Madhushanka March 1, 2014 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Wow. It’s amazing.

  51. You have done an amazing job on the interior. I love it. What a fabulous home.

  52. Business Ratings LLC March 15, 2014 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Now thats a very content lifestyle. I wonder if this is sustainable.

  53. Karthik March 17, 2014 at 10:48 am - Reply

    This look great.

  54. sam March 20, 2014 at 6:05 am - Reply

    This is just a superb idea to spend a life.

  55. LWilkie March 28, 2014 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    You are living the dream. Enjoy.

  56. Quang March 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Amazing !!!

  57. phillipe March 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Hey friend! My name is Phillipe and i am from Brazil. Would like to say that you are my hero. Thats a great form to live. Next the sky, the plants and animals. I would love to live like you, but here in Brazil, thats not so posible like in your country. Here we don´t have this kinda cars or they are veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery expensive.
    Hugs from Rio, bub!!!!!!!!!!
    Stay in peace!

  58. Joyce (roadcat) Sanders March 29, 2014 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Love it! Love it! Love it! You rule, Joe! What a great way to get away from the burdens of the establishment!

  59. Chris April 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    this is perfect.

  60. Graydon Kline April 1, 2014 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Awesome!!

  61. Jenna April 16, 2014 at 9:21 am - Reply

    It would be a dream come true to live like you.

  62. Nicholas Redd April 16, 2014 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    This is so cool. I would love to live like this.

  63. adventure skipper April 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    OOO so liveable and oh so charming! Very nicely created, furnished, and decorated! Love it!

  64. K R Riordan April 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Ummmm give up books? Get a Kindle bro…got enough solar energy to charge one up for eternity from that roof! lol

  65. Shell Robshaw-Bryan April 23, 2014 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Wow, that is just stunning. It doesn’t look that big on the outside but the way the space is used internally is amazing. Very inspirational.

  66. Darren Casey April 26, 2014 at 7:27 am - Reply

    Very cool idea.. i would love to do this or something simmilar.. can you guestimate how much it costs??

  67. pgtnetus April 27, 2014 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Gr8House! Looks like Free Rent!

  68. Cynthia Morrison April 28, 2014 at 11:45 am - Reply

    WANT!

  69. Jusdina April 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Good for you Joe.. I don’t want to be a slave to society either.. Living off of the grid is so ideal and more affordable than this life in San Francisco where a loaf of bread is an astounding $5.00.. Sure, it may be nice to live in San Francisco, but when all of your earned income goes towards rent.. where is the fun in life? I am with you..

  70. Jusdina April 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Joe’s got the “boot” on his front tire, he must of tried to park it in San Francisco for the night.. ha ha.. just kidding.. although, they have passed ordinances here where anything over so many feet long has to be moved and can not be parked in certain areas overnight.. the good thing with that though is… you actually have to answer your door to receive the citation.. i don’t know about you, but I don’t answer my door unless I am expecting somebody… ha ha..

  71. Katie Bonzer May 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    This is a childhood dream come true.

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  73. Megan June 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    This is an amazing escape from the reality. Congratulations on the freedom you have obtained!
    I hope you enjoy this 😀

    My only question is… How do you shower? Heehee

  74. Dominique Fraling June 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Real freedom… Happy trails

  75. Donna Cerca Uomo Milano June 3, 2014 at 7:13 am - Reply

    awesome interior, I love that much wood. The sun panels are also a great idea …

  76. alicia June 4, 2014 at 7:32 am - Reply

    exicited..
    good for you Joe..
    i have ideas four your bedroom..
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  77. Janelle June 4, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

    First of all, that home is beautiful! I love it. Nothing is as sweet as freedom. I am inspired by Joe’s ability to live a life outside of society’s “norm.”

  78. [email protected] Designs June 13, 2014 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Excellent truck house, looks great

  79. Katt June 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love this tiny and perfectly functional home!

  80. Appama July 1, 2014 at 12:39 am - Reply

    I really like this and happy freedom

  81. intan July 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Its Great.. but how many people can get into the truck?

  82. Neha Nautiyal July 18, 2014 at 5:55 am - Reply

    How Much this beautiful truck cost you. Its daam amazing.when one is having this truck who needs daam house…Its kickass

  83. Brian Scooters July 22, 2014 at 9:27 am - Reply

    That is great! Love to see someone able to give up some much and live freely. Keep it up! I couldn’t change our scooters into this sort of tiny home. I wish I could!

  84. Siddharth July 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Amazing work! That’s an ultimate freedom! Hats off to the creator!

    Thanks and regards,
    Siddharth Malkania
    Indian Wedding, Travel & Street Photographer
    http://siddharthmalkania.com/

  85. Enigma July 29, 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Loved the Truck House. It’s beautiful than most houses I have seen.
    Feels good to know/see when people follow their dreams. 🙂

  86. Travel Genie August 26, 2014 at 5:59 am - Reply

    WOW Such a beautiful House.

  87. Eliza Scott August 29, 2014 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Wow, that is really cool and looks like excellent workmanship. I wish I had the skills to create something like this. nice job!

  88. Charles October 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    I want to do this very thing. My mental plan to build one using a 26′ Uhaul type moving truck. The one with the “granny’s attic” space above the cab. I want to use Pallets and Reclaimed wood for most of the siding and inner structure with only the frame being new wood if possible. What kind of plumbing are you running? Are you using a composting toilet? How about hot water? So many questions!!

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    Wow.Coolest tiny home I have ever seen. This one is truly liveable. Eco Friendliness is brilliant . Thanks for showing the way !

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  91. Irfan November 7, 2015 at 9:49 am - Reply

    inspiring idea.. love it..

  92. ekaa holida November 22, 2015 at 11:09 am - Reply

    This is an amazing escape from the reality. Congratulations on the freedom you have obtained!
    I hope you enjoy this ilove it,,, thanks so much

  93. bianca December 19, 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Nice!

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