Joe’s Truck House

November 23, 2013

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).


  • Reply Nancy Hodges November 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm

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

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

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

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

        You can do this… YOU CAN GET TO THIS POINT… Take action! :-)

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

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

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

        Tibetan Mind Control

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

          Great 😀

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

        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.

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

          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.

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

          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…

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


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

        Probably puts the wheel lock on.

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

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

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

        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!

    • Reply March 6, 2014 at 2:51 am

      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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      The biggest dream… No words for it

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

      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!

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

      the swoon house is fantastic

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

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

  • Reply promise November 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm

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

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

      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.

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

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

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

        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.

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

          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!

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

          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.

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

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

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

        Fuck you ( Imagine that ) You faggot

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

        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.

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

        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.

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

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

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

        May ugly crap bless you! Is that better?

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

        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.

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

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

  • Reply Gaëtan Girard November 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm

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

  • Reply jean November 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!

    • Reply Alistair O'Grady November 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Amazing house on wheels, absolutely stunning! Alistair, UK

  • Reply Sarah November 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm

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

  • Reply debra doan November 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    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 me…lol

  • Reply AnnaLucia November 23, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Perfectly perfect!

  • Reply Nancie November 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm

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

  • Reply cathy November 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    That is just beautiful.

  • Reply moira November 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm


  • Reply Penny November 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm

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

  • Reply Kate November 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    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.

  • Reply Helen Rose November 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    This is Absolutely Awesome! Something I would dearly love.

  • Reply cajun69 November 23, 2013 at 11:18 pm

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

  • Reply Brandon November 23, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Love. It.

  • Reply ann comstock November 24, 2013 at 12:17 am

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

  • Reply Carol November 24, 2013 at 7:27 am

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

  • Reply Michelle November 24, 2013 at 10:23 am

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

  • Reply Emme November 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

    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.

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

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

  • Reply Barbara November 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm


  • Reply Reuben November 25, 2013 at 11:30 am

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

  • Reply Cahow November 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    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. 😀

  • Reply Diane November 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    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.

  • Reply Pooter November 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm

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

  • Reply Bram November 30, 2013 at 8:26 am

    awesome mobile mancave. freedom of movement. thanks for sharing

  • Reply Michelle November 30, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Very unique and awesome! Love it!

  • Reply Name (required) November 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm

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

  • Reply Eric November 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm

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

  • Reply Mark December 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm

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

  • Reply aj December 2, 2013 at 10:36 am


    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?


  • Reply Michael Bradham December 3, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Well done!

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  • Reply arctic December 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

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

  • Reply Mark December 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    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!

  • Reply universaldirect333 December 7, 2013 at 2:49 am

    very beautiful!!! Im gonna learn to do that

  • Reply zahran December 8, 2013 at 10:14 am


  • Reply plaket December 11, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    very beautiful!!!

  • Reply jean December 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I like it

  • Reply Kayla December 23, 2013 at 5:25 am

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

  • Reply Justin Elvins January 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Looks epic…admiring bro

  • Reply Mike January 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    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…

  • Reply tjsmith January 26, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Awesome peace of art keep up the hard work .

  • Reply Grey February 17, 2014 at 3:46 am

    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.

  • Reply Toni February 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    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.

  • Reply Jessica Turnbow February 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm

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

  • Reply mintiwall February 21, 2014 at 2:55 am

    it’s adorable

  • Reply sam eatmon February 21, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    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

  • Reply TheGreyHome February 23, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Leaving the city behind… : )

  • Reply Nilantha Madhushanka March 1, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Wow. It’s amazing.

  • Reply Marty@A Stroll Thru Life March 6, 2014 at 11:25 am

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

  • Reply Business Ratings LLC March 15, 2014 at 8:01 am

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

  • Reply Karthik March 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

    This look great.

  • Reply sam March 20, 2014 at 6:05 am

    This is just a superb idea to spend a life.

  • Reply LWilkie March 28, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    You are living the dream. Enjoy.

  • Reply Quang March 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Amazing !!!

  • Reply phillipe March 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    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!

  • Reply Joyce (roadcat) Sanders March 29, 2014 at 8:33 am

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

  • Reply Chris April 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    this is perfect.

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  • Reply Jenna April 16, 2014 at 9:21 am

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

  • Reply Nicholas Redd April 16, 2014 at 1:37 pm

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

  • Reply adventure skipper April 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm

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

  • Reply K R Riordan April 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm

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

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

    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.

  • Reply Darren Casey April 26, 2014 at 7:27 am

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

  • Reply pgtnetus April 27, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Gr8House! Looks like Free Rent!

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  • Reply Jusdina April 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    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..

  • Reply Jusdina April 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    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..

  • Reply Katie Bonzer May 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    This is a childhood dream come true.

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    Very Beautiful and charming …

  • Reply Megan June 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    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

  • Reply Dominique Fraling June 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Real freedom… Happy trails

  • Reply Donna Cerca Uomo Milano June 3, 2014 at 7:13 am

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

  • Reply alicia June 4, 2014 at 7:32 am

    good for you Joe..
    i have ideas four your bedroom..

  • Reply Janelle June 4, 2014 at 11:40 am

    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.”

  • Reply Fareed@Bedroom Designs June 13, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Excellent truck house, looks great

  • Reply Katt June 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I absolutely love this tiny and perfectly functional home!

  • Reply Appama July 1, 2014 at 12:39 am

    I really like this and happy freedom

  • Reply intan July 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm

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

  • Reply Neha Nautiyal July 18, 2014 at 5:55 am

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

  • Reply Brian Scooters July 22, 2014 at 9:27 am

    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!

  • Reply Siddharth July 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

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

    Thanks and regards,
    Siddharth Malkania
    Indian Wedding, Travel & Street Photographer

  • Reply Enigma July 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

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

  • Reply Travel Genie August 26, 2014 at 5:59 am

    WOW Such a beautiful House.

  • Reply Eliza Scott August 29, 2014 at 3:34 pm

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

  • Reply Charles October 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    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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