How to Turn Your Truck Into an RV

The creator of the blog Desk to Dirtbag, Ryan Shauers has chronicled his life from the back of his truck for the past three years. His 1991 Toyota 4x4 has been his home for trips across North, Central, and South America—nearly 45,000 miles in total, and for as long as four months without even a hotel stop. From Ecuador, he offered a few tips for turning your truck bed into a bedroom.

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• A canopy with elevated headroom keeps you dry and lets you sit up, which is crucial for long stints living out of a truck.

Camping gear works, but in a truck you can bring bulkier items so life's a little better: folding chairs, a mattress, a coffeemaker, Coleman stove, work light, etc. Just keep everything organized.

• Baby wipes, wet washcloths, public showers and restrooms—use them frequently.

Bring simple nonperishable items like cereal, pasta, and soup. You can also use a cooler to keep occasional veggies, meats, and dairy cold.

• I have a deep-cycle marine battery connected, along with my truck's battery, to an isolator. The isolator separates the batteries so the alternator charges both when the truck is running but I only draw from the marine battery when my truck is off. I run it to a 400-watt inverter in the canopy so I can charge my computer or run a fan on hot nights. Plus, my truck always starts.

Wooden storage units on the sides of the truck bed provide space for small and frequently used items. The shelf between the storage units is big enough for coolers and large plastic bins.

• I sleep between the storage units, feet under the shelf. That way I can sit up fully. But when I need more storage space or room for another person, I move a piece of plywood from the truck bed up to rails I screwed into the storage units. Less headroom, but it works.

• The clamps that keep the canopy on the truck also secure the build. I cut notches partway through the storage units so the clamps slip right over them. They pull the wooden construction and the canopy tight to the bed. To remove everything, I just unscrew the clamps.


This originally appeared in the September 2017 issue.

Source : http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/trucks/advice/a27556/how-to-make-an-rv-out-of-your-truck/

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