Brian Galyon has been living off the grid full-time with his dog Sierra since 2015. In the summer he lives in the back of a 4×4 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with a DIY slide-out extension, and in the winter he lives in a Big Horn III outfitter-style tent with a wood stove.
At the start of his journey, he was working odd-jobs as a ranch hand, landscaping, and doing trail work, but now he earns a living as a digital nomad with his YouTube channel, Off-Grid Backcountry Adventures.
Tiny House Must-See – Couple Converts a School Bus So Well You Won’t Believe It’s a Bus
This school but to tiny home conversion could easily be one of the most impressive we have seen so far. When standing inside this home, it’s hard to believe that you’re actually in a vehicle! That’s largely thanks to some great design mixed with skilful execution of the conversion, which involved raising the roof by an additional two feet and cleverly shaping it to feel more like a house.
One of the things that I like most about the idea of a bus conversion compared to a traditional tiny house on wheels, is that they are designed to sustain long-term travel and life on the road. This home in particular is fitted with lots of off-the-grid features including ample solar power, water storage and propane to enable the family to live for extended periods while adventuring in remote locations.
Inside, the bus is packed full of features to give it a truly homely feel. Lovely hard wood floors, comfortable couches, a fully functional kitchen and even a wood burning stove to keep the cold at bay on a winters day. The home also has a full bathroom with shower, basin and composting toilet.
The sleeping loft is located at the rear end of the bus and provides a nice and private space to retreat and rest at night. This section has been cleverly designed to also allow for a small child’s room underneath the parents loft.
Together, the Midwest Wanderers Luke, Rachel, and Charlotte travel North America and live an incredibly rich life on the road in this wonderful home. Make sure you check out the full video tour (above) to get all the details on how this lifestyle and build project was accomplished. To follow this inspiring families adventures, you can head over to their website.
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This incredible transforming house truck is one that you really have to see to believe. Completely folded up, it would look very similar to a regular house truck were it not for the two turrets on the back that give a hit of what it becomes. Once parked, the house truck completely folds out and transforms into a fantasy castle.
Once parked however, the castle truck comes to life, expanding to create a beautiful little home for its builders/owners Justin, Jola and their son Piko. The family have a very active lifestyle and the indoor outdoor flow of the house was a central theme in it’s design.
The castle-truck is completely off-the grid. It is solar powered, heats water through a mixture of solar panels on the roof, a wetback fire, and gas, and it captures rain water from the roof that is then stored in water tanks below the truck.
Inside the house is just as impressive with beautifully crafted living and working areas providing all the necessary comforts for this busy family. The kitchen has been created as the central feature of the home. All of the appliances are full-sized and the kitchen is a wonderful space for this family who love to cook.
Perhaps one of the most impressive things about this truck is the amount of storage space that is built into it. Huge wardrobe and cupboard spaces fill up all corners of the house and easily allow enough storage space for all the families’ belongings.
A magical sleeping loft raises up from above the truck and creates a wonderful place for the family to relax and sleep. The wallpaper was created by Jola who spent many hours cutting out music and lyrics from old song books. Each of the songs sing about beauty, love, and sleep and set the mood for this tranquil space.
Climb up even further and you will find yourself on top of the world. The castle truck boasts an impressive roof-top balcony, with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, a hammock, solar food dehydrator built into the roof, and even a roof-top bathtub!
To the rear of the truck you’ll find the bathroom turrets. The turret to the left is the composting toilet, and to the right is the shower turret which also is home to a small washing machine. In addition to being a very unique feature on the house, this design also has the practical benefit of separating the bathroom from the living space.
Justin and Jola have created a truly spectacular home. The engineering that has gone into the house is pure genius and it is both skilfully and beautifully executed. In my mind, this House Truck has single handedly raised the bar on what is possible in small space design.