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75 Year Old Man Travels World in Incredible House Truck

75 Year Old Man Travels World in Incredible House Truck

John, 75, is no stranger to building tiny homes,  expedition vehicles and even a house truck. In fact, he has designed and built twelve mobile alternative dwellings in the last 35 years and has plans for the next one!

“I just try to keep moving for as long as I can.” – John

Originally from Minnesota, John retired from the construction industry at 45 years old and, with his wife and two kids, decided to pursue a nomadic lifestyle. The family has traveled all over the world in John’s homemade RVs, homeschooling and adventuring. Instead of collecting belongings, John’s family has collected memories, experiences and photographs.

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Two of John’s creations are parked in Homer, Alaska: an Adventure House Truck and a Retro Renovated RV. John was kind enough to take us through his House Truck, which he uses for travel most of the year. His Renovated RV acts as a permanent home in Homer, although it can also move if they choose to relocate.

Watch the video tour of John’s House Truck 

WaWaJohn’s House Truck is built on a Mitsubishi Fuso chassis and took only four weeks to construct. With two water tanks, an outdoor shower, solar panels, propane appliances and ample storage, John and his wife are able to travel to remote locations all over the world. Their most recent adventure lead them through some rugged terrain in South America and the next big trip will take their Tiny Home to Russia.

“We’ve done 133,000 miles so far, and I drove it 5,” John chuckles. “My wife likes to drive.”

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John’s Retro Renovated RV acts as a permanent home base in Homer

The Renovated RV was built on top of the burnt remains of a 1996 Holiday Rambler. John gave the destroyed RV a second life, using wooden shingles and carvings to decorate the exterior. He also built removable planters, which adds a nice floral touch. We weren’t able to do a tour of John’s Renovated RV, but as you can tell from the exterior, it’s a work of art. 

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22 Comments

  1. Sean W
    October 15, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    My wife and I met John and his wife in Big Bend National park. Super friendly people and I am now on my hunt for a 4X4 FUSO to follow in his steps. Wish I could find their blog!

  2. Evie
    September 13, 2015 / 8:51 am

    Hi and thank you for all your wonderful work/adventures and sharing. Wondered if John, with their, Retro Renovated RV, was taking any questions about how-to’s? tanks-EV

    • September 18, 2015 / 10:30 am

      Hi Evie, I believe your best bet to get some info is just to find John and Linda on the road…

  3. Suzy Smallprint
    August 30, 2015 / 12:38 am

    The renovated RV with the shingles is the most beautiful example of what you can do with a bus or truck that I’ve ever seen on the internet. It’s inviting, cozy, lovely and seems quite roomy but small enough to clean easily. Too bad we can’t see inside also but since the inside of the Adventure Housetruck is so well planned, the bigger house on wheels can only be better.

  4. Richard Furlong
    August 29, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    Can we find out from John how he put the wooden shingles on the RV? I would like to do the same thing to our RV.

    • August 29, 2015 / 4:18 pm

      Well, I assume he installed them as you would on a standard house. He had to rip the whole RV out (it was burnt) and framed the shell with lumber. The shingles are probably nailed on sheathing.

  5. August 28, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    I have always wondered…now I know! thank you!!! a Homer sapiens love Homer so much

  6. August 25, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    yes I could.I want to sell my house and get a tiny house,but I want some land to put it on,,,have fun,,all of you ok,,,

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