I’ve received some interesting comments and emails lately that I’d like to share.
First, I wanted to share this picture sent to me by someone that regularly follows my blog.
In his words:
I skirted it down the side, removed roll up door and added a heavy duty man door, built the back bumper, added some toolboxes. Built these alum steps that hinge into the floor.
I have been a full timer rv-er for 20 years, big fifth wheel, just my wife and I and two german shepherds now, kids are off on their own. I have a truck repair business, where I do a lot of custom work, including building big rigs too pull big fifth wheel Rv trailers.
Above is his truck with the “slide out Genny, this is a loud model, you would want a Honda inverter based model.”
I like hearing about other peoples’ projects. I got another comment from someone else interested in my blog and box truck. They said:
I found your site a few months ago when first searching the idea of box truck dwellings. We had been tossing the idea around for a while and were curious what was already out there on the subject. Yours was the first site we encountered, and was extremely helpful for that reason alone. My wife and I are currently shopping/searching for a truck and are planning on doing almost the exact same thing as you, so we’ve enjoyed reading everything on your site so far. I’m especially curious what you find out from your welder. We have been looking for a box truck with swing doors, but it limits the field by a ridiculous amount. I talked with a guy that sells used commercial trucks and he said he wouldn’t do the roll-up door to swing door conversion, but didn’t offer any reasoning. At the time, we thought we had found a swing door truck online that we wanted, so we didn’t push too much for his explanation. Please let us know what you find out. Being able to make that conversion could be huge. We’re also planning on doing a blog and have been doing research and saving money for a while. We hope to have a truck by the end of summer. I look forward to talking to you more in the future.
I can’t exactly articulate why I’m sharing these things, except to say that I’m glad to hear about people’s personal experiences. It’s nice to see a completed project and have the advice that comes from experience, and it’s nice to have a conversation with someone who (like me) is at the beginning of their project and just needs to talk about it! I also recently got an email from someone who is opening a restaurant in London inside a caboose. They said:
We’re currently building our own custom made caboose, from which we’re going to sell slow-smoked barbecue and big salads with an indoor dining area in the back.
Conceptually, the inside space will have a ‘log cabin’ feel about it. The entire thing will be made out of wood (a lot of it vintage reclaimed), and the fixtures and fittings will all be of the ‘era’ and hand chosen/restored by us.
Due to its small size we’ve had to be very innovative with its design, especially seating-wise.
You can follow the progress of the restaurant here.
In short- I’m glad to be in touch with all you nice people! The varied projects I hear about are really great.
Thanks for writing to me!