So, what do you do when you still want to downsize and live on the road, but are not willing to go all the way in terms of ditching the comforts of a home? You go full-custom, of course. And you also ditch the preferred vanlife or a tiny house for a custom fifth-wheel built specifically for you on a semi-trailer chassis, so you can make your home a legit palace on wheels.
David and Sondra have been living on the road since 2016, and in their custom RV since 2019, documenting their cross-country adventures on social media. The custom RV, which they call Orion, is actually an upgrade over their previous, smaller, factory-spec rig, so they wanted to make sure to integrate into it every little thing that they missed in the other. And boy, did it come out looking incredible!
Orion is the custom trailer, which the two got from SpaceCraft, a Missouri-based company that does luxury, custom RVs and specialized vehicles. It’s 46 feet (14 meters) long and 13.5 feet (4.2 feet) tall, and it took 8 months to build. The design is exclusively David and Sondra’s, because they wanted their rig to integrate certain stuff that added a touch of “home,” like pieces of memorabilia picked out on their travels or features they felt they couldn’t do without.
Orion has three large slide-outs and is pulled by a 2016 Volvo VNL780 semi-tractor they named Voyager, with a 2016 Smart fortwo serving the same function as a tender does to a superyacht: supply runs and errands, exploring cities, and travel over shorter distances. The interior is vast, and even this term feels like an understatement, yet offers sleeping for just the two of them. In the video tour below, Sondra keeps describing it as “residential,” but this is way more spacious and luxurious than an average house.
Since David and Sondra are full-time RV-ers, they made sure Orion integrated everything they wanted, starting with the soda dispenser. Sondra got her own workstation slash desk, where she does journaling and sewing, while David was adamant he got a kickass surround system in the living.
The bedroom is off the entranceway, up a single step – so they jokingly refer to it as “the upstairs.” The main highlights here are a sliding door that doubles as art display and shoe closet door, and the amount of integrated storage. Like, a hoarder would probably think to themselves “hm, finally a place where I can keep all my stuff and not have it lying around.”
The bathroom is up next, and it too includes plenty of surprises that make life on the road easier. The shower cabin is an RV standard one, but it’s very tall, unlike what you’d find in a standard RV. A custom cabinet on the wall cleverly hides a fold-out ironing board and an expandable drying rack, along with cleaning supplies, a washing station, and necessary bathroom toiletries. The vanity with handmade, custom dual sinks is a beauty, and it also integrates lots of storage.
That’s actually the main difference between Orion and other similarly-sized luxury RVs: whereas those hardly ever go outside of RV parks and onto the road, David and Sondra takes theirs out constantly. Orion is not just luxurious and nice to look at, but it does what it was designed to do. As they put it, if a home has wheels, then it must travel. Orion has been doing a lot of that over the past four years, with no signs of stopping soon.