The couple initially thought of buying a van, but they soon realized such a vehicle was too small for their needs, so they decided to purchase a 2005 Isuzu truck, which ticked all their boxes, and they spent 11 months renovating it. Being a carpenter by trade, Pauli took care of crafting most of the furniture inside. They learned how to DIY from YouTube, and both worked on the conversion on weekends and in the evenings to cut expenses.
They paid AUD$17,500 (US$11,860) for the vehicle, which came as an empty shell, and spent another AUD$17,000 (US$11,500) on windows, doors, appliances, fixtures, electrical maintenance, and plumbing, plus an extra AUD$8,000 (US$5,420) on building materials to turn the truck into a livable home.
The fittingly named Cola truck is now a cute livable motorhome fitted with everything one needs in their day-to-day life, including a queen-sized bed, a functional kitchen, a dining area, a bathroom, and loads of storage.
On the exterior, the couple decided to keep the original truck's tautliner boasting the Coca-Cola logo, and they even found a use for it - it serves as a curtain to keep bugs out on either side of the vehicle. Behind the tautliner, they added a timber cladding wall with custom-made windows.
Since Pauli and Clara love exploring the great outdoors and practice various sports like riding, surfing, swimming, and paddle boarding, they needed a solution to take their sports equipment and gear with them. That's why they added a storage area at the back of the truck to keep their dirt bikes, surfboards, and camping chairs. And to make the vehicle off-grid capable, 540 watts of solar panels have been installed on the roof, along with a deep-cycle battery pack.
A retractable two-step ladder leads to the full-light double entrance door that further opens up the space. When stepping inside, you will find the kitchen in front and a dinette seating two on your left. The kitchen is surprisingly well-equipped for a motorhome and has plenty of cabinets and drawers. Functionality is achieved through the inclusion of a three-burner gas cooktop, a gas oven underneath, a rangehood, a large sink, and a 110L fridge. The clever layout and appliances allow the couple to cook delicious meals just as they would in a domestic kitchen.
The bathroom is right next to the kitchen and includes a composting toilet and a shower.
Another highlight of this beautiful motorhome is the big skylight in the middle of the truck, which not only lets natural light seep in but also optimizes ventilation.
The couple moved into their motorhome in November 2021 but didn't get on the road right away. They lived in it for a year, saving money in the meantime, and eventually embarked on a never-ending road trip in January this year, with about AUD$40,000 (US$27,100 )to fund their adventure, which is bound to last them for a while since they are now living rent-free, so they only spend money on fuel and food.