Mark and Marina also fit this category, but that's not exactly relevant when discussing their latest rig, the one they call Percy the WanderBox. Percy started as a 2003 Mitsubishi Fuso FG box truck, which they converted with help from INCH into a very surprising, very colorful, and quite self-sufficient home on wheels.
For a box truck conversion, "surprising" is the most accurate descriptor. It hides the most creative layout and is able, because of it, to offer all the creature comforts of a traditional home.
The WanderBox doesn't offer much space to work with: it is literally a 12 by 8-foot (3.6 by 2.4-meter) box that has to serve as a permanent home. By using an elevated platform for the kitchen, an elevator bed, and other "tricks" like custom furniture and multi-functional or modular spaces, Mark and Marina were able to turn it into a home with everything from a wet bathroom to a full kitchen, a sizable living room and a bedroom. Oh, and it also has plenty of storage!
Since their previous rig wasn't off-road-capable, the couple knew that an upgrade would have to be 4x4, so when they came across the Fuso at the unbeatable price of $7,500, they jumped at the chance.
The transmission had to be rebuilt three times to get it to work, and the box was removed and replaced with a new one, but the Fuso has proven itself worthy of the effort. Powered by a 3.9-liter turbo diesel engine, it's able to tackle rougher terrain with ease and has the advantage of a compact size that still allows it to fit a regular parking spot.
The kitchen is a complete one, too. It has a four-burner gas stove and a deep oven, a large sink, garbage disposal, heaps of counter space, and even some storage. To create a space that "flows," the two opted for curved cabinets, which also lowers the risk of injury by bumping into furniture.
In one corner, tucked between the full-size fridge and freezer and the residential-size stove, is the bathroom. This space is a step down from the kitchen because the elevated platform ends here and holds a shower and a composting toilet. Sure enough, for those of us who live in brick-and-mortar homes, it's somewhat strange to be showering in the kitchen, to put it mildly. But for digital nomads, even having a space to call a bathroom inside such a small footprint is a big deal.
Over the living space is the elevator bed, which comes with a custom metal frame that matches the interior styling and doubles as hanging space for Marina's swing.
Just as important as the WanderBox's off-road capabilities are its off-grid features. The mobile home features 990W of solar panels on the roof, which allow it to go for longer stretches without relying on the grid. There's no mention of how much water it carries.