Meet Sean, a 32-year-old veteran who fell in love with the nomadic experience during his time in the army. After traveling in Germany and Afghanistan and returning to the US, he sold his car and bought a 2021 Ram Rebel 4x4 Off-Road Edition.
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Of course, if you want to comfortably live full-time on the road, having a proper vehicle isn't enough – you need a sleeping space, as well as other creature comforts. After a few months of traveling in his truck, Sean realized that he didn't need lots of real estate but instead wanted a rig that could get to cool locations with beautiful views.
The camper pod is made entirely of cedar wood, tipping the scales at a mere 850 lbs. (386 kg) dry. Sean explained that the truck's bed can hold about 2,000 lbs. (907 kg), so even with the motorcycle at the rear and all of the things he carries inside, he can hold a lot more stuff or even tow other vehicles.
At the back, besides the hitch, you'll notice the main door, his "Livin Lavilla Loca" sign (which is a play on his surname, Lavilla), traction boards, exterior lights, and a bigfoot sign covering the camper's A/C. What's more, he carries a small gas canister for emergencies, and the door features a keypad lock for extra security. Another notable feature that Sean said he hasn't used that much is a slide-out kitchen, complete with a pop-down sink, storage, and a spot for a camping stove. Moreover, Sean installed solar panels on the roof, which provide more than enough power for his needs.
Inside, you'll notice the space is quite compact yet well-equipped. As you enter, you'll discover the kitchen on your right. It consists of a decently sized countertop, a tiny sink, two corner cabinets, a portable one-burner camping stove, a cooler box, and some drawers for storage. Up above, you'll notice some shelves on both sides of the interior, one of which holds a Jackery Explorer 300 portable power station.
The largest storage space is underneath the couch, where Sean houses the electrical system and holds 18 gallons (68 liters) of water – amazingly, he has managed to fill up his water container almost solely from natural water sources. Other notable elements in this area include the A/C, a ceiling fan, and a "control center" with light switches and plugs.
A really nice touch is that Sean added a projector mount on the ceiling. After attaching the projector, he sets up a screen, and he can watch his favorite movies and series. Whenever he needs to block out the light coming from the living room's two large windows, he attaches custom window covers.
The last part of this camper pod is the bedroom, located in the loft area above the truck's cabin. It features a bed, windows on each side, and a ceiling puck light. Underneath, there's a window leading into the driver's cabin.
All in all, Sean's rig and lifestyle prove you don't need to go crazy with your first build to find enjoyment in living nomadically. Just as he said, it's critical to take things step by step in order not to feel overwhelmed and experience living on the road before committing to an extensive build – that's the best way to figure out your exact needs and whether this lifestyle suits you.