UHaul to Office/Home Conversion
Used 17' UHaul Truck
Perhaps in the future, an electric box truck will become available. That would be ideal. A Tesla perhaps?
View from rear
Bird's eye view
View from left side
View from right side
Dimensions of a 17' UHaul Box Truck
Uses for a converted UHaul Truck
use as a mobile office for a nonprofit
use as an extra private bedroom to rent out
use to haul donations: food, household items, computers, ewaste
use as a bug out vehicle in case of tsunamis, fires, tsunamis, hurricanes, riots, etc.
use as a work area to create arts and crafts
use to demonstrate sustainability, green living at schools, stores, community events, farm fairs, farmers' markets
rent to the film industry
use as a digital media studio
Suggested Items for the Interior and Exterior of the UHaul Box Truck
To provide light for living space and for plants in the vertical gardens. If there is too much light in the living space, a sliding cover under the light can be closed or adjusted to dim the light.
IcyBreeze is the world’s first personal, portable air conditioner and cooler designed to keep you and your drinks cool anywhere life takes you.
Use a propane power system to provide pressurized water to a shower or sink inside the UHaul.
This water generator can make up to five gallons of delicious, purified water a day, pulled entirely from moisture in the air.
The doors will allow light inside the UHaul and the 2 doors will allow you to pass through bulky items. The double french doors also have windows that will provide light and a view of the exterior.
Please dispose grey water responsibly. Perhaps a recycling grey water system could be used for showering.
Use plants to exchange carbon dioxide with oxygen. It also creates living art. Who knew you could grow all the food you need to survive in a UHaul truck!
Insert plants from the vertical garden and microgreens to make healthy smoothies. each day. Add frozen bananas and fruits, seeds, protein powders, and other nutritional supplements.
Feed the 5 gallons of water created from the air per day into this. Feed water into the propane system for the kitchen sink and shower. Pump water from here to irrigate the vertical gardens and microgreens.
2400Wh/1000W Power Station: Super Long Lasting 2400Wh Power Station with High Load Continous 1000W Inverter
Use two 160 watt solar panels on top of UHaul to power all electrical items using the MAXOAK Power Station
Plants are essential for purifying the air and can be connected to our overall health. So if you don’t already have a plant in your home, you probably should think about adding one.
Use Google Nest and IFTTT Pro to remotely turn devices on or off in the UHaul with this powerstrip to save energy and to provide needed services such as turning the air conditioner on a few minutes before you enter the UHaul.
Use this to see where your vehicle is at all times. The device and your phone will notify the instant you having engine or battery problems before taking the UHaul to a mechanic.
This artist made beautiful wooden carvings throughout this build where his art has turned his box truck into a whimsical home. The style of the van is heavily influenced by the Lord of the Rings.
YUMORE Folding Shelf Brackets 12-20”, Max Load: 330lb. Use for desks in the van and extra shelves. When you need extra space in the UHaul for bulky items, just fold them up.
UOKIER Essential Oil Diffuser 500ml Diffusers with Remote Control. Keeps a nice scent going in the UHaul.
Hang this green screen above and in front of a 55" flatscreen TVbehind your office chair so you can work remotely with a custom background. You can use it as a backdrop for zoom meetings or to take pictures of products for reviews.
Jetcoat Cool King Reflective Acrylic Roof Coating, Waterproof Elastomeric Sealant, 5 Gallon, 10 Year Protection. Use this to reflect 10-20 degrees F from the inside of the UHaul truck.
A spacious stealth tiny house on wheels. Simplicity and frugal living at its best.
Includes Silver Metal Airtight Lids for Meal Prep, Food Storage, Canning, Drinking, Overnight Oats, Jelly, Dry Food, Spices, Salads, Yogurt, Seeds (6 Pack). Also use for cups, storage for smoothies, green drinks, etc.
We plan to purchase a 17’ 2007 UHaul Box Truck to live in or rent out, use as an office, as a bug out vehicle, to haul donations for our community and schools. We may switch to a 15’ size based to save gas, to make driving easier, and to save space in the driveway.
In the front half of the truck (living area), we plan to install:
An offgridtrek.com system to provide electricity.
A Hammacher Schlemmer & Co air-to-water conversion system to provide 5 gallons of clean water per day.
A painted green screen wall for a mobile studio.
An icybreeze.com unit to provide cool air.
We will put most items in the storage area above the cab. (microwave oven, cooling systems, energy, etc).
An Emperor Workstation by MWE Lab as bed and chair or a zero-gravity massage chair.
A large TV to view computer screen, 4 ring cameras (on each side of the UHaul).
A mini-fridge (in addition to the icebreeze.com).
A small dresser to store clothing.
We will use a Verizon Hum device to track the location of the vehicle and the condition of the motor.
An LED color lighting system.
We plan to insulate all the walls and ceiling with hemp, Merino or havelock wool.
A small freezer or an ice making machine.
We plan to put RoofShield Top Coat White Acrylic Reflective Elastomeric Roof Coating (12-year Limited Warranty) to reduce the heat on the roof and to prevent leaks. I might paint on the sides if it looks nice.
The offgridteck.com system we would like to order also has solar panels that we will put on the roof.
We really don’t need a bathroom or shower since I already have access from home and work. (maybe later)
A food processor and blender for juicing and smoothies (from food grown in UHaul).
We will need a small sink and small small counter space.
In the back half of truck, plant and hauling area, I plan to install:
Vertical gardens for food, herbs, flowers.
Keep empty space for hauling donations for the community such as clothing, household items, furniture, computers, etc.
50 gallon drum and pump with timer for water.
Use a floor to ceiling curtain between the living area and the back area to preserve cool air.
A large sky window (with a sliding cover on the bottom to block the light) to provide light for plants.
2 french doors with windows in the back.
A Tommy Gate to lift heavy items and use a porch and step.
We plan to remove:
The middle seat and back for an emergency exit.
I plan to park the UHaul flush against my house so I can access it from inside the garage which has already been converted into a bedroom which has its own bathroom.
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