Truck Converted to a Solar Powered House on Wheels

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Joseph Tayyar, a 50 year old creative animator, has transformed a truck into a comfortable mobile house, with a large PV system mounted to its roof providing power for the interior. The initial inspiration for the project came from TV program featuring tiny houses on wheels.

Truck Converted to a Solar Powered House on Wheels by Joseph Tayyar

Joseph decided to apply his experience of carpentry and interior design to create his own mobile house. The entire project took several years to complete with a lot of fine tuning so it would meet his needs. The total cost of the conversion ended up being more than 800,000 NIS – that’s about $225,000!

Truck Converted to a Solar Powered House on Wheels by Joseph Tayyar

From the outside you wouldn’t know that the truck had been converted into a modern home. Bar the tell-tale signs, such as the windows and roof-mounted canopy, there’s really not much of a give-away. On the inside the house has been finished beautifully, with a light wood throughout.

Truck Converted to a Solar Powered House on Wheels by Joseph Tayyar

There are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and another containing a single bed, and rather than being cut-off from the main living space, they’re simply separated by a curtain. In the main body of the home you’ll find a living room, study/workstation, dining nook, and a kitchen. The bathroom is found opposite the galley kitchen, and has a shower, toilet and sink. Its 11.5 meter length allows Tayyar to incorporate all of the separate living areas into the space without it feeling cramped, or confined.

Truck Converted to a Solar Powered House on Wheels by Joseph Tayyar

The large solar array on the roof allows Tayyar to experience “life on the road” without having to constantly hook-up to the electrical grid. A large fresh water tank can be found under the bedroom, providing water for the occupants and their sanitary needs.

Truck Converted to a Solar Powered House on Wheels by Joseph Tayyar

Unlike Tali Shaul and Hagit Morevski’s converted bus, the interior of Joseph’s truck is so homey, you really couldn’t tell at a glance that it’s a conversion.

Truck Converted to a Solar Powered House on Wheels by Joseph Tayyar

For more tiny houses check out this fantastic converted boiler room by Christi Azevedo, or this modern micro-house designed by students by Tengbom Architects. See all tiny houses.

Via Decoist
Photos: Ilan Nachum

4 Comments

  1. that’s pretty spacious. I like how he did this without making it look like a ‘trailer’. OK I just re-read this. He spend $250,000! Really! On what?? I like it but not for that price.

  2. My parents are going to build a house-on-wheels, put all of their belongings in storage, and travel the USA for two years.

    I’ve been googling designs so my stepdad can use aspects of each to build the best possible one for them and this is by far the best one I’ve come across.

    He is thinking of starting from scratch but if they can luck into a large truck the size of this one and convert it, maybe that would be better.

    I would really like to know how the money was distributed. How much were the solar panels? How much went towards the appliances (fridge, oven, etc.)?

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