Jerry’s Panel Truck / Tiny Home

Gerrund Bo Jeste’s 1955 International R-150 step van, which he lived in (and moved around in) for many years until he and the truck settled down on a piece of land. It’s a real nice-feeling space inside.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

7 Responses to Jerry’s Panel Truck / Tiny Home

    1. Thanks! here’s a letter I just wrote to Boston U:
      We send our books to any prisoners that request them. I wonder if you have any ideas on how we can get books to prison libraries, or otherwise into prisons.
      We have 2 main categories of books that are of interest to prisoners: (1) Fitness (stretching, weight lifting) and (2) Building (tiny homes, owner-built homes). You can see our books at
      Here is a link to a letter we received from a prisoner:
      Any guidance appreciated-Thanks — Lloyd

      1. Lloyd, that is wonderful. When I had first read about your “books to prisoners” program, (long while ago i first read about it)…it gave me such a satisfied/warm feeling. It is not the easiest thing in the world to come up with an idea/action which genuinely can make a huge difference, and to present it in such a way as to “be accepted”..You succeeded.

        Good to know you made contact with the Boston U program. No doubt that will work very well to increase access to your books.

        Good luck (to you and your “beloved”) and stay safe.

        1. Golly, so all my Anon comments DID come through…sigh..ah well,

          at least you now know how much I admire your work/efforts.

          Take care

      2. Hi Lloyd,
        when I first read about your policy of “books for prisoners” (long while), I admired the insight of you in helping and connecting with folks in a way they most likely would “listen”…Practical and straightforward and generous.

        I am glad you wrote to Boston U, and hope you/they have further efforts together. Bound to turn out well.

        It is not so easy to think of some means to help folks out that that elicits a “self” thought process for positive change.

        I believe you have accomplished this, and sure hope Boston U is lucky enough to connect with you.

        Stay safe

  1. Hi Lloyd

    just checking, i wrote a response to your above comment,
    but when i hit submit, it disappeared. Maybe it is in moderation.
    If i dont see it later, will re submit

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