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1937 Chevy 1½-Ton Flatbed Housetruck for Family of 5

Bob Easton did this drawing based on Joaquin’s input.

In the late ’60s, Joaquin de la Luz traded his 1948 Triumph motorcycle for this vintage Chevy flatbed and converted it into a housetruck. Joaquin, his wife Gypsy, and their three kids lived in it for five years while moving around the country and eventually settling in Yreka, California. It had a woodstove and a sewing machine, in addition to beds for all family members, and was built with scrounged materials. There are about a dozen pictures of the rig in our book Shelter.

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21-Day Trip Through Southwest in Sprinter Van


We recently got this email from Paul Jensen, who builds beautiful hollow wooden surfboards on Kauai:

We got back a few days ago from a 21-day road trip in our Sprinter…

Eastern Washington, Eastern and Central Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming … Amazing…!!!…

Mostly drove scenic byways with virtually no traffic…

More time on dirt roads than interstates…

3,800 miles with an average speed 37 MPH…

Just right…

–Paul

I asked Paul if OK to post, and he replied:

Hi Lloyd…

“First, awesome article in the Surfers’ Journal…!!!… I’m a Bay Area kid who learned to surf in Santa Cruz in the early ’70s, then moved there to surf and work as little as possible … Still as stoked about the good days as when I was a teen…

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Housetruck in Siberia

Lloyd,

A tiny house on the move — Russian style — sited along the “road of bones in the Kolima gold fields in Siberia. Bones referencing the Stalin-era prisoners who built it — millions were sent, few left.

Maybe useful for your blog? … I honestly don’t know much about the house. The truck is a Ural 6×6, ubiquitous in this part of the world.

I’m passing through with twelve baby bison in transit from a farm in Denmark to Pleistocene Park near the arctic coast. We made it to the end of the last dirt road in Asia and are now floating down the Kolima river on a river barge piloted by the local mafia boss. 11 time zones from Denmark, already more than a month on the road. Drive, hay, water, shovel bison shit, sleep, drive.

–Luke Griswold-Tergis

(Luke is a filmmaker, sailor, and world-wide adventurer. His backyard chicken coop shack complete with model train in San Francisco was in Tiny Homes, and his sailboat was featured in Tiny Homes on the Move.)

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