A couple went viral on social media for turning an old Coca-Cola truck into a house on wheels. Paul Battenally and Clara Trindall, originally from Australia, met while working in Japan. Taking the desire to explore their vast country and saving money on rent and fulfilling their dreams, they decided to build their own mobile home.
After searching for some time, the couple bought a 2005 Isuzu truck big enough for them, and spent $11,650 on appliances, electrical maintenance, plumbing and fixtures. They used another $5,330 in materials to dress the armory.
It wasn’t hard work, thanks to the skills of carpenter Battenally, who spent the next 11 months building the first trailer home on wheels, adding a queen-size bed, kitchen, bathroom and space to store surfboards.
The couple moved into the tiny house on wheels in November 2021 and lived there for a year while they saved money for their dream trip. They will finally hit the road in January 2023, when they will venture to trade for $26,650.
The motorhome is also equipped with a stove and oven, a composting toilet, and a shower. There is also storage on the outside of the bike where they keep dirt bikes and sports equipment.
Clara, on the other hand, is a genealogical nurse who sells art and earns extra money while her husband is away. His biggest expenses come from food and feed, apart from a fund of US$6,660 for kids.
The couple documented their trip through their Instagram account, where they show off places that include Double Island, the Great Barrier Reef and Tully Falls in far north Regina.
They plan to live in their motorhome for about a year while traveling around Australia and have also shared on their social networks that they can stay there while renovating their home in 2024. and they exhort any one who, in undertaking such a case, “takes it; flee and do justly.”
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