Overland Classifieds :: 2007 4×4 F-550 with Off-Grid Tiny House

One of the benefits of rolling around in a vehicle that isn’t splashy, attention-grabbing, or piled high with bolt-on accessories, is the ability to blend in, go unnoticed, and stealth camp. This 2007 4×4 F-550 with a U-Haul van box is a great example. The build might be unassuming on its exterior, but its beauty comes from within.

With 180,000 miles, this truck has a cozy cabin-like interior with a simple but effective layout. The pine panels inside give it a sauna-on-wheels vibe. Plus, according to the owner, one of the upsides of the configuration is the ability to unbolt and swap the entire camper onto a brand-new F-550 chassis with little to no modification.

From Ben:

“In the spring of 2020, days before lockdown, I ran out and purchased a retired U-Haul moving van with plans to convert it over the next two to three months. I wanted to build one for a long time as I frequently found myself away from home for extended periods. What was supposed to be a fairly quick and inexpensive build quickly got out of hand as I began to realize the possibilities. After more than a year, countless late nights, hundreds of hours spent researching, and a chassis swap, I finally finished it. Upon completion, I hit the road and drove all over the West, covering 12,000 miles and 11 states. It has been an absolute joy to build and use, but the only way I can afford the next project is to sell this one. I hope one of you will love and enjoy it as much as I have!”

Specifications

2007 4×4 F-550 with a 6.0-liter diesel engine
2006 U-Haul moving van box

Truck Chassis

ARP head studs
Bulletproof diesel EGR cooler
XDP diesel coolant filter kit
Blue spring upgrade
Updated standpipes/dummy plugs and STC fitting
Bulletproof diesel aluminum water pump
Bulletproof diesel 7.3 fan clutch adapter
Sinister diesel CAC pipes
SCT GTX tuner and engine monitoring system
Fox shocks front and rear
Fox steering stabilizer
Goodyear RTD snow-rated A/T tires
Full set of tire chains
Ranch Hand brush guard
Clazzio black leather seat covers
Trailer brake controller and receiver hitch built into the rear bumper
Rear Airlifter 5000 leveling airbags (back-ordered, not installed yet)
Hellwig rear sway bar (back-ordered, not installed yet)

Camper Features

Knotty pine tongue and groove throughout, sealed with satin polyurethane
Waterproof vinyl plank flooring
Large storage compartment under the bed, accessed from the rear exterior hatch
Table that slides out from under the bed (24- x 36-inch) to create a dinette table and additional matching counter space
Custom memory foam mattress measuring 48 x 78 x 4.5 inches
Guest bunk located in the mom’s attic (can also be used for storage)
Insulated residential window in the rear wall
R-7.5 insulation in the floor and walls and R-10 insulation in the ceiling
Two coats of U-Pol Raptor liner for weatherproofing and added durability

Electrical

SOK lithium battery, 206-amp-hour
Solar, 300 watts
Renogy 50-amp DC to DC charger with MPPT (this charger will also trickle charge the truck starter batteries with solar once the house battery has been topped off)
Shore power charger, 50-amp
Inverter, 1,500-watt
Multiple 120- and 12-volt USB outlets
Exterior lighting on all sides of the camper (these circuits can be controlled from inside the camper as well as from the cab while driving)
Built-in stereo with four ceiling-integrated speakers
Vizio television on a swivel mount, 32-inch
Dometic fridge/freezer, 12-volt
MaxxAir fan with remote
Additional ventilation fan located in the shower

Plumbing

30-gallon freshwater tank
12-volt water pump with accumulator tank
27-gallon greywater tank

Propane

Two 20-pound tanks located under the dinette seat which is sealed and vented
Precision Temp on-demand propane water heater
Three-burner stovetop and oven
Newport by Dickinson marine propane furnace

Bathroom

Residential one-piece fiberglass shower stall
Nature’s Head composting toilet (can be removed when showering)

This 2007 4×4 F550 with a custom camper is listed for $115,000 and is currently located in Friday Harbor, Washington. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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Ashley Giordano completed a 48,800-kilometer overland journey from Canada to Argentina with her husband, Richard, in their well-loved but antiquated Toyota pickup. On the zig-zag route south, she hiked craggy peaks in the Andes, discovered diverse cultures in 15 different countries, and filled her tummy with spicy ceviche, Baja fish tacos, and Argentinian Malbec. You can usually find Ashley buried in a pile of travel books, poring over maps, or researching wild medicinal plants. Ashley is a co-founder of Women Overlanding the World and crew member of Expedition Overland. You’ll find this Canadian-born couple exploring a different continent in 2021, and sharing their trip every step of the way at Desk to Glory.