In 2013, Mike Hudson gave up his job and most of his material possessions to build a self-restored, solar-powered mobile home for travel in Europe. Live simply, with only what you need.
Today, the 25-year-old is still living in that truck and loves his wandering lifestyle. Hudson’s journey and dreams might not be unique, but the incredible transformation from a junk van into a cozy, wood-clad, solar-powered mobile home is certainly impressive.
He was a systems engineer, he quit his job after months of daydreaming about how to live and travel the world freely. He made the leap in October 2013, and despite having no prior experience, he successfully converted a 10-year-old rusty van, bought on Ebay, into a cozy, wood-clad, self-sufficient house.
The van has 200W of solar panels on the roof, which powers it with clean energy. It also has running water, shower, stove and sink, all powered by the sun.
After working for five months in the van, Hudson left England to study in other European countries.
Hudson uses gas as its main source of energy for heating, and stores the gas in a LPG cylinder that can be refilled cheaply at gas stations.
Hudson has also installed a gray water pump, heater and tank. The motorhome also includes a toilet, a 12V electrical connection, a fridge, compressor, freezer, speakers, an extendable bed and a wardrobe.
Hudson has included some of her DIY guides on her blog, in addition to her travel adventures.