Temporary Home While Building Tiny House

Matt sent me an email recently suggesting a solution for temporary housing while constructing your tiny house.

Matt said he had his land but needed a place to stay while constructing his tiny house and these truck tent campers are very low priced. For between $200 to $300 you can have a place off the ground and dry plus have a place to call home for a short time. It does of course require you to own a pickup truck.


The tent in the picture above is he Adventure I Truck Tent which allows truck owners to set-up camp on any ground surface, sleep comfortably and adapt their truck box into an enjoyable camping experience, and because of their unique design no floor is needed. No floor means, easy  to clean and maximum use of your truck bed.

The Adventure I Truck Tent is designed to encompass the tailgate and due to its patented conestoga tent style design, the tent is extremely spacious with 145 – 195 cubic feet of tent and truck box space. You can walk in and out of the tent, no crawling in to stand up. That means that there is 5ft 6 inches throughout the tent, not just in the middle. The truck tent is lightweight, weighing only 11 lbs, and is stored in a small stuff bag, measuring 22″ x 11″.

Of course the other alternative is a standard tent and these can be picked up for even less money at Walmart or elsewhere but you will be on the ground and in the elements that go along with that.

Here are a couple of links to the temporary home alternatives featured in this post:


Adventure Truck I





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Matt - June 26, 2009 Reply

I saw the FlipPac too, but the $4000 price tag disappointed me.

Very cool though.

    Kent Griswold - June 26, 2009 Reply

    Yea, way different price range, I need to add that to the post…Kent

Cathy Martin - July 1, 2009 Reply

My husband and I have an Adventure tent for our pickup… it’s especially superior in rainy conditions since you are up above the moisture. And you can sit on the tailgate to put on shoes, so you have a cleaner situation than in a regular tent. If you don’t like your exact position on site, you can drive your tent to a better, say more level, area.

buildersinleeds - July 27, 2011 Reply

Amazing! I love this idea. This tempoary house would be a great help especially if your house is under construction. I will try to make like this.

imanartist - February 4, 2014 Reply

These are cute, but I don’t think it would be that practical if you are actually building a house, because you’ll need your truck for trips back and forth to the hardware store. It would be easier to just sleep in a regular tent. Probably more comfortable and spacious too –the ground is softer than the bed of a pickup truck.

Chinle Miller - February 9, 2014 Reply

Get a topper. That way you’re totally secure from winds and weather and critters, don’t have to take it down when you need the truck, and can use it long after you’re done building.

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