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A 35 square foot tiny house on wheels

Nate lives in his Honda Element DX full time thanks to an ingenious series of installations and conversions inside the vehicle he and his grandfather constructed. For over three months he has lived in his camper – what he calls his “35 square foot tiny house on wheels,” complete with kitchen, bedroom, office and closet.

An all-in-one convertible camper 

How can he fit all of this into one car? Different “modes” allow him to convert the space quickly to suit his needs. A folding support system to makes the platform for his bed by adding in supports between the back seat and cockpit area. This creates a space that is slightly smaller than a twin bed – allowing a more comfortable experience than curling up on the backseat bench. A sleeping bag and pillow is laid over the platform to complete the sleep mode.


The kitchen is comprised of a cabinet storage system, pump sink, and a mobile refrigerator which is powered by a 100 watt solar panel and 12 volt battery system. He has even included a smart safety feature, a carbon monoxide detector. The custom built cabinet system also allows for a small closet area for clothes to be hung. Space under the bed allows for any other clothes or gear to be stored in a suitcase.

Nate is able to get by with minimal amenities as long as he has a public place to park his car. He has built in added privacy and sleep curtains using Velcro tape and magnets. This helps block any ambient light for a restful sleep, and adds in a level of security from peering eyes in stealth mode.

Lastly, during the day when he needs to get some work done, the bed folds up and out of the way. A simple tray table is set up to become the perfect desk space and the office mode is complete.

Are you looking for tiny home ideas? For those of you who want to get away, you may want to consider some of this MacGyver’s novel ideas. Nate’s youtube channel Element Van Life chronicles his life in the Honda Element with details on more tips, tricks and how life on the road is  in a tiny house.