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Airline Box Truck With Scissor Lift Is Now A Custom Camper With A View

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Anything rectangular is fair game when it comes to building campers. The 90-degree angles maximize the available living space, making buses and box trucks compelling alternatives for DIYers. One Southwest Airlines pilot found the perfect home at work – an airline box truck with a scissor lift that was designed to load snacks into planes. He’s turned it into his new home with a view.

He won the truck at an auction for just $3,300, taking seven months to complete the $30,000 build. The 2000 Ford F-650 measures about 29 feet (8.84 meters) long and weighs 25,000 pounds. Its most interesting feature is the 17-foot scissor lift that raises the box into the sky. He finished the beastly vehicle in fighter jet gray as he was once a fighter pilot, decorating his truck with other memorabilia from his time in the service. 

Inside, Mark raised the roof by about two feet and made a number of other modifications to turn the box truck into a proper living space. There’s a large shower, a two-burner cooktop, and a sizable sink. The fridge and freezer he installed were built for a yacht, but the combo works for him.

The bed is in a loft accessible via a retractable ladder. A skylight with automatic blinds provides additional headroom and a perfect place to stargaze, especially from the comfort of the camper’s queen-size bed. Magnets keep many of his processions in place, including the cups and plates in the kitchen. 

Mark turned the external load floor into an outdoor deck, installing a grille, table, outdoor speakers, and a chair to enjoy the views made possible with the lift. He also has a bike rack and an outdoor shower that’s still accessible when the lift is fully extended, along with other neat features.

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People have more options than ever when deciding to live in a camper. Companies are making dedicated vehicles with the latest and greatest features, while people are taking it upon themselves to build a vehicle that suits their needs and budget. Access to information through YouTube and the internet is also helping turn people into DIYers.

Source: motor1

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