This story originally appeared in the Adventuremobiles section of the October 2014 issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding and has been updated with the photo gallery above. Subscribe here.
Alex Yoder hasn't paid rent in five years, thanks to a $1,700 investment in this hallmark popup camper. “It's a good price for a house," he says of his purchase. "Homeowner," he continued.
Read on to see inside Yoder’s home a la wheels.
Words: Alex Yoder
Photos: Andy Wright
I always liked the idea of being like a hermit crab—having your house on your back and just being able to sleep wherever you end up.
It came with a propane furnace and it broke so I put in this catalytic heater, which uses barely any propane, and it's really warm. I was camping in minus 20 temps in Jackson and it was fine.
Me, Blake [Paul] and Guch [Bryan Iguchi] slept in here earlier this year, and it's great. Only one person can move around at a time, but you can sleep three or four people, no problem. It's got a two-burner stove, a sink, and a ten-gallon water tank.
I'm not paying rent so I guess it evens out carbon-emissions-wise. It's probably a little bit less than heating a home. I get about 15 to 18 miles per gallon. I had to put an extra leaf spring on the back suspension to carry the weight better.
The box on the back is like a porch, board box, and I put a rail on it so you can skate it if you want to. I usually keep five boards in there or something, and splitboard stuff—snowshoes, skins, and poles.