This 1954 Dodge M152 once served as a command truck for the Canadian Armed Forces. Rich found it abandoned in Ontario, paying $6,000 for the truck and another $3,000 to haul it home, turning it into his new motorhome.
It took Rich about a year and a half to get the truck running and another year before he could live there, but he’s been living there full time for four years. The Dodge doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but Rich designed it with simplicity in mind. This means the truck does not have a toilet. However, it has an outdoor hand held shower/faucet.
Inside, there’s a comfortable queen-size bed with storage underneath, but the living space is small, measuring just 48 square feet. Between the bed and the cabin there is a small bench and a counter with drawers. These serve as a pantry and storage, with a small kettle and other equipment for cooking inside. The motorhome also has the smallest Dometic refrigerator.
Rich did not install overhead cabinets due to the command vehicle’s large amount of windows, giving the military inside a 360-degree view of their surroundings. Instead, he found he could use magnets to hang things like a towel rack from the ceiling of the truck. He even found drinking glasses with magnets in the bottom dangling out of the way. The vertical walls and windows make it look taller than it is.
This lack of storage means Rich keeps his clothes under his bed, keeping his possessions to a minimum. A fuller galley is available via the truck’s rear hatch, where fold-down tables serve as a prep station. There is storage space for her cooking utensils, spices and more.
The 9,000-pound (4,082-kilogram) rig is powered by a Chevrolet small-block carburetor engine. Rich wanted it to be simple so it would be easy to fix down the road. He had a manufacturer build custom wheels to run modern tires, improving the ride quality a bit. He invested $30,000 in it, and it’s great to see the old Dodge still going strong.