SNOWBOARD PRO Converts FIRETRUCK into TINY HOME to Live at Mt Bachelor

SNOWBOARD PRO Converts FIRETRUCK into TINY HOME to Live at Mt Bachelor

How’s it Going! I’m Austin Smith, this is my fire truck, or Micro Dojo. “Give me a call if you get any issues, and ……” Ok, thank you. This is breakdown number..? Six since, uh, we’ve been hanging out. Yeah I never would of, I mean it’s totally ridiculous. Kind of runs like shit. Screams for way too much attention for me, too much character, too much kinda too much everything. But my brother bought it and then it fell Into my lap. Now I wouldn’t change a thing. Good luck finding another 1953 GMC firetruck though, I don’t know if these ones can be mass-produced here. I’ve never lived in a vehicle before, I’ve never lived in a parking lot before. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. There’s a lot of variables. So I finished the truck New Years Eve, December 31st, and then I was up here at Mount Bachelor for the following six weeks. It’s super cold up here. I think the first week it was like minus five, so that was as kind of part of the learning curve. I started snowboarding when I was twelve years old. I started doing it as my job or professionally, however you want to call it when I was like seventeen or eighteen? So that’s what I’ve been doing for the last ten years is traveling around, snowboarding, jumping off cliffs. People take my picture, it goes in a movie or magazine or something and that’s essentially my whole life. So for the last ten years I’ve just been traveling kind of non-stop. I’m either traveling or injured. I was ready for a change of pace. I moved here to Mount bachelor when I was like fifteen or something and I love it. It’s such fun mountain, but I don’t get to spend very much time here anymore ’cause I’m just traveling. I built this little Micro Dojo to give me a reason to stay at home and to not travel. So I built a house on wheels to stay put. So here’s the fire truck. It’s a 1953 GMC… firetruck. I don’t think they had a model for it then. I got a USA license plate because it’s actually hasn’t been registered yet. Still been meaning to do that for the last like, eight months. On this side we got my ladder and it may look like it’s just a (an) accessory for looks, but (with) this I access the roof to get up to the solar panels and clean those off when they get covered in snow. So I use the ladder almost every day. The ladder’s pretty sweet. My solar setup, everything is Gold Zero. It’s two 90 Panels and then the Yeti 1250 underneath my sink and then those are lights throughout. I was living up here in like January and February so there wasn’t much solar to be had. Never got low, never ran out, never had to plug in anything else. It was totally sufficient for off the grid living which was sweet. Six snowboards for whatever the day is calling for, whether it’s a big one, medium one, a tiny one, or whatever. We got lots of snow boards. That’s the outside of it. It’s actually just like an Old U-Haul box kind of style. Ya know, it’s not as cool as it looks. It’s just a U-Haul box. I live in a U-Haul. But the porch is the best part. So here’s the porch. Usually, I got a cooler out here right now, but I usually have a little lawn chair, I have like my snowboard waxing rack right there. This is an old bed frame. (rattling sound) Super fancy. Alright, come on in. That’s my kitchen. Just gravity-fed water to my sink, but then most of the time it just drains out onto the ground, or there’s another tank down there that it can drain to. This is my grill that’s on a Cubic Mini wood stove. It has like a temperature gauge and everything on it. I made artichokes on here uh, steamed veggies, I don’t know I was just learning how to cook, but if you knew how to cook you could probably make anything on this, but I made everything that I knew how to make. It’s a nice addition/accessory to the Cubic Mini wood stoves. This Is definitely the best investment, best thing that I have going on in this place. Heats the place perfectly. They make two sides. This is the big size, it’s called The Grizzly and then the little one’s called The Cub. It fits seven inch pieces of wood, which look like… You know, it’s only little pieces of wood that you’re putting in there and it doesn’t burn all the way through the night but it burns probably til like 3 a.m. or so. That’s like four or five days of cold, cold weather. That’ll keep you toasty. And then the best, best invention that I came up with my whole time living here. I was trying to figure out how to dry the boots. I was gonna put them under here on a little shelf, but it doesn’t get as much heat down there, and then I thought, “If there was only a way to fasten boots to a ceiling.” And then I just put some old snowboard bindings on the ceiling. Just screwed directly into the ceiling and it works fantastically. I start a fire in the morning and then it warms up my boots and then it like, preheat them a little bit every morning. So that’s pretty sweet. I got two pairs in case I have a guest. A lot of hooks and storage everywhere. Hooks here, goggle storage here, sixteen coat racks between the two of ’em. Everyone comes in and they all love ’em like, “Oh my god where’d you get these things!” And I always wish I had a better story but I got ’em on Amazon. Normally, I don’t have it right now, but there’s like a big Yeti cooler, one of the big ones, and it serves as one of my benches and then it’s all my food. This is the couch/guest bed. This, uh, we got a couple hooks here, and it folds flat into another bed. Something like this. And so on my bed I went with four inches of foam. It’s like, medium density foam, and it’s super comfy. It’s perfect. And then the guest bed I went with just two inches of foam so it’s comfortable but not too comfortable. (So) people don’t overstay their welcome. You don’t want any move-ins in your Micro Dojo. It’s not quite big enough for that, so make it comfortable, accommodating, but not plush. There’s a lot of windows. There’s seven windows, eight windows. I’ve built curtains. Think they’re in my storage right now. Hey I got more storage. This is — this is all my closet. Three storage bins. We’re now in the dining room. Everything folds. Chairs fold, table folds. Eat your food, do whatever you need to do and then it folds back down because then there’s like pretty good amount of floor space. I can do yoga, I can have dance parties. You have, I think it’s like 90 sq ft with the loft. Oh, my fruit my basket is all, got a little wonky in the drive. Fruit basket I thought, was kind of dorky. It Is dorky, but uh, it’s actually kinda nice. Ya know, put my bananas and avocados and stuff, and gave it a little color. I don’t have anything to go in the fruit basket right now. This is all my food. This was always like tools, random junk. And… wine. And that’s everything. I got heat, we got water, I’ve got a bed, we got maple syrup on the side of this cabinet. Oh man, my maple syrup went down again. Still good though. The best fire starter is toilet paper with a little bit of sugary maple syrup. Really goes up in flame then. So my counter tops and my table are a material called paper stone, and it’s like high-end recycled kitchen countertops, but if you go to I think it’s you can buy their like seconds and kind of their like salvaged pieces for super cheap. It’s a super good product, super durable. So they’re kind of fancy but also super cheap because They’re funky ones. But this whole place is kind of funky so it works. (With) Any Micro Dojo, you’re gonna want one fire extinguisher. I almost — check this spot out. Right here, see this little black burn mark? Almost burnt the place down one morning. I was actually gone and a friendly neighbor came over and put the fire out on my deck. Coulda been anything that stared the fire, but uh It was probably the ashes that I set out there in a cardboard box and the cardboard box caught on fire. But it could’ve been anything. Hard to say. And then I have this Himalayan suit that they climbed Mount Everest in. It looks ridiculous but it’s pretty much the greatest thing ever. I call him Bernie. I don’t know why it’s a he but whatever. I call him Bernie and he like sleeps next to me under the blanket so he stays kinda warm. And then in the morning I like jump inside of Bernie, start the wood stove, go outside, clean the solar panels off, kind of do my morning chores. Yeah, it’s all smiles from there. Advice if you want to buy a camper vehicle: Don’t like get caught up on the details. When I brought this up here, I like got the wood stove in the day before I brought it up here. I was like all right I got heat, I’ll figure out the rest once I get up there. And I think that’s the best way to figure out, like, what needs you have. Try it out, trial and error, see what works before you like build it to perfection, and then you like move into it and realize “This is on the left when it should be on the right” Cause it’s all the little things in tiny spaces. It’s the little things that make a big difference.

Antonio Breitenberg

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100 thoughts on “SNOWBOARD PRO Converts FIRETRUCK into TINY HOME to Live at Mt Bachelor

  1. Austin Smith says:

    I went back and forth on a bathroom or shower but knew I was planning on being at ski resorts with it mostly and if they allow camping they will have 24 hour bathrooms and sometimes even showers. End of the day I didn't want to give up the floor space and never had an emergency where I couldn't make it across the parking lot to the bathrooms. Thanks for the support everyone.

  2. Edward Scott says:


  3. Jack G. says:

    “Have been meaning to do that for the last 8 months” 😂
    This guy is hilarious

  4. Ramon Arellano says:

    Practical , good stuff.

  5. Fran Watkins says:

    What is that silver thing on the counter, something like a Burke filter?

  6. John says:

    How does he get mail? A PO box, where's the stereo? The guitar? 🙂

  7. Jetoler says:

    cough skiing is better cough cough

  8. vanlalrongheti Ralte Kawlni says:


  9. theninja001 says:

    That thing needs a 12v Cummins swap. It’ll get about 18mpg!

  10. Roman G says:

    So I guess he's shitting in the woods and showers once a season…

  11. Biker1 says:

    I wanna live in a snowcat so I can drive it up the mtn and park it wherever to get first tracks 🙂

  12. Geoff Brown says:

    Can't imagine a 'skier' doing this.

  13. Cliff P says:

    After telling everyone your not registered it also has no insurance. Your going to be up the creek with out a paddle.

  14. Cliff P says:

    Why don’t you get a diesel heater?

  15. Dave Bryant says:

    Fuck off with the music, dickhead

  16. Sophia Ellis says:

    This guy bleeds bro energy and I would spend all my time with him during the winters when it’s too cold to surf. I’m literally dying at how quietly sarcastic and how randomly he slides in just like the jokes with a straight face like “Now we’re in the dining room” and “aww my fruit basket”

  17. Medicine Man says:

    When people live like this it makes me wonder what they do for money, for like food and gas.

  18. D'arcy Thomsen says:

    March 11/2019 Stewart bc
    2 feet fresh powder and buds just drove by
    It looks great 👍

  19. David DeWitt says:


  20. Raj Gill says:

    Been meaning to reg is for like 8 months. Bro do you smoke weed? I swear I do this type of thing lol

  21. Jesus Christ says:

    I want do do this now

  22. Red Man says:

    I never knew you could do this. I stayed home, went to my local college, got my local job, and live 20 minutes from my parents. As much as I would miss him, I hope my boy does this for a little while.

  23. PaulyT says:

    cringes me out reading people think that down suit is a "onesie"

  24. Hourly Watch says:

    Rapture – Don't be Fooled March 20th could be Passover! 3rd SUPERMOON at 6:43 pm PDT & 9:43 pm EDT

  25. Wildwood Hoppe says:

    Get inside of Bernie oh my

  26. Wandering Wade says:

    You should make micro dojos and sell them. No one else is making them.

  27. Tom Cave says:

    This guys super chill

  28. Chew Lew says:

    This dude way too chill😂

  29. Dan Reynolds says:

    Guests, like fish, begin to smell after 3 days. Benjamin Franklin

  30. Robert says:

    I live in a van down by the river, have the same amount of room as this guy. Why doesn't You Tube send someone to film me?

  31. vincentprado says:

    Alto Fantasma

  32. Anguscole76 says:

    This is so rad this is hw you live

  33. APEXx says:

    He sound so depressing

  34. David S says:

    Hey bro, just a little pro tip. Get a small blow torch to get that fire started quicker. Cheers!

  35. MusFuzZ says:

    This is my favorite house tour ever. Yeah pretty much.

  36. Mory says:

    where do you store the bong?

  37. Quintin HI says:

    Should put a better engine in it so it can run better

  38. Stregha's Corner says:

    WHAT dude THAT is sick!

  39. Natalie Lou says:

    I always see the title and thumbnail and click on it to humor myself, then find myself wishing I was in their position.

  40. Mike FsK6 says:

    PRO?? Lol… WHere is shower? 😀

  41. Eric Curtis says:

    Dude I'm building a huge camper on a one ton truck, where o where did you get that little wood burning stove at 10:33 because that is one thing thats been really on my mind, utilizing a wood stove and how to go about it.

  42. Scott Ansell says:

    The ceiling bindings is genius.

  43. Ja Bardaleium says:

    1:45 what the fuck

  44. Ja Bardaleium says:

    3:41 when ur high and ur mom calls u to come here

  45. Meguel Riddle says:

    Wow nice

  46. Audra Joseph says:

    Omg I fkn love this guy 😂😂🤣🤣🤣 . New Sub here 🤗

  47. Melissa H says:

    I wasn't expecting it to be so nice on the inside. Steamed artichokes–nice! Enjoy! Stay safe, warm and uninjured. 😊

  48. River Dragon says:

    Such a waste of space in a sense .
    I understand if that's how he wants it.. But hell he could fit a whole bathroom and still have room and an open space layout or whatever thats called… Just my opinion. XD

  49. Goblin says:

    where do u poop

  50. Sillyzombie666 says:

    If that truck dies it might be pretty easy to swap the hime onto a box truck or something like that

  51. Catherine says:

    Okay, this is fabulous!!

  52. Jameson Giamo says:

    Awfully background music. Takes away from video

  53. Anne Sweeney says:

    I could live like that for sure!

  54. Jonathan Smith says:

    He might grow up someday. I would think a little PDD.

  55. Nessa Mae says:

    I like his humor

  56. le th says:

    This dude's eyes freak me out; they're dead…or vacant.

  57. Shóna Quaid says:

    This is excellent! Gorgeous space.

  58. Adam Parker says:

    When you fold Down that table there is so much Room for activities it's blowing my mind…

  59. Anthony Liggins says:

    That mullet is epic

  60. David , says:

    And now he have rebuilt it…

  61. Tim Burton says:

    What a lucky 🍀 guy… ultimate lifestyle choice

  62. Darlene Watkins says:

    I like your tiny house and to be a guy your very organized and clean

  63. ManInTheBigHat says:

    Loved watching but missed the narration because I couldn't take the 'music'. The most common way to ruin a youtube clip. So I just watched. Really sweet rig.

  64. JOHN MiKE says:

    Where do you shit

  65. David Lee says:

    I like but no toilet…

  66. DigUrOwnHole says:

    As he does not have direct acces from cabin side to car side he can not do much im someone breaks in his car and run. xD

  67. Karl Striepe says:

    Orange County accent. Noticeable, for instance, in interviews with the former professional soccer player Landon Donovan.

  68. cambellschunky704 says:


  69. Gary Collins says:


  70. BM says:

    Definition of irony… almost burning down a fire truck.
    Also, where do you shower?

  71. The Dude says:

    Don't get me wrong, I dig the tiny houses on wheels. Very cool. But didn't they used to call these motor homes?

  72. Brandon Ginkel says:

    This guy is Yogi Berra reincarnated

  73. Quentin Power says:

    Austin, you’re my spirit animal

  74. Togher01 says:

    His level on honest is to real….

  75. Jade says:

    How did amazing deliver that rack?

  76. devolutionone * says:

    Rockin the mullet like a champ! 🤘🏼👍🏼😄

  77. Eric W says:


  78. Ramson Cole says:

    where does he shit? where does he take a shower?

  79. HI HI says:

    the suit is freaky at 3:30

  80. Faarontour says:

    so fucking insane. seems like a very great life

  81. Paul Greenlee says:

    Dude, get a electric unicycle

  82. Paul Greenlee says:

    For a cheesehead you have moments of brilliance

  83. JaDeD dRaGoN says:

    This is the way to go, how I yearn to leave the rat race. And the worst thing about the rat race, even if you win you’re still a rat at the end 🐀

  84. yaa63 says:


  85. Ritesh Verma says:

    3:42 the snow suit was really scary

  86. Mrmulisha says:


  87. d i says:

    A very unique bachelor's tiny one.

  88. Seeking Freedom says:

    Well this guys a legend

  89. Andrei Fasola says:

    miCRO DoJo

  90. JasonDesignMedia says:

    That boot hanger is Genius level engineering 😀

  91. Allo says:

    6:28 did he just throw some trash in the fireplace😂

  92. Aifric Brennan says:

    I love the mini fire stove !!! So cute

  93. Mr Joey Bananas says:

    Two enthusiastic 👎👎and one giant 🖕for recommending this self-indulgent garbage.

  94. SHADOW BANNED says:

    Cool kinda expected it to be rustic in side but yes best of both worlds fresh light n airy Like your style BruV

  95. Remember Neda says:

    Well said! His portable home to anchor him from the life on the road.

  96. Remember Neda says:

    Sparse and clean lines almost Modern inside, very juxtaposed from the 1953 Fading Retro Red Fire truck exterior.

  97. Finn Atwood says:

    So big

  98. Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion says:

    WHY is EVERY OTHER word in the (TITLE) in ALL CAPS?

  99. Linus Thunderhorse says:

    A hanging food basket is dorky but calling your mobile home a "micro dojo" is totally fine 0_o Great build but hot ham sandwiches what a broham.

  100. YeahThatsRight says:

    Why not use a Tarp to cover the solar panels at night (No Sun), pull it off in the morning and off you go!! Come up with some easy 1 man system to cover the roof (Like a bed).
    I do it to my Van and its super easy….Also I use semi-warm water for my window to get the ice off, then windshield wipe…… I like sleep more than work!!!

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