Robust solar, oversized tanks and storage, off-road running gear and four season use capabilities are just a few of The Living Vehicle’s off-grid features. This aluminum-clad mobile home is the brainchild of architect Matthew Hofmann who has been designing small living spaces for more than a decade. He is on a mission to create mobile living spaces that are able to sustain life on a continuous basis without depending on external resources. The homes-on-wheels are manufactured by the Aluminum Trailer Company in Indiana and made almost entirely from naturally occurring, recyclable and locally sourced materials to minimize the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process and maximize the lifespan of each unit.
The ceiling, floor and walls feature insulation values that surpass the level of most stationary homes. Dual pane windows throughout are a key design advantage for 4 season performance. All internal HVAC and plumbing systems are located in the fully-conditioned basement, preventing utilities from freezing or overheating.
The Euroloft bed automatically lowers from the ceiling above the convertible lounge bed.
The kitchen island also has built-in storage. If a more open floor plan is desired, the island can be securely stored in front of the non-operable panel of the sliding glass door. In this configuration, the Island may also be used as a bar with seating for 2 with direct views to the outdoors when the bi-fold door is open. It’s also usable as a temporary bar or outdoor kitchen space on either of the deck options
There’s a large bank of overhead cabinets above the sink and stove for storage of flatware and other cookware. Two deep drawers for pots and pans are under located in the kitchen. The bank of 5 drawers to the right of the sink is perfect for cookware and utensil storage. A hidden trash chute is mounted in the countertop with 2 waste bins for separating refuse. The kitchen also has a floor to ceiling pantry with pull-out drawers and six aluminum storage racks for dry goods.
A teak wall in the shower provides a spa-style aesthetic and doubles as a modular mounting system for hooks, baskets, towel bars and shelving. A skylight in the shower centers a separate rain-shower head for luxurious bathing with an abundance of natural light.
A towel warmer that doubles as a bathroom heater provides a comfortable ambient temperature with hot towels ready for use.
The master bedroom features a substantial storage compartment under the queen sized bed for additional equipment or plastic bins. The Washer/Dryer combo has the ability to both wash and dry clothing in the same cycle with no need to switch over. A supplemental gray-water tank adds to the capacity of the system.
The all-lithium battery bank is reliable and extremely lightweight. Sustainable power is provided from the roof-mounted solar system to maintain charge levels during use. Power is inverted from the 12V lithium battery bank with a top of the line Pure-Sine Wave Inverter, providing 110V power to the entire unit. Advanced monitoring capabilities including web-based diagnostics and interface are included.