Two Story Handmade Transforming Truck Tours Japan

Two Story Handmade Transforming Truck Tours Japan

Trent Johnson
Aug 6, 2009

This truck is certainly more than meets the eye. Built completely by the hands of three high school buddies, this two-story camper complete with kitchen and bathroom started as a basic Toyota truck, and now extends upwards via a custom pressurized air system...

This traveling home has every required amenity for traveling around Japan (which they did, thoroughly!), from a full kitchen with gas burners and electrical system, to a separate bathroom with flush toilet, shower and bathtub, to an extendable Japanese-styled sleeping area with rice-papered windows and skylights to filter the outside light.

The construction is quite impressive, as everything was done by hand — the frame for the system, the cabinets, electrical, the works. And the most innovative part is the compressed air power that extends to the upstairs. See how the transformation works below:

  1. The generator is started.
  2. The power supply of the air-compressor is turned on, and compress air is collected in the air tank.
  3. Once the air tanks are full of compress air, the generator is stopped.
  4. The lock where the second floor is fixed is removed.
  5. The electromagnetic valve opens when the switch is pushed and compress air is sent to the air cylinder in the back and forth.
  6. The air cylinder expands when compress air enters the air cylinder, and the second floor lifts.
  7. The wall is set up from the inside, and the second floor is completed.

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