Converted Military Vehicle: Bantha – Off-Road Adventure Home

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Converted Military Vehicle: Bantha – Off-Road Adventure Home

For many individuals living the camper van lifestyle, the appeal lies in venturing off-road and off-grid. However, if a camper van falls short of meeting one’s off-roading requirements, an alternative option might be a 6×6 military vehicle. Today, I’ll introduce you to one such vehicle that serves as a permanent mobile home for a couple.

Converted Military Vehicle: Bantha – Off-Road Adventure Home

These military vehicles offer significant advantages such as ample space, robust off-road capabilities, and durability. It’s no wonder that an increasing number of people are investing in decommissioned military vehicles to convert them into tiny homes, resulting in a recent surge in prices for these rigs.

Let’s meet Krystal and Zach, the proud owners of “Bantha,” a converted 1997 Stewart and Stevenson M1087 FMTV. They acquired the base vehicle for $30,000 (€27,707), which already featured a box with two slide-outs installed, albeit empty inside.

Over two years, Krystal and Zach undertook the conversion process, including manually operated slide-outs.

Powered by a 6.6-liter CAT 3116 turbocharged diesel engine mated to an Allison automatic transmission, Bantha can generate a maximum of 350 hp at 2,800 RPM.

When folded, it measures 8 feet (2.4 meters) and extends to 14 feet (almost 4.3 meters) with the slide-outs deployed. Sporting camo paint, it maintains a military aesthetic, adding to its charm.

Externally, Bantha boasts multiple storage compartments, a 55-gallon (108-liter) fuel tank, propane canisters, an air brake system with air tanks, and a mini-split system. Equipped with 37-inch Goodyear MV/T tires and a Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS), it adapts to various road and weather conditions seamlessly.

Inside, the driver’s cabin received insulation to mitigate engine noise, along with a backup camera for added convenience. Accessing the vehicle can be done through multiple points, with the main entrance being at the rear, accessed via a ladder due to its elevated position.

Step inside, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the spacious interior, particularly when the slide-outs are deployed, offering approximately 210 square feet (19.5 square meters) of living space.

The interior design, resembling an industrial kitchen, features stainless steel panels and a bright, open layout, fulfilling Krystal and Zach’s desire for a minimalist and uncluttered space.

Each section of Bantha’s interior serves a purpose. The bedroom houses a king-size bed mounted on an elevator platform, maximizing space utilization. Adjacent to the bed is a large TV, situated above utility systems such as the 24V power system with a 3,000 W Victron inverter/charger and a hydronic heating system.

Moving to the kitchen area, you’ll find a functional workspace with drawers, cabinets, and a two-burner induction stove. Opposite the kitchen lies the shower, designed with sliding doors and adjacent to an industrial-sized sink equipped with a water filter.

Bantha also features a bathroom with a cassette toilet and storage cabinets, completing its self-contained living quarters. Overall, Bantha’s conversion exemplifies ingenuity, offering a harmonious blend of functionality, comfort, and industrial aesthetics.

Dana Phio

By Dana Phio

From the sound of engines to the spin of wheels, I love the excitement of driving. I really enjoy cars and bikes, and I'm here to share that passion. Daxstreet helps me keep going, connecting me with people who feel the same way. It's like finding friends for life.

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