After Losing His Wife, He Took to the Roads in a Mitsubishi Fuso 4x4

by Simplify

Dan acquired a passion for travel while serving in the military. After he retired and his wife passed away from cancer, he decided to rediscover his inner nomad and take to the roads in his 2005 Mitsubishi Fuso 4x4.

He acquired the vehicle second-hand and carried out a custom design to make his journeys smoother. Dan changed the shocks, springs, suspension, and replaced the dual wheels with single wheels for a better ride.

He installed a swivel pantry with room for an induction heater and replaced the bumper with a raised swivel bumper, so he can carry fuel or water in jerry cans.

The Mitsubishi Fuso 4x4 is equipped with external storage, such as cabins that can pull out. Dan uses one cabin to hold his stovetop, which is great for outdoor cooking, and another to act as a bunk bed.

He describes himself as a “live outside type” who is grateful for the opportunity to embark on this new adventure in outdoor living.

In fact, Dan was inspired to live this way after hiking the Camino de Santiago, which taught him he could live with very little, travel with all his belongings easily, and that it's not about the destination⁠—it's the journey.

Living on the road is about the journey, not the destination

The 2005 Mitsubishi Fuso is easy to drive, with power door locks, power windows, a 5-speed transmission, and a high windshield with good visibility. The back of the vehicle has a rear door with a screen for ventilation and for keeping out bears and other wild animals. 

The interior is equipped with a composting toilet, a small table, and two beds. There is also open space that Dan hopes to eventually convert into a sink and shower. His overlander custom design is still a work in progress, but he’s not letting that stop him from traveling across the United States.

Living on the road in a Mitsubishi Fuso 4x4

Although he thinks it’s “not for everybody”, so far Dan is enjoying his RV retirement, and showing his kids that the RV for seniors is a viable lifestyle and a good choice for people who want to travel in their retirement.

For more DIY RV stories, take a look at this custom Overland Explorer adventure rig or this cat-friendly vintage RV restoration.

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