A COUPLE has revealed how they turned an old fire truck into a portable cottage – complete with a double bed and a fully functional kitchen.
The big red truck is even designed to run on waste vegetable oil – and is affectionately known as the BEV, the biosphere emergency vehicle.
Musician Charlie McGee revealed that he bought the discontinued fire truck around 2018, before he met his partner Brenna Quinlan.
Charlie ripped out the back of the car to install a box-like interior to create a tiny house – which he built almost entirely out of recycled materials.
In one video, the Australian couple gives viewers a tour of the remarkably extensively converted lorry – there’s even room for a folding deck that Charlie uses as a stage when he plays music.
Brenna begins by revealing how the truck’s double bed, tucked into a wooden corner, also serves as storage for musical instruments and laptops.
“We’ve got our music setup, our teaching setup, our art setup all in one package that we carry with us like our snails.,” she speaks.
Beside the corner, she points out a wooden table where illustrator Brenna can create her work – as well as a fully functional kitchenette.stove, deep refrigerator and running water.
But the couple admit showering is a bit more complicated – with the pair often relying on stopping by bathing equipment or wild swimming to stay clean.
And while the BEV’s electricity runs on solar energy – and the driver uses waste vegetable oil as fuel – the truck has a hitch.
Charlie revealed that the couple get their waste oil from “the back of fish and chip shops or restaurants or fast food joints – so it’s almost always free”.
But oiliness can get greasy, the musician admits: “It’s a very greasy, messy lifestyle.
“The exhaust smells like fish and chips.”
And asking eateries to use their cooking oil can lead to some funny images – meaning Charlie has given up on asking outright.
“‘Sometimes less explanation is more effective – because if I start telling people my truck runs on vegetable oil they’ll be like ‘What?!'”
Charlie and Brenna also don’t live year-round in their fire truck cottage.
Charlie said: “Bev is our part-time residence. We spend the rest of the year living in my little cottage on an aquaculture estate.
“When we’re teaching, performing or generally on the road, this is our home.”