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A 25-year-old spent $250 turning his truck into a camper van to travel across the US

INSIDER Logo By Talia Lakritz of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 23: <p><strong>The INSIDER Summary:</strong></p><p><strong>• John Charles Putrino built a bed and storage unit into the back of his truck.</strong><br><strong>• He's driving to national parks across the US.</strong><br><strong>• It took some getting used to, but he enjoys the solitude of low-maintenance travel.</strong></p><p><a href="https://johncharlesputrino.com/"><br> John Charles Putrino</a> wanted to keep his cross-country trip simple.</p><p> Instead of investing in a pricey camper van to shuttle between national parks, he built a bed and storage unit into the back of his Dodge Ram 1500 truck for just $250. Instead of <a href="http://www.thisisinsider.com/telling-stories-with-a-twist-2016-7"> equipping it with heating or electricity</a>, he opted for thermal blankets, and instead of installing a kitchen of some sort he's having dinners of garbanzo beans and olives straight out of the can. </p><p> The pleasures of his trip are simple, too. The tangible silence in being the only person for miles. The freedom that comes with carrying everything you need. And, of course, the solitude of the open road.</p>

The INSIDER Summary:

• John Charles Putrino built a bed and storage unit into the back of his truck.
• He's driving to national parks across the US.
• It took some getting used to, but he enjoys the solitude of low-maintenance travel.


John Charles Putrino
wanted to keep his cross-country trip simple.

Instead of investing in a pricey camper van to shuttle between national parks, he built a bed and storage unit into the back of his Dodge Ram 1500 truck for just $250. Instead of equipping it with heating or electricity, he opted for thermal blankets, and instead of installing a kitchen of some sort he's having dinners of garbanzo beans and olives straight out of the can.

The pleasures of his trip are simple, too. The tangible silence in being the only person for miles. The freedom that comes with carrying everything you need. And, of course, the solitude of the open road.

© Courtesy John Charles Putrino
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