There’s certainly a lot of “van life conversion” media already out there. Whether it’s a blog, YouTube channel, TikTok, or some other form of entertainment, we’ve seen plenty of pages focused on either the actual building process or the post-build life.
It feels a bit overdone at this point, but every once in a while a completely unique build appears on my screen to blow my mind. Southwest pilot Mark Pankey’s off grid airplane provisioning truck conversion is one of those builds.
A provisioning truck, or cabin service truck, is the vehicle used to supply and resupply a plane’s food/beverage carts (and other provisions). They’re usually designed with a scissor lift-mounted bed to make transportation of those big metal carts even easier. Pankey’s tiny-home was built inside that bed, meaning he has the ability to completely raise and lower his house.
I don’t know if the lift feature has that much use, but it is pretty darn cool. Plus, by lifting it just around 5 feet while parked, the house becomes level with the little deck on top of the truck’s cabin. I’d consider that a pretty cool place to enjoy some early morning coffee.
Since the truck kept the Southwest “the snacks are on me” banner after Pankey purchased it, he calls the home the “snakpak”. Pretty cool to see a Southwest pilot driving around in the Southwest “snakpak”, too.
Check out the in-depth build tour below:
Image Credit: Mark కᩏꪖ᭢ƙꪗ Pankey via Instagram