Video 🚗 Yet Another Prius Dwelling Setup - How I live in a 2008 Prius hybrid electric car! 🚗 (1 Viewer)

Matt Derrick

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Aug 4, 2006
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I just posted my first YouTube video in nearly two years! I take you on a tour of my setup for living in my toyota prius hybrid electric car. Let me know what you think!

Man, after not making videos for a few years this took a lot longer to put together than I expected. Made a LOT of mistakes, but oh well, live and learn! Getting back into the swing of things :)

Blurring out my license plate took an aggravatingly long time.

YouTube description:

In this video I give a tour of the setup I've created for living full time in a 2008 Toyota Prius. I cover my storage arrangements, where I sleep, and everything I use to stay comfortable while living in this car.


0:01 - Intro
0:30 - Walk around vehicle
3:02 - Rear cargo box
5:45 - 'Car Mode'
6:17 - Sleeping setup
8:58 - Clothes drawer
10:05 - Trunk storage
11:06 - Solar charge controller
12:10 - Solar panel
14:05 - 12 volt refrigerator
16:51 - Hang out area
19:12 - Heat shields / blackout shades
22:23 - Window shades up walk around
23:45 - Window socks
25:10 - USB rechargeable fan
26:24 - Prius AC
28:00 - End

Other videos mentioned:
Main video that inspired me to live in a prius: DIY hitch cargo box: ---------------

Product links:
Plastic storage box: Tractor Supply Co. Heavy-Duty Poly Utility Storage Box, 44 in. at Tractor Supply Co. -
Hitch receiver kit: 2008 Toyota Prius Trailer Hitch - Draw-Tite -
Hitch cargo carrier: CURT 18110 300 lbs. Capacity Tray-Style Trailer Hitch Cargo Carrier: Automotive -
Carbon monoxide detector: Kidde Battery Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Digital Display KN-Copp-B-LPM - Carbon Monoxide Detectors - -
4 inch tri-fold mattress: Milliard Tri Folding Mattress with Washable Cover Space Saver Single Size (75 inches x 25 inches x 4 inches): Kitchen & Dining -
Burgundy bed sheet: Cotton/Poly Fitted Cot Sheet: Home & Kitchen -
Matching Pillow cases: Cot Sheets 30 x 75 (Fitted, Flat, Sets) 2 Pillowcases Burgundy: Home & Kitchen -
Magnetic phone holder: Magnetic Universal CD Slot Car Phone Mount,APPS2CAR CD Player Car Phone Mount Universally Compatible w/Android + iPhoneXS/XS Max/X/8/8Plus+ All In-Car CD Players with Magnetic Phone Car Holder Magnets: Cell Phones & Accessories -
Quick charge cigarette adapter:
Car back seat organizer:
Tablet headrest mount:
Window socks:
Pure sine wave inverter:
Power strip with usb-c:
Laptop lap desk:
NOCO 12v adapter plug socket:
AllPowers solar charge controller:
AllPowers 100w flexible solar panel:
Alpicool refrigerator:
Sun shades (front):
Sun shades (back):
Sun shades (rear side windows):
Sun shades (front side windows):

We sell all kinds of other stuff in our Etsy store!


Mmmm . . . Taste the Ballast!
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I have a dream . . . Of being at a Open Forum for all the presidential candidates, and I get chosen to ask a question of them all.

“ If elected POTUS, what do you intend to do about the “Prius Problem?”

After puzzled looks at their cribsheets and backstage handlers, I’m asked by the Moderator if I can explain, the candidates are not up to speed on that issue.

“You know, the way those assholes drive in the fast lane 10mph slower than the drivers right next to em?” I say.

Cool video,Matt.
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Feb 25, 2019
Current Location
Southern GA
That's a pretty nuts amount of things to be in a Prius without it looking like something out of Hoarders. Kinda want one now. But where are the piss jugs?


Mmmm . . . Taste the Ballast!
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Nov 29, 2018
Current Location
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Matt, I know nothing about those Priuses, but here’s what I did on my 1959 Ford F250. I had a vintage camper shell on it, converted into a camper. See if a Prius mechanic/tech can verify it would work?

I put a battery isolator, and auxillary deep cycle battery, that kept my fridge fully charged with no drain to the cars battery. The isolator is cheap, the battery was a really ultrea high capacity one I got used from a Craigslist seller that worked for ATT and got all the old batteries they changed out as part of a routine maintenance schedule from their switching office. Perfectly good, extremely expensive normally, I never could have afforded one if new.

The isolator will allow your vehicle to charge up that battery while running, but will isolate it from your cars electrical system when the car is not running, so the fridge will run off it only and not drain your car’s battery.The battery will easily run the fridge for 18 hours or more till you can drive the car to recharge the battery.

It will all depend on whether you’ve got room for another battery. You can change out the solar and inverter from your cars starting battery to the auxiliary battery at the same time . I want to do this very same thing on my “new” 1966 Ford F250, and add solar into the mix.
Mar 30, 2018
Current Location
Cooperstown, Ny
Nice Job Matt! I have the Alpicool 15can fridge. Since the Alpicool is also a freezer, some people use it to make ice and use that ice for a seperate cooler when/if that situation is needed when boondocking. I'll give the video a "like" once I'm on youtube again. ~ peace

Juan Derlust

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Very clever.
Then again, I'm implicitly biased.

One issue I noticed is access to the nuts underneath your storage platform - only because you mentioned excursions away from the car & we know thieves'll friggin wrench anything they can.

That and you're 5'-11"???

Juan Derlust

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You think I'm made of money? - I got a 96 Chevy Astro van with 'Greener Plumber' decals all over it...

I was kidding about the bias - more referencing Matt's position regarding this site
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