He’s Crafty: Artistic Toyota Truck Celebrates Life Journey of Its Owner

By -

Macias Toyota Truck RV

San Diegan turns wrecked Toyota RV into a celebration of art and life.

Some Toyota pickup owners would love to own an RV version of their Tacoma or Tundra, with a few even considering such a thing as their permanent home, exploring America one small town or majestic landscape at a time. Very few would consider doing what Salvador Macias did with his Toyota Truck RV.

Two stories told two years apart by the San Diego Reader explore this wild, artistic customization performed by Macias, which he takes out to San Diego’s Shelter Island on the weekends, drawing everyone’s attention.

Macias Toyota Truck RV

The mobile art house’s original life was as his neighbor’s daily driver. But then a Christmas tree planted in Macias’ yard fell on top of it in a winter storm.


‘My neighbor asked me if I could fix it, but it was too expensive… so I bought it, moved it to my place, fixed the damage, and made a new camper.’


“My neighbor asked me if I could fix it, but it was too expensive,” recalls Macias. “So, I ask him, how much do you want for it? He says $200, so I bought it, moved it to my place, fixed the damage, and made a new camper.”

Macias Toyota Truck RV

The three-axle Toyota became the canvas for Macias to present his life journey to the world, starting with a few plastic stars from his old home. With a few trips to Goodwill, Salvation Army, and various other thrift stores, the former rancher crafted everything from his family tree to the decorative frames protecting images of stallions and relatives. Everything on his RV holds some meaning for Macias, each trophy, fish, and gun thoughtfully placed on the moving canvas.

Macias, we salute you for creating this madly artistic and life-giving RV. Our world is a little brighter with creations like this out in the open for all to see, and we hope your Toyota continues to bring smiles and awe wherever you go for as long as possible.

Photos: San Diego Reader

Join the YotaTech forums now!


Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

Comments ()