Tours
Couple lives beautiful life out of tent on their self-built raft in the water
Norah and Jojo are truly living the lake lover's dream. Their tent is a lot bigger than it looks and it even has electricity.
D.G. Sciortino
11.15.21

Jojo and Norah live in a mobile home. It’s just not the kind of mobile home you’re thinking of.

They live in a floating tent.

You see Jojo and Norah live in a tent that’s built on a self-built raft.

Exploring Alternative - YouTube
Source:
Exploring Alternative - YouTube

This is lake life at its most literal.

They use their mobile tent home to float around Sweden’s lakes on the Dalsland Canal.

Looking at the 2.9-meter x 7-meter raft from the outside, you wouldn’t think that it fits a bed, table and chairs, and wood stove.

The tent, which is a Sibley 500 Protech tent by Canvas Camp, even has electricity thanks to its two 150-watt solar panels and three batteries.

Exploring Alternative - YouTube
Source:
Exploring Alternative - YouTube

“I love water. So, it’s nice to be surrounded by it and jump in it whenever I want and to go for a swim. It does feel like a neverending summer holiday,” said Norah.

Jojo had been living in a tent for about two years, one in a forest and the other on an island, before making the move out onto the lake where he and Norah spent the summer.

Exploring Alternative - YouTube
Source:
Exploring Alternative - YouTube

“Since my childhood, I always liked to build stuff. But I never thought I’d build something like this to live on. But there’s so much knowledge on the internet that you can find. So, whatever you can think of you can also make it,” Jojo told Exploring Alternatives.

Exploring Alternative - YouTube
Source:
Exploring Alternative - YouTube

First, they built a wooden frame.

This was something their floating barrels would sit inside of. A floor was built over the top of the frame. Then a structure for the tent was built on top of that.

The whole process took just a few days to build.

Their floating tent platform has an anchor and is powered by a small motor and a steering mechanism.

Exploring Alternative - YouTube
Source:
Exploring Alternative - YouTube

There’s also an attached canoe for easy traveling or transporting items.

Flaps help keep rain out.

Jojo and Norah live on the raft during the warm months until it’s too cold.

Exploring Alternative - YouTube
Source:
Exploring Alternative - YouTube

They spend their days traveling the river and stopping in different towns for food, provisions, and gas for their motor.

They have a dry composting toilet.

It comes in handy on the raft, but they usually just go in the woods.

Their solar panels provide electricity and there are storage areas to hold oil and other items.

Exploring Alternative - YouTube
Source:
Exploring Alternative - YouTube

Inside the tent, you’ll find some storage area, and a bed that doubles as a couch.

They cook on a camp stove.

The kitchen area has a table and chairs. They get their drinking water in town or purify the lake water with tablets.

Exploring Alternative - YouTube
Source:
Exploring Alternative - YouTube

When it’s time to wash up, they take a pot of water warmed on the stove and use it to wash in the woods.

Jojo does freelance film and TV work and also works as a carpenter to make money.

Norah also works two jobs when she’s not on the lake to pay for things like their car, which gets parked while they are on the lake.

Learn more about Jojo and Norah’s lake life in the video below!

Please SHARE this with your friends and family.

Share this article
By D.G. Sciortino
hi@sbly.com
D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
Advertisement
Advertisement