It was obviously highly customized by its owner and used heavily for traveling as a lifestyle. According to this forum post, it was built back in 1995.
It’s a 1975 bus with a 1979 2.0L engine in it. Pretty impressive how such a small engine can handle all of that weight, although in the post you’ll read that he did have some occasional issues.
The disadvantage of this is that it’s much heavier than the fiberglass camper tops that you normally see on RVs. The advantage is that it’s so elegantly done that it has a house-truck look and feel about it that can be appealing.
You’ll find stained glass throughout the entire camper.
The custom made wooden doors really give it that tiny house look and feel, don’t you think? To me it’s like a micro house-truck.
Everything is definitely beautifully done in my opinion.
Plenty of storage and lighting when you look up.
For more information on this bus I encourage you to visit TheSamba.com forum topic on it.
Below are some common questions you might have that the builder answered on the second page of the forum. Might answer some of the stuff that’s on your mind right now about the bus…
answers to some of your questions:
i did weigh it once on a dump scale, although i don’t remember the amount ,it was around the max capacity weight listed in the manual. most of the wood was milled thin where i could. the top structure was strong enough to stand on but would have collapsed easily if there would have been an impact..
i could cruise at 65 no ptoblem once i got there but a head wind would drop me down to 55, then it was driving with my eye on the gauges to see how long i could push it, often taking a break, making some tea and chilling out for a while before heading on.
never had bothered to check mpg .i knew it was not ever going to be great,so it was one less thing to ever worry about . ignorance is bliss on that one..
now this is funny but true, i did draw crowds when ever i parked somewhere. once a friend said we should be spare changin these folks. then a . to do it it a more passive way,i put a donation box on the side with a little sign. it got stuffed with cash all the time! mostly $1 bills but often larger notes as well.
these are the only digital pics i’ve got , taken before its journey up to idaho to be with it’s new caretaker. i have old photos at my folks that i could scan another time.
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