As far back as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated with bus conversions.

This mobile cabin on wheels (that used to be a school bus) is now ready for minimalist living and traveling.

How would you like to tour the country in this tiny house on wheels? Or maybe even live off grid in it?

Inside this 1959 Chevrolet Viking short bus you’ll find most of the comforts of home…

Chevy Viking Short Bus Conversion

Check out the rest of this viking short bus cabin below:

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Here’s What It Looked Like Before the Conversion:

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Alright, Come On In To See What It Looks Like Now…

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Interior of the Short Bus Cabin

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Plenty of Comfortable Seating that Converts to Beds

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Dining Table

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Built in Storage Drawers

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Sink with Running Water (Bathroom is in the Closet there)

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Exterior of the Bus

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Design Sketches / Bus Conversion Plans

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Floor Plan

The renovation was done by Winkelman Architecture group for a client who wanted to use the bus for road trips with the family and as a guest bedroom when it’s parked at home.

So it wasn’t really designed for full time living although some of us can probably pull it off quite comfortably.

This bus conversion was designed to comfortably and safely travel with 12 passengers.

And you can also sleep in it since you can convert seating into two single beds or join them together for one queen bed.

The Short BUS Retro (as it’s been named) even has plumbing (sink and toilet) and power (12v and 120v).

Visit the architect’s website here.

Explore more bus conversions here.

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Alex

Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he's the founding editor of TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards simplicity too. Thank you!

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  • Carol

    Love it, and love all the wood. Thanks for sharing this, Alex.

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    • Alex Pino

      Glad you enjoyed it Carol!

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  • Byron

    I like it. It looks really inviting, open and comfortable. The windows really fit the style and layout of the interior. I would lose some of the seating, though, in favor of a small kitchen area, if it were mine.

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    • Alex Pino

      I like your kitchen idea (I think I’d do the same!)

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  • jerryd

    Nice layout really shows how good 2 couch beds can work in such a small area giving seating for 8 in a pinch. Not bad for this 70sq’? I could live in it.

    I’d change the dinette into a kitchen and the sink into a closet. Then use a folding table between the couches for dining.

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    • Alex Pino

      Thanks Jerry!

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  • Georgina

    Wow!!! What an amazing transformation

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    • Alex Pino

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks!

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  • Joyce West

    Don’t have a website but I enjoyed this. A cousin of mine had done something very similar and my husband’s uncle has done a similar retro-fit. He and his wife often drive around the US and possibly Canada and Mexico in theirs.

    It can be a great way to live your life – especially if you have wanderlust.

    Thanks for sharing this/these.

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  • Mickey

    Put me on the wait list if the owners ever decide to sell!! BTW, what is the square footage? And in what shape are the mechanics of this old bus?
    Thanks!

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