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Colin’s Short Bus With Rooftop Deck


What better way to find your future home than by traveling the whole country? That’s what former manager Colin is doing in his 2003 Ford E350 Short Bus conversion. Tired of his high-paced life in San Francisco, he purchased and converted the bus to meet his unique needs.

He ramped up his solar, so he could run a larger fridge and freezer for meat and beer, as well as an awesome outdoor shower with plenty of hot water. His goal is to find a small town somewhere where he’ll buy land and build a house. What do you like most about his rig?

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His 2003 Ford E350 Short Bus w/ 600 Watts of Solar

Colin’s Short Bus With Rooftop Deck 3

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Even with all that solar, he made room for a roof deck.

Colin’s Short Bus With Rooftop Deck 2

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He used lots of cargo nets for storage.

Colin’s Short Bus With Rooftop Deck

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Highlights:

  • Had a good management position, and made great money in the San Francisco area
  • Had very little “him-time”
  • Decided he wanted to travel
  • Purchased a bus that had been in a single school system and then a couple started a conversion
  • He was able to complete the work and make it work for him
  • His non-negotiable requirements were a larger apartment-sized fridge, more solar and a full-sized bed

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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