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His Bus Build Tiny Home with a Murphy Bed 

Daniel was looking for a vehicle to take with him on outdoor travels during the weekends — something he could toss muddy gear into and not care. A late-night eBay bid made him the owner of this 2005 Econoline bus — and after a cross-country trip to retrieve it, he suddenly found himself caring a lot more about his build-out!

He used tons of reclaimed materials to create a fully-functional home on wheels, including a soon-to-be-completed bathroom, a Murphy bed, and a large kitchen/counter space. Enjoy the video tour below!

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His $18K Short Bus Conversion with Reclaimed Materials

Daniel’s 2005 Econoline Bus Conversion

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Daniel loves all the width to really move around inside the bus.

Daniel’s 2005 Econoline Bus Conversion 2

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He’s left the exterior original.

Daniel’s 2005 Econoline Bus Conversion 3

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VIDEO: DIY Short Bus w/ Murphy Bed Built With Reclaimed Materials


  • Wanted a vehicle for his outdoor travels
  • Put in a late-night bid on eBay for the bus and accidently won the auction
  • Flew in May 2020 to DC, drove to PA to get the bus and then drove all the way back to California
  • Murphy bed with dinette beneath
  • Lots of storage
  • Space for wet bath
  • Spent about $18K

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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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  • Linda Baker
    April 1, 2022, 7:44 pm

    absolutely great conversion – will be better when the toilet is in! his idea of “living life now rather than joining the rat race and waiting for retirement” appeals to more people.

  • Nancy M.
    April 3, 2022, 3:59 pm

    Well thought out design. Would be easy to live in this full-time, once he finishes his bathroom! Practical, versatile, and beautiful. Nice job! Enjoy!

  • Marsha Cowan
    June 3, 2022, 10:06 am

    I love buses! This one is really pretty and homey. Love it!

  • Sherry
    December 17, 2022, 9:19 pm

    I don’t like nor do videos ever!

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