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They Went Debt-free With a Bus Conversion


Nowell and Lauren didn’t choose bus life because they had to — they wanted the chance to see the country before they hit retirement age (and might not have the health to make that feasible). So the couple sold their home and used the money to purchase and renovate their gorgeous bus tiny house. Now they are debt-free!

It took the couple about a year and a half to complete the build which includes quartz countertops, a King size bed, a tile shower, and a pull-out sleeper couch. They also have two adorable dogs! They’re setting off to explore the country in a couple of weeks: Where do you think they should go?

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They Sold Their Home To Enjoy Travel (Before Retirement!)

Their custom couch turns into a queen bed.

Long open countertops for lots of visual clarity.

A simple patio folding set gives them a dinner table.

View looking down the bus

Another angle

I love their corner kitchen with quartz countertops.

Down the hall to the bedroom!

Closet space and a skylight.

Washer/dryer unit!

That cozy nook holds their king-size bed.

I’m loving the LED lights around the top of the shower stall.

Micro vanity! So cute.

They even spruced up the cab! Looks awesome.

The rooftop deck will provide them with all the views.

Their co-pilots!

What was your favorite feature?

A look at their solar/electrical setup.

Where should they go first?

Their Story:

We are Nowell and Lauren and our Instagram is @HighwayHoosiers. We have self converted an old school bus into our tiny home on wheels. It took us a little over a year and a half to finish the build and now we are living in the bus full time (currently in Brownsburg, IN where we are both from originally) and plan to hit the road to travel the country within the next two weeks or so. Our motivation behind this process was that time is so precious and we did not want to wait until retirement to travel and see the country. We also were seeking a simpler life where we don’t collect things but collect experiences and create memories that will last a lifetime. We sold our house and we were able to pay to build this bus so that we are living completely debt free. Our bus runs completely off of solar power so we no longer have an electricity bill. We have fully off grid capabilities so we are not limited to RV parks or campgrounds.

We have 200 gallons of fresh water storage, 100 gallons gray water storage, heated flooring throughout, quartz countertops, tv lift, coffeemaker lift, hydraulic leveling system, roof top deck, king size bed, queen size pull out couch, washer/dryer combo, dual zone mini split air conditioning, electric awning, propane oven, microwave, full size refrigerator, tankless water heater.

We would love to have your followers/audience provide recommendations and suggestions on our travel route! We would also consider selling our bus once we are done with our travels, so it could be helpful to spread the word on that.

Shout Outs:

  • Custom Carpentry helped with our cabinetry
  • Performance Stoneworks helped with our quartz countertop install
  • JRS Custom Fabrications helped us with our welding
  • Whiteland Tire replaced our tires
  • Johnathan Roberts of Sojourner’s Way helped us with our solar panel set up and install

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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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  • Heather
    July 11, 2022, 2:16 pm

    Love, love the clean simple lines, the open concept, mellow colors, the kitchen looks very convenient- easy access at arms length – well thought out and airy – great job you guys – enjoy your travels 🙂

  • vee
    July 11, 2022, 7:52 pm

    Very nicely done! Love the skylights, the wood finishes and more. How great they will begin their adventures in this very well done tiny!!

  • Michael
    July 12, 2022, 8:43 pm

    Yeah, clear lines and a great layout. However, the long sofa with the long counter opposite makes it narrow.
    The dining set up is great and much better than the often used bar type arrangement. I love the king size bed, it provides so much storage under. Great layout and job.

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