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Ditching California Rent for Bus Life Freedom

Salina and Marcelo met in California while Marcelo was living his dream as a professional skateboarder. They got married and traveled for Marcelo’s competitions. But their rent in San Diego was crippling, and they wanted more out of their lives. They decided on van life, but couldn’t find an affordable van — so they bought a 90 sq. ft. short bus instead!

It took them 6 months from buying the bus until they moved into it, and they did a great job! There’s a hidden bathroom, a kitchen space, and a fixed queen bed in the back. They also have a unique table covered with pictures of their travels. What part do you love the most?

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You might notice that great table on the left.

There’s a hidden shower and toilet under the countertop.

They blacked out the back windows to keep things cozy.

VIDEO: They quit paying rent to live in a bus!


  • Salina and Marcelo decided to ditch California rent and embrace bus life for more freedom.
  • Instead of an expensive van, they bought a 90 sq. ft. short bus.
  • It took them 6 months to convert the bus into their living space.
  • Features include a hidden bathroom, kitchen space, and a fixed queen bed.
  • They have a unique table adorned with pictures of their travels.
  • The bus has blacked-out back windows for coziness.
  • Follow Marcelo on Instagram and subscribe to Tiny House Giant Journey on YouTube for more.
  • Their story is an inspiration for those seeking alternative living and financial freedom.

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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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