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Nine Months Living in their School Bus Conversion

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Buslife offered a more affordable lifestyle to help Natalie and Gabe meet their goals. They purchase the bus already gutted, and moved in right away! They’ve been converting their rig as they travel and while they live in it, which is super neat.

We have some great pictures of their tiny home below, along with a Q&A that you can read. Enjoy!

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Couple & Their Pup Discuss 9 Months of Tiny Living

Exterior floodlights add an extra layer of safety.

I love that they painted on the ceiling!

The disco ball is a great touch.

Folding tables provide lots of counterspace.

A Mr. Buddy heater keeps things warm and toasty.

They have nice set-ups for their work stations.

They have a little pump for water, and a camp stove.

How cute is that dog!

Pup by the front doors.

The dreamy clouds are precious!

It has such a dreamy look at night!

This is the life!


What got you into tiny living?

We needed to downsize, and we needed to find a new way of living that was more affordable for us and our goals. Plus, travel!

Did you build your home or buy it? How long did the process take?

We bought it with the seats removed, and we moved in right away. It has taken us about 9 months to get to the most practical but comfy space. We plan on making final changes to our build after we get married, so we can put all our energy into it.

How has tiny living changed your life (for better or worse)?

For better, we are way more organized and keep only what we actually need. We have also gotten to experience much more nature and beautiful landscapes.
For worse, we are more reliant on gas and using our other vehicle to get everywhere since we are often camped far from town.

What’s the hardest part of tiny living?

For bus life, it is finding a spot to park the bus and making sure that spot meets all of our needs like good cell service, privacy from others, level ground, etc.

What’s the most rewarding part?

The views (stars at night) away from city life. Being able to get a new backyard whenever we want is so freeing.

Any advice for people looking to go tiny?

Get clear about the things you can and cannot live without. There are definitely some luxuries that have to be sacrificed but there are so many different rewards on the other side of tiny living. And you don’t have to have lots of money to get started and make it work in bus/van life.

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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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  • Marsha Cowan
    January 19, 2023, 10:08 pm

    Looks very comfortable and cozy. The nice thing about buses is there is room to fill them with all the things that make your world turn. You have an great world! Happy trails!

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