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Family of 3’s Budget Bus Build

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Matias and Austina got a fantastic deal on their bus! It cost them just $3,000 to acquire the bus, and they spent about $18,000 overall on the conversion (although they admittedly didn’t keep receipts). Matias had the idea to jump into nomadic life first, but Austina eventually came to the concept, and now they love nomadic life.

The bus has a fabulous L-shaped kitchen with a propane stovetop and mini fridge. They built a dinette for eating and working, and there’s a comfortable couch. They went with a Separett toilet in their bathroom. What’s your favorite feature of this family’s budget bus build?

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Family’s $18K Bus Conversion with Great Kitchen

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This L-shaped kitchen is the hub of the home and is super functional.

Family of 3’s Budget Bus Build

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A comfortable couch sits across from a dinette.

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Mom & Dad have a queen bed in the back and twin bunks.

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  • Matias had the dream to go tiny at first, and it took some convincing, but eventually, Austina agreed to the plan, and they now love life on the road!
  • Their bus has twin bunk beds, and their teenage daughter Carola is on the road with them.
  • The house has a built-in dinette and couch for meals and family time.
  • They chose an L-shaped kitchen, perfect for cooking all their meals.
  • A queen bed is tucked behind the bus, and an air conditioning unit keeps the family and their pets comfortable.

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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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