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The Cow Bus: Family of Three Hitting the Road

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Margaret was traveling to National Parks when she decided a vehicle of some kind would allow her to see all the great stuff between the parks. That’s when she rekindled romance with a summer camp crush and ended up buying The Cow Bus. Their plans changed a bit when Margaret found out they were expecting, but now they’re looking forward to traveling together as a family.

The bus has a fixed queen bed in the back and a unique composting toilet set-up with divider walls paneled with old license plates. The kitchen includes a deep stainless sink and a pull-out chest refrigerator. Enjoy the tour and her story below!

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Exploring National Parks in the Cow Bus

I made a decision to buy a recreation vehicle of some kind after a couple of solo trips that I took to see National Parks in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah. I prefer driving while traveling to see beautiful views that would be missed if I were solely visiting the parks.

I reconnected with an old crush from summer camp 20 years prior around the same time that I was taking solo trips and we began dating — he had a previous experience of buying a bus, converting, and tiny living– throughout spending time together we talked about my interest in buying a recreation vehicle of some kind to travel more with ease.

I spent several hours looking and researching and I stumbled upon The Cow Bus for sale and made the decision to buy it.

When I bought the bus, I made a plan to make a cross-country trip to the West Coast to visit the National Parks on that coast, with no timeline.

In the midst of planning for that trip, we were surprised with a positive pregnancy test, and that changed our timeline for traveling cross-country quite a bit.

We had our baby girl on July 1st and have ordered the seatbelts needed for installing a rear-facing car seat and plan to take a family bus trip at the end of September.

My favorite part of the bus is definitely the cow pattern painted on the outside of the bus. But I also love that the bus is also a full off- grid skoolie — fully self-sustaining solar system– no shore power needed.

I love that the bus has given me the ability to hit the open road as I wish.

One of the challenges of tiny living is that the space can be a bit small for multiple people, but that’s “tiny living.”

The most rewarding part of tiny life is being able to make memories with my partner and soon my daughter.


  • Margaret decided to buy a recreational vehicle to explore National Parks between solo trips.
  • She reconnected with a past crush who had experience with bus conversions and tiny living.
  • They purchased “The Cow Bus,” a unique skoolie with a distinctive cow pattern painted on the exterior.
  • Margaret’s plan was to take a cross-country trip to West Coast National Parks, but their timeline changed when they discovered she was pregnant.
  • Their daughter was born in July, and they are now preparing for a family bus trip at the end of September.
  • The Cow Bus features a fixed queen bed, a composting toilet with license plate divider walls, and an off-grid solar system.
  • Despite the challenges of limited space in tiny living, Margaret finds making memories with her partner and daughter to be the most rewarding part.
  • Margaret’s favorite aspect of the bus is the cow pattern on the outside.
  • The story highlights the journey of Margaret and her family, from solo travel aspirations to embracing life on the road as a family.

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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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