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Backpacker’s $10,000 School Bus Build


It’s not often that a bus build is an upsize in housing, but that’s the case for Sam, a traveling artist who put away his backpack to create this gorgeous bus home for about $10K and a lot of reclaimed materials. Sam had spent 5 months hiking the Pacific Crest Trail when he decided it was time to have a home.

He funds his travels by creating art from reclaimed materials and other small bits others would simply throw away. Wire trees are his specialty. He has a Murphy bed, excellent closet space with custom doors, and a slide-out pantry inside the bus. What feature is your favorite?

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Murphy Bed, Reclaimed Materials, and Wood-Burning Stove

You can see some of his artwork by the sink.

That bed pops up Murphy-Style!

Sneaky hidden pantry.

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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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  • Husabergchamp
    May 26, 2022, 4:06 pm

    I love it when folks can have it their way (lifestyle) and make it work. It’s always nice to have a home base to center you and give you reliable shelter. That’s a lot less stress in a life. Good luck in your travels and avocation.

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