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Her $19K DIY Ambulance Conversion

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After teaching in the Virgin Islands for seven years, Jana was ready to change things up, but not ready to “settle down” in the traditional sense. Instead, she’s redefining her nomadic life in her self-built ambulance as “settling down” — this is her home, and she loves her life! Even if her family thinks she’s crazy for doing it.

Amazingly, Jana only spent $19,000 making her home on wheels a reality. It includes a bathroom, office space, and even a “party bin” under her bed where she keeps several exciting costumes! Her kitchen has a DIY sink (she doesn’t recommend it) and a propane oven salvaged from a vintage RV. Jana is so much fun and her tour is sure to make you smile.

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Fun-Loving Woman Settles Down in Ambulance Conversion

She has a beautiful epoxy countertop and retained a couple of the original cabinets.

You can see her swirly-twirly shower stall, and a Nature’s Head composting toilet.

Here’s her couch in bed-mode. I think she likes it!

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  • Jana spent 7 years teaching in the Virgin Islands and was ready for a change.
  • When a friend mentioned an ambulance conversion, that sounded like the perfect choice for her. She managed to complete the build in just 2 months, after purchasing the vehicle sight-unseen!
  • With the clever use of reclaimed materials, she kept the total built-and-vehicle cost at $19,000!
  • She chose a “finger bed” futon that’s a couch by day and bed by night.
  • One must-have for her was a shower, so she carefully planned it as part of her built and even built a custom shower pan for it.

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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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