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Jonathan and Curtis’ 100% Solar Bus Life Retirement


Jonathan and Curtis’ tiny house journey didn’t start off smoothly. They had a box truck all ready to go for their two-year travel adventure only for it to burn up two weeks before they set off.

So they got an RV and tried that out for a few months before deciding they wanted a bus — and wanted to prove you could power it 100% with just solar energy (and include all the bells & whistles, like dual mini-splits, an ice-maker, and a washer/dryer combo unit).

They even have a roof-top deck, AND a fold-down back deck for their dogs. Check it out in the video below.

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Bathtub, Ice-Maker, Air-Fryer, Two Decks & Awning!

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The shiplap ceiling looks lovely in blue

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Their ocean epoxy table flips down when not needed.

Jonathan and Curtis’ 100% Solar Bus Life Retirement

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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
    September 18, 2021, 10:53 am

    There’s a lot of ideas in this that I like! The blue ceiling is one of them. I like the wood accents and the storage designs, too. The exterior color says warmth and sunshine. It’s a very cool home. Great job!

  • Linda Baker
    September 18, 2021, 2:34 pm

    This conversion is great, they truly have all the comforts of a home – I’m wondering if they did the work themselves or had it done – what was the approx cost of this conversion – great job guys!

    • James D.
      September 18, 2021, 7:09 pm

      They did the renovation, I believe Curtis did most of the work, and all in it cost them $50,000 hard cost, no labor, including the whole build from buying the bus to the solar setup.

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