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She Used a Boat to Raise Her Bus Roof!

Sarah had been dreaming of a nomadic lifestyle since she was 14-years-old, but it took crashing her beloved JEEP to push her into making it a reality. With the insurance money from the accident, she was able to get a jumpstart on her school bus conversion.

Originally she thought of dealing with the lower bus height, but then had the brilliant idea to attach a boat to the roof in order to give her space. A lot of putty and FlexSeal later and her “Adobe Casita” tiny home was really coming together! Enjoy getting to meet her in the tour below.

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Fulfilling Her 14-Year-Old Self’s Nomadic Living Dreams

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She made room for her record player and thrifted records.

She Used a Boat to Raise Her Bus Roof!

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You can see her awesome boat roof here!

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VIDEO: Incredibly Unique Roof Raise Using a Jon Boat


  • Her dream since she was 14 was to live nomadically
  • She envisioned a van, but ended up with the bus
  • After crashing her vehicle, she used the insurance money to pour into her bus
  • She learned a lot being alone!
  • Brought her record and record players
  • Loves chopping wood for mini-stove
  • Bucket toilet system in closet
  • Peel and stick Mediterranean tile backsplash

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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
    April 7, 2022, 3:59 pm

    Great thinking out of the box. Headroom where needed. I see you even spaced it fore/aft to gain some overhead storage as well. Nice!

  • Linda Baker
    April 7, 2022, 11:01 pm

    Fisher Price toys had a camper van with an upside down boat on its top that my kids played with for many years in the 1980’s!

  • Bonny
    April 9, 2022, 9:26 am

    Love your bus; how it’s designed. Cactus bones? Tiles! Records. And of course, Bo!

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