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Empty Nester’s DIY Ambulance Conversion

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Paula, a single mom, owns a 5-bedroom home. Her son was just about to leave the house, and she realized the transition into empty-nesting was going to be really hard on her. She ended up down the #vanlife rabbit hole and found herself intrigued. Thankfully, her younger brother helped push her to pursue her dream instead of talking herself out of it.

Now Paula owns a beautiful ambulance camper that she converted with the help of friends and family. It has her bed, a comfy couch, a compact kitchenette with flip-up desk, and even a shower/toilet. As her little legacy, she posts on YouTube about her travels and enjoys seeing the country. She’s just about ready to sell her “real house” since she’s realized none of that stuff is bringing her joy anymore!

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She has a flip-out counter/desk for working and food prep.

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She’s 5’8″ and just fits standing up! Awesome.

Single Mom & Empty Nester’s DIY Ambulance Conversion

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VIDEO: Her DIY Ambulance Camper


  • Single mom, her son was moving out
  • She has a 5-bedroom home!
  • She knew she needed *something* to help with the transition
  • Got lost in YouTube videos and decided to make the plunge!
  • Ambulance has a shower and composting toilet
  • She sticks her feet in a cubby to make the bed long enough
  • Tool chest for drawers

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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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