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Surfer Couple’s DIY Shuttle Bus Conversion And Their Travel Lifestyle


John and Ina (@seawardshuttle on Instagram) bought this former nursing home shuttle bus and transformed it into a home (called the “Seaward Shuttle”) complete with surfboard and bike storage using many reclaimed materials and a lot of creativity.

They’re currently living off of their savings and enjoying traveling and surfing everywhere they go. They claim the bus feels spacious, and there’s even enough space for their beloved dog and a handful of houseplants. Make sure to watch the full video tour from Tiny Home Tours/YouTube below.

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The bus was in good mechanical shape, although it only gets about 11 miles to the gallon.

They built the cabinet on the left specifically to house their surfboards.

Ina moved from Norway specifically to travel with John in their bus.

Their bedroom has a garage with room for bikes beneath it, and the doors on the left open up for ventilation and sunset views.

These adorable planter shelves allow a little green indoors. It’s always nice when you can bring a little bit of nature into your space!

VIDEO: Couple Builds DIY Shuttle Bus In Order to Live A Simple Adventurous Life

John and Ina love travel and adventure. Ina is from Norway and moved here to travel with John in the bus. They did a simple, DIY build using a lot of reused items from John’s previous home and things they found, which always makes for a unique build. They love to surf and make sure to always keep their boards close by. They’re currently spending time in Baja.

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Natalie C. McKee

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 two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Theresa Perdue
    March 27, 2020, 2:27 pm

    Lovely little home and a lovely couple.

  • Avatar Pete Wilson
    October 2, 2020, 11:25 am

    Love the DIY approach they took, looks great and I love the idea of using a shuttle bus versus a small skoolie. Good fun watching.

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    October 3, 2020, 6:20 pm

    It’s a beautiful and comfortable looking van. I like it! Just a suggestion. . .when I started using a cleaning agent in my gas tank (one that cleans the engine), my gas mileage doubled and has been that way ever since. Also, the engine sounds so much better and quieter. I use one that cleans everything about once a month. Otherwise, I add an simpler cleaner every other fill up. It really helps. Enjoy your adventures!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:15 pm

      Oh what an awesome tip, Marsha! Would that work in an SUV, too, do you think?

  • Avatar Marsha T Cowan
    October 5, 2020, 3:39 pm

    Should work in any engine type. There are cleaners for regular gasoline vehicles and cleaners for just diesel engines, so be careful which one you are picking up.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      October 6, 2020, 1:48 pm

      So great to know! Maybe I need some.

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