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Rita does amazing paintings and murals as she travels the country in her pig-pink bus named “Wilbur” (like from “Charlotte’s Web”). What’s extra impressive is that she only spent $9,000 on the entire bus and build to create a warm, homey and functional rig.

A large section of her bus is dedicated to her art studio and supplies, but she still has space for a kitchen and couch-to-bed setup. While she built a shower in the bus, she quickly realized it was impractical and transformed it into a closet with a portable emergency toilet in the base. What do you think of her spot?

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“Wilbur,” Rita’s 2001 Ford Shuttle Bus

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Paul was working in corporate sales and found himself less and less satisfied with life. When he came across van life online, he was inspired! He bought the van and spent two years converting it while he was still working. He moved in right before March 2020 planning to teach yoga.

While solo travel during the lockdowns was definitely challenging, Paul didn’t give up! Eventually he even bought a short bus and converted it to better suit his needs. Check out the pictures below and enjoy the Q&A with Paul below.

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From Van Life to Short Bus Build

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Heidi did all the “right” things — got a college degree, got a job, worked hard. But she realized she hadn’t seen much of her city, let alone the country. So she took an entire year off work to work every day on converting her bus into an awesome skoolie!

Her tiny home meets all her needs and is decorated with her own awesome, eclectic style. She has a full bathroom with a DIY composting toilet, a comfy couch that converts to her office space, and a hammock swing that hangs out the handicap door. What do you think?

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Making Money Painting Murals on Skoolies!

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Murph and his dog spend their days moving around with the seasons seeking good weather (nothing too extreme) in Courage the Cowardly Bus, their short bus conversion.

His bus home has a fixed bed, compact kitchenette, and even a bathroom Murph now thinks is bigger than necessary! You’ll love the photo tour and Murphy’s story, which he shares in his own words below.

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Short Bus Turned Home For Chasing Good Weather

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Lara and Julian began their tiny living journey hoping to stay free after years of school, but eventually ended up doing “normal life” with jobs and rent and typical work hours.

In 2019, the two environmentalists decided to take the plunge into a skoolie conversion, creating a space to use as a studio where Lara makes artwork and sustainable clothing to sell, their storefront, and even a spot to sell eco-friendly coffee! They host beach clean-ups and do other awesome work to protect the planet. Read their story below!

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Bus Turned Rolling Studio, Café, and Store (& Home)

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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

She Used a Boat to Raise Her Bus Roof! 2

Images by Tiny Home Tours

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During his senior year of college, Stefaan spent his class periods scrolling through Marketplace searching for a bus that he and his buddies could hop into and trash during the summer they graduated. But once Stefaan found his rig and started putting in the hours fixing mechanical issues, rust problems and water damage, he simply couldn’t imagine letting it become a frat house on wheels.

So he turned it into his home, instead. The result is a gorgeously-finished home complete with cool features like an electric lock for his fridge, a shower with a self-cleaning door, and an awesome roof-deck. He’s a photographer by trade, catching great pictures all over the country.

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Stefaan’s Short Bus with a Real Door

The Bibia Bus 3

Images via Tiny Home Tours

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Meet Matthew, a restaurant chef with a super amazing skoolie he built out over two years with his dad. While he doesn’t travel the world, he enjoys his budget build and staying stationary, doing the job he loves! He is opening a new restaurant, as well, which is super awesome.

Inside the skoolie you’ll find a large couch (he wanted to be able to take naps on the couch), amazing live-edge counter tops, a huge kitchen sink and a magnetic knife rack with LOTS of knives. He also has a full bed and an office area in the back.

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A Not-So-Tiny Kitchen Worth Coveting!

Restaurant Cook & His Full-Time Stationary Bus Life 2

Images via Tiny Home Tours

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This is Jax Austin’s amazing school bus home — and it’s his second build-out! He has been on the road for about 5 years now, including during the pandemic and through a year+ of cancer treatments.

On top of his skoolie sits a party deck complete with a golfing green. Inside he has gorgeous live-edge countertops that “waterfall,” and his bathroom includes a prototype composting toilet from a friend.

Jax’s interview is inviting and informative, and he has plenty of advice for what works and what doesn’t in a school bus. Enjoy the Tiny House Giant Journey tour below!

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His School Bus Conversion with Putting Green Roof

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