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Their Third Vehicle Conversion: A Shuttle Bus Tiny House


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Ina and John wanted to travel more, but do it less expensively. Van life (or in their case, shuttle bus life) gave them a chance to see the world on a budget! Below you’ll see their third conversion, which they ended up selling because they’ve gotten so good at building buses.

It features a fixed bed in the back, loads of counter space on either side of the apartment-size fridge, and a large built-in couch with a swivel table. After discovering how little they used a fixed bathroom in their former build, they chose not to include one in this conversion.

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Beautiful Shuttle Bus Tiny House Conversion

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Images via Norse Van Life

We got into tiny living because of the desire to travel while always being home. The nomad lifestyle seemed like the way to go, and turned out to be just right for us.

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Images via Norse Van Life

We built our first home on wheels ourselves and learned a lot in the process. The first build took a summer of part time building and planning.

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Images via Norse Van Life

But since then we have continued to grow our skillset and build tiny homes on wheels to sell.

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Images via Norse Van Life

To afford vanlife, we saved up money for a cross-country trip, and turned back for John´s work through the summer season.

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Images via Norse Van Life

In our lastest build, we incorporated the features we felt were missing in the first shuttle bus conversion.

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The favorite part of our latest build must be the large kitchen and double counter space we choose to prioritize.

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The full size kitchen had an apartment size oven and fridge with a freezer section.

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Tiny living has allowed us to see places we have never seen before. We have found a new way of travelling and love the comfort and convenience of traveling in a small home. It is a budget friendly way of traveling, which in turn allows you to travel for longer.

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Images via Norse Van Life

Rationing the water in our 40-gallon tank when boondocking and finding a decent camp spot without violating any local laws can be difficult. But, we love the community of vanlifers and other nomads on the road. We made friends for a lifetime, which share our passion for travelling and living tiny.

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If you’re thinking of going tiny, try out vanlife by renting a vehicle for a short period of time and evaluate what is important to you. We found for example that we didn`t need to prioritize the room for a fixed bathroom after we built one.

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Highlights:

  • Ina and John pursued a budget-friendly travel lifestyle through van life and shuttle bus conversions.
  • Their third vehicle conversion, a shuttle bus, was built to prioritize comfort and functionality.
  • The conversion featured a fixed bed, ample counter space, a large built-in couch, and a kitchen with full-size appliances.
  • They chose not to include a fixed bathroom due to their experience of not using it much in previous builds.
  • They initially built their first home on wheels as a summer project and gradually improved their skills.
  • The couple financed their van life by saving money for travel and working during the summer season.
  • The latest build addressed previous shortcomings and incorporated desired features.
  • The couple’s favorite part of the latest build was the spacious kitchen with double counters.
  • Tiny living allowed them to explore new places and experience the convenience of traveling in a small home.
  • They sold their third conversion to another happy couple and are currently working on a new conversion for themselves.

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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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  • Maria Kentala
    September 6, 2023, 7:05 am

    Well done! Love it!

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