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Some people may assume that #vanlifers are all college dropouts, wanderers, or folks who simply can’t afford a typical home, but Missy & Matt defy all the stereotypes! This couple got their bachelor’s degrees, got married, bought a house, and worked the typical 9-5 schedule.

But that life proved wholly unsatisfactory for them. They wanted to travel and see the world, so they rented out their house in January and bought this awesome 1992 Toyota Coaster (from Japan, with a right-hand steering wheel and Japanese instructions and everything!). Most of the interior is original to the Coaster, which actually makes it all the more special.

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1992 Toyota Coaster (with Right-Hand Steering) Van Home

Couple’s 1992 Toyota Coaster From Japan 6

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Here’s that infamous right-hand steering wheel.

Couple’s 1992 Toyota Coaster From Japan 5

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This dinette becomes their bed at night.

Couple’s 1992 Toyota Coaster From Japan 4

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They use this to cook (and a cooler to keep food cold).

Couple’s 1992 Toyota Coaster From Japan 2

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They also don’t have running water.

Couple’s 1992 Toyota Coaster From Japan 3

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VIDEO: Couple Downsized To A 1992 Toyota Bus Conversion


  • 1992 Toyota Coaster
  • From Japan
  • The lounge in back turns into a bed
  • Front couches become a twin-sized bed
  • Composting toilet
  • Cooler
  • 6-gallon water tub
  • Car charger (no solar)

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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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{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Theresa Perdue
    October 4, 2020, 1:38 pm

    Very interesting 👌.

  • Diana
    January 21, 2021, 4:42 pm

    Wondering why you chose that van…

    • Eric
      March 5, 2021, 8:17 pm

      …coz right hand drive is the only way to go… like Japan, and Australia, and New Zealand, and India, and UK, and well most civilised countries (I know, I just managed to upset the WHOLE and America).

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