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Two Years in Their Cozy Bus Conversion with a Wood Stove


Nick and Katie didn’t start their bus conversion planning on living in it full-time, but once they got into creating a home out of their 1995 GMC 3500HD Vandura, they couldn’t go back to their old life.

Two years and nine National Parks later, they have no plans of leaving their nomadic life anytime soon. The interior of the bus (@RobinTheBus) was built with their loves in mind, with space for cooking, baking, entertaining and even a sewing machine!

They can climb on the rooftop to hang out, and they stay warm with their mini wood stove. A motorcycle they attached to a back deck allows them to make quick runs to the store without driving their whole home with them. Enjoy the video from Tiny Home Tours below!

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They Never Planned on Full-Time Bus Life. Two Years Later…

Meet Robin the Bus!

This tiny wood stove heats the home up quickly.

They chose to have a pull-out bed so they could entertain.

Katie sewed all the pillows and couch cushions.

VIDEO: Carpenter’s DIY Bus Conversion

Highlights

  • 1995 GMC 3500HD Vandura
  • Named Robin (for the color outside)
  • Convection oven
  • 4-burner cooktop
  • Hooks for a hammock swing and hammock
  • Toilet closet

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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 Sheila
    December 1, 2020, 3:29 pm

    Beautiful home. They put their all in this bus. Enjoyed the video

  • December 1, 2020, 11:28 pm

    May I ask what brand of wood stove that is? I am looking for a little one for a small home with limited space. I agree with the idea of sleeping in something other than a converted dinette. You did a nice job on the conversion. Glad you are enjoying your bus.

    • Avatar James D.
      December 1, 2020, 11:48 pm

      It’s a Cubic Mini Stove, Canadian company and one of the more affordable brands. Two models, the Cub and the little larger Grizzly, can heat 200 and 400 Sq Ft respectively…

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      December 2, 2020, 1:16 pm

      Another option for little stoves is Tiny Wood Stoves https://www.tinywoodstove.com/

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    December 2, 2020, 4:22 pm

    I love buses!! Yours is soooo nice! It has everything you need and beauty, too. I really like the idea of bed also being sofa which gives you lots more room. The swings and hammocks are a good idea. It’s just so cool!

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