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School Bus Converted into Incredible Off-Grid Home



This school but to tiny home conversion could easily be one of the most impressive we have seen so far. When standing inside this home, it’s hard to believe that you’re actually in a vehicle! That’s largely thanks to some great design mixed with skillful execution of the conversion, which involved raising the roof by an additional two feet and cleverly shaping it to feel more like a house.

One of the things that I like most about the idea of a bus conversion compared to a traditional tiny house on wheels, is that they are designed to sustain long-term travel and life on the road. This home in particular is fitted with lots of off-the-grid features including ample solar power, water storage and propane to enable the family to live for extended periods while adventuring in remote locations…

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Beautifully Converted Bus



From modern live-work spaces to family-oriented dwellings, we’re seeing a number of beautifully renovated interiors inside buses that have been converted into tiny homes. But what’s great too is that each vehicle has its own fascinating story behind it. Take Denver, Colorado’s Charles Kern of Art Builders Guild, a professional bus homebuilder who first built his own home on wheels a few years ago, using a bus that has quite a history.

Charles tells us that he converted a bus for a simple reason: he needed a place to live as a cash-strapped 20-year-old philosophy student, and as someone who was knowledgeable about buses for over a decade, it seemed like the best solution. Charles relates the story behind the bus that he calls The Queen — a 1982 Bluebird Bus on an International Harvester chassis…

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Snowboarder Austin Smith's Firetruck Turned Home on Wheels



At the beginning of the winter Austin Smith made a bit of a departure from his standard season. After somewhat unexpectedly coming to own a retired fire truck turned mobile home, Austin decided to squat in the Mt. Bachelor parking lot for a month-and-a-half. Rather than chase storms all over the planet, he chose to hang at his home resort. And ride every day.

“I knew I’d enjoy it, but I didn’t know I’d love it this much,” says Austin. “I’m really digging it.”

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Couple Travels with Off-Grid School Bus



The growth of the tiny house movement in recent years has reignited interest in the idea of living a simpler lifestyle. It has also revived enthusiasm for small spaces of all kinds — a soothing antidote to the wretched excess of the McMansion era. Beyond building lovely tiny houses, some are also renovating school buses into stylish homes on wheels. It’s hardly a new thing, but one major advantage that school bus-based tiny homes have over “conventional” tiny homes is that they are much more mobile — and also much cheaper than a high-end tiny house.

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School Bus Conversion for Family of Five



Like their modified van cousins and the adventurous notion of “van life”, modern bus conversions for full-time living are now emerging as a thing. Of course, they’ve already been around for a while, but thanks to the Internet, stylish and affordable DIY bus conversions are now entering mainstream consciousness as yet another tiny-house-on-wheels alternative. Best of all, these modern bus dwellings aren’t just for single individuals or couples, they can also suit families that are looking for a debt-free place to call home.

That’s the case with the Sullivans, a family of five from Washington state that recently moved into a 40-foot-long bus they lovingly call “Big Bertha”.…

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Georgia Couple Converts School Bus into Tiny House

Georgia natives Andrew and Julie Puckett always knew the picket-fenced five-bedroom house wasn’t for them. Now, they live in less than 200 square feet. More specifically, their less-than-200-square-feet is inside a custom-renovated 1990 Blue Bird bus, parked in a state park just outside the city.

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Roll Your Own: The Complete Guide to Living in a Truck, Bus, Van or Camper (1974)

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Nels Norene was featured in Tiny Homes on the Move. He wrote:

Hi guys,

I found this aged photocopy while going through a box of files from years past. It was tucked in with folders of research notes, press releases, rough drafts and galleys of articles for various publications and several rejected or killed stories that I’d had vague hopes of placing in other print media; all this from the days before the Internet. Everything looked so crisp and quaint, especially the neatly typed articles on 20 lb. bonded stationery.
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Update on Lucas Sweeten's Schoolbus Home

Lucas’ bus was featured on pp. 70-71 of Tiny Homes on the Move. Here’s the latest:

April 3, 2015

Hey Hey there Lloyd, I wanted to give you an update on the bus. Also, I really appreciated you working with me for the timeline and putting my bus in your book.… So, for the update: I’ll attach a few pictures of the bus. Naturally, it’s not finished. It most likely will never be, but as we know that is the joy of a custom mobile life.

Since the past pictures I’ve rebuilt most of the interior using wood I’ve cut, milled, stacked and dried (all done a few years back), or wood that I’ve salvaged. There’s a 400-watt solar system, 12v lighting, converted freezer to fridge (not in the pics), deck on top, pull-behind trailer/porch, and concrete shower. The floors are plumbed with radiant heat pex tubing.  I have a thermal solar panel, although it’s not installed yet. The greywater tank is in, and finally some curtains are being hung.

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Couple Transforms Big Yellow School Bus into a Seriously Cozy Home

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…after nearly four years working on this project with her husband Jeremy, they have one of the most impressive little homes around. It all started with a 1989 International school bus they purchased in 2011. At 37 feet long, it offers plenty of space, and with all the modifications they made, they can officially call it a home. Their efforts resulted in the work of art you see below, which made its debut last October…

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Box O' Quackers - 1956 Airstream Trailer

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Photo by Steve Walser

1951 GMC bus that pulls a 1956 Airstream Trailer, used as a tailgate party bus for Oregon Ducks fans.

The bus originally hauled Idaho schoolkids, then Oregon Boy Scouts, then was used on a strawberry farm. Now a tailgating venue, the bus’s history stays alive, filled as it is with tailgaters who not only are students of the game and loyal to their team, but enjoy nothing better than the sweet smell of victory. Read More …

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