Young Man Builds Stunning School Bus Tiny House for Only $4,500 – Debt Free Mobile Home

Young Man Builds Stunning School Bus Tiny House for Only $4,500 – Debt Free Mobile Home


I saw this bus on Craigslist, and I’ve always been a wheeler and dealer, and I knew it’s something that I always wanted to try and I just said I’ve lived my life, so cautiously up to this point I got to do something that I think I’m gonna enjoy and uh I ended up just doing it. For me I wanted the highest quality bus possible with the lowest kind of impact on my wallet and by kind of reusing repurposed woods and basically stuff I just found on the side of the road including getting the bus which actually traded for it. I’ve done everything here today for about $4,500 All of my trims were uh Repurposed pallet board that I found Umm, my slab countertops used to be a teeter-totter in a goat pen that I basically cut down and Completely redone. I have an old exit sign that I found and I used that as my medicine cabinet. Just basically like finding a use for things that Otherwise people would just throw away Umm, transitioning to living in the bus full-time over the past three or four months I’ve really kind of been working on like minimalizing my lifestyle and slowly fitting my life into a space as small as this and uh In turn, I think I’ve really learned a lot about myself. This Is my 1959 Bluebird B 600 school bus that I’ve converted into a tiny home. This is my $40 Craigslist special swinging wicker chair it uh just barely fits in here But uh absolutely love it. Down here, this is my wit’s left countertops Turned out really well really happy with it my whole kind of Thing with this bus is I wanted the highest quality possible But on a shoestring budget so a lot of the things I’ve kind of done myself Is this kind of my like my wardrobe down here. I got everything that I need to kind of live when I want to eat This is my kind of dining area. Don’t use it too much, but it’s kind of nice to have. This is my my Slat bed that I’ve made. I made it completely out of reclaimed 2×4 Umm, it pulls out to a full size queen bed, which is really nice because I’m not the tiniest guy in the world and er It’s pretty comfy. Here is Just kind of a side table here. Eventually this would be Kind of like the washroom. I’m gonna have it toilet installed underneath. This just flips up into a room divider and Then the stuff will be here. Right now It is excess storage because I’m still working on kind of minimalizing the junk I have. This is my hundred dollar RV mechanic special stove Umm, It runs on propane which is really nice. I also use it as kind of my pantry for now and er It’s it’s been awesome. This is my my little fridge here. It is just basically an old koolatron cooler. That’s er 55 watts so when I hook up solar it’s gonna run exclusively off that. Works really well. It was like 120 bucks so I’m pretty happy with that. This is my kind of gonna be my dry goods area. It’s not quite stocked up yet, but I wanted to go with kind of a cool leg little throwback So these are all just like vintage liquor liquor bottles and Old mason jars. Yeah, so the way I have my propane system working right now It’s not a hundred percent done, but what I do I have a quick-release hose back hose back there Basically I run it out to my cargo rack in the back where I have my propane tanks My jerry cans and kind of firewood and stuff like that just a really simple quick setup I didn’t want to do anything too crazy with mounting tanks or anything like that Just because the amount I used the stove it wasn’t really worth putting that much time in Especially during the supper summer months it gets so hot in here I find myself Just eating a lot of like a lot of produce and and cooler things. For now I’m just doing water jugs eventually I will be doing a full Sink that’s hooked up to an electric pump via my solar system. For now a 2.5. Gallon jug just works great So people call her the Dorf back in the day They had the Ford emblem in here and someone switched the F and the D and Ever since then um whenever I’m driving by, people be like ah it’s the ‘DORF’, that’s so cool Yeah
So that’s kind of how the name came by. This is the the deck that was put on this bad boy turns out to be Really really useful put a couple lawn chairs in there have a beer. Probably one of my favorite features on the bus ugh, I got a swing window basically just opens up everything Really really nice makes the space feel a lot bigger and also really helps with air flow. What I really like about this bus for kind of like my lifestyle it gives me that flexibility to Kind of go out and go kayaking and camping wherever I want, but it also really allowed me to Minimalize like my overhead cost I feel like I haven’t lost any quality of life but at the same time I need to work a bit less, and I can pursue things that I want to pursue in life and Not have to kind of lose out on that

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100 Comments

  1. One of the coolest I’ve seen. I can tell you have an artist brain with all the creativity you used to put this together. Amazing, so cool!!!!!!

  2. You are creative and talented! Where do you actually park it? What kind of address do you use for your mail etc? Thank you!

  3. "Only" $4,500????? Are you kidding?? What a waste of about $3,000!!!! 1959 Bluebird, WOW! 👎 Total rip off👎💩

  4. Great Vid. I saw another bus where they had raised the room like 12". You should consider that for yours. Always a good idea : ))

  5. There was a bus just like this at my school. One day it brought me home when I fell and badly cut myself. That was somewhere in the mid seventies.

  6. "I've learned about minimizing…" cut to shot of him with millions of useless trinkets lining the shelves and a school globe? lol looks super cozy though! would totally love the space

  7. Whose land are you staying on? I've always wanted to do something like this but you cant just park your house or mobile home just anywhere you want. I feel like most people could do this they just cant because there is no land to place said home.

  8. If you could can you list the owners heights or ask in videos because I’d like to know which places I could actually fit/live in. Seriously love your videos keep it up.

  9. Wow you did a beautiful job love it congratulations on your new awesome home you should be very proud of your self
    Thank you you for sharing really enjoyed your video

  10. Problems with tiny homes (Speaking from the perspective of a young person who went out and bought an RV with the hopes of living the life), where do you park? (especially if you need to stay in one area), greywater and waste tanks are tiny and need to be dumped pretty often which can't be done everywhere and usually costs money, no sites/parks through the winter which not only means you get no electricity for heat it also leaves you without somewhere to park even if you do manage to find a place (and electricity is usually metered…). If anyone could answer those questions for me, I'd love to hear from you.

    It seems like the only way to live this life is if you already own a piece of property that you can use all year round plus a decently expensive solar system and batteries which also costs literal thousands just to be able to do pretty basic things. Or if you live in california because apparently there are a shitload of places you can just park and pay a small fee every month.

  11. He could be doing a lot more with the space in there tho. The old dresser that's hard to open cuz it's wood on wood, isn't really poppin.

  12. How do you live full time in a space without a bathroom? Minimal cooking facilities is workable. Lack of bathing and toileting options does not seem viable.

  13. I have watched this a bunch of times, its a charming video, though it seem like an unsustainable situation. An update would be nice.

  14. Love the concept area for the toilet. If you don't mind me asking do you have a system for a shower? I was thinking if one had a planet fitness membership that's an excellent place for a shower and restrooms.

  15. Third time watching this. I just enjoy looking at the beauty of the interior. I’m curious about Gas mileage on something like this.

  16. Please, please please tell me how you afford heath and dental care. You never get sick? You have never had a toothache? Nothing ever goes wrong and life is just one chill trip? Must be nice.

  17. I love these videos but always remember people they got help friend people donating stuff for free things they found it's not as easy as it shows on video

  18. i’m sorry but this dude could’ve done so much more with this bus and waited and make it nice and save money instead of it looking. like no cap bad

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