| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

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

100 Comments

Exploring Alternatives

Oct 10, 2017, 6:57 pm Reply

Could you see yourself living in a school bus conversion like this full time?

Oilerua Aiarag

Feb 2, 2019, 9:13 am Reply

Motor sp cs

Elke Summer

Feb 2, 2019, 3:05 am Reply

How can you replace the motor of a 1959 vehicle? Wasn't that over $4000 itself??

Liberty Lost

Feb 2, 2019, 2:25 am Reply

Why does he say he isn’t fully moved in and he is still learning what he needs to do to downsize. But he won’t do the things that will show him if it can be done. Such as a sink and plumbing system and a toilet. It is nice looking but hardly livable.

Ronda L

Feb 2, 2019, 5:14 am Reply

This is amazing I love great job it's amazing! Blessings Love and Peace

Samad Rezakhany

Feb 2, 2019, 8:17 am Reply

Dude this is cool and all but shit like this makes living in "tiny homes" or motor vehicles cool and sexy and makes them the standard which they shouldn't be, living in a bus or a car isn't cool, its being homeless lol

7808y

Mar 3, 2019, 7:22 am Reply

I mean, living in a bus , where a bunch of other buses park and live is not exactly living on the opposite of safe lol

XMattingly

Mar 3, 2019, 9:36 am Reply

Now do winter living in that bus ?❄️?

Lisa Scales

Mar 3, 2019, 11:06 pm Reply

Wow really awesome

Linda Lai

Mar 3, 2019, 4:41 am Reply

How long will these buses last; how many miles on the engine???

StraitJacket187

Mar 3, 2019, 11:38 pm Reply

wow just a minute into your video, already love your bus and what you did to it, I've been watching videos about doing this, giving me good ideas. thanks.

Karl Kempe

Mar 3, 2019, 4:50 am Reply

Incredible

Our travelingzoo

Mar 3, 2019, 12:16 pm Reply

Adorable and full of character

Don Sullivan

Mar 3, 2019, 3:23 am Reply

Of all the van and bus conversions I seen yours is by far the way coolest. Your's looks like a home with antique wood. I would like to se you do more busses.

Henry Xu

Mar 3, 2019, 1:17 am Reply

I would add a bathroom and shower, but other than that, great job!

Madeleine K

Mar 3, 2019, 3:20 am Reply

Okay, I really want to do this

skeleguns 10,ooo,ooo

Mar 3, 2019, 3:22 am Reply

I would build a skoolie, but I’m not living in it full time. I would build a bus that can go at least 700 Horsepower but will not be converted into a home

seth corbin

Mar 3, 2019, 10:30 pm Reply

seems like a nice guy. this is "kinda" a cool way to live! "kinda" makes me want to convert a schoolbus with some kinda repurposed materials

Addison Fiola :D

Mar 3, 2019, 5:09 pm Reply

The floor creeks alot

hamad abdeli

Apr 4, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

Very beautiful & cool … let's hope it will not Breakdown

anna moore

Apr 4, 2019, 6:35 pm Reply

he is so cute omg

H D

Apr 4, 2019, 6:37 am Reply

It's Awesome! I love it. Best wishes.

Debbie Molitor

Apr 4, 2019, 6:45 pm Reply

Oh WOW I just Love this one and he did a Great Job 🙂 Keep livin the Dream

Shimmy Sham

Apr 4, 2019, 6:03 am Reply

Omg. I love this bus and I want to spend just 1 night sleeping with this handsome man in bus!!

Cameron Wright

Apr 4, 2019, 6:29 pm Reply

With that swing window, you could have an awesome beach party. Serve soft drinks or hard (depending on the rules of said beach)

Carl Grypstra

Apr 4, 2019, 2:53 pm Reply

Wow ! This is awesome , so cool with all the plants. So well thought off . Plus how gorgeous is he ! Melanie

Pete And His Bus

Apr 4, 2019, 10:04 pm Reply

Nice one! I'm converting my bus too.

randy jimenez

Apr 4, 2019, 10:33 pm Reply

Nice looking Bus!!

indigo wendigo

May 5, 2019, 11:29 am Reply

If I could go back to 18 years old I would have just got a small RV to live in and put half my income into the stock market. Now I'm 45 and I'm doing exactly that. It's not too late lol

alan smlth

May 5, 2019, 11:11 pm Reply

Where is the toilet ? The crapper? AC? Shower?,Bathtub? Electric?

UTSGermany

May 5, 2019, 7:13 am Reply

Dorf means village in german 🙂 pretty cool bus !!!

3rd Grandma Milhises

May 5, 2019, 1:12 am Reply

Tint for the windows is inepensive & they have a mirrored for daytime that reflects the sun 79% plus the privacy u get. People will walk up and look in. Great build.

Michael Bertolino

May 5, 2019, 2:39 pm Reply

You are very intelligent to take a bus & turn it into a home, that is awesomely cool. Smart move young man. You’ve done a great job. Save all of that rent/mortgage money in the bank.

CrestoneMountains

May 5, 2019, 4:44 am Reply

Its 'kinda' awesome!

Lisa Monroe

May 5, 2019, 3:24 pm Reply

how does he shower and use the bathroom?

halley0413 9837

May 5, 2019, 8:42 pm Reply

Debt free and you'll never go homeless. That's all that matters.

1082tropixgal

Jun 6, 2019, 3:05 am Reply

Love your bus..Looks so comfy and its really nice looking.

Chad Carter

Jun 6, 2019, 12:02 am Reply

Look at me everyone I am just like you I’m still a little scared to move out mommy’s ?

lee santos

Jun 6, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

Nice job !

Christy J

Jun 6, 2019, 1:37 pm Reply

I love it!

joel greatz

Jun 6, 2019, 10:46 am Reply

that back could be a good toilet place and shower.

bigboy

Jun 6, 2019, 5:30 pm Reply

Nice job

Muze Rhythm

Jun 6, 2019, 9:23 pm Reply

L❤VE seeing builds that uses reclaimed materials! For the cost….it gives me encouragement that I can do this on limited income.?

PICKLEJUICE X2

Jun 6, 2019, 9:05 pm Reply

Far out! I want this for sure, it’s perfect!

Everett Eaton New Yorker

Jun 6, 2019, 12:17 am Reply

Love the fireball ? for later for now just doing water jugs

Paephysobitch 1962

Jun 6, 2019, 10:51 pm Reply

We tried that but we found out could not get insurance on it

wendy hulick

Jun 6, 2019, 1:16 am Reply

LOVE LOVE LOVE your Dorf house!!

Amy Salas

Jun 6, 2019, 5:23 am Reply

Awesome

abc

Jun 6, 2019, 5:42 am Reply

But I have to drive an hour in rush hour both ways to work and home for 9 to 5 and what is this guy do SURF. I pay taxes while he plays.

MA

Jun 6, 2019, 5:19 pm Reply

I crave deeply to live like this

MA

Jun 6, 2019, 5:20 pm Reply

Gonna have to upgrade the height or you’re gonna be walking crouched over when you get older haha

Catherine Buck

Jun 6, 2019, 11:40 pm Reply

Very nicely done, Dorf is a cool bus love it..
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Albert Tropeano

Jul 7, 2019, 11:50 am Reply

Poor man, he's living like he's in a third world nation. Be thankful for what we have!

gogogeedus

Jul 7, 2019, 11:04 pm Reply

thats very cool man!

Andrea B

Jul 7, 2019, 9:50 pm Reply

Cute bus and owner! Congrats!?

J AG

Jul 7, 2019, 7:22 pm Reply

great job on the bus and on the video, so nice to watch

Ti Co

Jul 7, 2019, 7:29 pm Reply

Really cool

TheTriggaTv

Jul 7, 2019, 11:30 am Reply

How do you protect all these materials, they're old and prone to damage/infiltration by bugs etc ?

justicia

Jul 7, 2019, 3:00 pm Reply

i dont know rick, looks to hipster estereotipe to me!!!

Antonìe Loñdon Ramìrez

Jul 7, 2019, 6:27 am Reply

When I clicked on it I thought it was a cheapskate video but now that I watched it for you it's the best video ever watch 10 out of 10

Dr. Charles Reed

Jul 7, 2019, 11:43 am Reply

Funny: Every project was almost done.

Patrice Soffer

Jul 7, 2019, 3:48 am Reply

Looks great!

lenesulll

Jul 7, 2019, 3:33 pm Reply

lov it

Georgina Sandnes

Jul 7, 2019, 6:14 pm Reply

This is my favourite among HUNDREDS on small space living/minimalism ?

Brian Jones

Jul 7, 2019, 6:58 am Reply

The windows all around are a blessing and a curse. You have more light and less storage.

Sandra Signorelli

Jul 7, 2019, 1:16 pm Reply

Young man I am really impressed. Your ingenuity is amazing. I so loved watching this video. Great job! ?

Angela Harris

Jul 7, 2019, 4:09 am Reply

I love this. Wanna get married? Just kiddin' but I love all of this soo much. Great job

Nattalie Diaz

Jul 7, 2019, 1:56 am Reply

I love your taste!

Emy Waltz

Jul 7, 2019, 4:19 am Reply

Really cute, but I'm wondering how on earth you actually travel anywhere. I'm picturing glass bottles, plants full of dirt, and water jugs banging into each other, dumping over, etc.

Arlie Hopes y

Jul 7, 2019, 3:13 am Reply

Rent-free yes debt-free no. Keep in mind what he's saving on rent he's probably spending on gas or close to it a month. Not to mention RV fees, food all his toiletries. internet ,cell phone, car insurance maybe even Commercial Insurance depending on the vehicle which could be pricey. that's not including car Maintenance and unforeseen repairs on the road. just facts.

Grace Mitchell

Jul 7, 2019, 11:43 pm Reply

Good for you!!

UTubeGlennAR

Jul 7, 2019, 6:11 pm Reply

>^. .^< What do you think, for every person living in a school bus home there are possibly 5,ooo homeless Americans through out the USA living on the streets???? Sure hope I am wrong……..

Jeff’s Homestead

Jul 7, 2019, 9:30 pm Reply

Problem is it's a short-term fix he's not debt-free because eventually he's going to lose that bus it's going to cost money to maintain it the story's not over and eventually won't be able to repair it, it is subject to being towed on a pigs whim. He needs to park it on a piece of land that he owns, otherwise eventually he's going to lose it. Sorry but that's the truth?

Raymond Gross

Jul 7, 2019, 1:04 am Reply

Great job

leela stoma

Jul 7, 2019, 1:58 am Reply

Sweet

LittleWildBoar

Jul 7, 2019, 5:31 am Reply

Looks so cute,

Carlos Concepcion-Taylor

Jul 7, 2019, 7:48 pm Reply

What do you do in the winter ?

Jeanieart1940 Kowatsch

Jul 7, 2019, 3:06 am Reply

Good for you!

Tommy V

Jul 7, 2019, 4:22 pm Reply

Why would people drop dislikes, this is wonderful cheers mate

Me Miss Marie

Jul 7, 2019, 12:58 am Reply

Love THIS! Like if I want to travel around the US.

long yarn

Jul 7, 2019, 6:45 pm Reply

Awesome! I like how he's still working on it but hasn't used that as an excuse for sloppiness. Well done!

Schizo Id

Aug 8, 2019, 5:49 pm Reply

UPBEAT UKULELE MUSIC. TO ALL VIDEOS ABOUT PPL LIVING IN VANS. STOP IT.

Lazaro Tinoco

Aug 8, 2019, 5:56 pm Reply

Who’s counted how many times he’s said “kind of”

Rosa Bivins

Aug 8, 2019, 11:33 am Reply

Beautiful gorgeous home.. thanks for sharing ?

C N9

Aug 8, 2019, 3:58 pm Reply

I can't afford this dream,… but maybe SOMEDAY….
How I so wish to live in one,… build one,… JUST SO MUCH!!!!

Irene Garcia

Aug 8, 2019, 4:47 pm Reply

Soo much room where’s the bathroom?

Arrows Minnesota

Aug 8, 2019, 4:17 am Reply

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!!!!!!

EdTalks

Aug 8, 2019, 9:52 pm Reply

Saving money on housing allowed him to get a 10k canon lens! Well done

Destynee Jones

Aug 8, 2019, 9:51 pm Reply

I want to buy and convert a van but where would I park it

Dan Chris

Aug 8, 2019, 4:58 am Reply

Fireball gang gang

rob bo

Aug 8, 2019, 5:16 pm Reply

Love the creativity

T Carpenter

Aug 8, 2019, 12:42 pm Reply

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

Pedro Nunes

Aug 8, 2019, 8:56 pm Reply

The picture for the video screams "Into the Wild" love it dude, keep it strong brother

Justin Probably g

Aug 8, 2019, 1:09 am Reply

The 237 dislikes are mortgage loan officers

Hans Clardij

Aug 8, 2019, 5:54 pm Reply

looks a bit claustrophobic with the low ceiling….

Gbody Cutlass

Aug 8, 2019, 1:58 pm Reply

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

Kelly Michaels

Aug 8, 2019, 12:17 am Reply

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

Kina Jones

Aug 8, 2019, 2:00 am Reply

??Love your home

iPooKaePoo

Aug 8, 2019, 11:01 am Reply

He probably doesn't have a job and depends on government money ?‍♂️

Creem FiftyHundred

Aug 8, 2019, 11:16 am Reply

He has neighbors???

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