Six-Member Family Transforms a 40-Foot School Bus into a Beautiful Home and Gives a Tour of the Interior


A couple has transformed an old bus into an oasis for six people and numerous dreams.

John, with an eye for design and craftsmanship, has redesigned the bus.

The living room, complete with a U-shaped couch and hidden storage compartments, also serves as a sleeping area for the parents, thanks to a cleverly designed pull-out bed.

The family’s electrical installation is a masterpiece of modern technology.

Underneath the couch in the living room, a Victron charge controller, a 3000-watt inverter, and two 200-amp-hour batteries are hidden.

This powerful system can run an air conditioner all night and still have enough energy for breakfast. Perfect for a family that loves the freedom of off-grid living.

The bus also considers the practical aspects of life on the road.

A sliding door separates the living area from the “throne room” with a Nature’s Head compost toilet.

In the front area, the driver’s area has been designed so the family can sit close together.

Two original bus seats, now equipped with shoulder straps, provide secure seating for the children, while a swiveling passenger seat offers AJ a comfortable position.

The family’s culinary needs are met by a full-size refrigerator and a kitchen that would make any hobby chef jealous.

Open shelves display jars of spices and grains, many of which were grown on the family’s former farm.

An induction cooktop and an air fryer replace a traditional stove and align with the family’s preference for electric appliances.

Even the sink has a light that changes color based on the water temperature, adding a playful touch to the practical space.

The family’s sustainability is evident in their choices.

They opted for an Eco-filter instead of the more popular Berkey system for their water.

The filtration system proudly sits on the kitchen counter and cleans every drop of water the family consumes.

The decision to live in a bus was not a spontaneous one.

Eight years ago, they considered this move but decided to stay on their farm to provide a stable environment for their young children.

Now that their children are a bit older and more adaptable, the timing seemed right.

The bus was purchased last December, and after selling their house, John completed the conversion in just four months.

Space optimization continues in the bathroom and sleeping areas.

The bathroom features a tiny sink next to the shower, allowing for multitasking.

Each family member has their own drawer for their belongings, and the children have enthusiastically embraced their individual bunk beds.

The sleeping quarters are a far cry from the previous arrangement – a shared family bed on their farm.

The exterior of the bus is as functional as the interior.

It accommodates 125 gallons of fresh water and 75 gallons of wastewater, as well as two LP tanks for outdoor cooking.

Security cameras provide an additional layer of security and give the family a sense of peace as they explore new areas.

For AJ and John, the possibility of building another bus or even offering custom buses for others is on the table.

The bus is not just a home for them but a lifestyle that embodies their family motto – to be “wild”: uncontrollable, always adapting, and constantly evolving.

With endless horizons in sight, this family’s journey is far from over, and their story showcases the boundless possibilities of life on the road.

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