Welcome to the Outside Found Bus Tour! We started this project in October of 2014, worked on the bus from March – July 2015, and have been on the road since then. The following is a tour of the completed bus. If you want to start at the beginning, visit our Bus Restoration Journal!
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When we aren’t driving the entryway functions as our mudroom. With durable coin-grip flooring and plenty of easy to access storage, all manner of people hopping in and out is no problem. The driver’s seat is the original seat that came with the bus, recovered with an IKEA slip cover to match the rest of our cushions. More on that later! The light switches you see here run our 12 volt LED rope lights and outdoor LED Floodlights.
The Living Room
The living room, right behind the driver’s area, is a wonderful multifunctional space. On the left we have a very comfy couch with integrated storage underneath. On the right we either have open floor space (great for a big dog who likes to stretch out!) or a cute flip up dining room table.
The kitchen is by far my favorite “room” on the bus. In fact, it’s bigger than the kitchen Will and I shared in our first apartment together! We have everything needed for a delicious meal, including an Electric/Propane Norcold RV Fridge, two burner Atwood propane stove, and 6 gallon Suburban propane water heater.
The office is situated across from the kitchen so that the floor space inbetween can be monopolized by whatever activity is at hand. When we’re cooking, there’s enough room for two people to comfortably work together. When we’re working, we can stretch out and feel like we’re in a “real” office space. The dining room chairs double as our office chairs – when we’re driving, they stay in the desk stalls. Burly rubber feet keep them from sliding!
The office is also home to our solar power readouts. That’s right – the bus electrical is powered 100% by solar! Check out this post about living with solar for more info on our setup.
The “bedroom” looks like little more than a walled in mattress, but functionally it is so much better. The bed is a comfortable 6″ memory foam mattress, complete with fluffy down comforter and pillows. Above sits our library, nestled in some floating IKEA shelves. Below lives a ton of storage and our Atwood forced air heater (for those chilly fall mornings!)
In front of the bed are two drawers for our day to day clothes, one for me, one for Will. More on clothes / laundry over here…
The bathroom is pretty simple: a composting toilet and a teeny tiny shower.
This is definitely the coolest room on the bus. Not only is it bright and covered with stickers, but it’s full of all of our favorite things: mountain bikes, backpacking, climbing, and kayaking stuff, and all of our outdoor goodies.
All in all, we can fit quite a lot into our little 200sq ft bus! If you have questions, ask them in the comments below and we’ll be sure to get back to you.