She Converted a Shuttle Bus into an Adorable Tiny Home

Hey guys, Jenna here, as many of you know, I love a good female empowerment story. And so in today’s video I’m going to
show you how one young woman decided to convert a shuttle bus into a tiny rolling
home and then after living in it for some time, started her own business, converting vans for other people. The inside of Gloria’s shuttle bus is
simply gorgeous and you’ll be able to see firsthand how she was able to expand
the space to feel alike a lot more than just a tiny home. So let’s take a tour. I’m Gloria and this is the lavender moon bus. Living in the bus was really incredible
because it gave me the flexibility to move where I wanted to be. So shuttle bus was the great
option for me, number one, because they’re a lot cheaper than vans
and number two because there are a lot wider and taller, so you’re getting so much more
space for what you’re paying for. When I bought this bus, it was an
electronic mobile shop basically. So the guy had it all set up with
walls and cabinets and things to sell electronics at it. I tore everything
out, gutted it. I put everything in here, the shower, the kitchen, the
plumbing, the electronics. Completely gutted it and made it what
it is now. My dad’s a contractor, so we had done an RV remodel before as
one of the first places I ever lived in when I moved out from living with them. So getting into a shuttle bus
was actually really exciting. I feel like for all of my friends
and families to witness me, like transforming another space. So at first when I lived in the bus, I was just living at my parents’ house
in the driveway and then I expanded to my friend’s house driveway. It was in a really beautiful
space surrounded by nature. And then after that I started
parking all around San Diego. So right now I’m not living in the
bus because after converting this bus, I loved it so much that
I opened up my business. And so I’ve really been tied down to
working at my warehouse and my shuttle bus just became basically
a bed in a parking lot. And I’m not sure what my
plans are for the future. I feel like my life
changes every three months. So I just evaluate when that comes up
and see what’s best fit for my lifestyle. So my work right now is converting vans
and buses and essentially what I do is take any shell, van, bus, trailer, whatever kind of space that people want
and I turn it into a luxury off-grid living space. You have the sustainability
features built into your living space, that means you’re using
less water, less electric, which is going to be a huge part of,
I believe, our future moving forward. So being able to do it now and have less
of a carbon footprint on our planet, I think is a really huge
thing to be a part of. I took my daily living style and put
it into the space and made sure that everything I wanted and like a normal
space I could have accommodate me in, in a shuttle bus. So it really shifted by mindset
when it comes to like buying things. Also like what’s really important
to me and what I actually need. Welcome to the lavender
moon best come on in so this is the front of the bus. We
kept the majority of this original. Uh, the only thing I really did up here
was paint this and put a new panel over this. Basically everything
else is original, the seat
front console and things. And over here we have the
control panel for the lights, the battery monitor
and a power on and off. So right behind the seat is where I
put my water jug for drinking water. I also have my curtains that I
hang up for privacy and you know, broom for cleaning So this is the bathroom and shower
area. This shower fits me perfectly. I’m 5’2. So as you can
tell, I fit great in here. This jar was actually really unique. I couldn’t find a lot on
what people did for shower. So we built this out of plywood. We put a rubber coating on it
and then some poly wall paneling, which is what they use in commercial
kitchens and then we also put a porcelain mosaic tile on the floor, so the bathroom situation, which
everyone wants to know about. I have an emergency bucket that I put a
trashcan liner in and I use cat litter if I want to use that. It works for about three days if
I’m using this space consistently, but for the most part I’m parked usually
around facilities, so I just use those Moving on, we have the kitchen
area, it’s six feet long, which is a pretty good size. It’s
got the frigerator under here, just lift up the countertop. We put this on here so it
could hold up when I wanted to open the fridge and it’s a 65 court fridge so it
holds more than what I need for myself. I have the knife rack, which is
great just to grab nice and go. We have storage up here that
wraps all the way around the bus. It’s 10 inches wide and it’s just a really
great and simple way to have storage in the upper space. And then down here I have the propane
and butane depending on what I want to cook with or what I
have fuel for that day. And then under here I actually have
more space and what I did was put these boxes that turned into chairs and then we have extra seating for guests. And then around here I put this tile
back splash and it was actually really simple. I didn’t use any grout or any
a thin set to adhere it to the wall. I actually just use fuse it, which
is a really strong glue, glued it on. And then I cocked all the seams and
moving on. Over here we have the sink. It’s a really large deep sink. That’s what I wanted to be able to
wash all my cutting boards and dishes. I have a diverting valve on my faucet
so I can switch back and forth if I want to just spray stuff. And I also have a soap pump
right here that’s built in. I didn’t want like soap dishes
falling around when I was moving. Then over here we have the trashcan, so I usually just pull this out when
I’m cooking so I don’t have to like open this in and out more storage toe
kick under there and then up. Here’s my utensil and junk drawer
and I have multiple drawers. I put all my dishes and
cookware in as well. And then here we have the pony wall
and I use this for two purposes. I have an outlet on this side
and an outlet on this side, so I needed somewhere
to have a box for that. And then I also went ahead and made
this into an extra storage space where I could have a table for cooking or eating there you have it this is my living room, little nook area. My original intention with this was
actually to have it be a foldout sleeping area and then as I started building it, I realized it’s mostly
going to be a space for me. So I just hang out here when I’m drinking
tea or reading my books and it’s a comfy space. A lot of the time actually guests use
it or this is where people sit when they’re riding in the bus
with me as the passenger area. So a super nice to have
the windows everywhere, one because each one of them
has like two vents on the top. So when I have the fan on, I got a lot of breeze and
there’s a ton of natural light, so I’m barely using my lighting
in here unless it’s nighttime. And I usually only use like very
low, like ambient style lighting. So I love having the windows because
basically everywhere I go I can see where I’m at and enjoy the scenery and
just take it all in within my space. And next we’ll move on to one of my
favorite spaces where I didn’t want to compromise because the girls got
a lot of clothing, so the closet I moved out. But you can see I was able to store all
of my clothing in here as well as my jewelry. I wanted to be able
to have easy access to that. It’s one of the great parts
about customization is
whatever lifestyle needs or desires that you have, you can really
create it in a small space. Like this. Up here we have the fan, it’s a
three speed, simple, fantastic fan. And on the ceiling we
put the paneling across. It was definitely a pain in the butt to
screw everything into this deal with, you know, your arms hanging up here. And then I put the led puck lights in
all the way down as well as the ambient lighting, which is led strips that wrap all the
way around and everything is dimmable. So I like to have mood
lighting in the evenings So this is the bedroom and storage
area. I have a six inch mattress, it’s four inches of high density
and then two inches of memory foam. One of my favorite mattresses
that I’ve ever owned so far. And then some of the other creative
features that I wanted in here was an easy space to view things. But I
didn’t want to build an a TV. So I put this screen in here so
that when I’m sitting on my bed, I could have the projector
over here. Now, yeah, of course it will only work at
night, but if I want to, you know, watch something in the day, I just use my laptop and then over here
on the bed I have my reading lights and I always have loved the look of sconces. So I put these in and I also have a
headboard right here that lifts up. There was a couple of purposes for this, but what it’s turned into
now is my laundry shoot. So a lot of people I think don’t think
about where they’re going to put all their dirty laundry, where
they’re going to store that. And so I just lift this up and throw
things down there and then underneath I have a tote in that I pull out
when I want to do my laundry, so all goes away. Then I also put a Sprocket on this window
so that it would hold itself up when I opened it. So I just push
it open and holds itself up. I like to back up into the beach
and have the breeze come in here. It creates a really great flow as well. So it’s awesome having all these windows
and being able to utilize them all. I have window covers that I
created to fit these custom. So on one side they’re tan on
the other side, they’re black. At nighttime you can’t tell there
anything’s going on in here. So I put Velcro all around
and it just sticks up there and it’s insulated. So it makes a huge difference. Um, like when I’m anywhere cold
when these are on or not, like the temperature is much more
bearable in a cold place with these on and so under here we have all this
storage. There’s a 42 gallon water tank, a four gallon electric water heater.
Here’s where I put all my clothes, extra shoes, seasonal clothing. Living tiny has changed my perspective
on life because now I can live with less wherever I go. And it’s really changed my mindset moving
forward with all of the things that I accumulate. Everything that I use daily,
I’m able to live on like so much less, have the same quality of life,
but I just feel so much better, like not having the weight of stuff. And so that’s a huge part of this that
I’m taking into my life moving forward. Thanks for watching this week’s video. Make sure to give it a thumbs up and
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100 thoughts on “She Converted a Shuttle Bus into an Adorable Tiny Home

  1. Gloria created a beautiful, mobile tiny space. She's also very articulate, poised and engaging. Definitely a strong, smart young woman with a very bright future ahead. Thanks for sharing Gloria's creating and story with us Jenna.

  2. Very cute van beautiful San Diego but I did notice her fee was extremely dirty when she was on her bed she should have had some socks on her feet

  3. I would love to live in a converted bus but I do not have the know-how the time nor the physical capabilities to do one myself. Is there anywhere I can contact you so we can discuss a possible price range for a conversion?

  4. I've seen this bus conversion before its my favorite of all the smaller Bus conversions. I just love everything about this bus. The layout, design, colors and decor its a perfect mobile tiny home. I love, love, Love it….
    Thanks for sharing

  5. I love what she did with this shuttle bus, but personally I think it's a bit too small. I would prefer to start with a 40' school bus for more space.

  6. I don't understand how it "reduces carbon footprint" since you're basically living in a car…what about the fumes coming from the car? or does it balance it out 'cause you're using less energy to heat/cool like you would a house? anyone know?

  7. Awesome build and one can tell she is a very genuine person. Wish she would have told the total cost of the build including the bus.

  8. I wished I enjoyed driving still. A slightly larger version of what you worked with would be plenty for me. I'm a senior and having no rent or yard to clean and mow would be super. I really like what you accomplished inside the van.


  10. Its really pretty, but why always skip the bathroom? What if you have to go in the middle of the night when its -5°C outside?

  11. They never tell how much it cost to make it like that? why? i want to know the cost of it ? how much it takes to live in it monthly or yearly? please do detail about that on you show?

  12. WHAT?? those folding chairs are brilliant. And love the space you made for them, The wrap around ceiling storage is great too. Both with access within and above.
    LEDs make everything better.
    such great work. congrats.

  13. I've been watching van builds for a couple of years now and I love this one. How do you register a shuttle bus? do you need to have a special license? I like how you did the bathroom, I much prefer the bucket and kitty litter idea. There is no need for a black waste tank, just the gray. Great Job.

  14. Beautiful. Love it. ??? I want one but need a few custom changes for me: pull out bed, pull out fridge (to replace lifting the countertop), low profile draw pulls, compost toilet, and WiFi to name a few changes. QUESTIONS.. soooo many questions… What is the registration situation? As in, is it registered as a vehicle or recorded as real estate? and in what state since it's a mobile home? For security, what is used to fortity the wi
    door and windows? ?

  15. I love her bus but I don't think I could live with that many windows, I would be too afraid of someone breaking into my van or something

  16. She could've installed a compost toilet. Surely she could've designed the space so s there's enough room for it. However it's all about the choices. I see it as perfect fit for her. The bathroom, the closet, the cozy bed and lounge area. There's a lot of day light coming in, lots of windows. It surely makes you feel as if you're outside.
    I wouldn't say a truck is the best vehicle, but if you're a construction worker, surely it's the most suitable and convenient.
    Same case here – it's not the best RV, but it fits all her needs.
    She gets a solid 9.1 in my book.

  17. Hi everyone 🙂 My 2003 Ford e450 7.3 Turbo Deisel is almost ready for electrical to be done. I have the Dometic 13,500 BTU Conditioner B57915.XX1C0 Brisk Air Ii 13.5 Pw Upper Unit. I also have 400 watts of solar, and four Trojan 225 amp hours AGM 6v deep cycle batteries. Would size inverter do I need? Looking to order today.

  18. I love it I have 6 more years till I am retired my kids are grown and I am going back to traveling and that is so pretty I do like that

  19. Gloria you are amazingly talented and beautiful! I am following your lead with my passion to also turn this journey of mine into a career! If you could hit me on FB @ brandon Scott that would be so cool!

  20. Why is this labeled as a woman empowerment story. It is just a brave woman doing a thing any human being can do. Leave politics aside for one freaking moment.

  21. Seriously considering converting a van or bus. This is beautiful but does anyone else worry about the vulnerability of such large accessible windows?

  22. I noticed that she didn't open the two doors in front of the freezer chest or talk about the skylight curtains that kinda emit a yellow light.

  23. What type of license class is required to drive a shuttle bus conversion? I've been dreaming of having one of these conversions. You have an amazing talent for this. Thank you ?

  24. Nice home but you lost me with the kitty litter☹what do you do on dates or when someone close to you comes over, they got to use the kitty litter too? I'll take them to Walmart

  25. Very pretty interior. That fridge though. UNDER the HINGED counter-top? I can't get past what a pain that would be while trying to prep or cook on top of it, and then have to move everything because you forgot to get the butter out before you started.

  26. Which school is your child going to? Can't be travelling all over the world. And as you grow older…. you can't be driving or climbing around. A temporary trip? Why not? But long term nope.

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