On that earlier theme of trucks converted into motorhomes. This is my current little motorhome I use for work.
Used an ex IPEC box on a Ford/Mazda T series cab chassis. Great economical Mazda/Perkins bio diesel, 10 speed. I built the two piece tailgate based on a panel van, bottom forms an entry platform and the top an awning with a rollaway screen door. Note the old barn door hinge bases. No 240V, only runs solar 12V.
In order that the labour of centuries past may not be in vain during the centuries to come... D. Did
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Meet the young Australians living on the road.
‘The best decision we made’: Young Australians living on the road Apr 2, 2019
While some of us cry into our lattes over the lack of funds to buy a home in Australia’s central cities, others take a novel approach to making their dream a reality.
Ash and Hayden started saving for a bus rather than a home, eventually finding one for sale on Facebook. “We were over our weekly routine of working nine to five and commuting so we decided that it could be fun to buy a bus or sprinter van and turn it into our little home on wheels,” says Ash.
The couple stripped the interior of the bus to redesign it for their needs. “Living in such a small space has made us realise that we do not need anywhere near as much as we previously thought,” she says. Kunu The Bus has a grass
rooftop deck, kitchen, lounge area, hammock chair, TV and bed.
Ash and Hayden rely on apps like Wiki Camps and Campermate to locate free, legal camping areas or low-cost caravan parks.
Ash and Hayden decided to save for a bus rather than a home. Photo: Supplied
The couple are living on their savings at the moment, but they intend on working when they arrive in Western Australia to top up their travel funds.
“We have found that this lifestyle is more affordable than we originally thought. Everything electrical in the bus runs off solar power. Our only expenses are petrol, phone bills, weekly shopping and accommodation when needed. At first, we were in holiday mode and would regularly treat ourselves to coffee, beer and lunches, however now that we have been on the road for longer we realise that those little splurges all add up and we are more conscious about what we are spending our money on,” says Ash.
“It’s the best decision we have made and we are loving life on the road. We plan on living in Kunu and travelling around Australia for however long it takes to explore this beautiful country of ours.”
The couple are living on their savings at present, but intend to work when they arrive in Western Australia. Photo: Supplied
Dean Evezard bought his bus in 2018 after making the decision to simplify his life.
“I had worked six to seven days a week for six years to get to where I thought I had to be in life. All I had really done was build my own personal prison: a house, a mortgage and 30 more years of working my ass off to pay it off. I
decided that I was going to give myself a year to get out, so I bought a bus.”
His bus has a kitchen, lounge room, TV, bedroom and shower but no toilet.
Dean Evezard bought his bus in 2018 after deciding to simplify his life. Photo: Supplied
“The bus came looking like your typical school bus on the inside,” he says. “I had to strip it and start from scratch. I learnt a lot from the build. It cost more than I was hoping. To get it registered, it all had to be engineered and
done according to a standard.”
“I am hoping to do this as long as possible,” he says. “I’ve only just started this journey so I’m still learning how to make this new lifestyle work.”
Dean on the roof of his bus with a friend.
Dean on the roof of his bus with a friend. Photo: Supplied
Luke and Becky committed to living in a bus for the short term, but they are keen to try another type of tiny home. Initially, the couple had been seeking a campervan to travel around Australia. Noticing buses were coming up for the
same price, they bought a bus in 2018 at a bargain price.
Having stripped and rebuilt the bus for their living needs, they’ve now been living in it for five months.
Luke and Becky with their converted bus. Photo: Supplied
“We incorporated most home comforts, like an oven, indoor seating area and a full-sized bed,” says Becky. “The only thing we’re no longer keen on is not being able to escape the heat on the hot days as we have no aircon at all and we don’t want to have to use a generator or powered campsite. If it’s a hot day we’re at the beach or a local swimming pool.”
The couple did the full rebuild themselves.
“The build, in total, cost $15,000: $3000 for the bus itself and $12,000 for the build, including all the bodywork repairs, servicing the engine, the outside paint job, water and electric systems.”
Luke and Becky did the full rebuild of their bus themselves. Photo: Supplied
Having become accustomed to life in a small space, the couple are looking forward to their next home building operation.
“After this adventure ends, we will be looking into building our own A-frame tiny home.”
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I don't think that this was originally a bus but it is close to one and was at some time a van used by a TV or radio station for outside broadcasting. This is not a good picture of the bus so I will go searching for the better one I have somewhere. Camera dies while on the roaad and took a few towns before I could get another so pics are from phone as well. This little beauty was at Tamworth this weekend and behind it was a car trailer with this lovely mid 30s Buick Coupe in 'concourse' condition. The van park was filled with Buick's from the 1920's - 1970's. Oddly enough there was a 4 door sedan same model and colour and condition parked next to us. It was a good way to loose an hour or so perving on these beauties.
This one is purpose built, not a conversion, and is considerably more elaborate than most.
‘This family didn’t want to rough it’: Inside the $2 million home on wheels Sep 30, 2019
The brief from the client was simple, they wanted an apartment on wheels. Photo: SLRV
When a family of eight approached SLRV Expedition Vehicles to create the ultimate home away from home, co-owner of the business Warwick Boswerger and his team set out to create the biggest and most technically advanced build the company had ever undertaken.
SLRV are no strangers to big ideas – their business aims to create self-sufficient off-road vehicles – but this was something new for them.
The two-storey truck has a price tag of a cool $2 million, and contains a large living and dining room, bathroom, a separate bedroom for the parents and the kids get the upper level all to themselves. There’s also a pull-out option for guests.
The brief from the client was simple, they wanted an apartment on wheels. Boswerger says his customers wanted a vehicle to take them where no other type of vehicle could go.
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“Our customers are keen on exploring the country or even the world. They want to get into places that caravans and the like can’t take them,” he says.
“This family certainly didn’t want to rough it. They wanted to be self-sufficient even in the middle of nowhere.”
The kitchen and dining area is spaciously spread out on the bottom level. Photo: SLRV
Finding the balance to create an expedition vehicle that takes you off the beaten track but also sleeps 10 people comfortably is no easy task, and the SLRV Commander 8×8 includes many features some don’t even have in their own homes.
“The owner wanted it to be like a unit. He wanted freezing cold airconditioning and warm heating both upstairs and downstairs,” says Boswerger. “There’s six kids in the family, so that means a lot of cooking and cleaning appliances, too.”
The truck is complete with a washing machine and external kitchen. Photo: SLRV
So two adults, six kids and room for an extra two people – there’s a lot that goes into keeping all of those people fed, bathed and happy.
Here’s exactly what’s included:
A fully functioning kitchen, an external kitchen, two induction cooktops, two ovens, two microwaves, a fridge and freezer, washing machine, ducted heating and aircon, sound systems and enough TVs to ensure there’s no movie arguments.
The six kids get a level all to themselves. Photo: SLRV
It’s all powered by a detailed battery system, a world-first according to Boswerger, that also allows the owners to charge up as they drive.
That means a drive through, say, a big stretch of hot, dusty central Australia will mean the aircons are ready to blast when it’s time to settle for the day. The van also has sizeable solar panel on the roof.
Boswerger says the build took six months of solid design work followed by seven months of “around the clock” build time.
The kitchen has two ovens and two cooktops – more than most houses. Photo: SLRV
“We knew this was going to be a challenge but we have never shied away from a challenge,” he says. “It was a massive development, we even had to build equipment to help us build the vehicle.”
Travelling around the country is now on the bucket lists of many Australians. Boswerger says consumers are gearing more towards a complete off-road experience, and we may be seeing an increase of vehicles such as the Commander 8×8.
“People want to take the path less travelled, they don’t want to take the usual routes along the usual roads,” he says. “They are looking for something they can live in and have unique experiences in, that’s what expedition vehicles like this one provide.”
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