Coach Bus Conversion Tiny Home In Moab, UT

- Once home to basketball teams in Texas, this 1962 GM Coach bus now serves its purpose as a Tiny Home for Emily and her boyfriend Jack in Moab, UT. With over 1 million miles (yes, million) on the body and around 600,000 on the second motor, this spacious bus is enough to make you drool over when it comes to the inside. A reclaimed cow trough for the bathtub, heated floors, a pot belly stove and full size fridge make living in this bus comfortable. Well, minus the desert heat in summertime... 

I met Emily one morning at a coffee shop in Moab while I was catching up on some emails. I was wearing one of our Bus Life Adventure shirts and she asked me "Where did you get that shirt?" I explained that I lived in a bus full time and it was a website and brand name I started. She then proceeded to tell me that she lives in a bus too! And the real kicker is that she was parked a stones throw from where I had my bus parked at the time. Small world. I met Emily after her shift at the coffee shop and she gave me an awesome tour of her mansion. Enjoy the story and photos below.

Bus Specs:
-Make: General Motors
-Model: Coach
-Year: 1962
-Miles: approx. one million on the body! second engine has somewhere around 600,000
-Length: 40'
-Interior Square Footage: unknown
-Purchased From/Location: Moab, Utah
-Cost in materials for the conversion: unknown
-Is the conversion complete or still in progress?: It was complete at the time of purchase

Tell us a bit about how you ended up in the bus.
When I was 19(2009), I was living at the Lazy Lizard Hostel in Moab with my boyfriend at the time when we caught wind of our friend, James, trying to sell the bus in a hurry. He was trying to move up to Washington state, and sold us everything he owned for seven grand. This included two kayaks, a road bike, a mountain bike, a climbing wall, a cupboard full of food, and, of course the bus. We split the cost down the middle, and since breaking up several years ago, we have assumed joint custody. However, he doesn't seem interested in living there anymore so I've used it periodically through the years as a seasonal living space and a home base for my travels.







Who is involved or part of the crew with your adventures?
The bus has hosted countless beloved vagabonds, artists, climbers, bikers, friends, family, hippies, and kittens. It had lived many lives long before I was even born, so to call it mine would only be giving a tiny glimpse of the adventures this bus has been on. In the sixties, it toured basketball teams around Texas. Sometime in between then and 2009 it acquired New Hampshire plates. That part of its history is lost to me, but the NH state motto is definitely fitting: LIVE FREE OR DIE 
Having said that, Zack (Switch) Davis is the current co-owner, who is an artist involved with the Imagine Nation. His crew is into building really awesome stuff- like entire stages at music festivals- out of reclaimed materials. Check out their facebook here.  
Right now, my boyfriend Jack and I are living in it for the spring/summer/fall of 2015. We met working for a wilderness therapy program in Hawaii. In Moab, Jack works for Outward Bound and I have worked for various other wilderness programs around Utah. This summer has been full of river trips, canyoneering, climbing, and music. The bus always welcomes us home with open arms and comfy beds :)









What materials were used during the build? Any reclaimed/upcycled items?
The bathtub is the feature that gets the most attention from people. It's a reclaimed cattle trough set in a creative mosaic of stone. The copper spout really tops it off.  A few other unique pieces of functional flair are found throughout, including the driftwood used for the toilet paper dispenser.




What are your future plans with the bus?
When we purchased the bus, it did run with some coaxing, albeit with a limp. To get it re-registered and up to par with safety inspections would cost more that I would like to spend. I doubt it will ever be a touring vehicle again, though it will drive from point A to B with a lot of hassle in between. I hope to find its perfect final resting place, ideally a piece of property owned by yours truly, within the next 5-10 years. For now, it remains an awesome Moab home-- if you can take the heat.




What is your source of heat if any? (make and model of items your using) 
There is a full sized propane water heater, and when you flip a certain valve, it directs all the water to run underneath the flooring before making it to the faucet. Yup. Heated floors.
There is also a little pot-bellied wood burning stove in the living area. It does put out some significant heat, but in the dead of winter when nights are well below zero, you might want an electric blanket or something unless you're savvy with winter camping. Sometimes it's kind of fun to wake up with drool frozen to your face. I guess.

What has been or is the hardest part about living out of your adventure mobile?
Finding a spot to park it for longer periods of time. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to find desirable and legal places to carry out this alternative lifestyle, especially in a rapidly gentrifying Moab.