Alyssa shares her experience of living full time on the road with her dog Rio in a five-window short bus named Monarch. The video is packed with inspiring and practical ideas for bus conversions, from solar panels and safety features to cozy living quarters and clever storage solutions. So, come aboard and let’s dive into the wonderful world of bus life!
- 1 Monarch: The Charming Short Bus with Endless Possibilities
- 2 Full-Time Living on the Road: Inside Alyssa’s Short Bus Transformation
- 3 From Safety to Comfort: Unique Features of a Short School Bus Home
- 4 The Tech Closet and Living Space: Functionality and Style in a Short Bus
- 5 Creative Storage Solutions in a Small Space: Touring the Kitchen, Pantry, and Bathroom of a Short Bus Home
- 6 Q&A
Monarch: The Charming Short Bus with Endless Possibilities
Alyssa’s Monarch bus is a five-window short school bus that is fitted with 1300 watts of solar on the roof, allowing her to go off-grid and spend up to two weeks in the middle of nowhere. Despite being a bus, Monarch is easy to drive and has five exterior cameras that make it easy to navigate and drive back. The commercial-grade exterior home door provides a unique touch, and people often treat the bus as a home, making it a lot safer.
The interior of the bus is exceptionally spacious and functional. The couch and table setup in the main living space can be converted into a U-shaped dinette, which is perfect for hosting a fair amount of people. Additionally, the storage boxes under the couch double as extra seating space. The kitchen has upper storage and a pantry, with a separate freezer and fridge unit. Alyssa also has an oven, a three-burner stove, a microwave, and a deep sink.
One of Alyssa’s favorite parts of the bus is the bathroom. It features a composting toilet, a sink, and a shower. The bathroom is very spacious and includes storage space and a full-length mirror. The large bedroom area includes a record player and a projector screen for movie nights, as well as a lot of storage space for clothes, shoes, and other essentials. Alyssa has also cleverly used cork to cover a cabinet, allowing her to pin up little memories and postcards from different places, which is a nice touch.
Full-Time Living on the Road: Inside Alyssa’s Short Bus Transformation
Inside Alyssa’s Short Bus Transformation, she shares her experience of full-time living on the road with her dog Rio. Alyssa has made her bus Monarch, a five-window short school bus, into a comfortable home with her own unique style.
One of the first things you notice is the safety features Alyssa has installed in her bus. With a light bar and exterior cameras, she can travel and park safely, even after dark. Her solar power setup allows her to stay off-grid for up to two weeks at a time.
Inside, the bus is surprisingly spacious and functional. Alyssa has created a living space that doubles as a social space for hosting friends and visitors. Her U-shaped dinette can easily seat a group of people for dinner or game night, and she has plenty of storage space cleverly built into the unit.
Throughout the bus, Alyssa has incorporated her own personal touches, from a record player to a guest book. Her favorite part of the bus, however, is the bathroom, which she has designed to be both stylish and practical. With her creativity and vision, Alyssa has transformed her short bus into a cozy and welcoming home on the road.
From Safety to Comfort: Unique Features of a Short School Bus Home
One of the unique features of a short school bus home is the emphasis on safety while also providing the necessary comfort for living on the road. Alyssa, the owner of the bus “Monarch,” prioritizes her safety by installing a light bar for late-night driving. She also has 1300 watts of solar on her roof for off-grid living, allowing her to stay out in the middle of nowhere for about two weeks at a time. Despite the initial concerns of driving a bus, Alyssa assures that it is exceptionally easy to drive.
The exterior of the bus home is also designed to change people’s perception of what’s inside. Alyssa chose a commercial grade exterior home door to improve safety and make the bus feel like a home. Inside, she has made clever use of every nook and cranny for storage, such as a cabinet for her vast shoe collection and a cork-covered cabinet for postcards and memories from the places she travels.
The main living space is designed for functionality and hosting guests. Alyssa can slide out storage boxes to seat more people, and the couch can turn into a U-shaped dinette that accommodates many more. She also has a cozy guest bed that can be accessed by dropping down the kitchen counter. Speaking of the kitchen, it is equipped with a three-burner stove, oven, microwave, and even a separate freezer and fridge unit. The bathroom is Alyssa’s favorite part of the bus, and we’ll leave that for you to discover!
Living on a short school bus is a unique and rewarding experience, aided by the safety features and comfort provided by Alyssa’s clever design and resourcefulness. The bus is not just a place to live but also a vessel for adventure and exploration.
The Tech Closet and Living Space: Functionality and Style in a Short Bus
The Tech Closet and Living Space in Monarch, Alyssa’s short bus, is a unique combination of functionality and style. The bus is outfitted with 1300 watts of solar power, making it possible to stay off the grid for up to two weeks. The commercial-grade exterior home door adds a touch of class and safety, while the five exterior cameras and the light bar ensure safe driving in all conditions.
The Tech Closet is a dedicated space for all things technology. Alyssa has her Wii boost, charges for her microphone, and other essential tools for her Youtube channel. The cords are neatly tucked away, keeping the space tidy and functional, and the starlink always has top priority.
The Living Space is where Alyssa spends most of her time, and it’s designed to host a significant number of guests. The couch and table setup can easily be transformed into a U-shaped dinette to accommodate more people. The storage boxes slide out to provide more seating and a comfortable space for movie nights. The storage spaces throughout the living area are dual-purpose, such as the bench where Alyssa stores her laundry.
Finally, the Kitchen is a well-appointed space with upper storage, a microwave, a pantry, a fridge, a separate freezer, an oven, a three-burner stove, and a deep sink. The large pantry space continues behind the kitchen, and there is plenty of food storage to keep guests fed while on the road. Alyssa loves her microwave and finds it useful for reheating leftovers and quick meals.
Overall, Monarch is an impressive short bus with a well-designed Tech Closet and Living Space. Functionality and style are blended seamlessly, creating a cozy, comfortable, and inviting space for Alyssa and her dog Rio to call home on the road.
Creative Storage Solutions in a Small Space: Touring the Kitchen, Pantry, and Bathroom of a Short Bus Home
Upon entering the short bus home, one can immediately sense the creative solutions Alyssa has incorporated to make the most of the space. The commercial-grade exterior home door creates the impression that one is entering a house, and the five exterior cameras assist in maneuvering the bus. The driver’s seat is a storage cabinet that opens to reveal a massive space for storing shoes, while the top shelf houses a record player and a guest book for memories of the road trip.
Inside the bus, the open living space can be transformed to accommodate guests. Storage boxes under the couch double as extra seating, while a U-shaped dinette can accommodate even more people. The cabinet near the dinette stores essentials, such as camp chairs, blankets, and any gear or even paperwork. The diesel heater is also located in this space, and it directly taps into the bus tank for efficient use.
The kitchen area is striking with its upper storage, fridge, freezer, oven, stove, and microwave. The pantry storage is ample for long road trips, with deep sink, slide-out cutting board, and microwave. On the other side of the bus lies the social space, with bench seating that doubles as storage. The seating also doubles as laundry hamper space, taking up the modest available storage space. Finally, a unique foldable guest bed adds to the available sleeping area in the bus.
Q: Who is the person in the YouTube video “Charming Short Bus Transformation Tour”?
A: The person in the video is Alyssa, who lives full time on the road with her dog Rio in a five window short school bus named Monarch.
Q: What safety feature does Alyssa have on her bus and why?
A: Alyssa installed a light bar for safety because sometimes she wants to be able to leave a campsite late at night or arrive at one late at night and she wants to make sure that she can see appropriately.
Q: How much solar power does Alyssa have on her roof?
A: Alyssa has 1300 watts of solar on her roof so she can go off grid and just stay out in the middle of nowhere for about two weeks at a time.
Q: What type of door did Alyssa choose for her bus and why?
A: Alyssa went with a commercial grade exterior home door because she thinks it changes the expectation of what’s inside, people treat it more like a home, and it’s a lot safer.
Q: How many exterior cameras does Alyssa have on her bus?
A: Alyssa has five exterior cameras on her bus, which makes it easy to get around and drive back.
Q: What is inside the cabinet where Alyssa can fit her 1 million pair of shoes?
A: The whole cabinet where Alyssa can fit her 1 million pair of shoes is an area that is usually a dead zone in a bus, but she turned it into a cabinet.
Q: What is the purpose of the cork-covered cabinet in Alyssa’s bus?
A: Alyssa covered the cabinet with cork so she can pin little memories and postcards from the places that she goes.
Q: What is inside the tech closet in Alyssa’s bus?
A: Alyssa’s tech closet has items like the Wii boost and things to charge her microphone and other things because she has a YouTube channel.
Q: What type of living space does Alyssa have in her bus?
A: Alyssa has a main living space in her bus, which was really important to her that she could host a fair amount of people.
Q: What type of storage boxes does Alyssa have in her bus?
A: The storage boxes in Alyssa’s bus also slide out to where she can sit down and host more people, and they can also turn into a U-shaped dinette that can host even more people.
Q: What is inside the large storage cabinet in Alyssa’s bus?
A: Alyssa took away the more important gear, paperwork, any type of arts and crafts, extra materials that she needs, and some of her tools in the large storage cabinet.
Q: What type of heater does Alyssa have and what is it connected to?
A: Alyssa has a two kilowatt diesel heater, which she tapped directly into her bus tank, so she doesn’t have a separate diesel tank which is great.
Q: What is inside the social space in Alyssa’s bus?
A: The social space in Alyssa’s bus can be used as a bench, and it’s also storage, currently being used as an easy hamper for clothes laundry, and other items that take up a lot of space like camp chairs and blankets.
Q: What is Alyssa’s favorite part of her bus?
A: Alyssa’s favorite part of her bus is the bathroom.
It’s amazing to see how she turned this 5-window school bus into a cozy and functional home on wheels, complete with a tech closet, kitchen, and even a guest bed. From the exterior commercial grade home door to the cork-covered cabinet for memories and postcards, every detail was thoughtfully designed. And with her 1300 watts of solar power, Alyssa can stay off-grid for up to two weeks at a time.