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๐Ÿจ ๐ŸšŒ Our Vintage Bus: "The Koala Bus"๐Ÿจ ๐ŸšŒ

Updated: Sep 24, 2020

This was our little vintage beast the day we picked it up, a 1983 Mazda Bus ๐ŸšŒ

(an old school bus).


We were so lucky ๐Ÿ€ to get this bus at such a good due to COVID-19.

So, even though we were not exactly ready (still had a lease, we werenโ€™t planning on leaving our jobs behind nor our lifeโ€™s in Perth) we went for it & scooped ourselves a great deal ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป.

Let me tell you about this Bus:

Our house on wheels used to fit 18 people & was converted into a home 2 years ago by an English cabinetry maker.

We are the third owners of this bus since its conversion.

It runs on Diesel, so as soon as we can source Bio fuel thatโ€™s how it will run ๐ŸŒป.

We have renamed our bus the KOALA BUS ๐Ÿจ (previously named Betsy) due to:

  • Being in Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ and having applied for our Citizenship ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ

  • The symbolisation of Koala ๐Ÿจ (relaxation, well-being & dreams) which fit exactly with our new lifestyle

  • Its color scheme (inside & out) Grey, White & Green

  • The fact that the bus is far from going to Speedy Gonzales speed ๐Ÿข



The bus as a living room section with table & banquet. The banquet

is an empty shell, so we modified it for it to be Nalaโ€™s quarter ๐Ÿ˜ป. The table can be lower to become a second bed ๐Ÿ›.

The Kitchen is equipped with sink, oven, fridge & a microwave.

We have an indoors ๐Ÿšฝ but our heated shower is outside ๐ŸŒŸ.

And of course our bedroom ๐Ÿ› (which can be completely closed off if we wanna leave Nala in there while we set up camp), we also have a ๐Ÿ“บ in there, not that we plan on watching it but it was already there.

The bus also has a boot space (which is basically underneath our bed), a roof rack & solar panels โ˜€๏ธ.

The only thing this bus does not have us head space, but we will be donโ€™t plan on spending most of the time inside anyways ๐Ÿ˜‰.

The bus also came with everything inside, all the camping gears such as โ›บ๏ธ, tables & chairs, barbie, gas cooker, safe, fake turf & gazebo ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ.

In terms of the modification we have done ourselves:

  • Replaced all fly screens

  • Tinted all windows

  • Soundproofed the whole driving section of the bus for Nalaโ€™s sensitive ears

  • added a tarp between the mattress & the boot to avoid red dust on the mattress ( & also make sure it's Nala proofed

  • Installed a newer and bigger roof rack

  • Added extra solar panel & battery to store our solar energy

  • Sewed all new curtains and cushions

  • Screwed a lot of latches, hooks and stuff

  • Fresh coat of paint pretty much everywhere inside/out

  • Added a water pump to the pump the water in the spare water jerry cans on the roof without heavy lifting

  • Replaced all hoses with safe drinking hose (to avoid Led poisoning)

  • Added water filters

  • Created a special space for Nala underneath the banquette

  • Created a door to keep Nala safe in the bedroom while we set up camp

  • Dan also did a lot engine wise โš™๏ธ but you know I donโ€™t understand this ๐Ÿ˜‰




LOVE FROM THE KOALA BUS

#purrfectbuslife

๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿจ ๐ŸšŒ



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