PUMBAA THE VINTAGE MAZDA BUS
The bus is a Mazda T3000 from 1983 & used to fit 18 people (an old school bus).
It was converted into a Motorhome in 2018 by an English cabinetry maker.
Dan & I are only the third owners of this bus since its conversion.
We have renamed our bus PUMBAA because it of Nala & the fact that Pumbaa means "slow" in Swahili& let's face it our bus does not go really fast!
What is the bus actually like?
The bus as a living room section with table & banquette.
The banquette is an empty shell, so we modified it for it to be Nala’s quarter 😻.
The table can also be lower to become a second bed 🛏.
The kitchen is equipped with a sink, oven, fridge & microwave.
We have an indoors 🚽 but our heated shower is outside 🌟.
And of course, our bedroom 🛏, which can be completely closed off if we wanna leave Nala in there while we set up camp. We also have a 📺 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 ☀️.
The only thing this bus does not have is headspace, but we will be don’t plan on spending most of the time inside anyways 😉.
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 Nala’s sensitive ears
Installed a newer and bigger roof rack
Added extra solar panels
Added extra battery to store our solar energy
Added extra USB plugs
Sewed all new curtains and cushions
Screwed a lot of latches, hooks and stuff
A fresh coat of paint pretty much everywhere inside/out
Created Nala's quarter under the banquette, where she now has her littler box.
We glued some ropes on the table foot, so Nala has a dedicated place to do her claws (& actually it’s turned out really pretty & fit well with our decor theme).
Secured all draw so there would be no chances of them opening while driving.
We managed to create a secure place for Nala to wait for us to set up camp (we basically created a door for the bedroom).
We had a big makeover and redid the whole decor: new floor, new paint, changed the roof liner, new backsplash tiles, new kitchen bench ...
Dan also did a lot engine wise ⚙️ but you know I don’t understand this 😉
MAKEOVER BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS
BUS TOUR VIDEO