Majestic Bus

Majestic Bus - Front

Located in Herefordshire is a cozy 1960′s bus conversion available for overnight stays. The hosts, Rob and Layla, acquired the bus with the intention of converting it into a camper for themselves, but then decided it was just too big for that.

They live on rural property that’s completely off the grid where they raise seasonal cut flowers. The bus rental supplements their seasonal cut flower business income.  The site is private & quiet with a fire pit and a couple of spots to pitch small tents.

Inside the bus you’ll find a double bed, wood stove, comfy seating and a little kitchen. The bus sleeps up to four people, two on the bed and two on the convertible seating. The bathroom is located in a separate hut just outside the bus. The most notable feature there is the roll-top tub for two – popular with couples.

This is another wonderful example of how a tiny home can be built for alternative purposes. In this case an old bus – which would have found itself junked – was refurbished to provide these folks with an additional income source and vacationers a unique place to stay. Looks like another tiny house win-win to me and a great place to vacation with kids.

For more about the Rob and Layla’s Magestic Bus visit Canopy & Stars.

Majestic Bus - View

Majestic Bus - Wood Stove

Majestic Bus - Interior Looking Back

Majestic Bus - Interior Loooking Forward    Majestic Bus - Beep Beep Vroom Vroom

Majestic Bus - Tub

 

Majestic Bus - Tub Faucet

Majestic Bus - Bath Hut

Majestic Bus - Side

Majestic Bus - Exterior Before

Solar Panels on Sale at Amazon

I was just reading an update on the Urban Rancher‘s blog and was happy to hear he’s getting his cabin ready to go completely off the grid. He won a wind turbine several months ago from and online drawing – and on black friday scored a great deal on a small photovoltaic solar system on Amazon.

It sounded like such a great deal I took a quick look to see if the sale was still running, and sure enough… it is (at the moment I’m writing this). The list price is $599.99 but it’s on sale for $289.99. (for a limited time?)

The panels are only 15 watts each, for a total of 60 watts for the system. So this seems like a nice place to start for a frugal little cabin like the Urban Rancher‘s. It would also be a handy little system for coping with an extended blackout. I’ve not decided to buy it myself yet, but will definitely consider it for powering my soon to be built home office.

Below is a recent photo of the Urban Rancher‘s tiny cabin located in a remote spot in the mountains outside Los Angeles.

Nick Rosen’s Off-The-Grid Community Vision

Imagine an enormous intentional community of 2,000 residents, all living sustainably off-the-grid. This is what Nick Rosen is noodling over since working on his book, Off the Grid.

As he traveled while researching stories for his book, he met many people making off-the-grid lives work in remote places. But he also learned how tough it can be to do it all alone. Nick found that the folks making it work well, relied a wider network of people. From this exploration the idea to create a sizable sustainable off-grid community came together.

To do it right he figures he’ll need to raise about $200 million. That seems like a lot of money but he’s of the mind that to make it successful from the start there would need to be the right mix of infrastructure and expertise in place. The cost of an average home would cost in the $150,000 range.

Nick says he is currently working to build the multi-disciplinary team, and the secure the funds that will be needed. He’s also on the lookout for land, possibly in the form of an investment in the project. In fact he told me, “I will swap my first edition of Walden for 25 acres of South facing mixed farming and woodland.”

We’ve not chatted about the possibilities of tiny houses, but I suspect Nick would be open to listening to just about any off-the-grid sustainable living strategy. Who knows… maybe this off-the-grid city dream of Nick’s could include a tiny house eco-village as one of the neighborhoods.

To learn more about living off-grid visit Nick’s website, off-grid.net.