Converting a bus into a full-time living space isn’t for the faint of heart. Especially if the bus is almost 50 years old. So many costs can spiral out of control that starting a bus conversion project on a shoestring budget could be financial suicide.
These grim facts didn’t stop Manu Fombeurre from converting a 1966 Mercedes-Benz transit bus into a one-of-a-kind motorhome.
Manu’s 1966 Mercedes-Benz bus conversion named La Chanchita.
Here’s what Manu had to say about buying the bus,
I’m French originally, but was traveling through Argentina. I have been traveling in South America for about 8 years. I have Argentine girlfriend, so I have been spending winters skiing down here as well. When I was traveling, I saw the bus for sale. I met with the guy who was selling it, and he was asking a really cheap price. Argentina is a bit crazy right now with prices, so I was surprised.
His girlfriend’s father is a carpenter in Argentina, and helped Manu by providing advice and tools to strip down and rebuild the bus.
Staining the wood floor.
Manu got the inspiration for the wood stove after seeing one in another bus conversion during his first trip to Argentina.
Lounge area in the back of the bus.
Nearly complete washroom.
Manu said the most difficult part of the 9-month long conversion was redoing the bathroom and getting supplies delivered to his home in Southern Argentina.
He had planned to make a video about the bus and how he uses it for ski trips, but there was little snow in Argentina last winter. He’ll try again next winter.
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You can rent the bus for only $50 a day, and he’s already started to receive bookings for the spring.
I like learning, always discovering new things, I like the fact of not always know where I am going. You always encountered situations where you have to improvise. I think it teaches you a lot and it’s been growing. Follow the daily grind of everyday people it bothers me, I need to move, to change, there are too many things to discover on Earth for a very short life, it would be stupid to pass with blinders…
To learn more about La Chanchita visit this Facebook page and website.