This Amazon delivery van has more than brown boxes inside

  • This Amazon delivery van has something surprising behind its doors
  • The couple transformed the Ford van into a unique place to live
  • They’ve seriously thought of everything

Published on Jul 03, 2024 at 6:37 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jul 04, 2024 at 5:49 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

This enterprising couple could be the joint Jeff Bezos of tiny homes, as they turned an Amazon delivery van into a unique place to live.

Hope and Manny Hernandez had just 95 square feet to work with.

And it totally works as a piece of Prime real estate on wheels.

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How they started van life

Using their Instagram account, Beer Run Bus, to share their journey, this is actually the second project for the content-producing couple.

The Hernandez’s first foray into tiny living happened in April 2021.

They left their 1,200-square-foot Florida apartment for a 187-square-foot shuttle bus that they used to visit breweries across the US.

Ten months later they sold that tiny home and returned to Florida to open a bubble tea café.

But after their feet started to itch, in October 2022 the couple bought an Amazon delivery van for sale at a Ford dealership in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for $49,000.

That’s when their serious renovation journey began.

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The Amazon delivery van conversion

“We knew we wanted to go full-on, high-end in every area, regardless of the price,” the pair told lovePROPERTY about their decision not to set a budget.

Inspired by the elegant and simplistic Japandi fusion of e and Scandinavian interiors, the couple opted for a clutter-free and minimalistic approach.

Custom cabinetry and other storage hacks, simple white walls and light wood flooring, countertops, and ceiling slatting, helped the limited space of the interior feel both bright and spacious.

With comfortable upholstered and seat-belted swivel seating to use both on the go and at a standstill – the space is truly multifunctional.

Other smart van-life touches include locking latches and raised-edge shelving to prevent doors from rattling while the vehicle is moving.

When cranked down, the dinette table can be lowered to the level of the benches to form a queen-size bed with the bench cushions doubling as a mattress.

The couple claims they barely used the shower in their first tiny home and so, relying on gym facilities, installed an outside shower used mainly for their dogs, instead.

The toilet is concealed in a cabinet below one of the kitchen countertops, mirrored by a small sink.

“You can’t rush perfection,” the couple said of the time-consuming renovation and space-saving touches.

This is far from slumming it, however, as the tiny home features all their home comforts.

The van’s electrical system is strong enough to power everything – including the air-conditioning minus a generator.

Hope and Manny hope their living costs will be halved by living in the van full-time.

As for the conversion cost of $35,000, it’s dwarfed by the final MRSP of $150,000.

As such, the pair have established a successful bus conversion business.

“Living on the road isn’t fun and easy every day,” they confessed of their ‘pure freedom’.

“Things break, vehicles need maintenance. It’s inevitable, but it’s worth it to us.”

Now that property prices are rising across the globe, people are getting creative when it comes to their accommodation.

This is especially true in countries like the US, where the housing situation seems to be out of control.

From school buses converted into homes, to the guy who turned his Chevy truck into an apartment, they all look pretty good.


Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.