We’ve always thought of Kaley as a luxury beach house on wheels. The interior design is intentionally light, bright and airy, which helps to make the space feel much bigger than it is. We lived very comfortably – as a family of four – for almost 3 years in this 25 or so square metre space.
The cabinets and walls are all white, which makes the interior space feel really, well, spacious. It also makes it supremely easy to keep clean. Everything literally just wipes off. The high-gloss finish on all the walls serves to bounce light around the bus and keep it feeling bright and happy.
The timber-look flooring and table tops are both really practical, and helps keep the bus feeling light, open and warm. The gorgeous blue fabric used on seat cushions and bunk curtains gives a bit of a cooler ocean feel to the interior – handy when you’re in the centre of Australia and there’s nothing but red dirt everywhere!
Kaley also has PLENTY of storage space – we found we had more than enough, and that wasn’t just storage for our regular possessions. Israel also carried his full professional photography setup, including lighting and a full-sized printer, and Bel carried all her workshop supplies and business paperwork. Not to mention we also had home school / distance education materials for both children.
The interior roof height was raised during construction, and is now much taller than most motorhomes at around 2.3m high. The roof was raised to accommodate Israel’s 6’4″ height, so he could travel without bumping his head! This is another feature that makes the interior feel so light and spacious.
The bus features superbly comfortable driver and passenger chairs. The passenger chair has a swivel base, meaning it can face forwards or face the aisle. Having it face the aisle allows the passenger to easily keep an eye on the kids, and also helps the bus feel even more spacious while parked.
There are 5 seat-belted seats, including the driver and passenger chairs, plus 3 engineer-approved seats along the rear of the living/dining area: 1 on the driver side and 2 on the passenger side.
All 3 rear seats are fitted with approved child seat restraint fittings (black bolts shown on the back of the seats), so no matter how old your children are, they can travel in perfect safety – and if only one of the children need a booster seat, you can change up who sits where without restriction.
Every window in the bus features full blockout Holland-style roller blinds, also in white. This means that when the blinds are all down, the interior still feels large and spacious.
The blinds provide full privacy for all rooms in the evening, as well as blocking out harsh sunshine to keep the bedrooms or living areas cool during the day time (if needed). Every side window is also heavily tinted to prevent too much heat or glare from the sun.
Another great feature of these blinds is that they roll up to almost nothing when not in use, taking up minimal space. And they’re super easy to remove and clean with regular sponge and soapy water.
LIVING & DINING AREA
This is the main commonly-used space in the bus, and is both spacious and flexible. The aisle is intentionally wider than normal for extra leg room and walking area.
The most common configuration is to have the driver’s side setup as a lounge area with a single long bench seat, and the passenger side setup as a dining table with 4 seats, shown below:
However, both passenger and driver sides can be setup to have tables, which gives 6 full-sized seats for meals or activities (like schoolwork.) Both sides can also be easily converted into beds for additional sleeping. The driver’s side is suitable for a single adult, while the passenger side would easily fit two children, or two smaller adults. The changeovers from dining to sleeping takes only a minute or two per side, meaning you’ll never feel like it’s a hassle to swap from one setup to another.
Each of the main four seating sections that have enclosed bases (i.e. not a table) include enormous cavity storage compartments underneath. There’s also two large overhead storage cupboards at the bulkhead of the bus which are easily accessible from the living/dining area.
Despite being a “galley” style kitchen, Kaley’s food prep area is extremely spacious and usable. With a 1.8m long bench along the passenger side, there is more than enough space to prepare even the most complex meals. The driver’s side is equipped with a full-sized single sink, plus a gas/electric stove, griller and oven.
The kitchen tap is a 3-way mixer, which features a hot/cold mixer tap on the right side, and a filter tap on the left side which diverts through an under-sink water filter. Since we filtered every drop of water to enter Kaley’s tanks, the under-sink filter is an extra layer of purification.
The stove/oven is a Thetford Caprice Mk III, and features a gas oven, gas griller, and 3 gas stove burners with 1 electric stove element. There is a protective glass cover on top of the stove, and a hinged bench top that folds down over the stove when not in use, to maximise bench workspace.
The kitchen has been designed to feature mostly full-depth drawers on heavy-duty rollers, making it easy to use the full under-bench space, and give easy access to everything. The pantry is huge too, meaning you are never short of food storage space.
Kaley features a full 220L fridge/freezer, which when combined with the 100L chest freezer in the side bins outside, gives a massive amount of cold food storage for large families. We regularly bought bulk meat and froze it, as well as buying a large amount of fresh produce and storing in the fridge.
Sleep is very important, so when Kaley was being designed, it was non-negotiable that ALL four primary beds (master + 2 bunks) could fit full-sized mattresses, so everyone got a great nights’ sleep.
The single bunk beds hold full-sized single mattresses, which is unusual in motorhomes, but means that we could easily lie with our children for story time at night, plus give them a little more space to call their own.
Each bunk has a curtain, which serves two purposes. Firstly, the curtain gives privacy, if a child wants some personal space/time away from the family. Secondly, the curtains block out ambient light, so in the case of young children, they can still be in bed asleep quite early, without forcing the rest of the occupants to switch off all the lights.
BUNK BED STORAGE
Four massive drawers slide underneath the bottom bunks, along with two more wardrobe spaces alongside the rear end of the bunks. There is also a cavity storage space underneath the bottom bunk bed base, for infrequently used bedding/clothing – or even as a secure “hidey hole” for valuables.
The bunk beds also have doors at each end giving even more privacy – as well as sound and light insulation – from the rest of the bus. Each bunk also has a reading light at each end of the bed, plus a double 240V and double 12V power socket.
The master bedroom features a Queen-sized mattress base, to ensure parents get a great night’s sleep, and also has its own door to ensure privacy.
There are generously sized drawers under a useful bedside table on each side of the bed. There is a large under-bed storage area for blankets, sheets, towels, etc. Each side of the bed also includes a wardrobe with hanging space and flexible/removable shelving. Above the bed are overhead cupboards for additional clothes storage, and a space above the overhead cupboards was perfect for storing towels.
The air conditioning unit in the master bedroom serves to cool down all the sleeping areas, and is especially effective when the kitchen sliding door is closed.
MASTER BEDROOM STORAGE
The queen-sized bed has a large storage compartment underneath, as well as hanging/drawer space, overhead cupboards, and a shelf above the cupboards.
This bathroom – opposite the bunk beds – has everything you need, and despite its size, we often found that all 4 of us would occasionally be in the bathroom at once – one in the shower, one on the toilet, and two using the sink…!
It features a full-sized shower measuring around 850x900mm in size, with an adjustable shower rose that can be removed and used handheld to wash young children. Even Israel – a 6’4″ man – was able to comfortably shower with no compromises.
The toilet is a Thetford cassette toilet, just like the kind found in most motorhomes and caravans, with a removable cassette/cartridge for easy emptying and cleaning.
There is a decent-sized vanity sink including cupboard storage underneath, and lastly a mirror, a sliding door for privacy, and an exhaust fan and hatch to allow steam and damp air to escape.