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Tin Valley Retro Rentals School Bus "Franny"

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Tin Valley Retro Rentals School Bus "Franny"

4 guests1 bedroom2 bedsHalf-bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
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100% of recent guests gave the check-in process a 5-star rating.

1972 School Bus named “Franny.” Considered “upscale” primitive camping because no tent required. PET FRIENDLY! Tin Valley Retro Rentals was featured on Nat Geo’s documentary show “Badlands, Texas, and has caught the attention of travelers all over the world. 90 private acres nestled in the foothills of surrounding mountains. Perfect for stargazing! Located near Big Bend National & State Park and the Rio Grande. Families, solo travelers, couples, photographers, weddings, are all welcomed!


Free parking on premises
BBQ grill
Fire extinguisher
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide detector
The host hasn't reported a carbon monoxide detector on the property.
Entire place
You’ll have the space to yourself and will only share it with those you’re traveling with.

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 queen bed,1 single bed



253 reviews
Stylish space
Quick responses
Outstanding hospitality
Matt User Profile
October 2019
Just the icing on the cake for the Big Bend experience! Amazing location & Franny was absolutely perfect!!
Sonia User Profile
October 2019
I loved staying in Franny, it was so much cozier then I expected. The view was amazing, I hope to come back when it's a new moon so I can get a better view of the milky way.
Zoja User Profile
October 2019
Adorable solar-powered bus in the middle of the mountains. Perfect for those who want to experience the outdoors and feel like they’re camping but with the comforts of a hotel (shower and a bed)!
Sarah User Profile
October 2019
10/10 recommend staying at any of Ronda’s campsites. “Franny” the 1970s school bus was spectacular. The view of the mountains, watching the sunrise, & counting all the shooting stars will never be forgotten. If you have the time & want a unique experience definitely give one of…
Nick User Profile
September 2019
It’s a stay of a lifetime!!
Kathy User Profile
September 2019
Perfect place for a getaway! Franny the bus was so cute and full of character. It was equipped with everything we needed to be comfortable.
Jayavijay User Profile
September 2019
Be aware of the heat, it will be extremely hot in the noon, but the evening and night and early morning is so good. Worth the money and travel. One of a kind.

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Terlingua, TXJoined in August 2015
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1975 Reviews
Ronda is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
"Tin Valley Retro Rentals" is a dream come true, by creating a unique environment of overnight vintage rv rentals, in the middle of the desert. "Tin Valley" is also part of a recent documentary that aired on NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, called "Badlands, Texas." (8 episodes)
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Things to keep in mind

Check-in: After 2PM
Checkout: 11AM
After 2PM

House Rules

  • No smoking
  • Pets are allowed
  • Parties and events are allowed