Hipcamp host Ronda H.
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"Franny" is a “home-grown” girl of Terlingua. She is special because she has housed many river guides, of the Rio Grande, for over 20 years.

"Franny" is located at Tin Valley Retro Rentals, on 90 private acres,nestled in the foothills of surrounding mountains. Stunning sunrises & sunsets. Magnitudeof stars and Milky Way directly above. Located near Big Bend National &

"Franny" is a “home-grown” girl of Terlingua.  She is special because she has housed many river guides, of the Rio Grande, for over 20 years.  

"Franny" is located at Tin Valley Retro Rentals, on 90 private acres, nestled in the foothills of surrounding mountains.  Stunning sunrises & sunsets.  Magnitude of stars and Milky Way directly above.  Located near Big Bend National & State Park; known for the largest protected area of Chihuahuan desert topography & ecology, and darkest skies in the United States.  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.  Great place for families, solo travelers, couples, photographers, weddings, outdoor enthusiasts, and so much more. 

With "Franny's" hip charming interior & her “one-of-a-kind” painted exterior,  you can't help but feel ready for your new adventure.  When you arrive no key is needed.  Self check-in/check-out.   We are a PET FRIENDLY property.  We are also 4/20 friendly.  "Franny" has a queen and single cot.  Don't forget your bedding/linens.  You will have a small fan and a propane heater. (You are responsible for bringing your own propane; a small 1 lb. green canister, which will offer approx 4-6 hours of heat.  *Recommendation at least 2 per night.)  There is enough solar energy for temporary light source, fan, and/or charging of your phone, computer, etc...; however, if it is rainy or cloudy the solar will not work so have a back up light source available.  PLEASE NOTE:  Solar panel does NOT have the capability to run any electric heating appliances. This means electric heaters, blow dryers, coffee pots, etc...   There is a small BBQ grill, fire pit, & picnic table at your campsite; however, there is no running water.  Port-o-Potty, outdoor shower (no hot water) & sink are within walking distance.  Don't forget your towels.  And if you want hot water you also have access to a communal shower house 4 miles away, along with a laundry facility, restaurant, and swimming pool.  In order to keep rental rates down please help us clean the campsite before you leave.  A broom and rake are provided.  There is an area on property that has wifi, but not at the campsite. 

Don't be surprised if "Sampson" my burro greets you when you arrive. He has become the "Mascot" of the property and  is super sweet, and super vocal too! LOL! Feel free to feed him but oddly he hates carrots and apples and loves cookies, chips, crackers, tortillas, and bread. Basically he is a junk food burro. You will find him in his pen, which surrounds my home. I also have a quite a few cats on the property. The reason: to keep snakes away by eliminating their food source: rats/mice. They are doing a great job!!! In regards to the cats, If you are bringing your fur babies please make sure they will not chase or harm the cats. Thanks!

Lodging provided
Rv or trailer provided
1 site
Up to 5 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Ronda a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


You are more than welcome to bring your ATV.

Horseback riding
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at 1972 Vintage School Bus "Franny" in Texas.

Hot spring
River, stream or ...
Swimming hole

The vibe at 1972 Vintage School Bus "Franny"

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Hipcamper Jake
Jake F.
recommends this listing.
October 30th, 2018

best place to stay outside the park

Hipcamper Amy
Amy B.
recommends this listing.
March 23rd, 2019

Great location and we loved staying in the Franny bus!

1972 Vintage School Bus "Franny"1972 Vintage School Bus "Franny"1972 Vintage School Bus "Franny"
Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah T.
recommends this listing.
May 16th, 2019

It was a one of a kind experience and incredibly cozy in the bus. It was a nice getaway

Hipcamper Shannon J.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2017
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