The couch got framed out! This was challenging task. I never realized how different couch sizings are. It was very hard to find a generic size template. It took a lot of trial and error with a tape measure. Melissa and I were able to finally agree on sizing. Since we are both taller 6’3” & 5’10” we decided to go larger. By doing this it also gave us room for our 200AHx3 batteries, along with 35”x22”x12” of storage space.
1 41 hour ago
I was able to get the full size bed, bathroom, and dividing wall framed out. The bus has definitely thrown some curve balls. I think it’s safe to say this is much different than framing a house.
1 41 hour ago
Today was about focusing on those hard to get places. That was going great until Melissa got ahold of a bottle of wine. We left shortly after this photo.
1 31 hour ago
The first coat with the roller is on. Tomorrow we can start getting the small stuff with the brush.
1 61 hour ago
First coat. Melissa and I found a really nice smoke grey enamel. I have a feeling this is going to turn out great.
1 71 hour ago
The seats are out. Now it’s time to start preparing the body for some paint.
1 51 hour ago
Everything has got to go. Let’s see what a grinder can do.
1 21 hour ago
From the back of the bus to the drivers seat. My teachers would be proud.
1 51 hour ago
The spaceship is going to require a lot of work. Melissa and I are excited to she how she turns out!
1 61 hour ago
I think it’s safe to say Melissa can handle air bakes. Flat roads are cheating a bit though. The mountains are the real test!
1 22 hours ago
We found it. Huge shootout to John and Jake for helping Melissa and I find the perfect bus. U-290 is a 24’ International with a DT466, air brakes and minimal rust. She is now changing her name to the Spaceship!
“And I know that life ain't cheap
And not all good things are free
But there is no enough and no too much
And it seems so strange to me
I just think it's funny
We're so concerned with making money.” -Ben Rector
We can’t get over this life we’re living. So continually blessed. We recently became godparents to the cutest crazy-haired girl and are so sad that her and her parents are headed back to Texas on Wednesday. I guess that just gives us another spot to visit across the country 😎
It's been a month since we last posted on our Instagram besides the occasional Instagram story. We decided to step back to leave space for black voices leading the current movement for justice in this country. We're excited to see the way many folx are coming together in the struggle. We've had many tough conversations with friends and family which has been painful, but such growing pains are to be expected with change. There's much work to be done.
We would like to continue this page with a conscious effort to promote what we believe in: love and acceptance. Thanks for standing by our side in these difficult times. We are all human and we all make mistakes. What matters is that we keep growing.
I started my van life journey about 2 years ago when I lost my housing literally overnight. I got stressed out trying to find a new place and always loved van life on Instagram. I said screw it and bought a van instead. It was a 1995 Chevy G20 van I named “The Great White” I fell in love with the lifestyle and met @j33wlz at Umpqua Hot Springs. She moved into the van with me and we decided we wanted something bigger. We originally went out looking for a Sprinter van. My buddy @jl.human told me to look at Skoolies. I stepped inside one and was sold on the width and the windows honestly. Julie and I found one and started the build on our bus that was to become SKOOLIANA. We went to @thebusfair to be inspired before our bus was even legal or very far along. Met a bunch of new skoolie friends and joined that community. It’s been an awesome journey and my advice for anyone is to just jump. Even if it’s a mini van with an air mattress. Live the life and learn as ya go. I’ll see y’all out there.
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