Living on a bus with child with autism and an autoimmune disorder brings a unique set of challenges and opportunities. He often does things in public places that make people stare. But nature never judges and here, he can be perfectly himself.
Our first wall 🙃 Jeff is very proud of himself. One google search and a quick gander at an image and here it is. It is crazy sturdy. More walls coming soon. We should probably paint the bus soon so we can seal up the windows so we can finish the framing on the bus walls... just waiting for weather to work in our favor. Next on our plan is paint, wall framing and framing the bed, then electrical!
Photo 1: cutting the studs. Each cut with a 7deg angle at the top to fit the curve of the roof.
Photo 2: we constructed the upper 7/8ths of the wall in one piece and then pushed it in place.
Photo 3: tapping each stud into its correct spot before screwing it in place. After the bottom was secure we measured from the base of the new wall to the bus wall and then again below the window to make sure our wall was vertical. It’s tricky since the bus is not level, so we find tricks like this to get it right! The top of the wall was secured with self drilling screws into one rib of the bus and some metal by the roof E exit.
Photo 1 by @jefftheclimber
Photo 2/3 by @ut_emi
When the bus is clean and decluttered there is surprisingly a lot of room. We can comfortably fit, two adults (we have had many more in this tiny little space when I was at @splendoroaks), two kids, two large dogs without being on top of each other or bumping into each other and an added bonus is having the ability to open up my side door which makes it feel so open. I don’t show pictures of the inside of my home enough so stay tuned for a few more. I love it when they all hang out in here and I love my tiny home.
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Here, without further ado, are the incredible Painted Hills themselves!
My knees were being mysteriously & delightfully cooperative this particular day and we were able to do THREE of the short hikes around the hills...YIPPPEE!
We started getting the bedroom together! A couple weeks ago we went through all of our stuff and downsized a bunch of things we don’t need and/or cant use in the bus including our current bed frame. We disassembled it and removed the drawer banks because we can use those pieces but the rest we can’t, so we put our bed on a normal metal frame and called it. At the moment 80% of what we own will come with us! We’ve been living small for years with living at home with parents in one room, then moveing out and renting a room then back at home with parents in one room so overall this change of ours isn’t going to be to drastic.
We will build a frame off of the drawer bank and mount the water tank behind the drawers. We have gas struts that will lift the bed up and give us access to the tank and the rest of our stuff we store underneath!
If you don’t already know, I bought a bus!
S’mores and I will be building it out come 2020, most days I work way too much, talk about it constantly, research, plan and pray to the universe that I don’t electrocute myself(biggest fear). The goal is to be completely off grid, have all the adventures, be zero waste, learn how to build, etc.
Super stoked. Plz come visit me while I live at my parents house. 🤘🏼⚡️🌞😺
FREE Campsite - Central Oregon - Burnt Ranch Road BLM - Painted Hills - John Day Fossil Beds National Monument - Closest town is Mitchell (pop 124) 19 miles away
This was our "Back to Boondocking, Baby!" in early October.
A month passed from when our rig was towed from our last boondockin' spot to the RV park in Dayton WA, while the truck was in the shop having the engine replaced.
After spending a month in a sketchy RVP, I was MORE than a little antsy to get back to the wild 'n 'Away From the People' on our journey back to CA.
I really wanted to see one National 'Something' on the way back, since I knew we'd be in 'drydock' for so long, and this was basically on the way.
The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument comprises 3 seperate units, each approx. 2 hours apart. This is the one I wanted to see the most, The Painted Hills.
On the way to the Burnt Ranch Recreation BLM Area you will pass the entrance to the Painted Hills visitors' center, the road in is VERY rough!
Will have to read up on John Day bc his name is all over Central and Eastern Oregon. There's the 300-mile river we're now camped near, a town, the Monument and I even heard a hardware store advertised.
Our first @harvesthosts experience was most definitely a success! We spent the night last night at Golden Acres Ranch in Monticello, Florida where we were welcomed by the owners and their fluffy, friendly Great Pyrenees "predator" dogs. Today we got to explore the farm, fed some of their goats and picked up a few items from their country store!
For those who don't know, Harvest Hosts is an App that links you to farms, wineries and golf courses that offer overnight parking for a very cheap annual rate and no extra costs! Those interested in boondocking should definitely check it out.
We finally figured out how to press recycled plastic into geodesic dome parts! This one was made with polypropylene flakes, and aluminum mold, and t-shirt press, set brought up to 420F and then left to cool. Took about an hour, which would have to be reduced if we were gonna really crank them out, but we made a bunch of these they would connect together into geodesic dome about 6' across, and the geometry is scalable, so if you added supports between the connectors, you could make an even larger dome. #preciousplastic#geodesicdome#buckminsterfuller#opensource#insurrectionaryecology#adomeidea#domehome#notdomeyet
RADFAM Skoolie 002 - First Things First, is live on the blog! (Link in bio)
We’re going to release these blog posts pretty rapidly over the next month or two. I hope that they can serve the skoolie community as a resource to help solve common problems, bring up things people may not have thought about or to spark new ideas on builds in process 👊
002 is all about our approach to starting our build, for us that meant NO BUILDING until mechanics and structure was in the best shape possible. We wanted to build a bus that would last, something we could count on ❤️ #skoolie#skoolieconversion#skooliebuild
After 8 months of bus life we made a few upgrades to our tiny home on wheels. This one is definitely our favorite! No more crawling under the bed to find things!
Tap the link in our bio to see the rest of the upgrades on this weeks YouTube episode.
Over the next year i will be renovating this mini school bus into a tiny home for myself and scooter. The amount of reasons i have are countless, but its mainly so i can work in nicer, more rural areas (hopefully in the mountains 🤞) that dont offer apartments while also saving money. This is probably the largest undertaking ive taken on, and im nervous to say the least. But with enough work i can slowly turn that anxiety into excitement. I cant wait to create a mobile life to call my own. Also if anyone wants a high mileage celica that runs, im taking offers. Lowballers welcome to shoot your shot. COME SEE MY NEW BABY!!!!! #skoolie
I almost fell putting on my pants in the dark at 5 am. As I began to topple over I thought 2 things: “It’s going down. I’m yelling TIMBER!”🎶 AND “There isn’t anywhere to fall." Tiny house problems. A brief moment where I was highly aware of my own mortality. Like...is this how it ends? I'm putting on pants and I topple over into one of the many sharp corners in here and then Chris has to tell everyone that getting dressed just proved to be too hard for me?
I’ve had so much fun decorating our bus to fit the seasons and holidays this year! We designed our bus to have plenty of storage, so there’s enough space under the bed for a container of decor items that I can cycle through during the seasons. When downsizing, there’s just some things you don’t want to give up...and you know what, that’s totally fine! Of course we had to sacrifice in other aspects such as downsizing our closet, or kitchen appliances, but when you build your home around what makes you happy, that’s the best! We’ve officially hit our 1 year milestone of living in this bus and oh boy has this been one heck of a year! So thankful for this lifestyle, and all of the amazing opportunities and friends it has gifted us with. ❤️ (PS- if you want to see all of our Christmas decor in detail check out our stories today!)
Thank you to @ourbaseballlife for inviting me (Madi) on their podcast. What a fun experience getting to share what it is like to be a girlfriend in this exciting baseball world and our adventure in our bus. If you want to hear the full podcast head over to Our Baseball Life Podcast on iTunes or Spotify! Hope you all enjoy and thank you @ourbaseballlife for the fun podcast!
CHRISTMAS AUSTRALIANA ✨
A bus sized Christmas corner!
Our @cubicminiwoodstoves hasn’t been installed yet (cos lets be honest, Queensland summer is HERE to stay for awhile 🥵) ... looking forward to putting her in winter time!