Who’s your quarantine buddy??
Being stuck at home is definitely a testing time mentally. Feeling grateful to have such a fluffy and cute friend to help us through it🐈🥰
Hope you’re all staying busy and well on this beautiful Monday morning!
1 2529 minutes ago
One of the portions of the build we all seem to tackle differently is where the curved roof meets the straight sides. @thewrongwayhome did an awesome job in my opinion! And look at those cabinets!
Shout out to @urban.nests for sending me this, it fits both of our styles well!
Follow my build progress on my story archive @thecrookboys. Progress pics coming soon.
With wanting to shed some positive light in a time of uncertainty we want to bring your attention to some of the amazing people we have met on the road
Sort of a "Friends From the Road" list of all the amazing people we have encountered and spent good quality time with.
So, here we go. @transcendexistence Wess is a man of many talents. Not only can he build amazing things with his hands such as motorcycles, hotrods, airplanes, skoolies etc, he is a skilled painter, pinstriper, and an amazing artist in so many different ways
But on a personal level, he is someone we call family. We have spent a lot of time with him, building buses, traveling around, hanging out, and sharing tools, knowledge and stories
Wess and I work incredibly well together and would love to continue to do so. If you or your bus need help with raising the roof, custom work, full builds, or something in between please reach out to either of us and we will see what we can do
Throwing together the bathroom door. Converting a bus with kids takes a lot of patience but the life lessons and memories will always be treasured 🌿
1 131 hour ago
If you didnt know, we bought a bus!!
We are making it into our VACATION Home!!
I am going to start documenting on here our our adventures!!
We all ripped out the floor this weekend. Jt, Jtrain, and Potomus have been working before but we all got out there Sat! Even Kk was putting all the nails and screws in a bucket and Bubba was taking nails out. Cant wait to travel!! #skoolie#skooliewithkids#skooliekids#skoolieconversion
3 51 hour ago
Working some late nights 🌚 to keep the bus progress steady 🤙 #scraperlife
1 51 hour ago
It’s all about the details ✨
1 81 hour ago
Sometimes you just have to work some stuff out. I find it helpful to draw things out to think through the process.
I can not wait to see the bus with all the seats out!
Ok guys! It was a late night. I finally am done with the first box! I like it a lot more than the first! It’s still not perfect, but I will get better the more I do it. Tomorrow I will tear the corner piece down and rebuild it. The new box is a little wider than the last one due to the added batting. So I will fix that and work on upholstering it tomorrow! I am excited to see now it looks! .
Son of a nutcracker(!) rivets (name that movie!). These were super hard to get out and we had to play around with several ideas on how to remove them. We wanted to take the first panels off the ceiling and walls to insulate how we wanted to. And take out the old fiberglass insulation.
1. If you’re doing a conversion as well, how did you do your rivets? 👷🏻♀️👷🏼♂️
2. Seriously, can you name that movie? 🎥
A throwback to simpler times... before COVID, before cancer... but also before we’d done an awful lot of bus work... Remembering these painstaking stages at the beginning that took forever with little reward, peeling off all the window tinting and cutting all the insulation board, it took us a while with other things that got in the way but proud of how far we’ve come! If you’re still at the beginning.. hang in there 😉
3 18311 hours ago
So psyched to have the solar set up! Everything is working great except for one solar panel. We’re just going to continue troubleshooting and it will all work out in the end. For now we’re running off 2 of the 3, 100w panels. We have 200Ah of lithium and an AIMS Corp. 2500Watt inverter charger.
4 5911 hours ago
And on the ?th day of quarantine, Chris said "let there be light!" Good to get lighting added to the bedroom. They're 12v recessed lights. The four are wired in a series parallel combination so they'll properly run off my 24v system.
Also got the two 35 gallon fresh water tanks installed today! Measurements on the first one didn't go fully to plan, but I didn't want to move the existing U bolts and put even more holes in my floor. The U bolts go through the wood subfloor and through the metal floor and get bolted in from below the bus. Gotta make sure they're stable during transportation!
Grateful for sunsets like these and safe parking in uncertain times.
We may be in isolation from one another but there are still things to find peace & a little joy in.
4 7912 hours ago
Voilà nous sommes arrivés au Québec le 1er avril. 10 jours de route et 6000km presque en ligne droite à partir de Chetumal dans le sud du Mexique.
Nous étions supposés revenir seulement à la fin mai, mais hélas une pandémie mondiale à décidé d’éclater pendant que nous vivions le voyage de notre vie 🤦♀️ Cet alors qu’on a stationné le bus après 9 mois de voyage et 38 000km de parcourus. On peu quand même dire que nous avons fait le tour de l’Amérique du nord🇨🇦🇺🇸🇲🇽 (en passant très vite le côté Est 🤷♀️)
Thatcher is feeling right at home in the bussalo. He broke in the bus with his first #2 🤣🤣 Meanwhile, Joe and I worked on getting the bussalo’s back lights wired up and ready to go!
Another little friend made our house his home, if only it had welcomed him kindly. Poor little guy 😵🐭
2 5412 hours ago
Night mode ✨
Day 96 of 366
Productive day, spent mostly outside with Skye. Just after sunset I noticed the moon looked especially bright and caught this photo. After a quick Google search I learned there’s going to be a super moon on Tuesday night! Pretty cool
After hours with a wire wheel ⚙️ removing the cracked and peeling undercoating new splash shields were fabricated.
The old shields were not tall enough to keep the road slop off the stairs and to narrow to keep it off everything else. Many of the welds were cracked as well.
So the new ones are much wider and lower with bracing in case of a tire blowout.
There are also removable panels on the right for clearance so the leaf spring mounts/bushings could be serviced when needed.
Finished welding all the wheel well delete panels.👨🏭 Just need to get them sealed up and then plan to coat the entire wheel wells with pickup bed liner. 😉
What an incredibly beautiful Sunday! We started with adding some starts to a community garden, then went to an amazing country store with a rescued bird aviary!
We came back to the bus and made some homemade pesto from fresh chickweed out of the garden, and then to top the whole day off; little man decided to pedal his bike all by himself for the very first time!! #thankful#sundayfunday#communitygarden#inchworms#aviary#rescuedbirds#bikerides 😊🐦🍅🚴🌿🌻
1 2314 hours ago
Even in fast forward, I can still see my stress and upset.
I am excited to remodel the bus, truly I am. It's just really hard to have to dismantle everything I worked so hard for. I'm feeling like I failed the first time around and I honestly don't feel like I've learned enough to be able to do it properly the second time around. I have so many doubts and worries. HOWEVER, I'm not going to quit, and I'll never give up. I'm just going to keep pressing forward.
2 1617 hours ago
• L E A R N I N G •
Have to take a short YouTube break and learn how to run electric and plumbing in a bus 🤣
1 1518 hours ago
MAGIC SHIP BUS
With every project and client I learn something new and makes me a better version of myself and designer.
The design process and construction details has taken us has taken over 2 months but with a super happy result.
More than the design, the complex and untraditional plumbing system is something I was challenged with and integrated into the design, like a shower recycling loop system, a reverse osmosis system with the gray water tank.
Another beautiful challenge with I always wecome with tiny spaces is finding ways for things to have multi-function, like the bed to raises with an electric pulley system, the kitchen island that converts to an office desk and also folds out into a guest bed and finally foldable counters that adapt to your daily routine.
This is a 42ft Full Bus converted into a Ship’s Hull concept through the thick square crown moulding and accenting the rustic wood finishes.
We celebrated last night having a bus that finally looks a lot more like a home. The social isolation measures means we have heaps of time to do all the little jobs we were putting off. Our plans to leave on our adventure are currently on hold until travel restrictions are lifted, which we are hoping will be in 8 - 10 weeks. Up the front are two day beds we made this week. We are sewing up the cushion covers this week so they are nearly complete. The vic ash timber bench tops are 3.2m (left) and 2.7m (right) long which gives us heaps of space which we love. A few more weeks of work and we will be done!
36 1,1551 April, 2020
Another day, another photo of Nora snackin’ in the bath 🍭😋😂 Hope this sweet little bus babe brings some happiness to your day! 🌼
41 1,4602 April, 2020
I built this bus with my own hands. It was an idea in my head that through actions I built into reality. One step towards something can eventually turn into a journey.
66 1,4624 April, 2020
We’re grateful for.... the days we’re able to make the bed 😅. But really! The last couple of weeks, living full time on the bus, have been BUSY. Between traveling, breakdowns, getting the bus serviced, sheltering in place orders being issued (while trying to secure a place to park long-term), completing orientation for a new job, and more [really just all of our previous plans being derailed by Covid-19]... we’ve not had a whole lot of down time to pay attention to the basics (like making the bed) or to self care in general (who else is wearing the same sweatpants or leggings 24/7!?). We’re sure many others, though due to different experiences, are in this funk as well.
The above is not how we expected our first couple weeks of bus life to go. In addition, Lauren didn’t expect to have to go back to work so soon. David planned on still having access to the gym while traveling. We thought we could simply spend more time outside: skiing, hiking, etc. We didn’t know all of the RV parks, state parks and other parking spots would shut down reservations. The list goes on.
Don’t get us wrong though we are still SO HAPPY to be on this journey! We are grateful for this beautiful bus and the shelter it provides. We are grateful for one of us having a confirmed income right now. We are grateful for skype, zoom, FaceTime, etc with friends. There is so much to be grateful for, but it’s hard to hold on to that when the world is in a dark and dreary place right now. A dark and dreary place where it’s hard to make the bed. It’s hard to be motivated. It’s hard to be excited about much. And maybe you’re in that same head space right now too. So let’s remember to stand together and support one another during this situation we’re all in!
Let’s not let these dark times get us down. Tell me what you’re grateful for!! Does anyone else just feel more productive on days they made their bed!? How is your self care holding up during these hard times!? ❤️
Today is April 1st. It’s my birthday month and I am so grateful for my daughter who gets excited to do April dresses with me. Her infectious excitement was exactly what I needed today. So we wore our dresses all day today. I will explain more on that later. But until then #aprilshowersbringaprildresses 👗
Key Largo, Florida 03.24.20 | when we arrived on the 12th, just days before quarantine went into effect in a couple major cities across the US, we anticipated staying only a few days. We had plans to back track the east coast, eventually moving inward to explore some of Florida’s central springs before we made our way west for summer. A few days quickly turned into a couple weeks and I anticipate that a couple weeks might turn into a couple months. It’s not lost on us how incredibly lucky we are to have arrived when we did, to have the connection we had, to be where we are, to have met the people we have. There isn’t a single day that goes by that we don’t talk about our gratitude for our situation. I have an odd tendency to find joy in undesirable circumstances. It’s the story I cling to, the idea that in 5, 10, 50 years it’ll be something we look back on - a memory not forgotten. There’s so much more to tell but for now I’ll leave you with a promise that our small break is over and we’re officially back to show you what quarantine in The Keys looks like.
42 1,05425 March, 2020
Coffee is life! Probably the most used space in our bus is the coffee bar. We both might have more than one cup a day... 🙃
62 1,1003 April, 2020
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