Installing this decking on top of the roof frame was actually a lot simpler of a job than we thought it would be. Because of the welded rack, we used wood + metal self tapping screws to secure the pressure treated wood to the metal on either side, in addition to a floating center beam.
A lot of people questioned why we would cover up the entire back portion with solar panels... and in the end, we're really not upset about it! Still plenty of room for the two of us! In the future, maybe we'll extend the deck to the front of the bus too 😎 For right now, we're mostly focused on completing the 3 main systems (electric, plumbing, and propane) to get this baby registered as an RV!!
More than a decade ago I drove my first school bus. I’ve always enjoyed large vehicles for their unique perspective, ability to haul a lot of people, and potential to make a cool adventure rig. After moving on from the bus gig, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever drive a school bus again.
A decade later and a year of casual searching, we found our deal. ‘04 Chevy 3500 6L gas, relatively low miles, mild rust and plenty of power/the right size to tow a boat that will fit our whole family and friends.
It’ll be off to a slow start for the RV conversion while I’m finishing up our tree-mansion, but CHEERS to the start of many fun summer excursions! ☀️🙌🏽
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Finally trying to get into an actual routine and I've decided to get into a #raw diet. I've always had a huge dependency on processed drinks/caffeine (i easily drink 2 or 3 cans of Coke Zero a day) and with the upcoming conversion to #skoolielife I want to form better habits in regards to my health. I'm starting off slowly by trying to wean myself off of my "normal" diet and as I'm working on some videos I'm already recognizing how it's like a comfortable companion having a can of Coke next to my screen.
WE GOT OUR FIRST APPLIANCE...FOR CHEAP! 💰
Ok guys, so I didn’t realize how exciting it was going to be to get our oven but it’s actually thrilling 😂 we can add that to the list of shit I never thought I’d say.
I found this @furrion stove on FB marketplace. I avoid FB at all costs but something (call it what you will) made me pull it up and search “Furrion stove” and boom 💥 there she was.
I really thought we would be spending upwards of $600 (brand new) on this stove but this beauty was on the interwebs for $320. It’s a scratch and dent unit that was being used as a show model at an RV sales lot. Honestly, it’s a stretch to call this one scratch and dent. They are more like blemishes that we can TOTALLY fix.🤩
I thought we would need to buy all of our appliances brand new to appease the OCD side of me but I’ll be hitting up the ol’ FB marketplace place more often!
Are you a nifty thrifty? If so, what treasures have you found lately??
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Maybe now the air conditioning vent will stay in 🤔
What have you all done to have air conditioning units in your bus?
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La magie est réelle! 💫 On avait hâte de vous dévoiler la Scène Mixbus à son paroxysme!!! La merveilleuse @dalkhafine nous a fait l’honneur de peinturer notre nouvelle bête... 360!!! C’est tellement fou qu’on en revient pas encore 🔥 des spectacles extérieurs sur un stage/oeuvre d’art de 30 pieds/nomade 🌊 C’est une vague de good vibes qui s’en vient déferler partout au Québec!
On est tellement fier que le projet devienne aussi collaboratif avec l’équipe de @muralfestival qui embarque dans notre délire et permet de réaliser ce tour de force. Merci à @yancordeau de la confiance et à @cindyandrey d’avoir travailler autant pour que le Mixbus devienne encore plus cool et rassembleur.
All water leak damaged parts are finally out!!! 💧 the panels are styrofoam free and the driver floor is dry and painted. Bought a carpet layer and a rubber mat and shaped it. Its going to look great 🤩 eventually 🤣
A few of our under storage boxes were pretty rusty so we cut the bottoms out and replaced them with metal sheeting from our walls that we tore out. We used black dynaflex to seal them and we will paint them to cover the sealant and protect the metal when we paint the whole bus.
My summer of renovation continues.
I wrestled the shower & floor out of the bus and discovered the largest source of moisture that brought on the mold was...
The exterior wall with it’s 3 million sheetrock screws. (NOT my diy work!) I utilized the old shower walls to fill in the window gaps until I can go into Austin to get metal. In the meantime, I will clean and fill in holes in the floor & prep some other surfaces for new clean walls. New shower design rolling around in my noggin keeping me from being completely depressed about this unfun version of summer. #skoolie#skoolielife#shortbusconversion#houselessnothomeless#hottexassummer
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If you had to choose to boondock your tiny house indefinitely, what would you choose? BEACH or MOUNTAINS by a lake or river?
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• F I R S T •
window cut has been made!
Mr. Bill's rear is looking mighty fine if you ask us...
One down, 6 to go!!!
We used our handy dandy metal cutting sheers, the ever so trusty angle grinder and a whole lot of PATIENCE to get our window shape 👏
(& don't you worry, we have LOTS of metal prep to do before painting! 😉)
Raise your hand if you're still working on your PATIENCE skills too!! 🙋♀️🙋🏼♀️
When we feel like fast forwarding through the process we have to pull back and remind ourselves..
》THIS IS IT.《
It's the small victories of each project that make this dream a reality.
We have a LONG way to go but this one cut alone helps us see the light 🔦
TELL US! What was your latest victory?! ⬇️
Jacob & I are extremely grateful to have been able to purchase our beautiful ‘99 #Bluebird during the middle of the pandemic!
We had been searching for a bus to convert for almost 6 months, and we were starting to drift away from the hope we had of ever finding one. This bus was posted only 2.5 hours away from our home currently in Kansas, but after talking to the couple they stated there was a mechanical issue they wanted to fix before passing the bus on.
At this point we were so grateful for the honesty of these individuals, but we’re still very unsure whether we would ever find one or not. A couple of months passed by and Jacob would randomly spark conversations about this exact bus. Late April, Jacob came home so estatic! He had come across a listing of a bus that looked awfully familiar. We jumped on the opportunity, and quickly DM’d the couple. It was that bus, this bus-which is now our bus. 😍
Little did our #bus know, it would be converted into a tiny home for its new owners, our two pups & our creative business! We would like to introduce Rolling Beaumont to y’all with hopes of sharing our conversion process, as well as our travels & all the details in between! We truly look forward to taking you all on this journey with us. Stay tuned ✨
We wanted to say 👋🏻 hey! To our newest followers! We are a young power couple from Michigan, currently living out our dreams in a fully-converted bus!
Just a couple of specs:
🚌 1999 Bluebird 38ft
⚙️ 5.9 Cummins 24 valve + Allison Transmission
☀️ 900 Watts of solar, 400aHrs of battery bank
🚽 Nature’s Head composting
💧 150 gal of fresh water supply
❄️ 12,000 btu 110v Pioneer Minisplit
☂ 13 ft manual awning
🚪 Andersen Storm Door with retractable screen
🗺 Cruise Control
📍Currently stationed in Tucson, AZ
Follow along for more of our journeys!
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Enjoying this view of our clean bus...because in the next few weeks, things are definitely going to look a lot different around here😂Today is the last day of May, which means tomorrow is June, which means.....BABY TIME! We’re just over here trying to pass the time and contain our excitement, but it’s also crazy to think that at some point in June I will be having a baby!!🤗
Best little helper! (Nothing was plugged in or running in any way while he was holding this cord 🙃)
SO here’s our update -
We got an awesome mechanic out who made the bus go faster uphill yay! It’s definitely an improvement BUT we’re still looking into what options we have for giving it even more giddy up because it’s still kinda a dog to get going and doesn’t go above 63 mph, and yes we make it up the treacherous hills but at about 10mph.
Next up, we tried grounding our generator to the bus and it’s been a no go. Every time we tried plugging in, it would trip, so we had to get a spot at an rv park. Well, the power was tripping there too! @shanesdanderson was talking about selling the bus because we’re all SO tired and hot and discouraged PLUS he had stepped in some glass because our mirror broke on the drive in our bedroom 😭 (we’re not going to sell it. It was in the heat of the moment and I think he was joking mostly 😹)
HOWEVER, we had a little victory that will hopefully become a big one - we found out the extension cord we were using just isn’t strong enough for what we’re doing, so when we plugged in directly we had no issues! Tomorrow, we’re going to try exactly that with the generator and see if that doesn’t make a difference. Please keep us in your prayers! It’s okay if things go wrong, we just need a little more strength if anything else is going to happen tomorrow, cause we’re pretty worn out, but still hopeful!
We love our #Skoolie
And while I know Mike wishes he had time to finish it, it is still amazing to take out as is and I know he’ll have fun finishing it up.
My favourite thing is watching him give people tours! He’s so proud of what he’s done so far and as he should be!
Next up, plumbing (kitchen sink, bathroom faucet and shower), solar power, put up a ceiling and then build the twins bunk beds. I’m sure there is more but I’m excited for these finishing touches.
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