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  • ~ Traveling artist creates collage that captures life on the road. ~ We recently hired Nicole Butterfield of Nicole Kate Design to create a piece that captures all the little moments of living bus life, van life, truck life and life in general when you're on the road. We liked the design
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  • ~ Solar panel mounting and installation tips for school bus conversions. ~ Guest Blogger: Troy Dickens – @WhiteWhaleSkoolie ~ Tilt Concept - Mounting solar panels in a stationary location such as on the roof of a house or in a field is fairly straightforward. Here in the Northern Hemisphere the basic concept for stationary panels
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  • Been looking for the best fridge for a bus conversion? Here's a list of the most used fridge/freezers used in bus and van conversions. *Note: These are fridges/freezers that are used the most in short bus conversions. If you have full size fridge/freezers for bigger builds let us know what
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  • ~ Yoga instructor, his wife, daughter and two dogs all make this 210 sqft bus conversion home. ~ Interview By: Brock Butterfield ~ School Bus Conversion By: David and Melanie Babin ~ Bus Specs: -Make: Thomas -Model:Flat nose -Motor:5.9 Cummins -Year: 2000 -Interior Square Footage: approx 210 sq ft -Current Location: Edmonton, Alberta -Purchased
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  • ~ 4x4 School Bus For Sale ~ 2001 GMC 6.5l Turbo Diesel ~ Make: GMC~Model: 3500 Savana~Bus Model: Corbiel~Motor: Detroit 6.5l Turbo Diesel~Miles: 219k~Driveline: 4x4 (Quigley 4x4 conversion with Ford Dana 60 solid front axle)~Wheels: 2 Front - 4 Rear~Tire Tread: 30% left~Average MPG: 12 mpg~Rear Airbags: Firestone~New Parts: - Rear Differential - All new u-joints
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  • Year: 2013 Make: Mercedes Model: Sprinter Motor: Mercedes Turbo Diesel Miles: we want to arrange it to be sold at the end of September and should have 80k miles on it by then. Best contact method/info: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 479-283-1484 text/call Asking price: $85K The van was converted by Modus
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  • ~ Holli Zollinger's school bus conversion turned art studio. ~ Filmed By: Brock Butterfield ~ School Bus Conversion By: Holli Zollinger ~ This 1974 Ford Carpenter Coach School Bus only has 13,000 miles on the motor and was purchased for $2,000 from a man in Moab, UT who was using it as a living
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  • Adventure awaits anyone who steps inside this dream machine! Designed for creating magic wherever you go! Elaborately hand painted exterior envokes constant... conversations/friendships and the custom woodwork interior creates a cozy, functional atmosphere. Home is where you park it! Because parking is easy at only 19 feet long, and she
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  • ~2003 Ford Short School Bus Conversion~ Bus Specs: -Make: Ford Corbeil -Model: E-450 -Motor: 7.3L -Year: 2003 -Interior Square Footage: 112 -Current Location: Pacific Northwest -Purchased From/Location: First Student / Pennsylvania (buyer beware!) -Cost in materials for the conversion: $15k -Is the conversion complete or still in progress? complete -Does your
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  • The steps required to insure your school bus conversion with links to insurance companies who offer coverage for school bus conversions. ~ Written By: Laura Scothern from Skoolie Nation ~ You converted a skoolie! All systems check out and you're ready to drive away towards unknown adventures, right? Not quite. Obtaining insurance
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  • ~ Roof raise and all, this 1986 school bus conversion only ended up costing $10-$15k ~ Interview By: Brock Butterfield School Bus Conversion and Photos By: Kyle Volkman Kyle Volkman demonstrates that you only need a few skills to get started on a school bus conversion. Everything else will come later as
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  • Like patches? How about a bus life patch? We had these custom patches made for those of you who have been asking for them. You can sew or iron them onto backpacks, shirts, jean shorts, hats, your mom's wedding dress or whatever else you choose to. We would advise to
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  • ~ 1988 Short Bus Conversion Completed By Two Young Filmmakers ~ Interview by: Brock Butterfield Conversion by: James and Jen West James and Jen Martin are a couple of graphic design artists and filmmakers who wanted a bus conversion with a bar for serving delicious cocktails and traveling to film festivals around
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  • ~Hard to find and trusted Ford 7.3l diesel school bus for sale.~ This hard to find 7.3l Ford diesel five window short school bus just popped up for sale in Utah. Screaming deal if you know anything about the 7.3l diesel motor and how long they will run for. Would
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  • Young man in Lake Tahoe learns how to live rent free and enjoy life. - Interview By: Brock Butterfield - Conversion By: Travis Specht A couple summers ago when I was passing through Lake Tahoe I met a great group of people. Everyone ranging from a bus conversion with a plans to
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  • Young couple living in bus conversion pay for their lifestyle from Craigslist jobs. - Interview By: Brock Butterfield - Conversion By: Matt Dunn Matt and Echo are exploring the US in a very untraditional way. They let go of most their material items including items that triggered memories. A hard but crucial
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  • -Brock Butterfield documents the near death experience that drove him to ultimately quit his 9-5 corporate job, buy a school bus and convert it into a tiny home for traveling and an alternative lifestyle. This documentary takes you through the process of converting a school bus into a tiny home
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  • Phone App Developer Moves Family of Five Into Bus Conversion - Written By: Brock Butterfield- Conversion By: Trebitowski Family "Teaching kids to use their inside voices" is one thing that the Trebitowski's have found challenging with bus life. Living in a 288 sq. ft bus conversion is tricky with a family
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  • Short School Bus Conversion with 64 square feet of easy living. -Written By: Brock Butterfield -Conversion By: Ryder Karkus If you scroll through Ryder's Instragram feed you'll start to get a feel for the kind of man he is. Motor head, jet ski enthusiast, adverture seaker and likes to make
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  • How to find a short, medium or large school bus for sale. -Written By: Brock Butterfield- Locating a school bus for sale doesn't have to be as hard as you may think. Granted it started out hard for me and I scoured the internet for hours every night searching for
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  • My bus for sale is a 1992 bluebird shorty. it lived a simple life in Louisiana as an Air Force personnel transport until I bought it. When i bought it it had 7,500 miles on it. Thats right....just 7,500. The 12v cummins runs flawlessly and gets a solid 11mpg. It
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  • Craft beer on tap while you hang out inside a converted school bus. -Interview By: Brock Butterfield -Bus Conversion By: Joe Quinlin When I first came across this bus conversion I was drawn in by the extensive woodwork and in particular the countertops. It was after I saw beer taps
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  • - Bus conversion with upper cabin and outdoor deck. - Interview By: Brock Butterfield Bus Conversion By: Guy and Kayla I thought my bus was unique in design with a snowmobile deck on the back but Kayla and Guy have definitely set the bar high with their bus conversion that includes an
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  • - With only one year left in college Alden Simmer and Alex King were tired of paying for run down dorms rooms or college houses to rent. They decided that a school bus conversion would be much more cost effective and comfortable so they set out to purchase and convert a
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  • Couple living in Uganda convert a short school bus into a home and explore the US. -Interview By: Brock Butterfield - -Bus Conversion By: Mark Crozier and Karin Bridger Karin was drinking cocktails and Mark was serving them up at his brother's bar in Uganda when they met. The two eventually
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  • Bend, OR Jewelry Studio Bus Conversion - Interview By: Brock Butterfield -- Bus Conversion By: Rachel Dean - Paying rent sucks. Rachel has spent a good part of her life traveling the globe and living out of a backpack so when she finally settled down in Bend, OR she realized that paying rent
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  • Picking the right source of heat for your bus conversion. -Written By: Brock Butterfield - For those of you looking to live full time in your converted school bus and need a plan for colder climates there are a couple different options out there. I've put together some of the most
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  • - Two weeks, 2600 miles total and three dudes living the van life in Chile - - Written By: Brock Butterfield - I had heard Chile and Argentina were getting a fair amount of snow and when Byron Bagwell presented the idea heading down for a splitboard trip it peaked my interest. After searching
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  • - Mark and Karin met in South Africa and when they decided to move back to the US they wanted something more than a stationary home. The bought and converted their bus for around $6,500 - $7k and now travel the US together. They've found the hardest and easiest part of bus
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  • - Bus Conversion By Young Canadian Woman - -Interview By: Brock Butterfield - Bus Conversion By: Kieren Britton Raised by a family that encourages and nurtures adventure, Kieren new from a young age that one day she's be a traveling nomad. She began with a cute little boler trailer but after being rear
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  • - Once home to basketball teams in Texas, this 1962 GM Coach bus now serves its purpose as a Tiny Home for Emily and her boyfriend Jack in Moab, UT. With over 1 million miles (yes, million) on the body and around 600,000 on the second motor, this spacious bus is
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  • -1990 Converted Bus For Sale With 7.3l Diesel Motor- If you're looking for an already converted bus to hit the open road you might want to consider this listing. The one really big hurdle that has already been accomplished for you is that the title and insurance of the bus
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  • - Sprinter Van Conversion Ready For Adventure - Info from the owner: Unfortunately, I don't have multiple days off in a row anymore, and it doesn't make sense to keep her parked all the time, or to use her as a daily driver in Seattle, so I will be selling her to
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  • - 4WD Shuttle Bus / Van Camper Conversion For Sale - This low mileage shuttle bus camper conversion with 4WD can be a great starting point for anyone looking to jump into bus life without having to do a conversion on their own. The 4x4 conversion was professionally done by Advanced 4x4 in
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  • 2014 Dodge Ram EcoDiesel Van Conversion - Interview By: Brock Butterfield - Van Conversion By: Laura Patton This van conversion includes a love story with a happy ending. Van life led Laura to many destinations and a hitchhiker along the way that just happened to steal her heart. I met Laura in
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  • Tiny home bus conversion of a young Tennessee couple. -Interview By: Brock Butterfield - Bus Conversion By: Dylan and Hannah Wallace Not quite a short bus and not quite a full size bus, this skoolie conversion comes in at roughly 123 square feet of tiny living. Dylan and his wife Hannah
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  • - Ford Powerstroke 4WD Short School Bus For Sale - We came across this 4x4 bus conversion the other day and had to get a hold of the owner once we found it was for sale. As many of you know it is EXTREMELY rare to find a 4x4 bus anymore and
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  • 95 Chevy Bus Skoolie Conversion With Wood Side Paneling - Interview By: Brock Butterfield- Bus Conversion By: Will Sutherland and Sabrina Hartley- All photos copyright of Will Sutherland If you recall we posted a blog about a school bus conversion turned into a West Virginia AirBnB by Will Sutherland and mentioned
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  • Coffee shops, libraries, pubs and Karma. - Written By: Brock Butterfield It's a common question we get when traveling or from online inquires. "What do you use for internet on the road?" With being on the road full time since 2014 I have found many options for staying connected and feel
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  • School Of Life Bus - Skoolie Conversion - Interview by: Brock Butterfield- Bus Conversion by: JT and Tamra Lane When I asked JT about his bus conversion and why he decided to go through with it I was under the impression that it was because of their newborn on the way However
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  • The Best Cabinet And Drawer Hardware For Your Bus or Van Conversion -Written By: Brock Butterfield - During your bus or van conversion process you should always be thinking about how much vibrating and shifting the contents of you tiny home on wheels will be doing as you hum down the
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  • Got a bus in the US that you want to "house swap" with a converted bus in Australia? Our friends down under at Beats Bus are planning to come to the US and do some road tripping and attend Burning Man summer 2016. They're looking to do a bus exchange
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  • Ford E350 Bus Conversion - Interview by: Brock Butterfield- Bus Conversion by: Adam Sauerwein Adam Sauerwein is one unique human. He's an avid outdoorsman with a love and passion for skiing and photography but he can also claim that he's now completed two bus conversions. Yes, two. Why two you may
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  • Life In The Bus Lane - Episode 6 - Written By: Brock Butterfield - The last episode of Life In The Bus Lane took us to Valdez, AK where we set up camp in the Tailgate Alaska parking lot. As with any Alaska snowboarding there were the cloudy days and the waiting (or
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  • Life In The Bus Lane - Episode 5 -Written By: Brock Butterfield - After the long drive to Alaska and waiting in the grey clouds for almost 9 days we were finally able to hike lines and ride some beastly terrain in Haines, AK. Glacier travel and crevasse crossing was a must
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  • Life In The Bus Lane - Episode 4 It's 2,500 miles from Salt Lake City, UT to Valdez, AK and the Alaskan Highway while stunning can also be treacherous if weather is present. We were lucky on our drive up to only hit a little weather and enjoy the landscape. Before
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  • Life In The Bus Lane - Episode 3 - Written By: Brock Butterfield - Episode three of Life In The Bus Lane takes Brock Butterfield, Jacob Carey, Sam King, Adam Chuntz and Claudia Avon to southern Colorado where a predicted seven foot storm total was expected to hit. The first night sleeping on
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  • School Bus Conversion Turned Into West Virginia Airbnb -Intro: Brock Butterfield- The idea of turning a school bus into a Airbnb has always been on my mind of something I want to will do in the future. When I came across Will's school bus conversion and saw the intricate wood
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  • Life In The Bus Lane - Episode 2 - Written By: Brock Butterfield - Episode 2 of Life In The Bus Lane features the beginning of last winter when we met up with Mike Hood on Vail Pass and tested out the snowpack. It wasn't as deep as we would have liked it
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  • - 4x4 Ford E350 7.3l Diesel Van For Sale - Our good friends at Sidewayz Motors came across this Ford E350 Sportsmobile 7.3l diesel at an auction that had suffered fire damage that had only 20,000 miles on it. Paul and Will are some of the smartest guys I know when it
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  • - 4x4 Ford E350 7.3l Diesel Van For Sale - Our good friends at Sidewayz Motors came across this Ford E350 Sportsmobile 7.3l diesel at an auction that had suffered fire damage that had only 20,000 miles on it. Paul and Will are some of the smartest guys I know when it
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  • Life In The Bus Lane - Episode 1 - Written By: Brock Butterfield - Episode one of Life In The Bus Lane is live! Just under 6 minutes packed with the story of why I decided to buy a bus, how I found a 4x4 short bus in New York and road tripped
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  • Life In The Bus Lane Teaser Video -Written By: Brock Butterfield- In winter 2014/2015 myself, Jacob Carey, Brian Swenson and Ryan Bregante set out in my newly converted short 4x4 school bus to chase snow storms and pick up other friends along the way. With guest appearances by Colin Spencer,
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  • Ford E350 Diesel Van Conversion For Family Of Four My 2001 GMC school bus conversion has done more than just providing a tiny home on wheels for me. It's introduced me to like minded people and families that are living life the way it should be. Chasing adventures and sunsets
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  • Big Blue - Old Ski Resort Shuttle Bus Conversion Turned Tiny Home - Interview By: Brock Butterfield - One spring while I was in Alaska filming for "Life In The Bus Lane" with Bruce The Brute Bus and the rest of the snowboard gang, I met Jason Wier at Tailgate Alaska in the
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  • - Tusk The Blue Bird School Bus Conversion - Written by: Brock Butterfield - Photos: Stephanie Artuso I stumbled upon across Stephanie's blue bird school bus conversion on Instagram the other day and was instantly drawn in by the colors and artistic style. Everything from the 3-D color cubes on the floor to
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  • - Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park and soaking in Drakesbad hot springs. - Written By: Brock Butterfield This summer I had the chance to go explore Lassen Volcanic National Park in California where Heidi and I camped and hiked for a handful of days. I knew nothing about the park prior but
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  • - Roland and Dani - Native Eyewear Sprinter Van Conversion - Roland and Dani have what to me is the best job ever. They work for Native Eyewear as what I call "content creators" or "adventure starters". They're not the marketing team or even sales reps. They simply travel the country, meet rad
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  • Coach Bus Conversion Tiny Home In Moab, UT - Once home to basketball teams in Texas, this 1962 GM Coach bus now serves its purpose as a Tiny Home for Emily and her boyfriend Jack in Moab, UT. With over 1 million miles (yes, million) on the body and around 600,000
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  • - Falcor The Dodge Van - Leo Jenkins set out a goal to drink a beer in every state. Well, it came down to finishing the goal with Alaska and then North and South Dakota. The idea of buying a van in Anchorage and converting it started cultivating in his brain. He's
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  • - Bumble Beast - Sprinter vans are another great way to go tiny and have an adventure mobile. Our good friend Ashley Hutchinson was searching for a van to convert and came across a used DHL delivery van for a screaming price. Prior to having the dream of converting and living small,
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  • Bellingham By Bus - This 1992 Bluebird sits on top a GM P30 chassis with a powerful 6.2 L GM/Detroit Diesel. Zach and Shauna had fallen into the "American Dream" or nightmare if you will, and found themselves trapped in the 9-5 grind with Zach taking on college at the same
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  • Blue Bus Adventure - Just over 100 square feet of converted living space in this 1988 Mighty Mite Thomas school bus. The bus sits on a Chevy P30 chassis with a standard late 80's Chevy 350 motor. Originally used to move a family from Idaho to Nevada, the bus now is
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  • The drive down from Alaska was a long one and we ran into a little trouble. Bruce The Bus lost half his serpentine belt in the middle of the Yukon and we had to limp him along through 200 miles of slush snow before we hit Fort Nelson and were
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  • After spending almost two weeks on Haines Summit we decided it would be best to move on and head to Thompson Pass just outside Valdez, AK where a handful of our good friends had flown in and were giving us reports of great snow conditions. Ben Girardi stayed in Haines
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  • Instagram has become not only a way to share photos but a way to meet like minded people doing similar things in life. We follow a lot of other people on Instagram that have or are converting school buses into Tiny Homes. One particular person (@theabominableheidimonster), Heidi Miller had hit
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  • We got a call from our team manager at Never Summer that he and a handful of other team riders were going to be at Sheepshead Cabin for the next handful of days and invited us to join. It was back the way we came from, Wolf Creek Pass, but
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  • With the avalanche conditions on Wolf Creek Pass at an all time high due to the heavy amount of snowfall and high winds, we decided to make our way to Silverton, CO where snow was said to be a bit more stable and had more to offer in terms of
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  • As we tried waiting patiently in Jackson Hole for the storms that were supposed to produce some good snow, our phones and Facebook were being hit with messages of insanely deep snow in Colorado. Upon doing a little research and looking at the radar on NOAA we could see that
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  • The drive back to UT to fix the snowmobile deck was fairly easy going without any hiccups. I met with Seth from Trail Ridge Off Road and we put a plan together to fix the sled deck from sagging by boxing in the frame and adding some support structures. While
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  • We departed Colorado and headed towards Jackson Hole. The head wind was extremely strong and we watched our miles per gallon go down drastrically. To make matters worse Cub's Toyota Tacoma lost all power in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming. A few calls to Triple A and we were
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  • Our first stop of the trip for snowboarding and getting our feet wet was Steamboat Springs. Traveling with a total of four snowmobiles is a lot to maintain and we needed to stock up on oil and a few other supplies before heading out. Steamboat Powersports is the best place
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  • A few bumps in the road but we've hit the pavement with cameras rolling. It was a rough past month with a few unplanned events but we finally hit the road. We took my favorite route to Colorado on the US 40 through Steamboat Springs and dipped into the Front
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  • We travel deep into the backcountry and cross many glacier fields in Alaska. Having a snowmobile that is dependable to get you back home safe is critical to filming in the backcountry. Each season we put lots of miles on our Ski-doo snowmobiles and we always start each season with
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  • Stand up paddle boarding or "SUP" has exploded in the last handful of years. We had the opportunity to tour the GLIDE Paddleboards warehouse and see what goes into making a board. Being that we'll be using their boards next summer it was a great experience to learn more about
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  • Bus won’t start in cold weather. That’s a problem. The Yukon will be in the negatives when we make our journey this spring and if we get stranded in the middle of the Yukon Territory we’re done for. I had to get this issue resolved before we hit the road
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  • The Forest For The Trees Guest Blogger: Harlee Lyman The ultimate idea behind this Bus Life adventure is to live simply and deliberately… with purpose and without the unnecessary. Following Thoreau to Walden Pond is great on paper but it seems a little too short sighted and antisocial for someone
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  • SCS Wraps installs bus wrap! We rallied the bus from Salt Lake City, UT to Bozeman, MT where SCS Wraps installed the bus wrap. These guys went above and beyond to make sure the wrap was not only stylish but installed correctly. SCS Wraps is one of the few 3M
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  • Buy a welder, learn how to weld, fabricate a snowmobile deck and paint the bus. Sounds simple right? That's what I had envisioned in my mind but as with all things there were a few hiccups that we had to overcome. Because we had chopped the last four feet of
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  • Working on the bus everyday for over a month finally got to me. I was at the point where I was pretty burnt out. I needed a break so that I could clear my head and come back fresh. I called up my buddy Ross Downard from Mtn Ranks and
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  • We need a snowmobile deck. Grab the sawzall and let's cut four feet off. A large part of buying a short school bus was so that I could still get around easily in parking lots at the top of mountain passes where we typically unload the snowmobiles and head out
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  • Time to remove the pink eye infested seats from the bus. If there's one thing you'll learn about me it's I think I'm a lot funnier than I am. But hell, you can't take life too seriously right? Seats were the first thing that I needed to remove to get
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  • It's always nice to meet other road trippers on epic adventures. While we were grabbing coffee in Durango, backing up footage and filming a little bit out front we were approached by a young lady and her mother. They were curious if we were road tripping in the bus of
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  • With hardly any sleep from the night before it was a rough one making it to Wichita only a few hours away. My best friend from high school currently lives in Wichita, KS so it was a good place to stop and crash for a couple hours before pushing on.
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  • It wouldn't be a road trip if something didn't go wrong. A bit later start then I would have liked to when we left the farm but we had good straight roads for the most part to Wichita so we put the pedal to the floor and cruised at a
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  • Organic farms seem to be popping up everywhere but there are only a select few that have been in the game for years. Crème de la Crop is one of those. Ryan had mentioned that he had friends outside Valparaiso, IN that ran an organic farm and I thought it
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  • We started our day out with gas station coffee and a creepy guy staring at us from his window. At first we thought someone had placed a cardboard cutout of a man in their window but after Ryan snapped a few photos, the cardboard figure moved. The old man apparently
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  • The idea to travel and live out of a short school bus came to me in Jackson Hole, WY. **Note** IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SHORT SCHOOL BUSES FOR SALE YOU WILL WANT TO SEE THE FOR SALE SECTION or HOW TO FIND SCHOOL BUSES FOR SALE(this is a story
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