- 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 upper cabin with 88 square feet and a 160 square foot outdoor deck on the top where they store their snowmobile.

This bus conversion has had an enormous amount of custom work put into it. The creative process behind it still blows my mind each time I see a photo of NED a.k.a. Never Ending Dream posted on Instagram.

Enjoy this little interview and photos of their bus conversion. They also have a video of their bus and travels that I've posted below the interview.

 

Bus Specs:

-Make: Blue Bird

-Model: Handi

-Motor: Navstar/ international 7.3

-Year: 1993

-Interior Square Footage: 1st floor 200 square feet, upper cabin 88 square feet, outdoor deck 160 square feet. 

-Current Location: We have recently moved the bus from Alaska to the Nevada area 

-Purchased From/Location: Public surplus, an online auction site. 

-Cost in materials for the conversion: $8,000 

-Is the conversion complete or still in progress? Complete and available for updates. Always ideas to improve and let our spirits act upon. Right now the dream list includes motorcycle racks, turbo kit, awning system and an improved storage sleeping space in the back.

-Does your bus have a name? Yes, NED. Stands for Never Ending Dream. A tribute to the guy at the paint shop who was stoked we were building the bus and wanted to do the exterior paint job. Ned is the first 3 letters of his hard to pronounce last name and birthed the acronym Never ending dream. 

Tell us a bit about how the idea to build a bus into a home on wheels came about.

The dream to be free and available for all the activities we desire. A space that only has room to collect only so many things. Being available to experience the world with play time in mind. To own our living space and work because we are moved to not because we have a mortgage to pay.

 

Who is involved or part of the crew with your bus? 

Kayla and Guy are love birds who live in the bus full time. The crew involves the parents, friends and family who helped build NED, and whoever finds themselves on or near the bus can consider themselves involved. 

What materials did you use during your build? Any reclaimed/upcycled items?

We used the top of an old van from a junk yard to create a sleeping space on the top of a deck we recycled from another converted bus. The stove, oven, furnace and fridge were up cycled from a trailer in a junk yard. The rocket stove was build out of old drill casing. Hanging bars and racks were used from a bus Guy had previously owned. We used tumeric, beats, and spirulina as the wood stains. I would also recommend using spent coffee grounds. 

 

 

 

How many can the bus sleep and how is the sleeping arrangement designed?

The upper cabin sleeps two on a queen mattress. The 1 st floor has two couches for sleeping and floor space for two more. 6 people under a roof. Can sleep 4-6 under the stars/ northern lights or midnight sun on the upper deck.

 

What is your kitchen and cooking setup?

A lovely kitchen with plenty of counter space, a sink with 11 gallons of fresh water and a gray water holding tank, a 4 space propane stove, oven, fridge, freezer and compartments and drawers that make the food and cook wear easily accessible. 

 

 

What is your power source?

We have 3 100watt solar panels and 2 12volt batteries for auxiliary power. We have a converter to charge those batteries off of a 120 house plug or generator. We have a switch to gain off of the bus motor's alternator. We can also boost the bus starter with those batteries. We have a 2000 watt inverter to run our 120 house plugs inside the bus. We are also powering our 2 12" subs and 6X9s with a 2000 watt amp with those batteries. We are able to charge phones, computers, cameras, run led light strips, the stock bus lights, craft with hot glue guns, grind coffee, etc. 

Do you have a heat source for colder weather?

Yes. We built a rocket stove out of old drill casing, they are efficient stoves that use less wood and we run a heat powered fan to move the warm air around the bus. There is a man named Paul Wheaton, who has the rocket stove and permaculture info, we highly recommend checking him out for plans and encouraging "out there" ideas. We have a propane furnace and 66 gallons of propane on the roof. There is also the option to plug the bus into house power via the inverter and run electric heat.  

 

How do you stay cool in the hot summer months?

Haven't experience hot summer months yet. Maybe an AC will be an update. Feeling a travel to the South may call for a solution.

What are you doing for water source? 

We collect water out of the mountain side in 3, 5 gallon buckets once or twice a week to fill up our 14 gallon water holding tank under the sink. We have an electrical pump to run the water through a faucet which drains into a 14 gallon holding tank that gets emptied in appropriate locations. 

Do you have a bathroom solution for the "rumble guts" hit?

We have a portable toilet for emergencies, but haven't had to use it yet. 

What is the most unique feature of your conversion?

The upper deck sleeping quarters. It looks cool, is super cozy, and allows for more living space on the main floor.

What do you do for income while living in the bus?

During the winter Kayla coached ski racing and Guy made snow for Alyeska ski area, allowing plenty of time to play on the mountain. During the summer we both ran the TA surf company renting paddle boards, taking people surfing in the turnagain arm on the boretide, as well as mellow tidal floats. You can check out the company at TAsurf.com Guy also worked for a rafting company Chugach Adventures out of Girdwood and Kayla on an adventure boat out of Whittier. Currently we are picking up odd jobs around the Reno/Tahoe area, creating an online store to sell rad bus trinkets, paddle boards, and ride along adventure tours with us and NED. 

What do you do for Internet while on the road?

Let our phones create hot spots in the US and find wifi spots while out of the US. 

What’s the hardest thing about living bus life?

 Leaving a rad location, and keeping the stuff down to a manageable amount.

We heard you guys are into SUP. Tell us a little more about that and how bus life allows you to SUP more often.

Living in the bus allowed us to move closer to the shop and even right to the surf spot. We started incorporating the bus with our tours, as the shuttle vehicle and a nice place for paddlers to end an adventure, a surf lodge of sorts. 

Where can people follow or find out more about your bus? (social media, website, etc.) 

Instagram: neverendingdream

Facebook: NEDbuslife

website: tasurf.com

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 began talking about traveling the US together and explored different means of transportation but it was Karin's deep fascination with American school buses and how cheap you can get one for that led them down the path of converting a short school bus into a tiny home.

While Karin worked on a film project in Uganda to raise funds for their upcoming adventure, Mark secured a bus in Arizona and became best friends with an angle grinder. Upon finishing the bus conversion they hit the road with their 6.5l diesel motor purring. I was lucky enough to cross paths with both of them and got a full tour of their bus. I sat them down for an interview of which you can watch in the video below. It's a good one and I love seeing more and more couples traveling and living together in unconventional ways.

 
 
Bus Specs:
 
-Make: Collins bus on a Chevy chassis
 
-Model: Chevy P30 Collins bus with a right rear wheelchair door
 
-Motor: 6.5 Diesel
 
-Year: 1995
 
-Interior Square Footage: 80-90 square feet
 
-Current Location: Chandler, Arizona
 
-Purchased From/Location: Phoenix - Canyon State Bus Sales
 
-Cost in materials for the conversion: 3k +/- including tools
 
-Is the conversion complete or still in progress? Collins probably won’t change much apart from minimal aesthetics. He’s somehow managed to worm his way into us so deeply that to rip anything out and recreate would seem sacrilege. Maybe solar panels and a roof rack. And in my lofty wrenching dreams a four by four conversion…
 
 
 
-Does your bus have a name? His name is Collins, cause it’s written all over him. I’ve always believed cars/trucks/boats/planes should be female but Collins is Collins and he’s a dude. He’s gender fluid.  
 
Tell us a bit about how the idea to build a bus into a home on wheels came about. Karin and I had lived in Uganda for almost four years and were ready for a different pace - a different way of living in the world. I’ve always held the belief that there’s no better place than the western states so I wanted to show her (she’d never visited) and get more of it myself. We explored driving a car with a tent, renting an rv, buying an old rv and fixing it… We explored all options. It sort of came down to Karin’s semi-obsession with American yellow school buses. She’s grown up in west Africa and Germany and had never had the experience of a school bus apart from seeing them on television. Kind of seemed perfect when we realized we could buy a school bus really cheaply and make it into a comfortable home on wheels for less money than most of the other options. 
 
 
 
 
 
Who is involved or part of the crew with your bus? Primarily it’s me and Karin. She flew back to Uganda to do some film jobs to make the money for me to work on Collins for three months and to finance the following three months of our travels. Secondarily, my folks let me park him in the ubiquitous “side of house rv space” that all houses in Phoenix seem to have. They also let me drink their coffee and eat their food while I built him out. Thirdly, the next door neighbors were pretty cool with me using the angle grinder while their toddler took his afternoon naps.
 
 
What materials did you use during your build? Any reclaimed/upcycled items? Used a lot of Home Depot lumber for framing things out, bed frame, table top, etc. Building on a budget is fun though! I scoured a Phoenix RV salvage and found some upper cabinets, heavy duty battery wires, and reading lights. A Habitat for Humanity store nearby had the perfect table mount. Karin brought some really beautiful pieces from Uganda to accent the cabinet doors and decorate the walls. Our privacy curtains at the front are Ugandan fabric sheets.
 
 
How many can the bus sleep and how is the sleeping arrangement designed? Collins could sleep three in a pinch. He’s designed for two in the full bed in the back but a couple mats on the floor are pretty comfortable for a third. 
 
 
What is your kitchen and cooking setup? We’ve got a pretty capable kitchen. A four burner stove (from a mid seventies airstream sourced through craigslist)  with an oven connected through the wall outside via quick connect to a standard lp tank. Water is a five gallon tank under the sink through a cheap chinese 12v pump from Amazon. The top loading Whynter fridge doubles as counter space. Karin has made quiche, lasagna, brownies and the best carbonara you’ve ever tasted in Collins. I’ve fried some eggs. That’s about all I can do responsibly. 
 
 
Whynter Fridge built for 12v and highly efficient.
 
 
Simple sink setup with the 12v pump and 5 gallon jug of water.
 
 
What is your power source? We’ve got a couple flooded deep cycle batteries in a box under Collins. They’re charged as we drive with a voltage sensitive relay from the engine battery. When we can plug in a three stage smart charger tops them off. As it is, we can have two or three days of silence and cold beer from the fridge before I freak out about not letting the batteries get below fifty percent. I’d love to get some panels on the roof and upgrade the amp hours but it hasn’t been necessary so far. 
 
 
 
 
Do you have a heat source for colder weather? We cried for a wood stove in Capitol Reef National Park last April when we woke to snow on the windscreen. But no, we don’t have a separate house unit. Our heat source is the proximity of human bodies under a blanket. 
 
How do you stay cool in the hot summer months? Drive faster and open the windows more? I took out the massive stock AC unit that came with the bus - it owned the whole head room above the bed. We didn’t have the budget to accommodate the power supply to run a full time house air conditioner. We got a pretty good 12v fan that works well in the dry western states. Things will have to change if we head to the humid midwest and south. 
 
What are you doing for water source? Do you have a bathroom solution for the "rumble guts" hit? Water is in a tank under the sink. 5 gallons does us pretty well for a few days of cooking and washing hands and a bucket bath when we need it. When we street park we’ve got a bucket with a lid. A few scoops of kitty litter and tie it up tight. 
 
What is the most unique feature of your conversion? Strangely, until we parked behind you and Valerie, we never once ran into another short school bus conversion. We expected to see at least a few along the route we took up the coast. So the most unique thing still is that it’s a school bus! And we love that. Another is that somehow we’ve managed to create a tiny home that feels like it has a lot of space. At the Joshua Tree Music Festival we had six or so people dancing in Collins. 
 
 
 
What do you do for income while living in the bus? Working on that one. Would love to figure out the solution. Any tips are welcome. 
 
What do you do for Internet while on the road? We use my phone hotspot. 
 
What’s the hardest thing about living bus life? Being together with one person for 24 hrs a day can be hard. It’s also the best thing about bus life. As you learn to adapt to being with someone you love around the clock you refine what makes you tick together. We’ve learned that what’s hardest about it is also what’s great. Sometimes it’s unnerving not knowing where we’re setting the parking brake tomorrow night but that uncertainty makes it more worthwhile. 
 
Great organization tool. Shoe organizer turned storage space!
 
Where can people follow or find out more about your bus? (social media, website, etc.) On Instagram - @collins.tagram is the account we set up exclusively for Collins. I’ve also got an Instagram @markcrozier
 
 

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 for a space to live and for her jewelry studio just wasn't practical. 

Rachel found a 1998 International school bus from a kid in Trout Lake, WA and decided that creating a living space and jewelry studio was much more efficient than dumping money into renting. Especially in Bend, OR where there's a bit of a rental crisis and the cost of rent continually rising.

The paint job ended up being the biggest cost of her bus conversion ringing in at $2,500 but the rest of materials coming from her brother's barn or items she was able to find deals on. With a good amount of help from her brother she now has a beautiful 160 square foot tiny home on wheels which she uses to travel and promote her jewelry business.

-Make: International

-Model: 3800

-Motor: International 7.3

-Year: 1998

-Interior Square Footage: 160 sq ft

-Current Location: Bend, OR (in a friend's driveway)

-Purchased From/Location: A kid on a ranch near Trout Lake, WA, who traded an old ranch truck for it. The other guy got it at an auction in North Dakota. She had a pretty tumultuous early life before I adopted her.

-Cost in materials for the conversion: Welllllll, the paint job has been the biggest expense besides the initial cost of the bus, I dropped $2500 to have her looking good. Other than that, because it isn't a full build-out, it's been quite inexpensive. The snap vinyl flooring came from craigslist for $150 with just the right square footage. Most of the other wood came from my brother's wood pile, except for the 8' long butcher block counter top I bought from Lumber Liquidators in Eugene for $120 and cut into two sections, a 5' lower level and 3' standing level, which are used as my workbench and display area.

-Is the conversion complete or still in progress? It's definitely still in progress. It's fully functional as my jewelry studio and bedroom, but will take a bit more work if I plan on being self-contained.

-Does your bus have a name? I've played around with a few, but none have stuck. I need to come up with something quick before it gets deemed the 'Jewel Bus' for good.

 

Tell us a bit about how the idea to build a bus into a home on wheels came about. I've spent years traveling and living abroad, and after settling in Bend 6 years ago, had a hard time getting used to paying rent. In addition to renting a room in a house, I was also renting a studio space downtown to grow my jewelry line. After nearly a year of paying double rent I figured there had to be a better way to do what I do and still put away acorns for my yearly international adventures.

Who is involved or part of the crew with your bus? I had help from several lovely friends in the early stages, taking out seats, painting the interior, snapping down the floor, but my brother has been the biggest help. When I was on a world tour last winter I left the bus in his care with a wishlist of to-do's. He's a super handy guy so he took care of most of them, except for the paint-job and the electrical work, we hired that out. And on said world tour, I met my boyfriend, Airen, in Ecuador (he was living 2.5 hours from Bend in WA where I had purchased the bus), and convinced him to spend the summer in Bend. So he's now the handyman around the bus, hammering nails and screwing in brackets as we discover more and better ways to secure things.

What materials did you use during your build? Any reclaimed/upcycled items? As you can see the conversion is quite minimal, pretty much just wood and flooring, which were mostly from craiglist and my brother's barn. Wow, writing this made me realize I need to call my brother and thank him again. After pricing curtain rods around town, I decided to go with metal piping and towel hooks from Home Depot; I like the look and it was loads cheaper. The fabric for curtains was bought at JoAnne's Fabric Store with a gazillion different coupons, so I think they actually paid me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many can the bus sleep and how is the sleeping arrangement designed? The bed platform in the back is made for a queen, so, I don't know, I could probably fit three friends on there with me, and then a few sleeping on the floor. So around eight if you're into the sardine thing, or just two if you're a bit more civilized.

What is your kitchen and cooking setup? When we take her to festivals or camping we just set up a camp table and Coleman camp stove outside with a cooler and 7 gallon water jug for washing up.

 

What is your power source? I have a plug off the back bumper and a 100' extension cord I use when parked at friend's places. If we're out and about and away from power it's head lamps and candles.

Do you have a heat source for colder weather? Just an electric heater that actually keeps her toasty, although I fly south in the winter, so have yet to spend one in the bus.

How do you stay cool in the hot summer months? Park in the shade! And fans, and vacate the premises during the hours of 12-6pm if it's a 90 degree day.

What are you doing for water source? Do you have a bathroom solution for the "rumble guts" hit? Nope, I use my friend's bathroom where I'm parked.

What is the most unique feature of your conversion? I'd say her flashy red wheels.

 

What do you do for income while living in the bus? I'm a jewelry designer and the bus is my studio. The natural light lends itself to creativity and inspiration, and it's really the perfect amount of space to work. Having the bed in the back for mid-day naps is the cherry on top. I travel in the winters, collecting stones and curiosities to use in my designs from around the world, so in that time it's used as my life's catch-all storage pod.

What do you do for Internet while on the road? I haven't taken her on a long road-trip yet, and with shorter trips the intention is unplugging.

What’s the hardest thing about living bus life? It isn't quite fair to say I 'live' in it, however sleeping and working in the same space can take its toll. I tend to stay up too late working or wake up early and can't fall back to sleep because I feel my jewelry calling me. Oh, and I love all of the light from the windows, but it can be a tad fishbowly if we're trying to have private time.

Where can people follow or find out more about your bus? (social media, website, etc.)

You can catch glimpses of her on my Instagram @navonejewelry and www.navonejewelry.com

 

- 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 ended and totaling the trailer she decided to pursue the option of converting a school bus.

With two dogs Kieren has been traveling across the states getting used to being a "skoolie". She learned that a little bit of internet research and she could usually find free parking where ever she ended up for the night.

 
Bus Specs:
 
-Make: GMC 
 
-Model: Bluebird
 
-Motor: CAT 3126
 
-Year: 2001
 
-Interior Square Footage: 108 sq ft (18x6)
 
-Current Location: Saskatoon Sk
 
-Purchased From/Location: Saskatoon SK
 
-Cost in materials for the conversion: $10,000, including bus itself. ($6000 for mechanical work along the way)
 
-Is the conversion complete or still in progress? 
 
It was complete enough for my adventure, but it is still in progress in my opinion. Now that I'm back, I plan to rearrange the kitchen so that its further back. This allows for a larger bench in the front of the bus. I will also add an extended bumper with storage wells to the back and a trailer hitch (hopefully to hold a moped). The top roof rack will become a small deck.  And I would like to have solar panels up there one day as well. 
 
-Does your bus have a name?
 
Herbus. This name came into existence when my friends and family would refer to it as "her bus". And usually whoever asked the question as to who's bus it was would be shocked to find out it belonged to a young lady. Personal win. 
 
 
Tell us a bit about how the idea to build a bus into a home on wheels came about.
 
I was so blessed to have grown up in a family that cherishes travel and adventure. We would jump into the westfalia and take off to the west in search of mountains. Or fly to Europe and spend two months driving around and camping (also in the westfalia). So, I had always told myself that I would take a year off at some point and just travel. It worked out nicely that I could finish some online classes while doing so. And because I have two big dogs on my own, I knew the travelling would have to include them. I decided I would do a giant road trip and I started gathering ideas of places I wanted to go. 
 
After two years of saving up, I bought a boler trailer in June of 2015 and took off down to California in August of 2015. While I was in California, my dad and some of the other firefighters he works with all pitched in to buy themselves a bus. They put a couple tables in it, and used it to haul their toys (bikes, kayaks, etc) to and from their adventures. I was very interested in this, and began to see more and more "skoolies" on the highway. 
 
I lived in that boler trailer for a month and a half, but was then rear ended in California. The boler was totalled, but I knew I was just getting started. The dogs and I ripped back to Saskatoon in late September, and I immediately bought a bus.
 
 
 
Who is involved or part of the crew with your bus?
 
My dad was amazing. He was extremely busy with work, renovating two houses, and rebuilding his westy engine (he is a jack of many trades). However, he still took the time to guide me through, and help out in times of need with the bus. 
 
I also had a couple friends pop in and help as well, which was amazing. Sometimes you just need those extra hands. 
 
Mom was so enthused about the decorating of the bus that she went out and bought all of my fabrics. She's adorable and now wants her own bus! But I think we have enough adventure vehicles for now. 
 
The majority of the time it was myself working on it, and myself and my two dogs living in it. 
 
 
 
What materials did you use during your build? Any reclaimed/upcycled items?
 
I bought a lot of my materials from the Habitat for Humanity Restore. The flooring is laminate from the restore, and the sink is just a $10 silver bucket for now. I wasn't 100% sure if I'd like where I put my kitchen, so I know I'll be redoing it in the near future. The futon couch was off of Kijiji, and so was the memory foam mattress.
 
 
How many can the bus sleep and how is the sleeping arrangement designed?
 
The bus can sleep two or three. A couple can fit comfortably on the bed, and the couch is a single sleeper. 
 
 
What is your kitchen and cooking setup?
 
Currently my kitchen is across from the couch and bathroom. It has the bucket sink, and a propane stove. Lots of counter space, which is an osb board for now.  
 
What I don't like about my kitchen set up is that my bathroom and kitchen create a bit of a bottleneck when entering. Which is awful with two large pups. 
 
I'd like to change the big storage shelves I have into a narrow pantry, so that there is room to push my kitchen back further, eliminating that bottleneck. In the front I'll put a bit of a bench seat, with a pull out table. Once I've done this I'll invest in a real sink, draining into a tank under the bus, as well as a nice counter. But until then she does the trick! 
 
 
What is your power source?
 
I don't need much, so I have a 12 volt battery powering my lights and charging my phone. I would trickle charge this battery every two weeks and never had an issue. I can't wait for the day where I'll have solar panels on the roof! I have left a space for them on the front end of the roof. 
 
Do you have a heat source for colder weather?
 
If I plug in, I have a baseboard heater in the bus, which does the trick. Though the coldest I have experienced living in the bus with no heat was -18 celisius, and I cuddled my dogs without issue. I mean it wasn't comfy, but I was happy. I didn't do much for heat as I spent the majority of my trip in California and Nevada. But this may be looked at for snowboarding trips in Canada! 
 
How do you stay cool in the hot summer months?
 
Lots of open windows. All but one of my windows are still accessible, and I left them open at night to bring in cooler air. But to be honest, I'm usually out doing something during the day so we didn't really ever get roasted. 
 
What are you doing for water source?
 
Since I wasn't yet sure on the kitchen, I just kept two 5 gallon tubs of water, and would fill them as I went. 
 
 
 
Do you have a bathroom solution for the "rumble guts" hit?
 
I have a bathroom at the front of my bus with a portapotty in place (which I bought new... I just couldn't do a used one). I put my bathroom in the front behind the drivers seat because it's less bouncy up front, and the walls were strong. If I were to roll it would shield me a bit. Don't worry, I don't plan on rolling Herbus, she's a pretty sturdy beast. And if I did, I planned to time any possible accidents to immediately after emptying the portapotty, in order to avoid a mess...
At least that's how I hope it would go.
 
 
What is the most unique feature of your conversion?
 
I love both of my bathroom walls. I know that seems a bit funny, but it's more about how I decorated than anything. The owner of Artifacts Jewlery is a friend of mine, and she made me a beautiful moon phase ornament to hang. I'm in love with it. And on the other wall, behind my drivers seat, I have post cards from every place I visited. The collage contains a lot of memories. 
 
What do you do for income while living in the bus?
 
I've only lived on the road since August 2015, and in the bus since December 2015. From December - March I just traveled. In March I came back to Saskatoon and parked my bus outside my house. I still had tenants in the house until the end of their lease. I took small trips, and did odd construction jobs until I started working again in May. I am a consultant, and work at an office, so I get up in the mornings, get ready, and head to work, just like I would have if I lived in a house. 
 
What do you do for Internet while on the road?
 
While on the road, I would use my phone as a hot spot if I really needed to use my computer. But that was rare. Lots of times I would park outside of a Walmart, McDonald's, Starbucks (if they had the parking space), or any large chain and snag some wifi from them. It would usually reach the parking stalls that were close. 
 
What’s the hardest thing about living bus life?
 
Bus life is amazing, but life in general gets a bit more tough with dogs. You have to think about rain, mud, ticks, and all of the things that having a dog can bring. It is really just like living in a house, just on a smaller scale. But you also have to plan stops and walks very diligently. Personally I found our greatest success was when we did 4  30 min walks a day, and dinner in the evening. Also every chance we had to be out of the bus, we took. Whether that's walking around towns, or just laying on a beach. 
 
We ended up ending the trip early, and the biggest reason was that my one pup couldn't handle it anymore. She had gone on a bit of an independent run (she totally took off on me) and sliced her paw open. She needed stitches and medications. Those medications made her a bit loopy, and with those meds, the cast, and her giant cone of shame, it became very difficult to live in a bus for her. She couldn't get the exercise she needed because she wasn't allowed to walk. She would get car sick, and scared when we drove, her cone would get caught on the furniture, and all of this brought along some anxietie in the bus. 
 
I also had two big fixes along the way. I had to replace my water pump and belt,  and I had to adjust, and then replace my clutch. But living on the road one should anticipate mechanical troubles. 
 
Where can people follow or find out more about your bus? (social media, website, etc.)
 
I documented my Boler restoration, my bus conversion, and my journey on Instagram. The handle is @live.love.and.wander


My most common question on the road was where do I shower. Would shower about twice a week, and use wet wipes and dry shampoo a lot. Showers would be at recreation centers, friends places, pools, marinas, and sometimes campgrounds would let me use theirs as well! I also recently bought a solar shower bag that I plan on strapping to the outside of the bus for quick rinse offs after surfing. 
 
Another big question was where would I park.
 
I usually parked in pull outs or parking lots that allowed over night parking. I only ended up paying for a camp spot twice. Once after the accident, and once on my way home, so I could charge my battery. I used the website freecampsites.net my me to help guide me to my next spot every night. California became a bit more tricky, as there wasn't too much to choose from. I always made sure to pick up after myself and leave the spot BETTER than I found it (if it wasn't my garbage, I would pick it up anyway), to ensure that others could camp after me as well. I encourage you to do the same. 
 
Short video tour shot by Kieren:
 
 
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