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 spent roughly $8,500 for the purchase and conversion of this bus. Let's say you're paying rent at $700/month plus utilities. This bus conversion would pay for itself in roughly a year!

Dylan learned as many of us skoolie owners have that a school bus is one of the most well maintained vehicles on the road when they come up for sale. School districts make children safety number one so a school bus gets all the love and attention that it needs in order to keep it rolling for many years. What once was a childhood pipe dream for these two has now become a reality as they embark on a life filled full of adventure and experiences as opposed to being chained to material items.

Several years of cabinetry work gave Dylan the basic construction and wood working skills he needed to make this bus conversion a beautiful piece or artwork. Enjoy the interview below and get inspired to start living the bus life!

Bus Specs:

-Make: Blue Bird

-Model: Handy Bus

-Motor: 5.9l 24 valve Cummings Diesel

-Year: 2001

-Interior Square Footage: 123 sq ft

-Current Location: Clarksville, TN

-Purchased From/Location: Wilson County, TN

-Cost in materials for the conversion: $8,500

-Is the conversion complete or still in progress? The bus is about 95% finished, being that I don't think we will ever be COMPLETELY done with her.

-Does your bus have a name? Bluetopia

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

My wife and I have always talked about doing something such as this, setting off on our own in some sort of sustainable living. It was always nothing more than a pipe dream throughout our childhood. Finally, a few years ago, we got the idea to turn a school bus into a tiny home. That would be our utopia we have sought after for so long. After a little research, our theory was spot on. Being one of the most routinely maintained vehicles on the road, a school bus sounded very promising. These buses are built to run forever. Not to mention these things are built like a tank. We turned towards hours of Google research on the subject. Much to our surprise, there's a whole community of people out there doing the exact same thing! The availability of knowledge online was a lifesaver. We were also lucky enough to have the available resources in almost every field to convert a bus. Myself, working as a cabinet maker for the past seven years offered much needed carpentry experience along the way. Anything we couldn't figure out or build on our own, we had family and friends help us. My dad being a master handyman in almost every field, and all of Hannah's family having knowledge in some sort of construction. Almost all of our immediate family and friends were a part of this project, which was really cool. We are very blessed to have had all the help and resources for this conversion.

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

Myself, my wife Hannah and our German Shepard 

 

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

The bus is really only designed to sleep two, my wife and myself. Although, on our trip to Pensacola for the wedding we had eleven people and our German Shepherd. There were times when we were all asleep, except for the driver. So in extreme circumstances the bus can sleep as many as needed.

 

What is your kitchen and cooking setup?

Our bus doesn't necessarily have a kitchen, but rather a countertop and a bathroom sink that doubles as or makeshift kitchen area. We have a crock pot, small Black and Decker conventional oven, electric griddle/hot dog cooker, a few pots and pans, and a portable Primus fuel burner (similar to a jet boil) for cooking. Which actually would propose the hardest part of living in our bus, eating. We do have a portable generator for power in case we do not have access to electrical hook-ups. It tends to be quite the hassle to fuel up, unload, set up, and crank up the generator every time we get a hankering for some beanie wienies, or a cup of coffee. The Primus burner is a huge convenience in this aspect, we just bought it a few days ago. I would say the lack of electricity has posed the biggest problem in living in our bus conversion. It's not necessarily a problem, just a luxury we are still getting used to not having at the palm of our hands. 

Hamilton Beach makes a nifty all in one Flex Brew for coffee and hot water.

What is your power source?

We have an outdoor electrical hookup on the side of the bus for power. We also purchased an 1800w Ryobi digital inverter generator for power when we aren't around campsite hookups. It's rated for 8 hours of power on a 1/4 load, and it only holds about a gallon of gas. A pretty cheap source of power. My brother is an electrician, he did the the majority of the electrical configuration on the inside. We have three 110v receptacles inside the bus. It's all hooked up on a 20amp breaker, as well as GFCI protection.  Our lighting is strictly battery powered LED puck lights.

Do you have a heat source for colder weather?

We have a small space heater for those cold nights, which surprisingly works quite well.

How do you stay cool in the hot summer months?

We don't have any other source of AC except for the two units already installed in the bus.

What are you doing for water source? Do you have a bathroom solution for the "rumble guts" hit?

Our water source is a little different than most. We do have a campsite water hook-up on the side of the bus, that provides water to our sink. There is also a 20 gallon fresh water tank stored underneath the bed for dry camping. No pun intended. We have wired a 12v dc water pump to the batteries, for the sink. Our shower/tub is a water trough, which I personally think is awesome. We have the Road Shower 2 installed on the top of the bus, for a completely self sufficient heat source. It's pretty much a futuristic version of those crappy bag solar showers. It holds 5 gallons, is solar heated, and also is pressurized by a bike pump. Check their website out, they're pretty awesome. Also the owner (Tom I think) is a really cool guy. The sink and tub drain down to a 30 gallon grey water tank. We ended up using one of those blue portable tanks, since my old contractor gave it to us for free. Which made mounting it as a permanent holding tank, well a huge pain in the ass. The plumbing, believe it or not, took the longest to complete out of everything. We have a portable camping toilet mounted as its own unit, so we didn't have to buy a black water tank. It's basically a standard RV septic system compacted into a cool little portable toilet. We have magnetic curtains to throw up on the ceiling when we shower or relieve ourselves.

What is the most unique feature of your conversion?

I would venture to say the most unique part about our particular bus is the woodwork. I had such a vast availability of materials and knowledge in almost every field of woodwork when building the bus. I worked for my father in law at his cabinet shop for almost 8 years, so that was a huge help. The variety of species and colors in the hardwood, to the scorched pine cabinets that are 100% handcrafted by yours truly. That's what we get the most compliments on. The table top and bench seat are composed of reclaimed oak barn wood. There's a huge movement in the south, and likely the whole country, for reclaimed barn wood furniture. Having the materials readily available, we decided to build a few pieces of our own. The only piece of furniture, aside from the bed, we did not build ourselves is the bourbon barrel chair located at the front of the bus. It is actually a family heirloom, handed down from my great uncles. My father passed it on to me, with many stories surrounded around these chairs. There's a whole set of them that includes a barrel table as well. From what I'm told, there were many nights of gambling, bootlegging, smuggling, and who knows what else planned in these very chairs by my great uncles. My father has told me stories of times he recalls as just a small child, watching our uncles pile mountains of cash and guns on the poker table as they drunkenly gamble and laugh with one another in these chairs. But that's another story in itself, I suppose.

 

 

 

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

Neither of us have a permanent source of income while traveling, unfortunately. We have saved up what we could, and what we received as wedding gifts from family and friends. Other than that we're basically winging it. Which is something we have both become quite good at recently.

 

What do you do for Internet while on the road?

We have to get used to limited internet use on the road, too. We both have iPhones, which have Internet. Other than a wifi hotspot app on our phones, we're stuck to McDonald's wifi or super fancy campsites that supply wifi if we did in fact need to use our laptops.

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

If anyone is interested in following our story as we travel the country, you can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and a soon-to-come YouTube channel. We have set up a gofundme account for anyone willing to help us achieve this goal. Thank you for reading our story, hope we've inspired you to start your next great journey!

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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 how he was currently working on another skoolie. Will and Sabrina have completed their bus conversion of their 95 Chevy short bus with a 6.5l turbo diesel and embarked on an 8,000 mile road trip summer 2016. Will's eye for wood working is astounding and his layout is very simply but highly efficient.

It's always great to see young couples taking a different look and approach on life. Will and Sabrina made this 76 sq ft tiny home on wheels home for a good chunk of their summer and you can tell that their life is much different than that of what we were "brainwashed" into when we were young. It is a pleasure to feature their second bus conversion on our website and I hope you enjoy the interview and photos below of "The Woody Bus".

 

Bus Specs:

-Make: Chevy

-Model: G-Van Cutaway

-Motor: 6.5l Turbo Diesel

-Year: 1995

-Interior Square Footage: 76 sq ft

-Current Location: Shepherdstown, WV

-Purchased From/Location: Purchased from a small pub in Shepherdstown "Altos"

-Cost in materials for the conversion: $2500

-Is the conversion complete or still in progress? Complete

-Does your bus have a name? The Woody Bus

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

We decided to convert another, smaller bus because our big bus is always booked on Airbnb, and we wanted something more maneuverable.  We also liked the added challenge of living even more "tiny."

 

 

 

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

My girlfriend, Sabrina Hartley, and I did the entire conversion.

 

Sabrina staining the unique wood side paneling.

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

We used a lot of reclaimed materials.  The kitchen cabinet came from our neighbors, the drawers under the bed came from a colleague's old water bed.  Much of the wood came from previous projects.  The table bench is made of reclaimed pool deck wood.  Kitchen sink an old salad bowl used to wash puppies back in my childhood.  Much of the decor is from family members.

 

 

 

 

 

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

The bus sleeps a couple.  It's a full mattress that is super comfortable.  The bed is in the back of our bus, the head on the driver's side.

 

 

Drawers under the bed. An alternative method to installing drawer catches as we had mentioned in our other blog about the best drawer and cabinet catches.

What is your kitchen and cooking setup?

The kitchen is a simple design, gravity-fed sink with grey water tank underneath the cabinet.  We opted for the Campchef portable oven and love it!  We only use one small propane canister a week at most, and that's cooking two or three meals a day.  There is a basic coleman cooler that stows away under the stove and a block of ice lasts us several days.  We have ample storage under the sink and on the full-length shelf on the driver's side.

Sometimes a simple Coleman cooler is all you need.

 

This little Campchef portable oven works great for small spaces.

 

 

Simple yet efficient kitchen setup with an aquatainer.

 

What is your power source?

For power on the go, we charge all of our electronics with an 800watt power inverter that connects to our bus batteries.  We don't use it when the bus is off.  We have LED rope lighting and LED tap lights that have amazing battery life.  We change batteries every two weeks and get the Amazon brand batteries.  We also have LUCI solar lights that we use all the time and charge on our dash while driving.  When permanently docked, we use a good ole' extension cord from a power outlet either at our house or a friends.

 

LED tap lights are a great alternative to wiring in lights for those hard to get places.

Do you have a heat source for colder weather?

For heat, we absolutely love our Dickinson solid fuel stove.  It's designed for boat hulls but worked perfectly.  We purchase Duralogs and cut them each into 3" sections and one section will keep our bus nice and cozy for at least at hour.  If it's super cold, we put two Duralog pieces in the stove at first and then maintain the temp with single pieces after that.

Nothing like a nice toasty wood stove fire. Will chose a Dickinson solid fuel stove to heat the bus.

How do you stay cool in the hot summer months?

In the summer we have an AC unit that will mount in the back of the bus and be powered by a small generator that will ratchet-strap to the back deck.

What are you doing for water source? Do you have a bathroom solution for the "rumble guts" hit?

We have a portable toilet, in case of emergencies.  For water we have an aquatainer that we top-off whenever we can.  We also keep a few gallons of water in the back, under the bed in our "garage."

What is the most unique feature of your conversion?

The most unique feature of our conversion is the wood paneling on the outside of the bus that sets it apart from other skoolies.  Other than that, to the average person our short bus as a whole is unique.

 

 

 

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

Although we aren't full-timer's on the Woody Bus, we fund our trips in it with the money we make from sharing our bigger skoolie on Airbnb.  We have friends that stay on the Woody Bus all the time also.  It's parked under an apple tree beside our garden and chicken area and our home bathroom and kitchen is just a short walk away. It's current inhabitant is a teacher.

 

Will's bigger school bus conversion turned into an Airbnb.

What do you do for Internet while on the road?

For internet on the road, we use smartphones mostly and connect to hotspots for laptop use.

What’s the hardest thing about living bus life?

The hardest thing for us about living "bus life" is when we have to return to day jobs and "house life."  It's a shock to go back to so much space.  We love the simplicity of tiny living.  In our case, though, it would be really nice to have a slightly larger bus for shower space.  We are on the look-out for a 5 or 6 window cutaway bus!

 

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

People can find out more about or bus via instagram, #thewoodybus and #woodybusadventure

 

 

Home is where you park it.

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 JT filled me in, "We didn't build the bus with the child in mind, we were a month from moving in our bus when we found out we were pregnant. The name became more real to us at that point, but the main motivation behind our build was to simplify our lifestyle and enrich our lives with experiences while also decreasing our environmental impact." This bus conversion dubbed "School of Life Bus" is a fitting name for their future plans. Complete with a unique garage in the rear of the bus, JT and his family will be ready to hit the road as fulltiming it at a much younger age then those fulltimers currently living on the road.

Minus the flooring, trim and wood used to frame the inside everything is upcycled or reclaimed material making this skoolie conversion both cost effective and eco-friendly in a sense. The wood stove puts off plenty of heat and provides enough warmth for the entire 250 sq foot bus conversion. Read the full interview below and see what material and products they are using to make life on the road that much easier.

Bus Specs:

-Make: Bluebird 

-Model: Flat nose

-Motor: 5.9 Cummins 12v

-Year: 1991

-Interior Square Footage: 250 sq ft or so

-Current Location: Greenville, TX

-Purchased From/Location: Greenville, TX

-Cost in materials for the conversion: Roughly 6-8K not including price of the bus.

-Is the conversion complete or still in progress? Almost finished. Things left to do - toilet room, ceiling, solar mount and roof deck

-Does your bus have a name?

The School of Life Bus. Figured this would be a good name as hopefully it will teach us many life lessons and take us to many places in life to learn as much as possible about everything. The name seems fitting now that we will be bringing a new life, Kalon Sage, our son into the world in mid July. Hopefully The School of Life will teach him many things as well!

 


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

We have been discussing a more sustainable life style for a while now. We actually dated in high school and I lived out back at my parents house in my old 69 vw bus that I had converted to a nice little living quarters and hang out spot. I did come straight out of high school shooting for the moon! Working like crazy to provide everything I didn't really have when I was younger. Through all the mix of working so much for materialistic items it dawned on us that we weren't really happy with our lifestyle. So we chose to take it back like old times in the bus when we didn't have much and we were beyond happy. We believe that less is enough! We also believe the more we can do to not harm our Mother Earth the more she will give back. So with that being said I quit my job, and we bought a bus to convert into our new tiny house. We figured the bus route was just more logical than a tiny house on a trailer or stationary one. This way we can simply crank up and go wherever we want or need to. About 6-7 months into the conversion we had sold our house and it was time to move in!

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

Mainly myself and my wife Tamra. I always had a second hand from my best friend Chris Shelton. Which he now has a Thomas shortie and plans on converting it. Also one other great friend for most of my metal fab. needs, Graham Henry. He hand built my one piece stainless steel shower, my stainless steel battery tray, my stainless steel wood burning stove tray for the base filled with rocks, and my solar mount which I still need to install.

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

Everything in our bus is reclaimed and upcycled except for the floors and wood used for framing. The roof will probably be purchased new as well. All my finishing wood work is reclaimed materials minus a few pieces. The cabinets were used pull outs found on Craigslist. The countertops I made them from reclaimed wood. The fridge was pulled out of an old rv. The only thing we bought new are a rv electric/propane hot water heater, under mount propane tank, wood stove,  Amana 20inch propane cooking stove and solar panels and batteries.

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

As many as we can fit lol. We have our bedroom which is a queen bed. We built the room pretty much the size of the bed. We will have a hanging crib above the foot of our bed for Kalon once he is born. Also our couch in the living area folds out to about a full size bed and I plan on putting hooks for a full size hammock above the couch once my ceiling is done. So comfortably I would say 5 people and a baby.

 

 

Amana kitchen propane stove for the cooking setup.

 

Pull out spice rack cabinet.

What is your power source?

We are set up to run fully on solar if needed for off grid camping. Thanks to Renogy's premium 400watt 12v kit and 3 Vmax slr155agm solar batteries. Of course no a/c if we are using solar only, but other then that it can maintain itself quite well. We also have the ability to plug up to 30amp or a standard 120v plug. We will also have a back up generator just in case things go wrong.




Renogy 400w 12v solar panel kit is used to provide off-grid power.

Do you have a heat source for colder weather?

Yes, we actually have a Vogelzang wood burning stove that'll cook you out of the bus. It is small so has to be tendered quite often but that's part of the fun lol. When we are plugged up to shore power we have a nice Duraflame 5200BTU infrared heater that kicks ass and will cook us out as well but of course is controlled with a thermostat.

What are you doing for water source? Do you have a bathroom solution for the "rumble guts" hit?

We have direct water hook up or a 50 gallon fresh water tank with a rv propane/electric hot water heater for our sink and shower. We are using a Natures Head composting toilet so no grey or black water tanks needed. We do have a portable 30 gallon tank to run our grey water in if needed depending on location. Now we just have it ran off into the creek. We use all natural biodegradable dish soap, body soap and shampoo. So there will be no harmful impact. Once we find the place we want to call home throughout our travels we will buy land and use the water run off for our gardens and such.


Natures Head Composting Toilet eliminates the need for a grey or black water tank.

 

Garage. 

Garage where all the solar items connect to. Jimmie chose the MicroSolar 2000w Inverter to convert to 120AC.

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

I actually just started applying to jobs again within the past month and happened to score an at home auto estimate auditor job. Which I'm super familiar with because I used to paint vehicles and did estimates on the body shop side. My wife Tamra graduated in December as a biology teacher. She has been substituting since she graduated, not wanting to score a permanent gig as we would be trying to travel soon and she would be having our son.

 

What do you do for Internet while on the road?

I just recently had to deal with maintaining internet in the bus. Right now I an pulling Wi-Fi from the house we are staying at. The connection wasn't too great so I bought a Wi-Fi range extender and the computer I was given for work isn't wireless. So I had to buy a Wi-Fi adapter for it as well. So far it's working great! Of course when we hit the road we are not quite sure what route we are going to take but need to figure that out soon. Hopefully the kickass Wi-Fi range extender that reaches up to 2 miles and combines all internet sources to provide the best internet connection it can but it's quite pricey but may be needed and maybe hot spotting our phones. Any suggestions would be helpful lol!

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

We have our IG bus page that tracks our build. It will track our travels and bus life as well it's @schooloflifebus and we also have a blog we maintain it's http://schooloflifebus.weebly.com/bus-conversion

 

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 ask? Well the first one had some major hiccups in the interview below that you'll read about. Through Instagram and emailing back and forth I've come to know Adam on a much more personal level and can tell he's one of those people who will continue to fascinate you with his outlook on life and his goofball or "don't take life to seriously" attitude.

In this interview I wanted Adam to give us an insight on why he chose to live in a bus and how he managed to keep his spirits high when his first bus ended up in the junkyard after only living in it for a year. I was able to help give some advice on his second build and the finished product is outstanding. Enjoy the writeup below and learn how Adam views the world through his eyes.

Bus Specs:

-Make:  Ford

-Model: E350

-Motor: size and type International 7.3l Turbo Diesel w/ Bully Dog Programmer

-Year:  2000

-Interior Square Footage: 96

-Current Location: The Woods! (Ellcottville)

-Purchased From/Location: Hamburg, NY (Local Bus Garage) 

-Cost in materials for the conversion: $1500ish

-Is the conversion complete or still in progress? It’s livable but it’s ever evolving, Just added two more shelves, cup holders, new storage box off the back, It never ends!

 

-Does your bus have a name?  “The Pursuit”  

Command central.

 

Tell us a bit about how the idea to build a bus into a home on wheels came about. Well many may not know, this is actually my SECOND bus build (womp)  So for years I had this idea of buying a short bus, not necessarily to live in it, but mostly because I’m weird and I thought having a short bus would be rad.  But as I researched them I slowly learned people were making them livable, being 28 and sick of paying rent for seasonal ski condo rental. I decided this was my opportunity to escape the rent and live wherever I wanted.  

 

 

 

Who is involved or part of the crew with your bus? I would say this bus is my brain child, I have had some friends help me do some welding and painting (Joe + Bob) but 100% of the inside is built by me.  I have a great crew of friends who are always down to travel with me in it.  Shout out to Pat, Mike, my filmer Corey (ChiefCo) and all the boys at The City Garage.

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Adam at work keeping beers cold in his Orion Cooler and listening to some beats with his Big Turtle Shell. (25% discount code for Outdoor Tech: THEBUSLIFE

 

Creative shot by Adam.

What materials did you use during your build? Any reclaimed/upcycled items? I see road signs... What's the story behind those? Materials on this build are pretty simple, I went to walmart and snagged about 10 pallets, broke them down, sanded them and stained them. (That was one wall) After completely getting my ass kicked I decided to buy some wood paneling for the second wall (Judge me!)  The pallet wood came out really neat, but it wasn’t as clean as I had hoped, and I was on a massive time crunch.  I picked up some Captains chairs off a dude on craiglists for $30/each with swivel bases (Insane deal).  And stole an awesome idea off of you (Brock) I used street signs and license plates as my heat shield.  My buddy is a tow truck driver and had a ridiculous collection of street signs and plates so he hooked me up and now I’m good to go!  Other than that, it’s old ply wood from the first bus.  Oh! And I used some of the foam from the bus seats as insulation!

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 Adam is using a Kni-Co Trekker wood stove, Rutland stove pipe thermometer, Alcona heat powered fan and GSI Pinnacle Cookware.

 

How many can the bus sleep and how is the sleeping arrangement designed? 3-4 people but it’s really made for one, I made my first bus to sleep 6 and rarely had guests so I decided to make my sleeping situation much more comfortable (for me) and worry less about my guests.  There is a 30inch wide bed that folds out to 60in if I have a guest.  The bed also flips up flat to the wall for access to storage underneath. Then there are the captains chairs, it’s actually not too bad sleeping in them, they are directly next to the wood burning stove so its extremely peaceful, warm and comfortable. 

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Organization is key.

 

 

 

Creative and industrial looking curtain rods.

 

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For kitchen cooking Adam has a single burner butane Camp Chef and the GSI Pinnacle Cookware

 

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Coffee setup includes a Jetboil, GSI Javamill grinder, GSI Commuter Javapress and Hydro Flasks to keep water from freezing or coffee hot for hours after.

 

What is your power source? Power! Ok So I’ve got one 100watt solar panel from Grape solar (GS-Star100 Polycrystalline) that runs into TWO Goal Zero Yeti 400’s. I also have 1 20watt Sunsei Solar panel that runs into my Sunsei SE-CC10000 10 Amp Solar Charge Controller which then runs into two deep cycle marine batteries. I use the yetis to charge all of my toys (gopro, canon, laptop) and then I use my marine batteries to run my “house” power.  (Lights, fans and anything else I can rig up to them)  

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For power Adam has solar panels on top. He's also using a wind breaker chimney top that stops wind from blowing smoke back into the bus.

 

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For solar storage Adam chose the powerful Goal Zero Yeti 400

Is your only source of heat the wood stove or do you have a backup? Why did you decide to go with a wood stove? This is probably the thing I am most excited about! Last year I used a Mr Heater Big Buddy attached to a 20lb propane tank. The thing rocked, it cranked heat and worked extremely well, BUT the huge issue for me was that being a skier/winter adventurer everything I owned was wet, and propane is a “wet heat” so I had major issues with moisture in the bus.  Now I have a Kni-co Trekker stove (as recommended by Brock) I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the dry heat and being able to keep a fire running all season.  Winters on East Coast are not forgiving, we have weeks that didn’t go above 0 so I’m stoked to have a fire in there. (Note: I will still keep the big buddy under my bed just incase I need some type of backup, but the stove will be my number one source of heat all winter)

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What are you doing for water source? Do you have a bathroom solution for the "rumble guts" hit? I’m keeping it super simple for my water source, Two KleenKanteen Insulated growlers. Hopefully they will keep my water from freezing so I can drink and cook with it.  The Bathroom has been of major concern for many people.  I have a gym membership with 24hr access so that is where I do most of my business, I do have a small camping toilet that I hide in the back, (Reliance Hassock Toilet) for when I REALLY need to go. PRO-TIP: BABY WIPES ARE YOUR FRIEND

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 Small compact toilet for emergencies.

Adam enjoying a good book.

What do you do for income while living in the bus? I am a photographer, so I can work from anywhere. The bulk of my business happens in the summer (weddings) so the winter is definitely my slow season which allows me to travel, explore and get into stuff. If you’re a ski resort looking for your brochure photos…I’m your guy ;) (shameless plug www.adamsauerwein.com)

 

This is now your second conversion. What happened to the first bus and why did you decided to keep going with a second bus? I like to call the first bus a “soft launch” I barely did anything to it, I basically pulled the seats, added a bed, bought a camp stove and put a mr heater in there. I had no real “house power” or anything so last year was a battle, but I LOVED it, I knew I wanted to do it again and build it better. So spring came and I decided to do actual maintenance looked under the bus and noticed it was a complete mess, my shock towers were rusted through the cradle, none of the brackets holding the body to the frame were left.  I had a massive oil leak (which was an easier fix) and I needed to do brakes all around (also pretty easy) but I had to make a decision, and the decision was to let it die. It wasn’t worth investing any more money into so I let it die and I had started my search for a sprinter van or a Class B camper. As I looked and looked I soon realized vans and campers are expensive and they aren't designed how I want them. So I called my local bus garage (where I had bought the first one) and they had said they had nothing for sale. I had basically given up on trying to find one, craigslist ads were way too much money for school buses (Living in Buffalo, people buy them for tailgating) and I just couldn’t justify buying an east coast rust bucket for $6000. Until one day I was driving home and passed the local bus garage as I saw a mechanic scraping off their logos, I immediately pulled in and asked if it was for sale, he gave me a price and I bought it that day…. The Pursuit was back, it happened organically and I knew it was right. I immediately pulled the seats and began to build the bus. 

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

www.vimeo.com/chiefco/thepursuit

Or add me on Facebook! Adam X Sauerwein

www.facebook.com/adamSaue

 

Light speed ahead.

You can also watch Adam's web series called "The Pursuit" below.