Posts tagged school bus conversion
Moving Our Skoolie, Dealing with Flat Tires, and Making Home Where We Park

The past couple weeks have been eventful for the Slow Rolling Home. As our moving date drew near, an unwanted visitor threw a wrench in our plans: Florence. Set to make landfall the day of our move, I received a frantic call from my mother, an hobbyist meteorologist and highly concerned parent.

“If you don’t move the bus before the storm comes, you could be flooded in! Your bus could slide through the mud! You have to move immediately!”

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Life Update + What We're Looking Forward To

We’ve been gone from this blog for months, but never from our bus conversion journey. We’re getting real, honest, and authentic in this life update. Not only are we still converting, we’re still committed to sharing our journey. It’s just taken a bit of courage and compromise to get back to our blog.

Read on for all that we’ve been up to since March.

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Seemingly Endless Iterations and the Start of Framing: Weeks 18 & 19

After what seemed like endless iterations, we have completed our layout. While small things may change, shelves may be installed or cabinet doors switched, we are clear on HOW we want our home to feel, WHERE the important items will go, and WHY each place is significant. You may be wondering, what do you mean whyIt may just be me (Amelia) who is obsessed with "why", but the importance of being intimately acquainted with the driver for change is what makes change STICK. 

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The Importance of Planning: Weeks 9 - 10 (Aug 31)

No amount of planning could prepare us for what all would go along with creating a new life. Building a life with another person, let alone in a new city while creating a tiny home with our bare hands and little experience, is Pandora's box no matter how you open it. When we met, we talked a lot about what we wanted, what we saw to be possible. In hindsight, it's beyond a blessing that we did. 

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Conversion Progress: Week 4
"You backed that thing in here!?" asked the UPS man incredulously.

The day after we arrived in Oak Ridge, still unsure of where we would park our 40-foot bus, Alhen's mom, our gracious host, asked, "Do you think it could fit beside the house?" Our first instinct was no, hell no, are you crazy? But, when she went off to work, the idea started to look more and more like our only feasible option. The parking lot at Hobby Lobby wasn't exactly an enticing risk. 

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Conversion Progress: Week 2

This week, we made serious headway removing seats, rubber, and plywood flooring.

To our surprise, we were able to unbolt the seats in only a few hours. We expected this job to be much more difficult, but a combined effort of Alhen holding the nuts from under the bus and my use of the impact driver on the bolts inside, we finished in time for brunch. 

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We Bought a Bus

We searched for six months, called many craigslist ads and auction houses in multiple states, visited buses, talked to numerous school bus and skoolie owners, and ultimately stumbled upon this beauty by happenstance in our own backyard. Taking as much time as we did allowed us to learn so much about what to look for in a school bus, and to determine what we wanted for ourselves.

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