I love my home, but I would love it even more if I were able to plop it down wherever I wanted, like smack dab in the middle of the Redwood forest or perched on a cliff on the New England coast. Seems like a dream, right? Now imagine if you were able to move your house to both of these locations within a span of three months.
That’s not a dream — it’s a reality for one very ambitious couple.
One of the most appealing aspects of the Tiny House Movement is mobility. Many people are putting wheels on their travel-sized abodes and trekking across the country in their homes-on-the-go. It takes the concept of having the comforts of home while you travel to a whole new (and literal) level.
Much like Jenna Spesard and Guillaume Dutilh – a couple that decided to ditch their day jobs in favor of building their own mobile tiny house and roaming our great nation— Lindsey and Steven, a couple living in Florida, longed for the same kind of lifestyle. So they scraped together $2,000, went down to Georgia, and bought themselves a 1984 Blue Bird Bus that looks a bit shabby on the outside. But once I saw the inside, I couldn’t believe me eyes…
The couple, who were living in Florida but are originally from Oregon, decided they wanted to move back home.
Yet they wanted to take quite a few detours or, as they described it, take “the long way home.” They planned out a three-month route, quit their jobs, scraped up their savings, and decided to make a huge lifestyle change for the trip.
They bought a 1984 Blue Bird for $2,000.
They then added to their savings by selling their cars, furniture, electronics, and anything that didn’t fit into a minimal lifestyle. By doing this, they pooled enough money to live on until they got to Oregon and turned this bus into their new tiny home.
They invested $6,500 into mechanical repairs and converting the interior into a livable home.
This included gutting the bus, putting new tires on the back, repairing the water pump, and doing general maintenance.
They decided to build the place on their own, which saved a lot of money.
Creating their home with their own two hands makes the space seem much more intimate and special.
They also used a lot of reclaimed lumber for the project, which saved them a bundle.
They didn’t even need a special license to drive it.
They had the title changed from a commercial bus to a motor home title, which allows anyone with a standard license to drive it.
They also got it insured, though it did take some work.
Eventually State Farm insured it as a motorhome, because that’s precisely what it had become.
The home-on-the-go got a fuel mileage that ranged from 7–11 MPG, which wasn’t economical but is “pretty good for a giant rolling apartment,” the couple said on their blog, New Oregon Trail.
The couple had a blast on their trip. They saw the New England coastline like they had always wanted and visited tons of friends.
They also parked it every now and again for free in state parks so they could take a few leisurely bike and motorcycle rides.
“It is an awesome feeling to drive an old bus, with a view like no other,” they said.
“Looking out the giant windshield you can see the world stretching out before you. It is slow and loud but it has so much character you can’t help but love it.”
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