Gorgeous Skoolie Conversion Becomes Adventure Mobile Home!

Gorgeous Skoolie Conversion Becomes Adventure Mobile Home!


Hey guys, I’m getting all settled in to my new
parking spot here on Whidbey Island in Washington. If you miss that
video, make sure to check it out. So a few weeks ago I went to a tiny
house festival in Eugene, Oregon. I met a lot of interesting people and a
couple of people who are new to the tiny house movement. So today’s video is introducing Jordan
and Sam and their new adventure bus. So without further ado, let’s take a tour. We are Jordan and Sam page and we
travel in Addie the adventure bus. Addie the short bus adventure. Sam is a physical therapist.
When he was in graduate school, he found out about
traveling physical therapy. And so that’s how we’re able to travel
now cause he takes contract jobs around the country. And so I got a job working remote last
year and so now I can work from anywhere with wifi. We found people probably on YouTube
that were building houses out of buses and we were really intrigued by it and we started taping off a section
in the loft for like, alright, this is what will happen.
The bus 200 square, we had little construction
experience before this. Um, my dad’s a contractor so we had access
to every single tool our heart desired. But other than that we did
the majority of the work. Well we actually finished the build just
over two weeks ago and have been living in the bus full time for two
weeks so far we really love it. You have like these realization moments
where you’re making a full breakfast, like in a rest stop in a new state. But I think what’s been most
surprising is how much the bus is home. When we wake up in the morning, we make coffee and when we binge
on Netflix at night, like it’s, I mean it’s still our home. We just happen to be somewhere
else every day when we do it. This couch we’ve actually had for about four
years and we went back and forth on what we wanted to do, the couch
so many different times, but this one was so comfortable. So we just took the legs
off and built the base, which has these little click locks
in it and then tons of storage. So we’ve got two of those. We still wanted
to keep the facade of the school bus. We kept most of the windows,
especially here in the front, actually, Sam’s mother sewed these curtains, so these actually have reflex
material inside of them. They’re tied up on
these little hooks here. You can roll them down and then they
work as curtains and we weren’t totally sure how well they would work,
but they work really well. So it’s about the blackout material on
the back and then the flex and side. So on the other side we
have the builtin bench here. This is kind of my little reading nook.
You’ll notice the Harry Potter pillows, and so we just have a cushion
that my mother-in-law also sewed. Then underneath of course we have lots
of storage, which was super helpful. Um, when we first were building out the
bus, we were so worried about storage. Um, but now I think we have way more than
we even need. So I guess that’s good. So this is the cubic mini grizzly, um, wood burning stove. It
is not fluid out yet. So when we go visit family back in
Kansas where we’re from for Christmas, we will put the fluid in it. This is penny. She runs the household. We adore her and this was actually a desk that we had
in our old loft when we lived downtown. We just took the legs off of the bottom
of it and attach it to this track system. So then we can actually raise
it up to a standing desk if I want to. And then this part actually folds down. So then it’s just a flat surface as well. So it’s a really good multifunctional
piece for working or eating or whatever we need it for. And then these chairs we
also had in our old space, they’re clear. So for a tiny space you can kind of
look through them and it makes the space look bigger. And not as cluttered. So most of the bus is custom built so what we decided to do prefab cabinets and they are super, super nice because they’ve got the
slow close so it’s really nice. And then a Sam included these to
help keep them shut while we’re driving cause we didn’t have these at first
and we would take a corner and it would fling open. So we’re trying to, you know like with the curtains
and the drawers and everything, we’re just learning as we go and
figuring out what works and what doesn’t. And so that’s worked so
far. So that was good. We do actually have granite
countertops in here, which is not very common in like tiny
houses and schoolies but Sam’s dad is a contractor and he had this
leftover granted from a job
and us as if we want it. And we said yes of course. And we wanted a fully functioning
kitchen as much as possible. So we did do a full gas
range as well as a stove. And then we do have cabinets up above This was an Amazon find, actually the brand is winter and so it
is temperature controlled on both sides. So we can make both sides
of fridge if we want to, if we decide we don’t need the freezer
as much and Sam is actually a homebrewer. So if he needs to stick temperature
control one side to ferment the beer, then he can do that as well. And then it automatically comes with
these locks on it so we can keep it nice and tight while we’re driving. And then it does have the
baskets inside as well, so we can lift one up and have a
little bit more space underneath it. So we’re up to where the
wheel wells are. So, um, we kept going back and forth on
how we wanted to work around them. We did raise the roof 15 inches, so that helped a lot with being able to
put the shower on top of the Wheel well so we would still have
head room. Um, and then, so we had this dead space under
here and we are both big wine-os so we had to have a
wine cellar in our bus. So on this side we have some wine as well
as like a little extra storage in here and it does actually go all
the way back in on this side. We have the shower, we got the shower tub because it contained
water a little bit easier than just a pan. And then of course we do have pennies
so this is a perfect little spot to get her baths even though
she hates them a lot. Other side is where the toilet is. So we had a bus warming party about a
month before we left on our travels and so we use the bathroom as the guest
book and so everyone signed it. And so it is really cool to go in here
and just check out all of the awesome things that people said. One of my
favorite parts is, yeah, the guest book. It’s pretty cool. When we were first getting
started with the bus, I said I need to have a
bookcase somehow some way. And so Sam designed this too, actually. It goes into the wall and then we can
pull it out on the tracks and it works as a bedroom door as well. So I can have my books and we can
have our privacy and yeah, I love it. And then actually at the bottom there
is a little lock that we have. Um, so we can lock it in
place while we’re driving. And we have forgotten to lock it a
couple times while we were driving and it flung open. So now you
remember to lock it. The bed is a Tempurpedic.
We, it was a non negotiable, we were not getting rid of
the Tempurpedic queen size, so we made it work in the space. We were able to lock the bed,
especially cause we did raise the roof. And so we actually have each corner on
actuators and so we can flip a switch. Okay. So as you can see, we
can raise the bed quite a ways. So this is where we have
like a lot of our storage. And then on this side is
actually the freshwater tank. It’s all boxed in right now. Um, but so this is where our freshwater
comes from and you’ll see in each corner we’ve got these actuators. So these are what actually raise
the bed up to where it’s at. It is not the easiest thing to
drive. It’s fun to drive for sure. But she’s an older bus so she, she travels a little bit on the road
so you gotta be paying attention. But it’s a blast. I think in another life I was a bus
driver because I always have a giant smile on my face. I do catch people like taking
double and triple takes, like checking it out as we drive by. And we do have our social
media handles on the back. So then we’ll get random people messaging
as like, Hey, I just saw you in Iowa. I just saw you in Wyoming. And
so that’s pretty cool Or we did get somebody that said
you were going too fast I’m like, lady, this bus
is not going very fast. So the original door
actually opened, uh, bi-fold. So we wanted a little bit
more security with that. So I learned to weld
through this whole project. So we welded the door completely together, still functions like the good old
fashioned bus door opens and close. How did you choose the color? This
is my favorite color for some reason, and we were looking at a color
index and this just came about. Jordan also has a tattoo on her arm. I have a garage as all good buses do as far as electricity goes,
we will charge off the grid. We’ve got a very large bank
of batteries, house batteries, so we’ll charge those. And truthfully, we haven’t been plugged in for
about four days, five days. Um, and everything’s working fine. You’re going to have to
read it. Okay. So again, we did not write this, but we’d
love it. So it’s love of travel, midnight shadows on
a lonely Valdosta highway, dodging tires and lack of sleep clothed in creative wanderlust. The earth is your playground as you
listen to the ambiance of the road. This is where you find
yourself contemplating your
coffee after the next cafe, stop how many miles to Nashville love stretched across the miles, pulling you closer as you bond over shots
of espresso and getting lost on back roads. When your GPS goes out, you carry home with you in backpacks and
frequent flyer miles and you listen to the earth and all the
stories it has to tell. David button is the
authors. August 28th, 2015

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