The bus conversion is a 1996 Ford Carpenter school bus with about 200,000 miles on the engine. I bought it off Portland craigslist for $3200. Then spent the next 6 months living and working in the bus while building it out to the point that you see in this post link.
The bus conversion is part of an overall plan to buy a piece of land and set up a small homestead. The bus project allows me to pre-build a cabin then drive it onto whatever land I find. It also allowed me to stop the rent cycle, but that part was kind of forced on me. I’ll explain in a section below. There are a few other benefits, like not being as committed to one area. I can just move the entire cabin/bus to another place if economics, opportunities, or other factors demand it.
Why live and work in the bus in public spaces?
It was an unplanned progression. I bought the bus then started calling around to find storage spots. I couldn’t find storage anywhere close. So I parked the bus on a side street near my apartment and began removing the seats. I managed to find a private backyard in Portland to rent for $450 a month. I gave them a deposit and gave my landlord notice.
At this point, I had three weeks to make progress on the bus before moving in with my two dogs. The person with the backyard rental spot then flakes out to give the spot to a friend who recently purchased an RV. Leaving me 10 days to find a new location before I had to be out my apartment. I couldn’t find a spot to rent in time. So I just moved the bus near an empty field where I had seen multiple RVs free camp for months at a time. I managed to get the bus floors finished and the unfinished walls in place before me and the dogs moved in. The summer travel rush and high rent prices made it impossible to find a private spot to rent at the time. RV parks won’t allow “works in progress”. I then spent the next six months learning the #vanlife routine while building the tiny house.
How do I make money?
I got this question from multiple places. I’m about 2 years into a career as a web designer. I’ll be writing more post on the steps I took to get to this point. Here is my web design site.