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We started out in a 29ft travel trailer. The poor thing had seen better days. It was a 1986 Prowler, brown, rust and beige...yeah it was bad. Water damage, smelled funky, nasty fabrics, dirty carpets, but we were determined to make a home out of it. We named it Possum...it was just playing dead we mused. But sadly after 8 blow outs, 2200 miles and a string of bad luck happenings we decided she just wasnt a right fit for our family. So we sold her to a young couple looking for a home. I cried when I watched them leave with her. I will admit I get attached easily, I put a lot of hard work into her, my husband put a lot more blood, sweat and curse words into her. After trying to make a go of our stick build house, it was just not in the cards, and with heavy hearts we had to let out dream Victorian go too. But all things are lessons, it just depends on how you view things. You could let them get you down but thats not what our family does and I'm sure your family is the same way. We fight for everything we have and fight with everything we have, we even fight each other. So, with the stimulus (3rd) we decided to sell what we could, donate even more and generally downsize everything once again. AND we bought a bus! A actual school bus. A 1999 Thomas International 3800 diesel to be exact, all 64 passenger length to be exact!....over 30ft of bus. That's a lot of bus. We named her Gus, and she is now a very proud member of our family. We are converting her on a budget, a VERY tight budget...aka the champange taste on a beer budget kind of thing? well, we are on a water budget and water is usually free. That's right, we are trying to use materials we already have or materials we are finding or recycling. Pallet wood is our new favorite thing, and thrift stores are being prowled relentlessly. The only thing we have purchased new has been our electrical things. My sons are doing hours and hours of research, and my husband is installing everything with their help. Me, I'm pick up crew, the cleaning lady and chief decorator. I hope you continue to follow our progress as we try to show you that a great bus conversion, can be done on a budget, and we don't mean a 20k budget either. YOU can have a home on wheels for much less if you are willing to do the work, the research and the leg work...Much love!
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