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Converting a School Bus into an Adventure Mobile


by Elle & Jeff Ivy January 31, 2016

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Why in the world would anyone want to live in a school bus?

Elle & Jeff and their School Bus Conversion with fresh paint

Hi! We're Jeff & Elle Ivy, a newlywed couple from Texas. We are about to embark on the adventure that some only consider to be a daydream. A spontaneous 1000-mile move took us to Denver, and a few unforgettable day hikes in Colorado had gotten our wheels spinning, we would ask "How can we make this our everyday life?" After feeling the serenity and the beauty of the outside world, that seemed like something that had to be done. It didn’t make sense to continue to struggle and stress over paying rent, utilities and other pointless bills when there was such a majestic part of life that was waiting. So the ideas began.

The School Bus needed some work

Jeff happens to be a skilled carpenter and just about everything else that he 'tries' at, turns out pretty good. A lot of the new and used RV's on the market were way too expensive, so building an RV became the only answer. A school bus has an awesome sturdy frame, (once gutted) lots of space, and is meant to cart kids around all day, so of course, it's reliable. You can usually find school districts auctioning off school busses for pretty cheap, but we happened to find ours on good ole Craigslist. We haggled, bought one new tire for her, and drove her home.

The School Bus Conversion is a big project

The conversion has been a learning process for us in many ways, but nothing will compare to learning to live on the bus. The bus will not only transport us to remote locations, but will serve as a sustainable life source. Solar panels will power our electric needs, and a composting toilet will keep extra duties simple. Keeping warm will be easy with a wood-burning stove, and a yeti cooler will act as our refrigerator (for now). Simple upgrades may come with time and experience. The bus will be considered our home for as long as we want, and will also assist us while we build a more permanent home. We are both excited to live simply, hike constantly and have the opportunity to see it all.

School Bus Conversion - Interior Wood Work in Progress

 

You can follow Elle and Jeff's Journey as they convert their School Bus into an Adventure Mobile on Instagram.

Jeff and Elle in their new School Bus!

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Elle & Jeff Ivy
Elle & Jeff Ivy

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All-American ass kicking couple who plan on taking over the world with their two Catahoulas and a 1985 GMC school bus. One trail at a time.






6 Responses

BJ
BJ

December 13, 2016

It’s awesome that you are ‘living out loud’ , be blessed in your journey :)

Barbara
Barbara

February 02, 2016

Such an exciting adventure!

Mickey Epps
Mickey Epps

February 02, 2016

So proud of you guys! Keeping you in my prayers and can’t wait to hear how your dream is coming to light.“Keep on keeping on”!!

Bret
Bret

February 01, 2016

Sweet bus, I picked up my 85’ GMC this past Wednesday. Your cousin Taylor turns me on to y’all.

Riley G Epps
Riley G Epps

February 01, 2016

I am excited for you both. Hope to see you on the road this summer.

Susie
Susie

February 01, 2016

Have fun! Wish I were going along!

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