Remember our goal to build a semi-transportable tiny home we set for ourselves at the beginning of the new year? Well, it is finally becoming a reality! Ready for the details?
With the help of our awesome uncle in Denver, we bought a 2000 Orion V retired Denver City Bus. The bus is 8.5 x 42′ (exterior) so once we’re done with the renovations in a few months we’ll be sitting pretty in a spacious 300-ish sqft home on wheels. We’ll get about 6-8mpg, and it has 6 wheels. The 10.6L Cummins engine is located in the back and it comes with two scrolling marquees at the front. And we’ll be converting it into a home over the next few months.
We know that doesn’t sound like everyone’s cup of tea, but we are so excited about this that it’s not even funny! Initially we thought we’d be building our first home in a shipping container, but after A LOT of thought/sketches/talking to others, we decided to consider a bus. We soon realized that the size of the bus is roughly the same size as the shipping container, the bus is obviously transportable and—in our opinion—the bus is easier to convert into a transportable home than a shipping container would be given the prep work we’d have to go through before building.
Since we have a lot of family weddings and a couple reunions going on this summer in Utah, we’ve decided to move the bus from Denver to Utah to renovate. If you’re in the Utah area and know anything about metal work, electric, plumbing, insulation, solar, or carpentry… do you wanna be our best friend??
We’re looking to start renovations next week. Scott will be driving the bus to Utah by himself, while Carter and I will be staying in Denver with my sister and her family for a little bit. Scott will be removing all the seats and hardware first so if you’ve always wanted city bus seats, now’s the time to get them! We’re hoping to have the all of the renovations completed by October of this year as we’ll be working on the bus just a couple days a week since Scott is still working full time.
Again, you might not be renovating a bus right now, but we hope you’ll follow us along as we work to make our dream a reality. Scott is really the mastermind behind all of this as he’s done pretty much all the research (but I chose the color scheme, so there’s that), and he’ll be sharing everything he’s learned and the reasons behind some of our decisions with solar power, electricity, plumbing, etc. There are a lot of really great resources out there already that we’re learning from so we hope to help direct people to them and also be informative and helpful with our own experience.
Seriously though, we just bought a bus! If you set your mind to it, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!
It’s come time: we’ll be officially switching our main blog over from TwelveCountries.com to WhereWeRoam.com. In fact, we just did… look up at your address bar! We are going to be building TwelveCountries.com out as a travel resource for those who are looking to enjoy long, budget travel with a family, and will still be very active there… but we’ve got a lot of things ahead of us that we also wanted to document. Stuff like “We Bought A Bus” is just the beginning, and we wanted a title/site that fit that better. Don’t worry, we won’t be changing every time we start something new 🙂
Thanks for sticking with us for this long. You have no idea how much each of you mean to us, and we just want to say thank you for commenting, liking, responding, emailing, watching, reading, and being so incredibly awesome. We get really excited when we are able to make you smile, and we intend to continue to live life ‘epically’, and show off all the amazing people (like you!) that influence us on a daily basis.