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Old 05-07-2004, 09:18 PM   #1
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The Sandbox

Hello this is me and my wife's bus, "The Sandbox". It is an '82 International Thomas built bus with a 404 MV gasoline engine. The conversion is not completed and still evolving.

http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/The-Sandbox



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Old 05-08-2004, 01:28 AM   #2
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If this question was directed at me....

No I never lived in Hope. I grew up in Anchorage, currently live in Kodiak, and will soon be moving to Valdez.
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Old 05-08-2004, 05:26 PM   #3
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Who's the owner of "HOME" bus...?

I lived in Hope, AK and the "HOME" bus was park in town for a little while. It was a younger dreadlocked dude, but I can't remember his name. He didn't convert it but bought it from the guy who did. Anyway, just seeing if he posted the pics of "HOME" or the the guy who converted it did.

What do you guys out there think of the lay-out of my bus?

I run everything electrical w/ Solar and the rest with propane and it's got the ammenities of a motor home(hot water, fridge, oven, furnace, toilet, tub, and water filtration). I also have a small cast iron wood stove in it also.

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Old 05-08-2004, 10:13 PM   #4
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The Home Bus

If I'm not mistaken, the Michael and Millie from

http://www.mobilehomestead.com

were the owners of the Home bus.

They are currently converting another bus, the progress of which conversion can be seen at their website.
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Old 05-08-2004, 10:51 PM   #5
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I am 100% positive that the HOME bus was purchased by a dreadlocked dude that ended up in Hope, AK in winter of '99. I lived in Hope and he parked it 50 yards from my cabin. I hung out in it several times, but found that it wasn't comfortable for having guests over. There was a dining table up front, a large kitchen, and a large bed in back. Very nice craftsmanship though. I am a music junkie and love to see live music and take my bus. Having the living/bedroom up front allows for a nice "hanging out" area w/ bathroom in the middle. Putting the kitchen in back and having access from both doors helps for ventilation and a roomier feeling(in my opinion). Anyway, seeing if I could track that guy down so he could check out the bus my wife and I built.

thanks for the info and link
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Old 05-09-2004, 10:10 AM   #6
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Yup….”Home” was our last Bus.
I did the conversion out on Homer Spit. I forget the guy’s name we sold it to …nice guy though.

He was at the time living in a motor home up in Girdwood and found out we were selling’ Home’…. zipped on down to Homer & bought it.

I miss the nice wood stove I put in that bus….
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Old 05-09-2004, 10:34 AM   #7
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I checked out your pics …I like your setup.
Rear kitchens are nice …when we move back to Oregon next year sometime; I’m building a 35-40 foot 5Th wheel trailer as a home base we’ll park somewhere.
It will have a rear kitchen.

“Home” wasn’t really designed for visitors…. I’m a somewhat ‘Social’ sort of guy, but I’m more concerned with having a rig setup with the stuff I want …so I tend to design our living spaces with only Millie & I (and at the time I did ‘Home’, our daughter Becky’) in mind.
That roof extension was Becky’s Bed Room…. below it was a couch that our big Labrador “Chewy” confiscated for his living space.

I liked “Home” …but it was more a cabin designed to take an Alaskan winter than a really nice ‘Rolling Home’.
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Old 05-09-2004, 10:45 AM   #8
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Very nice craftmanship I remember!!! Nice job!!! Your new project is looking like it's coming along nicely...We built 'The Sandbox' in Alma, CO which is the highest incorporated town in N. America(10,578 ft.) So I know what's it's like building in high winds and cold elements. Not a whole lot of fun, but well worth it. Anyway what part of the lower 48 you guys headed to. We have been living in New Orleans for six months, but moving back to Colorado by July. We're thinking of moving to Lyons which is 20 minutes North of Boulder w/ 1800 people. Elevation is only 5,300 ft too which means we can have a garden.

Good Luck and hope to see the new one in person one day!!
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Old 05-09-2004, 11:12 AM   #9
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We were thinking of Oregon too, but for now Colorado. We lived in our bus last summer for about 5 mos. and still need to finish up a few things before living in it permantly. I'm a tile contractor and Colorado has treated me well with the $$$$. I would like to purchase some property and live in the bus while building a cabin, but for now too broke to buy anything. Idaho still has affordable land, but not a whole lot of work that pays.

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Old 05-10-2004, 12:11 AM   #10
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You guys sound like me as well. I live in OR currently but cannot afford the taxes and overall cost of living here anymore. I grew up in CO and am seriously considering moving back. I am also looking at Idaho. The most affordable land in CO seems to be around Pueblo from what I have seen. I am stuck here for a while though becaues it takes money to move.
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