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Old 11-29-2016, 12:43 PM   #1
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Question How did you make the transition?

I've been giving some thought to how we're going to make the transition from a 1600 sq ft townhouse to a converted bus and thought I'd ask the experts how they made the transition. One thing I've been considering is picking up an older motor home that may not be as tricked out as our eventual conversion build, but will do while our midget is still pretty small (he's 18 months right now.)

So please, share your experiences. Did you hold off until your end of the rainbow conversion was completed, did you take downsize to a smaller space while you were working on your skoolie, what did you do?
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Old 11-29-2016, 01:21 PM   #2
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I wonder about this too! Our house is 3,784 sqft with an additional 2 car garage, sun room, deck, and patio. I cleaned out the basement and set it up an apartment (the basement itself is 1264 sqft) and the whole family has moved down here. That's still a huge amount of space compared to the bus, but we're finding we don't even notice the loss of the rest of the house. It is making us realize how much space is wasted just containing "stuff" that we don't really use or care about. As we plan out life on the bus, we've come up with a bunch of hypothetical situations and how we think we'd deal with them in a much more confined space - ie. What happens when someone gets sick? Where do we all change and get ready in the mornings? How do the adults get some "alone time" now and then? What if we want some peace and quiet for reading? How will we get to our clothes if they're being stored under a bed someone is sleeping on? Where will we put the garbage can?!?
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I wonder about this too! Our house is 3,784 sqft with an additional 2 car garage, sun room, deck, and patio. I cleaned out the basement and set it up an apartment (the basement itself is 1264 sqft) and the whole family has moved down here. That's still a huge amount of space compared to the bus, but we're finding we don't even notice the loss of the rest of the house. It is making us realize how much space is wasted just containing "stuff" that we don't really use or care about. As we plan out life on the bus, we've come up with a bunch of hypothetical situations and how we think we'd deal with them in a much more confined space - ie. What happens when someone gets sick? Where do we all change and get ready in the mornings? How do the adults get some "alone time" now and then? What if we want some peace and quiet for reading? How will we get to our clothes if they're being stored under a bed someone is sleeping on? Where will we put the garbage can?!?
make note of your daily activities for a week or so, and you'll really start to see what you can do without....

for me(not a family), I was sitting in my recliner looking at my $400 electric bill... I started mentally thinking about all the space I wasn't using, but I was cooling. My turning point was when I realized there's rooms that I haven't been in in months.
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Old 11-29-2016, 04:21 PM   #4
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I think you just have to dive into it head first.
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Old 11-29-2016, 04:54 PM   #5
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:38 PM   #6
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I believe the first step is to come to grips with the difference between "needs"...and "wants". The older I get, the less I discover I require of both.
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you might want to read rv forums, irv2 is a good one and there's a few of us on it, there's lots of people that down sized and went full time.
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I believe the first step is to come to grips with the difference between "needs"...and "wants". The older I get, the less I discover I require of both.
I've learned... I'd rather have nothing, than worry about what I do have!
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If you can relate to child custody court.. That judge does not give a damn whether that child has a x-box, Nintendo, iPhone, Nike, etc... Their only concern is food, clothing, shelter! Aka Basic Needs
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I've been giving some thought to how we're going to make the transition from a 1600 sq ft townhouse to a converted bus and thought I'd ask the experts how they made the transition. One thing I've been considering is picking up an older motor home that may not be as tricked out as our eventual conversion build, but will do while our midget is still pretty small (he's 18 months right now.)

So please, share your experiences. Did you hold off until your end of the rainbow conversion was completed, did you take downsize to a smaller space while you were working on your skoolie, what did you do?
While I'm not planning on full timing on my (future) conversion, I did live on a 35' sailboat for a year and a half. This guy right here:



Before I even picked or bought a boat, I sold my bed, my furniture, and most of my "belongings" which I realized I didn't want or need (these were things that I was hanging out to for sentimental value, which I realized really meant I was afraid of letting go). Other things I got rid of included lamps, desks, most of my kitchenware. This was right before I moved to a new state for a new job, and when I got there I just got a hotel room until I purchased a boat (that was good motivation--the longer I waited, the more I paid!).

Then I moved directly onto the boat and worried about making it perfect later on. Things I realized I needed but didn't have on the boat: refrigeration (I thought I could do with just the icebox), proper lighting, and heating--those were the big ones.

So I think the biggest thing to consider when moving into a smaller space than you're used to is twofold. 1, make sure that it is at least somewhat livable before you move on (toilet, bed, kitchen). And 2, realize that it will never be perfect, and if you wait until it's perfect to move in to, you'll never move in at all.

There is definitely an adventurous part of making that plunge because you don't know what you're in for, and fun things will happen when you least expect it because it's a new experience (such as when my blackwater tank began overflowing one night, just before my family came into town... but now I know all about those systems, and there was no way I could've learned that by just reading about it).

Of course, I'm a young unmarried dude with no kids, so our perspectives and requirements are probably a little different. But I think my last point stands: if you wait for it to be perfect, you'll never do it. Now, to what degree you will accept "limitations" on livability is up to you, but for me, my tolerance is pretty high for unusual living situations.
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That's one advantage of having been an over the road trucker..... living for extended periods in a space the size of a walk-in closet, most of which is taken up by your bunk. You learn pretty quick what you need and what you can really do without.





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