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Old 09-26-2014, 11:12 AM   #1
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How many live in your bus?

Of those that full time, how many are in your family and how big is the bus?

I have a wild hair to think about full-timing or seasonal long trips or maybe work a tradeshow circuit, but...I have 9 kids 18 and younger. I can make an entertainer coach layout and be great for a week or so, or be a guest room at someone's house (my original goal) but how do live long term?
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Old 09-26-2014, 02:23 PM   #2
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Of those that full time, how many are in your family and how big is the bus?

I have a wild hair to think about full-timing or seasonal long trips or maybe work a tradeshow circuit, but...I have 9 kids 18 and younger. I can make an entertainer coach layout and be great for a week or so, or be a guest room at someone's house (my original goal) but how do live long term?
I saw have mommy learn to drive and buy another bus.....you can pretend you are a convoy or partridge family with a boy/girl bus...every evening you can park side by side and commune

seriously though; that may be tough to do, it depends on you and your family, things like daily laundry and cooking/eating along with sleep room....good luck and god speed
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9 kids holy smokes! you might have to get a double decker, or have to tow another camper, I think you have just to big of crew for a bus, but good luck.
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I suggest you either tow a bunkhouse like the carnivals do or buy a second bus for the kiddies.No matter what, you will be paying for two campsites so I would just get the second bus and as the kiddies age up (time flies), teach them to drive it a little. That will give your wife a break on driving as you already got an 18yo who can learn to drive. I was driving a 3/4 ton pickup truck when I was 16 (my Dad's work truck and my normal driver was a VW squareback) and a 1 ton dump truck at 19. Size is a mindset. Once you learn to drive something small, driving larger vehicles is just a matter of learning how much space they take up and how much stopping distance to allow for.

Two adults in a 40 ft bus.... until we acquire Das Mel for our move back east... then it will be three adults in a bus built for two.
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A word of warning. You do understand that your children will grow up in one of two mindsets... either they will embrace the idea of a firmly rooted house life or they will never want to live in a house... ever.

I have one of each. The house mad one is slowly changing. She is back to tent camping. We'll see if we can corrupt her a bit more.... She really likes Airstreams....
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Two adults in a 40 ft bus.... until we acquire Das Mel for our move back east... then it will be three adults in a bus built for two.
pup tent on top
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Two adults in a 40 ft bus.... until we acquire Das Mel for our move back east... then it will be three adults in a bus built for two.
pup tent on top
Not permanent! She's only bunking with us until we get off the road again. Hopefuly she will be towing a popup to live in while we convert her skoolie. Just not worth the hassle of setting up for one night. Plus it will be packed with her stuff. Once we find a place to buy, she can live in the popup. And we will find and convert a bus as fast as we can.
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Wife may drive a little on the interstate or back highways but no traffic or city streets or turns. Towing a trailer is out, if we tow anything it will be a toad. My 18 YO could and probably will have his own bus soon, as his home. He can already drive a dump truck--his biggest thing is he wants a bus with a stick shift (already a crown snob )

I don't care what my kids do in life as long as they have meaning/purpose (long-term happiness). My teenagers have their heads screwed on much better than I did at their age. Hopefully a few of them have homes/land so mom and me can park to see the grandkids sometime down the road.

What I can't get my mind wrapped around is the logistics--water, grey/black, LAUNDRY. I can't figure out how to make it more than 2-3 days boondocked, I need to make it at least a week but that is an insane amount of water.
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I had nowhere to keep my last bus, but now I have a lot, power, and water. I just need to find another deal on a bus.
Back in 03', a company was changing out buses for employee transport and I was given one of the old ones for FREE! It was a 1987 Ford/Thomas with a gas 370, auto, air brakes, and 83k original miles. Had to sell it as I couldn't find anywhere to keep it. Now I have property!
Will be living full time in the next bus. With the fiance' and our cats.
Good to see that others are doing the fulltime bus thing.
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Hopefuly she will be towing a popup to live in while we convert her skoolie.
Dat be de plan, mon. Pop-ups in decent shape in new Mexico are dreadfully expensive. I have a nasty feeling I'll be spending my Bus Money on a stinkin' popup.

When my Bus is complete it will be for ONE person. And a dog. Everything will be Mel-sized since I'm a shortass, so if I ever have to sell said bus (which would only happen if I DIE somewhere and it better be on a beach!) it will pretty much only be sell-able to midgets. Because I'm friggin' wee.
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