Six Things to Consider Before Moving into a Converted School Bus, Part 2: Timing

How soon do you need housing? Converting a bus yourself will obviously take time and, if you don’t have a bus/box truck already, you’ll need time to find an eligible vehicle.

The driver’s seat of our bus.

I have a friend who is considering a bus conversion. She has a place to live and (hopefully) a place to keep the bus while she converts it, essential elements of any conversion plan. If you need housing right away, you could look for an already converted bus. If you can’t find one that suits your needs and style, you could buy a cheap travel trailer to live in while converting.

The bus as it looked when we saw it for the first time.

In our case, we stumbled across a converted bus on Craigslist. The bus itself, plus a bit of social justice reading, inspired us to take a chance on bus life. I don’t know if we would have come up with the idea on our own. We were living in house with a month-by-month lease, so once we knew what we needed to do, we just gave notice and moved.

But where to move to? Next time I’ll address where to park your bus once you’ve got it.

Part 1: Ethics

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