After being diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2015 and given six months to live, Denise Souza sold everything and bought a bus. 

The Skooly SplendorBusThe Skooly Livingroom

Bus Specs:
Make: International
Model: 3800
Motor: DT466e 7.6 Litre V6 Diesel Engine
Year: 2001
Interior Square Footage: 30 feet bumper to bumper (outside), tiny (inside)
Current Location: Currently back home in Massachusetts waiting out the Covid madness
Purchased From/Location: Holland, Michigan off a guy named Matt
Cost in materials for the conversion: I do not know the total off the top of my head but the cost of the bus was $3,000 and I did a lot of “sold something to buy something” since I had to empty out my house which was a 2,600sqft 4 bedroom 4 full bath.
Total time from purchase date to on the road: Me and my sister flew out to Michigan to pick it up and drove it back home. It took me with the help of my father, sister, and a few friends about a year and a half to convert, then I started traveling.

The Skooly Denise

Why a bus? After hours of research and reaching out to others after being diagnosed with CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) in 2015 and given an estimated 3-6months to live, I decided to go the unconventional way.  I chose an “all-natural,” all plant-based diet, natural supplements, oxygen therapy, and a regiment that includes so much more than a diet but also includes high dose Vitamin C IV’s. Unfortunately, health insurance doesn’t cover the unconventional treatments so I had the choice of paying my mortgage or the cost of the all-natural treatments for my cancer. I chose the latter, lost my home, sold everything I could sell, sold my shed, and bought the bus.

My goal is to bring awareness to the things that I feel strongly about which include having a voice for your choice of treatment and knowing that there are other options available for those of us who have received a cancer diagnosis; to bring awareness to the financial hardships that stay with the patients and patients family during and after a life-changing diagnosis; sharing information for organizations that give back to patients, and searching for charitable causes, cleaning our natural environments, and meeting people along the way. On my website www.theskooly.net , 50 percent of all my merch sales are donated back to three local organizations that helped me and give back to cancer patients and their families: Haven's Healing Hands, The Fly Foundation, and Family Reach. You can also follow along on my adventures through Instagram @theskooly, YouTube The Skooly - Wellness, Awareness & Travel Journey, and my Facebook page. 

 The Skooly Bus Grarden

Are you full-timing in your bus? Yes, I live full-time in my bus with my two dogs Greyson (Female 6-year-old charcoal/silver lab) and Paxton (Male 5yr old charcoal/silver lab).

The Skooly Dogmom

Did you do the conversion yourself or did you hire someone? The conversion I did myself with the help of my father, sister, and one or two friends (when they showed up). 

The Skooly DadandDenise

Who are you living/traveling with? In the bus, it’s just me and my two dogs. But I have traveled alongside my sister for the last year and we have met up with some other skoolies and vans along the way.

What type of skills for the bus conversion did you have prior and what did you learn or teach yourself so far? RF engineer by trade, with some IT/Computer background, but very hands-on and lived alone for over 13+ years so if it had to get fixed I figured it out. No major professional building experience.

The Skooly BarnDoor

Something you wish you had known going into this? Make sure you have a $$ safety net for breakdowns, tows, unexpected mishaps, get ready to feel frustrated at times like those times where you can’t find a place to fill up water, or that RV park that won’t let a skoolie in b/c it’s not RVIA certified, or just simply because it's a skoolie. Do your research on The Bureau of Land Management land and free parking. These buses are old, they break down. Don’t give up on bus life if you break down, everything will work out.

The Skooly Denisewords


Is there anything you wish you did differently in your build? Yes. I would have set up the back of my bus a little differently. Originally it was supposed to be a desk/bed area but at the very last minute, I changed my mind and the layout and put the closet back there with a pull-out couch that just collected things and clean laundry. It is now back to a desk setup but if I were to do it all over again I would have put a fixed bed back there with storage underneath.

The Skooly Mainview


What have been people’s reactions to you buying a bus to live in? My mother was the only one who was wary of my decision and wasn’t too keen on me moving into a bus, leaving our hometown, traveling solo, all while having cancer. It took her a while to understand why I decided to do it and for her to be fully on board with it. To be honest, once my sister decided to remodel an RV and travel with me she really had no choice but to accept it. She now fully supports it and loves what I am doing. Other than that, everyone else's reaction was awesome. The love, encouragement, and support I have received have been incredible. But others' reactions and opinions wouldn’t have an effect on my decision as I was doing it for my happiness and my health and that is what really matters.

The Skooly RV2


Have you met other skoolies or buslifers on the road? Yes, this little community is absolutely incredible. I have met so many like-minded humans and I can’t say enough good things about the tiny living community.


Tell us about your layout. Kitchen? Bathroom? Bedroom? I have 1500 watts of solar on my roof, 900ah battery bank (500ah usable), 100 gallons of freshwater, full-size sink, Berkey water filter, custom made by me penny countertop, black walnut countertop, natures head composting toilet, and a full-size shower, 4kw Dwarf Tiny Wood Stove, Mini Split AC, and lots of dog hair.

The Skooly PennyCounter


How has the pandemic affected bus life for you? It really hasn’t affected me much because I was in remote areas when it all started but decided to settle into a safe spot due to things closing down.


What is the most memorable place you’ve traveled in your bus conversion? I loved Glacier National Park, Bozeman Montana, BadLands, too many to list, but Glacier is my number one favorite.

The Skooly AccessDoor


Where do you project you’ll be three months from now? Currently, I am building out a 2005 T1N Sprinter van to take on a few trips to see if, in fact, I can downsize even smaller. So either still building this thing or back on the road and far away from good ole’ Massachusetts.

The Skooly Merch

Visit www.theskooly.net for a virtual bus tour and to purchase The Skooly merchandise which helps support Denise and organizations that give back to cancer patients and their families.

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They attended The Bus Fair before finishing their own bus and will come back as part of the show. 

As we wrap up The Bus Fair Feature series, make sure you stay tuned for updates on Bus Life Adventure's Bus Fair 2021! In this interview, Isaac Turner of The Skooliana Sessions EP shares how The Bus Fair influenced him and Julia Tetreault's bus build, Skooliana. They started the bus project after moving from his '95 Chevy G20 van conversion. The duo is now taking part in hosting the Wolf Pack Roundup, a bus and van meetup at the end of October in southeast Oregon. 

Hammock Skooliana

You could say that The Bus Fair 2019 was the birth of Skooliana. Julie and I attended while we were still living in our 1995 Chevy G20 van. We came to get build ideas and got lots of those along with a bunch of new friends who we leaned on as resources during our build. We bought our bus off Facebook Marketplace and built it in about three months. We had a very different vision in the beginning but the bus kinda manifested itself in the way it did. It’s a very simple build and design that works for us. We love traveling around, taking pictures, and making videos. It's our creative space, vehicle, and it helps keep our bills low. 

Side View Skooliana

Bus Specs:

Make: Ford
Model: e450
Motor: 7.3 Powerstroke
Year: 2003
Interior Square Footage: Uh 22ft long…
Current Location: Oregon is my home
Purchased From/Location: Facebook Marketplace
Cost in materials for the conversion: $12k
Total time from the purchase date to life on the road: 3mos.

Interviewee: Isaac Turner

 

Have you been to The Bus Fair before? If yes, what was your experience? We went in 2019 to get ideas for our build before we started. We loved meeting the skoolie community and made friends we will have forever.

       

What can someone expect attending the Bus Fair? (You can speak to other skoolies. people attending, or both) You can expect to be inspired and meet awesome people. It's one thing to look at them but a whole different experience to walk thru them in person and talk to the owners and learn from their experiences.

 

Did you show your bus or camp? Our bus wasn’t road legal at that point. My temporary permit expired and we were having some title issues. We camped in our built out van and partied with all the homies. 

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Frontfacing Full Skooliana

Why a bus? We loved the windows and the width. You don’t feel so enclosed. It can feel that way in a van with no windows.

 Inside Outside Skooliana

Does your bus have a name or phrase you call it? Why did you choose it? We call her Skooliana. Julie named her one day and it stuck.

Will you be full-timing? We have been on and off as situations and circumstances change.

 

Where did you convert your bus? I rented a room at my buddy's place who had a shop to build our bus.


Did you do the conversion yourself or did you hire someone? Julie and I built the whole thing by ourselves with literally a jigsaw and a drill, lol.

 Julie and Isaac Skooliana

Who are you living/traveling with? My GF Julie and I live and travel in the bus.

 

Were you all on the same page about living bus life or did one person (or more) have to be convinced? Oh, we definitely were both on board, that's why I picked her, lol. I met Julie at a hot spring and showed her my van I built (that's how I won her heart). She ended up coming to visit, moved in and never left. The van was too small for both of us so we decided to build something bigger. That's when I bought the bus.

Isaaic Julie1 Skooliana

 

What type of skills for the bus conversion did you have prior and what did you learn or teach yourself so far? I learned everything to covert when I built by first van: a '95 Chevy G20. So I went into to bus pretty much knowing what I needed to do and what worked and what didn’t. I used gnomadhome.com as my guide for both builds.

 

Tips/tricks/advice to help others have who want/are converting a vehicle? Something you wish you had known going into this? Any current troubles? I see a lot of people overbuild and spend waaaaaaaay more money than they need to. My advice is to buy the cheapest thing you can find, do a cheap conversion, and just get on the road. Learn what is important to YOU and what isn’t. When you figure that out get it right on the second build.

 

What is the most unique feature of your conversion? We love our live edge countertops. I found them on the side of the road for $30 and learned how to do epoxy to finish them. They are my favorite part of our whole build.

 Countertops Skooliana

What do you do for income? I do professional freelance video work. Julie and I were self-employed when we built the bus. So we basically took three months off to spend seven days a week, twelve hours a day to build it. That's how we got it done so fast. Just doing it on the weekends would have taken forever. 

What do you think will be the hardest thing about this whole lifestyle change/ living/traveling in a bus? Easiest thing? I love the lifestyle. I like that every day is a mystery and an adventure.


Is there anything you wish you did differently in your build? Yes, I would have insulated it and built a bathroom/shower inside. Right now we have an outdoor shower and a portable emergency toilet.

Before After Skooliana


What about the bus is helping you reach your lifestyle goals? Keeping the bills low. I'm basically an entrepreneur and like to have money to be able to go after an idea. By keeping the bills low and having no debt I can save money and try to earn more money along the way.

 

Have you met other skoolies on the road? What have been people’s reactions to you buying a bus to live in? Oh yes, we love meeting other skoolie owners and sharing ideas and things learned. Most people think its really rad and want to build one themselves. A small percentage think that I am crazy.

Meetup Skooliana


Tell us about your layout. Kitchen? Bathroom? Bedroom? We basically have a living room/kitchen and a bed. Simple.

 

How has the pandemic affected bus life for you? Well, Planet Fitness showers died along with my video income. I may end up having to go get a real job until the market recovers and I can make stable money with a camera again.

Frontfacing Skooliana


What is the most memorable place you’ve traveled in your bus conversion? Honestly, my favorite camp spot in Oakridge, Oregon. We go there all the time and sometimes stay for a week. It feels like home: a river right next to me, walking distance to hot spring.


Where do you project you’ll be three months from now? Same place I am now but hopefully a few steps closer to having financial freedom again. Then again it's 2020, so who knows.

 

How can people learn more about you (social media, website, etc.)?

Instagram: @skooliana YouTube: Skooliana 

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Author and former FBI employee, Jordan O'Donnell, takes his new novel and cautionary tale for the U.S. on the road in his school bus conversion with 17 interns in tow. 

 Jordan O'Donnell Zoon Garden Bus TourZoon Garden Book Jordan O'donnell

What are two things that bring people together? In our opinion, books and buses. In 2020 America, it has become increasingly difficult for people with different beliefs to come together or talk to each other at all. But how would it look if we were animals in a zoo? How might we see our actions differently? Such is the impetus of Jordan O'Donnell's new novel Zoon Garden. It takes readers into an abandoned zoo where the animals are free to govern themselves. The zoo plunges into chaos and the book serves as a warning of what can happen if we continue down this precarious path. 

To promote his timely novel, O'Donnell and his buddy Jake “The Caveman” Harris built out a skoolie and enlisted 16 more interns to go on a book tour spreading its message across the United States. Although the pandemic upended much of their plans, they made the most of their time traveling to remote and iconic places and enjoying each other's company. Learn more about O'Donnell's book, the build and their wild bus tour below.

Bus Tour Zoon Garden Skoolie Full

Bus specs:

Make: International

Model: 3700

Motor: DT 466 International Diesel

Year: 1993

Interior Square Footage: 205

Current Location: Shenandoah, VA

Purchased From/Location: Richmond, VA (Collegiate School)

Cost in materials for the conversion: 8K-10K (About 5k was the electrical system)

Total time from purchase to the road: Roughly 18 months. The bus sat for six months untouched. We then worked on and off for a year until it was complete.

 Zoon Garden Team Photo Funny

Tell us about Zoon Garden and why it is so important for people to read right now.

Zoon Garden is a social critique very similar to Orwell’s Animal Farm. It tells the story of Clarendon Zoo and how the wolves and sheep, the nation’s two leading tribes, accidentally destroy the zoo. Whether it’s the pigeons squawking in the air, the bigger birds showing one side of the story, the wolves tyranny, or the sheep’s communism, the novel critiques basically everything.

One Amazon reviewer noted he “would highly recommend this read to anyone -- especially those who care about and/or take an interest in the future of this country...or in humanity for that matter.” The world is divided, in uncertain waters, and headed in a treacherous direction. Anyone worried about it should read Zoon Garden.

 

How/when did you get the idea for Zoon Garden?

The idea for Zoon Garden came while I was working for the FBI. 2018 was the height of the Clinton Email and Russia Investigations, and I was put on a team to sift through the emails of Director Comey, Deputy Director McCabe, and any related internal communications. The experience showed me the underbelly of Washington and combined with the increasing division across America I wanted to write a novel that opened people’s minds to the roots of our nation’s issues. Oddly enough the idea for animals in a zoo came about as I randomly walked through a grocery store. I couldn’t help but think America was like a giant zoo separated into different species that refused to communicate.

The book serves as a sort of warning, what is your hope for the future and what can we do now?

The book is certainly a warning. My intention was to show Americans, and much of the world for that matter, what could happen to a nation that continues down our trajectory. It shows how both the radical right and left are dangerous, how media manipulation cause mass distrust, and how the destruction of truth will cripple every institution and pillar in our society. It truly is a warning people should heed because it’s happening even faster than I anticipated.

My hope is that the novel inspires open minds and a genuine sense of understanding. Life is yin and yang, a dichotomy, a balance; it’s not one side or another. I hope Americans read this book and see that we need to find a middle ground and genuine empathy. Our future hinges on it.

 

Why a bus?

A good bus is more adaptable than any RV. Our bus is a diesel with only 120,000 miles… basically brand new. It just took a 10,000-mile road trip with zero mechanical issues and will go to 500,000 miles with ease. We installed solar panels and a water filtration system to allow us to go completely off-grid and did everything for under 15K. An RV with similar capabilities would cost 2x-3x that price. Overall, you can’t find the adaptability, size, price, or comfort with any other vehicle. A bus allowed us to create a personalized adventure mobile that can survive any journey, even one around North and South America.

 

Who are you living/traveling with?

To promote my novel I hired 17 college interns from around the country: California, Texas, Idaho, Florida, New Jersey, New Hampshire, etc. The 18 of us are living on the bus and two travel trailers as we adventure through America. The team is split into media (handles social media and podcast), video (shoots the documentary and creates vlogs), and publicity (promotes the book and schedules appearances). 18 strangers caravanning America has been absolutely crazy in the best way possible, lots of adversity and hardly anything has gone to plan, but that’s what makes it amazing.

 Zoon Garden Group Photo

Does your bus have a name? If so, why did you choose it?

Our bus driver Jake “The Caveman” Harris (The guy with the huge red beard) named his car Martha. Fittingly when he began driving the bigger older bus he named her Martha Sr.

 Jake and Jordan Zoon Garden Bus

What type of skills for the bus conversion did you have prior and what did you learn or teach yourself so far?

I had carpentry skills and was able to build all the framing, walls, couches and beds. But two engineering friends helped me learn the plumbing and electrical components. The electrical system has hands down been our greatest challenge. It is fidgety and cooling the inverter charger in 110 degree Arizona heat has been very difficult. We’ve been having problems with it for two months and haven’t been able to fully diagnose the issue.

  Inside1Inside3

How has the pandemic affected bus life for you?

The pandemic has drastically affected us. It basically ruined our entire book tour because we couldn’t set a true itinerary or schedule any events. We couldn’t meet in groups of larger than 10 and we had to completely change our itinerary four times to avoid COVID-19 “hot-spots.”

At the same time, the pandemic is what made our trip such an adventure. An 18-person caravan of strangers road tripping during a global pandemic has never been done; the documentary is going to be incredible.

Zoon Garden Redwood Bus

What has been the hardest thing about this whole lifestyle change/ living/traveling in a bus? Easiest thing?

The hardest thing has been managing a team of 18 people traveling. The logistics are difficult, and if it weren’t for our incredibly flexible team I don’t think it would be possible. Outside of those challenges, the hardest part is not having a routine. Lack of showers, lack of sleep schedules, lack of working out, and lack of eating at normal hours have been huge challenges. Spontaneity is beautiful, but it starts to wear on the body.

The easiest transition has been the minimalism. We only have what we need, and it has been awesome to survive on the bare essentials. It has shown me just how many unnecessary many things are.

 

What has been the most memorable part of the bus tour and why?

They say that you shouldn’t take a journey alone because it’s the people that make the experience. I have found that to be true. As much as they drive me absolutely bananas, this group of 18 people has been the highlight of the trip. We’ve become a family. The best parts are driving with the windows down jamming to music, getting to know people’s idiosyncrasies, the constant laughter, standing at Lake Tahoe, Battery Point, Malad Gorge, etc., arm in arm with your new friends. It’s the constant banter, never knowing what someone will do next or what is around the corner. The uncertainty of the journey and bonding over that experience is the most memorable part.

We spoke with a man in Big Bear, CA, who said America was the most beautiful country in the world and that if everyone saw all of her beauty the world would be a better place. I have thought often of that conversation because it is true. To experience the forests of the east, the flatness of West Texas, the red clay of Arizona, the giant sequoias, the California beaches, the Colorado River winding through the Rockies, etc. shows you the scope and sheer awe of America. It gave me a new perspective on this incredible land and made me appreciate this country.

If I had to list one specific memory it would be when we tried to go to John Muir woods but it was closed. Instead, we went to John Muir beach. The quaint beach is nestled in the valley, the river running into the ocean, the driftwood with fires in the center, the hiking trails along the hills, and the 80 eccentric houses packed onto the cliffside—it’s a magical place.

Ultimately, why did you decide to do this?

Why not? Everyone complains about the 9-5, how they want to do something different with their life, and how they want to experience the world. How many people actually have the courage to do it? I thought a road trip of this magnitude, something absolutely crazy that had never been done, was the perfect way to promote a timely novel and also have the journey of a lifetime. The purpose was to spread a message of unity and encourage others to chase their own dreams. Don't talk, go out and do something wild.

SF Golden Gate Bridge BusInside2

How can people learn more about you (social media, website, etc.)?

Instagram: @zoongardenbustour

Twitter: @ZoonGarden

Facebook: Zoon Garden Promotion Tour

www.jordanodonnellauthor.com

The book is available on Amazon: simply Google “Zoon Garden”

 

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A textile artist follows in her parents' footsteps of nomadic living with her partner in a roof-raised skoolie named Sage.

Thirty unique skoolies were chosen to be featured exhibitors at The Bus Fair. Since we were unable to meet in person this year, we are coming together digitally to share their stories with you. Meet Jen, Jon, and their bus Sage!

Jen Rilley Jon Skoolie Bus Conversion Tincan Castle

My name is Jen Rilley and my boyfriend Jon and I live full-time in our school bus turned amazing tiny home, Sage. I am 23 and Jon is 24. We both love to travel so skoolie life was a natural fit for us. My parents lived in a van in Europe when they were young so I grew up hoping to do the same. While I was in college, I discovered #skoolieconversion on Instagram and Pinterest and was immediately hooked. I bought Sage while I was in graduate school and once I graduated in May 2019 I headed out west to meet up with Jon to start our tiny life. It’s been an amazing year and I cannot wait to see what else bus life has to offer us.

Bus Specs:

Motor: Cummins 5.9

Year: 2000

Interior Square Footage: 260

Current Location: Sedona, Arizona

Purchased From/Location: Weaverville, NC (but the bus is originally from Montgomery County, Tennessee)

Cost in materials for the conversion: too much

Total time from purchase date to on the road: 9 months

Interviewee: Jen Rilley

 

Why a bus?

Like many people, I chose a bus for the freedom it provides. I love the ability to travel, and I find inspiration for my life and work on the road, all while having the comforts of home.  I’ve always wanted to be an artist and creator, and after I got my Masters in Textiles, I decided to commit to my dream, even though it was terrifying rejecting the conventional wisdom of settling down and working a stable job. Sage is my vehicle for finding who I am as an artist and adventurer, and I am building the life I want around her. I considered other types of homes on wheels, but a bus seemed like the perfect blank canvas to create my mobile dream home with enough space to include a studio for my textile work.

 Front to Back Skoolie Bus Conversion Tincan Castle

Does your bus have a name or phrase you call it? Why did you choose it?

Our bus is named Sage! I chose after I painted it, I thought the color resembled the plant as well as my ideas to move west. I think it fits!

Will you be full-timing? 

Yes!

Did you do the conversion yourself or did you hire someone?

We did a little bit of both! We didn’t have the skills or time to learn them, so it made a lot more sense to hire contractors for the more challenging and technical tasks. Skoolie.com in Hendersonville, North Carolina did our roof raise and window replacement. We’re super happy with the results, and glad we paid a professional to do it so we know it’s structurally sound and it looks great. We also hired Alex Gaebe at Carolina Tiny Homes to take care of the electrical/solar, plumbing and basic framing. All of his work is incredible, and we feel lucky to have found someone so talented and flexible. With the basics complete, some amazing friends and I made the bus livable with the floor, ceiling, basic kitchen, and bedroom. Although Sage was incomplete, I headed west to meet up with Jon. Over the past year, he and I have been finishing up the interior to bring our tiny house to life!

Kitchen 2 Skoolie Bus Conversion Tincan Castle

Who are you living/traveling with?

I feel very fortunate to live with my best friend. My boyfriend Jon is an expert botanist; talented mountain biker, climber, and hiker; and makes a mean breakfast. He has been so supportive and encouraging during every challenge and there to celebrate every success. Bus life is a blast, but even more so when you have someone amazing to share it with. 

Were you all on the same page about living bus life or did one person (or more) have to be convinced? 

No, Jon did not need to be convinced. The first time we met was on a whitewater kayaking trip near Asheville, NC where I knew there was a bus I wanted to check out. After the float, I dragged my friends to Vanlife Conversions, where I bought Sage. The rest of my friends were skeptical, but Jon was enamored from the very beginning. He was present for the first few failed attempts at demolition, then had to move west for a job while I finished grad school. We met back up later that year when the bus was partially finished and have been living in it together ever since.  

Bedroom Skoolie Bus Conversion Tincan Castle

What type of skills for the bus conversion did you have prior and what did you learn or teach yourself so far?

Before building the bus, I was highly competent at assembling IKEA furniture. Fortunately, this came in very handy since I used their cabinets and a few other pieces in the bus. I didn’t have much construction experience past that, so I’ve had to learn how to do almost everything else on the fly. Jon has some basic construction skills, but he was working 2,000 miles away for most of the initial build.  While in college, I made friends with one of my professors and his wife. He is an excellent handyman and she is a skilled carpenter, so I bribed them with pizza and beer to help me with some of the more technical tasks. Over the past year, Jon and I have used trial and error, and lots of YouTube videos to figure out everything from installing a mini-split air conditioner to tiling a shower. We’re much better now at trusting our instincts and figuring out how to make things work! We’ve made some mistakes along the way and Sage isn’t perfect, but she is ours and we love her!

Bathroom Skoolie Bus Conversion Tincan Castle

What is the most unique feature of your conversion?

From the beginning, I knew I wanted my bus conversion to be part home, part textile studio. My final plan for bus life is to make and sell handmade clothing, home décor, and naturally dyed yarns and textiles. While it’s not quite finished yet, many of the design decisions I made during the conversion process were to create a comfortable workspace. I raised the roof and changed out the original windows to let in more natural light and create more storage space for materials, added 1800 watts of solar and 400 AH of lithium battery to run my textile machinery. I also plan to install a dedicated variable-height work table and to mount my industrial sewing machines into the countertop. I’m in the process of setting up my business now, and should have things up and running soon! 

How has the pandemic affected bus life for you?

We’ve had to make a few changes, but thankfully we’ve stayed healthy and employed! We decided staying put is the safest option for us, so we are parked at our friends house in Arizona for the time being. I’m enjoying working at a local bike shop and making the most of being in one place. Luckily, the quarantine gave us plenty of time to work on some necessary bus tasks. Since landing in AZ, we have finished our bathroom, installed an A/C, and added some personalization! Jon was originally planning to work for a national park in Alaska this summer, but the position was cancelled due to the pandemic. However, he found a last-minute position with an environmental non-profit organization in Colorado and will be close by for the next few months. I also put my sewing skills and workspace to use and made masks to sell in the community and protective gowns to donate to the local hospital as they fight Covid-19. We will most likely stay put until next spring, then resume our wandering!

 Kitchen Skoolie Bus Conversion Tincan Castle

How can people learn more about you (social media, website, etc.)?

You can follow us on Instagram at @tincancastle and read more about me, Jon, Sage, and our life on the road on our website: tincancastle.com. Stay tuned for more information about my textile studio from Sage & Oak!

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