Cozy Loft on Wheels that Used to be a School Bus!

You'll want to take a look at the couple who call themselves Expedition Happiness who have turned a school bus into a cozy loft on wheels and traveled 2,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina. The couple planned to go from the top of North America to the bottom of South America traveling along The Pan Am highway which is the longest road able to be traveled by vehicle. You can follow their travels on Youtube where they started in Alaska to Canada, through the states, then down to Mexico, Guatemala, and Panama. The couple traveled mostly off the grid with their new tiny house on wheels.

Couple Felix and Selima are originally from Germany where they met one another and realized they both had a love for travel and decided to buy a school bus and then travel throughout North America and South America. The couple packed up their apartment in Berlin and flew over to the United States with their dog Rudy to begin their journey.

A school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels is commonly called a skoolie, and has become a popular trend in recent years. If a school bus conversion is something you are considering, you'll want to watch a few videos such as the one from Expedition Happiness, and get some ideas. Like anything, living and staying on a school bus is a different experience, often led by some trial and error along the way.

With so many different makes and models of school buses available along with school buses from more than 20 years ago that still run and function normally, you'll want to know a few things to look for before you start. One of the best school buses for conversions are short buses such as the Thomas MinoTour Ford E-450 which offers more maneuverability, easier driving and parking, and better gas mileage than its larger counterparts. If you do require more space, there are plenty of larger bus options that will be able to accommodate your needs with more room for amenities, storage space, and sleeping capacity for small families.

The bus you ultimately choose depends on how many people will be living and staying in the bus, where you plan to drive it, what amenities you need, and whether comfort or maneuverability is of greater importance.

Unlike vans such as Sprinters, Transits, and ProMasters, which offer a limited amount of years, makes, and models, buses come in nearly unlimited configurations involving different bus bodies, chassis, engines, and so on. You'll want to know some common options and differences. You'll have to determine your ideal bus length in finding the best bus for you to convert. This will again depend on your priorities. If you have more than two people, mid size or full-size bus is probably your best option in order to have enough water on board for everyone, enough sleeping space, and storage capacity.

You can follow their travels through their YouTube channel called Expedition Happiness. You are sure to be inspired by their school bus conversion. The couple traveled on their school bus conversion in 2016, and are still together today, have just had a baby, along with a Bernese Mountain dog, and are trying to start a farm/homestead from scratch.


More about this story can be found at: YouTube - Expedition Happiness



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