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About The Crabs

The Crab’s Homestead blog is a collaboration of all of our family’s how-to’s that we have learned over the last few years of homesteading and then becoming minimalists. It began with our passion to live more self sufficiently, being aware of what we eat, what we feed our children, the chemicals around us everyday, and how we can teach our children to be more self reliant. We have tried Aquaponics, Raising Rabbits, Incubating and raising Chickens & Tukeys, Building Fences, Building things in general, Canning, Processing Our Own Food, Homeschooling, and much more. Through set backs and many “re-do’s” we are inventing, discovering, learning, and researching our way through websites, books, and our own personal experience in the small homesteaders way of life.

The Crab Clan Thanksgiving 2014

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In 2015, We finally decided to buy a 1999 Flat Nose International School Bus and convert it into a Tiny House/ Skoolie! We spent 3.5 years exploring the West side of the U.S. looking for a new homesteading location to start a new chapter in our lives by living 100% debt free. We workamped, roadschooled, started businesses, a podcast, and so much more in our tiny house on wheels! All documented here and on YouTube and our other SM outlets.

 Chitty Bang- Day 1: Central TX: April 2015

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Day 1 1999 Genesis International DT466/Allison Transmission 250,000 Miles/Great Shape Price $4,700

Chitty Bang Completed 19 Months Later

TX January 2017


1 Year 4 months Living Tiny: Arizona: March 2018

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2 Years 3 Months Living Tiny

Once the COVID-19 Pandemic hit, we needed to find a permanent place. After a family meeting, the kids decided they were ready for a house again for their own space! By now they are 15 and 12. We learned a lot in Bus Life. We paid off debts, managed businesses, played the stocks, traveled, lived, fought, cried, and loved in this 297 sqft of space. Now, we are onto new adventures in our new to us home in Central Texas! Follow along for our story and more!

Morgan Crabtree lives in a self-converted 1999 International Genesis School Bus, Chitty Bang, with her husband, Ryon, of 15 years; two daughters, Rion and Laila; their English Mastiff, Mila; and their orange cat Micio. They have been living tiny since November 2016 and enjoying their many adventures while traveling together. She holds a bachelor’s degree of Science in Management, works online via her website and social media, is also a contributing writer to online blogs and magazines, and a Young Living Distributor. She is also the wife of a U.S. Army combat veteran (also her high school sweetheart!), mother and educator of two incredibly brave and intelligent young women, an avid barefoot and yoga enthusiast, a student of healthy living and financial intelligence, and a world collider. She enjoys sharing their story and encouraging others to think outside of the box and follow their dreams with any helpful advice she can give along the way.

5 Comments on “About The Crabs

  1. I want the caution area patrolled by crazy chicken lady how do I get it???

  2. I love what you’re doing with your bus, your family, and your children’s schooling. I live in Germany, where I’ve work with the military for 5 years. In April I flew to England, bought a double-decker bus, drove it onto a ship bound for Rotterdam, then drove it across to Germany. My wife helped me remove all the seats and now I’m fixing little things here and there getting it ready for the stricter German vehicle inspection standards. Insurance was easy here – about $280/year as a motorhome, even though it’s still a double-decker bus. As soon as it has all the basic requirments (plumbing, kitchen, etc.) we’ll move into it full time and continue the conversion. I eventually plan to take it back to Central Texas and put it on some acreage. Driving in the right seat is fun. Driving a double-decker bus is a lot more fun. Working on this huge project together is priceless!

    • That is amazing! I think a lot of people are moving to a more minimalistic lifestyle. I loved my big house but not the debt we had to go into to get it, and we wanted more land. Typical American, always wanting more:) but I see the benefits of skoolie living for a bit until we figure out where we want to stay and until we can build a house debt free, even if it is done step by step as we get the money. It’ll be ours! Good luck with your conversion! Skoolie Converters on Facebook has been amazingly helpful! You should check it out if you haven’t already! Cheers:)

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