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Our Bus Story in Bus Conversion Magazine- May 2018

It has been one year since Bus Conversion Magazine published our story as their cover and centerfold piece! If you did not get to read it, check it out below at the link or read here!

www.busconversionmagazine.com/bcm-may-2018/

The Cover Photo

Our names are Morgan and Ryon Crabtree and we live in a self-converted 1999 International Genesis school bus we named “Chitty Bang”. Our fellow bus dwellers include our two daughters, Rion and Laila, our English Mastiff, Mila, and cat, Micio. The bus is a 40-foot International Genesis flat nose with a DT466 and Allison Transmission retired from the Independent School District of Arizona and cost us $4,700, Ryon’s time to receive his Class C driver’s license, and a plane ticket to Phoenix from Texas. With 253,000 original miles on her, hrove her home where we started demolition. Overall it took us 13 months to get her 95% done and ready enough to move in. We made changes and renovations as we lived in the bus this last year, figuring out the functionality of these random thoughts we made into our home. We will continue to do that this next year as well. Like every bus converter says, “you are never really done with your bus”.

Inspiration to self-convert a school bus came in many shapes, forms, experiences, successes, and failures over the years. We had been together for over 11 years by 2014 and had a long history of “roll with the punches” and adaptability. Ryon had served in the Army, did a 17 month tour in Mosul and Baghdad, Iraq, and was then medically retired. We both had our corporate jobs, owned houses, received our degrees, had babies, we had it figured out, right? In 2012, we had moved into a new custom home on 3 acres, and just after a few months of living there we experience a total loss house fire that stemmed from the chimney while we were having a fire in the fire place. An “Act of God” is what the conclusion the insurance company gave us. Rising from the ashes and rebuilding was such a powerful experience that we swore we would be the ones who built our next house. We got our little dream of a homestead up and running with our chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and aquaponics farming and filled our new house with lots of new furniture and “things”. As we continued to fill our house, there was an emptiness we needed to fill. Morgan eventually lost her corporate job and we both proceeded down a path of entrepreneurship. After much self-reflection, we decided not to be in the rat race anymore. We knew there was more to Life than keeping up with the Jones’. We checked all of the boxes, now what? We began to take more control of our lives and really started doing what we wanted to do. We wanted to explore with our children and watch them grow.

We started learning more about the Tiny House Movement and minimalism. Eventually that led us to start selling all of our “Stuff” that we really did not need. Every item leaving the house was a weight off of our shoulders. We put our home on the market. We thought, if we wanted to learn how to build a house, what better way than on a small scale? We had no prior building experience other than our homestead projects, and not many tools since the house fire. We didn’t have a truck to haul a tiny house at the time, and we were not really confident in our abilities to build a tiny house on a trailer from scratch. Then it clicked. Why not a school bus? It has the frame, can handle large amounts of weight, and would be the perfect wagon for our pioneer voyage to find a bigger piece of land to start a new homestead. We literally watched every video on school bus conversions and tiny house builds that existed on the internet by February 2015, and by the next month, Chitty Bang was in our driveway.

Our conversion plan was ever changing as the bus came together. We gutted her and used Polyurethane caulk to fill the holes on the floor where the seats used to be, and every rivet and seam on the roof and sides of the bus. We took out, resealed, and re-installed all of the windows, only intending to cover about four windows total at the time. Since the bus was from Arizona, there was only a little rust on the floor, which we used Corroseal to convert the rust and prime the floor for a fresh coat of Rustoleum. When she was stripped down to bare metal we could really make sure we sealed as much as we could, and trust us, you sleep better at night when it’s raining! Next we were onto the actual build-up process.

We are happy to have the International Genesis, as this style has taller ceilings than other Makes and Models. Still, Ryon is 6’2” and every inch counted not only on the floor plan, but also on the height of the bus. For these reasons, we did as much as we could without Ryon being uncomfortable. We took down all of the school bus lights/speakers/exterior lights and covered those and any other holes with 16 gauge cold rolled steel and a mix of steel and aluminum 3/16” rivets. We also used that steel to cover 17 out of 30 windows, which are mostly in the rear. Furring strips were glued and TEK screwed to the floor and we decided the Foam-It Green DIY spray foam kit (a closed cell spray foam) would be best for insulation, especially to help give it an overall seal and structural durability. For the windows we decided on covering later due to draftiness and functionality of the space, we used a 1” piece of foam and foil tape to insulate the inside of the window then covered with wood. 4’x8’ sheets of plywood were used for the subfloor and 2’x4’s for framing all of the walls. Those are mostly ¾” & ¼” sanded plywood (birch and maple) and We painted a lot of them a light gray, Planetary Silver by Behr, and some were stained with Jacobean and Natural stains. We used trim painted white to really accent our finishing work, complete with floor moulding, crown moulding, and everywhere in between. For the electrical, we installed our outlet boxes after we put walls up, so they are set on top of the walls instead of flush.

When entering our home you notice the RV door with a frosted glass window that we use where the school bus door used to be. We fabricated the frame with square tubing, welding, and a couple of L brackets. The steps are set off by a diamond plate backing with Purple Heart Wood steps. To the left is a little cubby with hooks to hold shoes, pet leashes and purses, and to the right are hooks to hold coats and umbrellas. We use the dog house of the bus engine to hold our English Mastiff’s food and the dash to hold our cat’s food, a fan to blow air down the long hallway, and gaming systems we may be playing. The driver’s seat turns into a laundry hamper holder and “outgoing” stuff catch all. If this were a full sized house and the driver’s seat was a room, that would be the one we would keep the door closed on. We use Reflectix to cover the windshield and driver’s windows, and cover it with a light gray curtain to add a homey touch. On the front head board of the bus, above the windshield, hangs a 40” flat screen, taken down while traveling.

The Front Steps to the bus are made of purple heart wood!
The corrugated metal worked really well with the curve of the bus and saved us on head space. The flooring is a very durable and high-quality Armstrong sheet vinyl that looks like grouted tiles. This saved us on head room, as well.)

Standing in the living room, you immediately notice the galvanized corrugated metal ceiling, set off by LED strip lights that run along the ceiling. The living room starts with an 80” long couch to the right, We originally topped these with some cushions Morgan made and upholstered, but recently found a memory foam mattress that we cut to fit. They are really comfortable! There is a nice end table top next to the kid’s couch with two cup holders made into it (That was Laila’s idea!), as well. This is our main living area where we eat dinner, play games, and watch TV.


Next, you would enter the kitchen area which is set off with a beautiful, sleek white marbled granite countertops and backsplash, and a large stainless steel sink perfect for big pots, on the left side. The custom cabinets we built are ¾” sanded plywood and the cabinets and drawers are installed with Blum Brand hardware so they would “lock” in for travel. We added a floor to ceiling pantry on the right side of the kitchen which holds a ton of food and cooking supplies. And above, the recently added Atwood 15021/15026 works as an A/C, heater, or dehumidifier and works really well considering the length of the bus. We also care quite a bit about the quality of our water, so we invested some money in an APEC Reverse Osmosis Filtration System with 5 filters. A few months into our journey, Ryon added a UV light to the RO system, as well as 3 outdoor filters and a portable water softener. Since we never know what the water quality is when we fill our fresh water tank, we figured the more filters the better.

The refrigerator is a Norcold NXA841R two- way (propane/electric), but we have also ran it on our solar for a few hours on a sunny day. We used dry erase panels for the face of the fridge, which are perfect for writing chores, school work, to-do’s, and grocery lists!
Our main cooking surface is an Atwood Propane 3 burner stove top and oven. However, If we are plugged into shore power, a large convection oven/toaster sits on the counter next to the stove so we can save on our propane usage. Otherwise, it is stored in the utility closet.
Right after the kitchen is our “Classy Corner” which has a beautiful accent wall of recycled Pergo flooring from a friend and a gray stone and metal mosaic we found at Home Depot. We also have our Dickinson P12000 Propane Furnace in this corner that has a flue through the roof and a decent fan to blow the heat. Right across the hallway is a full-length mirror to help open the tiny space and give us a spot to primp.

We use curtains to section the house off into different rooms for privacy, climate control, and showering. This also helps also cut down on noise through the house. Passing past the first curtain, the bathroom will be on the left which houses our Natures Head Compost Toilet, our Precision Temp RV-550 water heater (covered by a custom wood box, cover for top coming soon), and a 32”x32” shower pan.

The entire bathroom is paneled with galvanized corrugated metal, and underneath we used Red Guard to protect the framing wood.

On the right, the utility closet is hidden behind a curtain and displays the brains of our electrical system. Hanging on the walls are the “house” breaker boxes which contains our 50 Amp set up  ran with standard 12/3 Romex, and the Solar Set up.

A 2000 Watt Magna Sine Inverter ME2012 and control panel, Tri-Star Solar Charge Controller TS-M-2, and a TriMetric TM-2030-A Battery Monitor connect to 4-270 Watt Solar World Panels on the roof, as well as 4 Crown CR-265 Deep Cycle Batteries in a steel box we fabricated and mounted directly underneath the room.
We added the air conditioner a year after living tiny and after we got to AZ, bc it was hot! We used the Emergency Hatch Hole and just framed it out and added insulation and metal to make it look nice. So I had to move one of the panels up farther on the roof. Easy Peasy.

Next is the bunk room. This area has a large closet space on the right and the kids’ bunk beds on the left which are covered with a rock wall face for climbing into the top bunk, and fun on rainy days. The last room is the master suite complete with a Queen bed, 2 closets with shelves, curtain rods, and organizing boxes, and mirrors to open the small space up.

The kids bunks provide them with their own curtains for privacy, dry erase boards for creativity, and a place to relax. The large closet is where the rear wheel wells are, and this space is organized with a Closet Maid System that holds the kid’s clothes, school work, office supplies, linens, and paper products.

<Insert MasterSuite.jpg (Underneath the bed houses a 42-gallon RV water tank, the city water and fill-up inlet box, and a sur-flo pump. We decided to keep the water tank inside of the bus just in case were somewhere it was really cold. Our dog also has her bed under there as it is a nice, large space for her to lay down comfortably without being in the way.)

The most used area of the bus is definitely the kitchen and living room.

On the exterior of the bus, we added 6 storage boxes underneath on either side and also extended the frame 3’ to add a “garage” area. We fabricated a tool box and a propane cage that are bolted to the extension, as well as a ramp/deck hinged off the back.

The cage holds 4- 20 pound propane tanks, which feed the propane appliances via copper pipe ran under the bus. There is enough room that it can also hold our generator. The tool box carries hundreds of pounds of tools and each box can be locked up. The deck can be locked into its upright position for travel and extra security. We also have an LED light bar on the front and rear of the bus, as well as a back-up camera installed
The Toolbox we fabricated! We actually removed this after this article came out and put it in storage. We were able to move tools we most commonly used to a basement box, and put the bulk of the tools in storage since we didn’t plan on making any big renovations after leaving our spot at that time to hit the road again!

For safety, we also make sure to have at least 4 fire extinguishers on board, working fire/CO2 alarms, and propane sensors at each propane connection inside.

Our first 3 or 4 month spot was in East TX near Morgan’s Parent’s House. It was private property with a flea market that was busy Friday-Sunday. It had Electric and Water HookUps and was far enough away from the market activity, we never had any problems or issues. Cheap to stay and lots of space!

By November 2015 it was time to start our Maiden Voyage where we traveled through Texas just in case we had to repair or change anything before getting too far out. The only plan we really had in the beginning of our journey was to find a homestead. We gave ourselves 3 months in each location to decide if we liked the area/state/land/laws and then we moved on. We mostly visited friends in Family in Texas for the first few months since we had been building the bus that last year plus a few months. It gave us time to figure out a routine and how to even live in this thing.

West TX BoonDocking on a friend’s property for a week on our journey North.

We got the chance to partake in a Skoolie Meetup near Dallas where we met some amazing folks and had a great start our voyage to the Pacific Northwest March 2017. We took about 3 weeks and explored Roswell, the Four Corners, Southwest Colorado, and started speeding the journey up through Utah. We were finding that it was really easy to find water and parking for our big rig, which was awesome because We had no idea what to expect. We were able to easily use Solar power while parked at rest stops on the trip, or plug into shore power at an RV park. Everything was working like it should. The confidence we feel every day from that is just indescribable. If something breaks, we know we can fix it or at least figure it out enough to understand the problem!

Our spot in Washington Thanks to Crab’s Combat Buddy and his Family, the Gray’s! Free Parking, water hookup only. We ran Solar in the Spring and part of the summer in the PNW. We had to conserve energy sometimes over a few days,but overall it wasn’t too bad for the solar to keep up with our energy use.

We stayed in Olympia, Washington for 3 months plugged into a friend’s house for water, and on Solar Power. The panels did FANTASTIC during the cloudy PNW Spring. By this point, we could fully clean the house in 30 minutes, had a regular school work routine, and weren’t bumping into each other as often walking down the hallway. Traffic flow is something we struggled with at first. We decided to get out of the busy city for a while and find a quiet place to try Workamping for the summer. By July, we found ourselves in Klamath, California in the middle of the Redwoods where we spent the summer “disconnected” on the Klamath River, 1 mile from the Pacific Ocean, and it was all one of the greatest things we had ever seen. Our kids were in charge of the Kids Club at the campground and they learned about managing an office and all that real-life stuff because they could come watch and help their parents do it. Roadschooling at its finest!

Traveling down the 101 through the Redwoods. We never thought we would make it this far, and it was definitely an amazing journey that Chitty Bang took us on here.

September rolled around in the Redwoods, our time was ending and we found another workamping gig except this one we would also get paid. To dry out from the soggy Pacific North West, we headed down to Arizona to manage a pumpkin patch, Christmas tree lot, and fireworks stand for the next 3 months. Our opinion as first timers, it was good pay for what we put in and we will be doing it again this year. It was definitely a great way to save some money for our future homestead and get to know an area.

We have met some amazing people on our journey and having a little over a year of travel experience under our belts, we are so excited for this year! We have learned that traveling for long periods without stopping is exhausting. You stress about the engine, your stuff breaking or being lost, and having to always pack things away. Breaks from traveling are good. It also gives us a chance to meetup with some homeschool groups in the area. We can figure out if we like a place in 2 weeks. We can save and/or make money by Workamping. Go when we aren’t happy. That is the point we live in a rolling home, right?

We have loved being able to give our children a childhood of adventure and being able to really spend quality time with them on our journey together.  I know that when we are old and look back, that time we bought a bus and traveled with our kids will still have been the best decision we had ever made. It isn’t always glitter and rainbows. The point is Life isn’t meant to be lived in a box. Get uncomfortable. Let your inner weird out and embrace it. Without all of the money in the world, we have memories, experiences, and a closeness that we never would have been able to attain in another way of life. We think we can live with that.  Until then, we will keep searching for our homestead and enjoy big living, living tiny.

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Cleaning the Compost Toilet

New video out on our YouTube channel….
Cleaning the #composttoilet
I just show what I do every week I have to clean the toilet and explain why we chose it and some more info on it!

Cleaning the Compost Toilet

#tinyhouse #buslife #chores #natureshead #tinyhouselife #boondock #blackwater #rvlife #fulltimerv

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Where to Park Your Bus: Article

Where to Park Your Bus

(Article as featured in November 2018 Bus Conversion Magazine)

After spending a year and a half converting our ‘99 International Genesis, Chitty Bang, into a Tiny House/Skoolie for our family of four, I started to wonder how hard it would be to park at a typical rv park or campground? What about a resort? Would they love my bus as much as we did?

She definitely does not look like an RV with the few school bus windows that are still showing from either side. The RV door does not disguise her total originality of previously being a big yellow bus that carted kids and boogers around Arizona’s ISD.

Of course, we did not want to “run with the pack” and be in crowded places. We wanted to boon dock and use this amazing solar setup we installed. We wanted to park on friend’s and family’s property while we visited and explored their state and sights.

So who cares if we don’t fit in at an RV Park with all of those unoriginal motor homes? The different “suburbs” of the traveling world, as we came to describe them.

Well, believe it or not, despite our passion for off grid living, we did find ourselves staying at just a few RV parks, campgrounds, and even a resort while traveling around the last 2 years.

Randomly, I would see a post on a Skoolie or Bus Conversion Facebook Group Page where yet another bus converter was turned away from an RV park because of stereotypes, the way their rig looked, the rules of the park itself, etc. It totally happens!

After seeing this become more of a common post, I began to exercise my due diligence before having my husband drive our big rig and entire family somewhere just to get turned away. It really is stressful enough driving our big rigs, isn’t it?

So, I researched. I start with GOOGLE MAPS and search the terms “RV”, “rv park”, “campground”, and “resort”.  Then I search the area where we are wanting to go and search a certain radius. Next, I open up each place’s website (if they have one) and write down any contact info they have.

The website itself can give a lot of information about a place. You can see the amenities, the costs, the rules and regulations, pictures, how close it is to attractions, etc.

My requirements on where we stay usually depend on the reviews, what kind of rules they have, and how it looks. If I do not think we will be comfortable there, then I pass. I also use the street view on the maps as well to get an idea of the surrounding area.

By the time I go through the site, I know if it is an adult park where kids aren’t even allowed, a 55+ park where none of us are allowed, or if they even allow rigs older than 10 years, or my English Mastiff.

Let me tell you a secret though, even though they have these rules, if you really want to go, JUST ASK.

Email them. Call them. I have emailed many places just being honest about how old the rig is, who is traveling with us, that my husband is Retired Army (I think that helps let them know our character as well), and I send pictures of the bus (one inside and one outside), as well as a family pic of all of us. I feel honesty is the best policy especially if you are staying there for more than a few days.

To my surprise, I would get responses from 55+ and Adult parks saying it was totally fine if we stayed, but no more than a month since we did not meet the age/no children requirements. I would get replies from parks that would not allow rigs 10 years or older, but yet we were invited to stay.

Now, a few things, I believe, influenced the decision from these folks. One, we were always asking parks during their non-busy seasons. Two, we keep our bus pretty well maintained and painted, and she looks really nice inside, which is why I send the inside pics. I think it helps to show people that we are clean and will respect their property if we respect our own. Three, I also mention that we were in Bus Conversion Magazine and send the Cover Photo from the Magazine! That definitely helps!

I get the occasional replies, “We are full,” “We don’t take older rigs,” “We don’t take school bus conversions”,  or no response at all! That is fine. Do NOT get your feelings hurt! Just take your answer and move on.

We did not get into this kind of a tiny home or lifestyle if we wanted an easy route or to fit in with the crowd. We just research, reach out, take the answers, and celebrate or move on.

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(The park is High Chaparral in Casa Grande, AZ. We have landed in an Adult park with a pool, spa, laundry facility, dog park, level/gravel spots, outside pickle ball courts, etc. and made friends with the management. Come to find out, they love vintage RVs and motor homes alike. They invited us back this year when we drove through again and we were happy to accept. We are always needing a space during their “off season” so the park is pretty empty, which we like anyway! They also own a couple of golf courses near-by for those who like to golf! Let Kay know we sent you!)

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(This past summer we were parked at Distant Drums RV Resort in Camp Verde, AZ. They have Full Hook Ups and some great features; fitness room, laundry room, pool, spa, dog park, trails all around, vineyards, Sedona near-by, swimming holes, etc. IT was during their “off season”, but they had a “No rigs over 10 years old” policy. I emailed a couple of months before we needed to arrive and they were happy to accept us. We paid $600 per month +$35 flat rate for electricity. You could also apply to workamp there.)

As the features and amenities added up, so did the price of our rent. We had previously stayed on private land for $100/month, $200/month, with just water and electric hookups; Workamped for Full Hook Ups at a campground; Workamped in the middle of a city with full hook ups and we get paid for that gig as well; on the higher end, the Resort we stayed at was $635/month. So as you can see, the prices vary greatly depending on where you go, what you get, and what work you do.

We are the type of road warriors that like to stay in one spot for a month or more to really figure a place out. We learn about the people, the sights, and the opportunities for the kids to become a regular somewhere. We found that we also save money when we are not always traveling because the cost at places is less for a whole month as opposed to weekly or daily rates. And you save money on gas!

In the spirit of saving money, let us not forget about the FREE places that most already know about, but why not list them here too? Places like BLM land where you can stay up to 2 weeks for free boondocking, but there is no special requirement for your rig and they have some pretty great spots to camp (i.e. South Rim of the Grand Canyon)!

We have even stayed at truck stops from one night for up to 3 days! Rest areas are a great stopping place for a break too, as well. Most have a “No More than 8 Hours” Rule, but we have always stayed like 10 or 12 hours and never had any issues.

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(FREE! Parked at a Rest Area in New Mexico completely off grid!)

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(Parked at a Truck stop in Roswell, New Mexico for 3 days to check out the alien sights. We went to Walmart on the 2nd day and asked to borrow their outside hose at the garden center to fill our fresh water tank. They were super nice and had no problems with us doing that.)

You may ask, “How do you know when a rest area, truck stop, or free place is available and how far are you from it?” Great Question! Technology has really come a long way helping those of us who live a life of traveling!

I use the apps TruckersPath and FreeCampsites.net. There are also a number of great RV park/campground applications you can download that all pretty much do the same thing for those search options.

I mostly use the two aforementioned apps while plotting the course to our destination before we head out, as well as during travel. TruckersPath will have up to date information on if there spaces available at rest areas, truck stops, and parking lots (i.e. Walmart, Home Depot, etc) as long as people are using the app.

FreeCampsites.net app links you to their website and shows a map of places people have personally used and reviewed to camp or park for free or small fee. Lots of BLM land, state land, parking lots, truck stops, etc. Use the tools at your fingertips to make traveling less stressful!

With every place we went, the price changed, the effort for services was different, and amenities were variable. You pay to play. If you are traveling in your bus conversion and just never bothered with the perks these other RVers are taking advantage of, take it from me, it is definitely worth the ask.

Just make sure you research and do your due diligence before you roll into a place, get rejected, and have a bad night at a rest stop somewhere! Take advantage of technology and apps, prepare as much as you can, and enjoy the journey! Safe Travels! 

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 (Parked on site at our winter Workamping Gig (managing a pumpkin patch, tree lot, fireworks stand) in Arizona. Totally fenced in, with lock and key. We were the only ones on the site and had water from a local business, gray water dump service, and generator power provided by the company. We also had 2 weeks off in between seasons and were allowed to stay and use the generators and all while we went and explored. Free Hookups and Paid Gig.)

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(Private property in East Texas near my parent’s house. This spot had a 30 amp electric hookup meant for a food truck. There is also a big building pretty far from the hookups that the owner runs a flea market out of Friday-Sunday. Gray water was leached onto an area she wanted us to water via an old hose, and there was a dumpster on site for our trash. We had lots of privacy here too! Paid $200/month.)

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(We met a local farmer whom we sold some honey for while we workamped the tree lot who offered us a spot on his private property for as long as we needed. We only stayed a few months, but we had a water hookup, 30 amp electric, and the gray water leeched a dead area he wanted some grass to grow at, a dumpster was on site, and it was fenced off too! The people you meet on the road may surprise you so keep an open mind and be friendly! $200/ month +electric which was normally $75)

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(Parked at a friend’s house in Washington State Spring-Summer with water hook up only. The panels and batteries provided 100% of our power and the gray water went into a drain that was installed on the property. They let us use their laundry room and did not charge us to stay. Great friends!)

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(Parked on a friend’s private property completely off grid with full water tanks. We stayed a week before hitting the road. Ask friends and family what they may think is available, because you never know who has a piece of property you can boondock on for a bit! The neighbor even let us fill our tanks when we got low towards the end of our stay. No payment!)

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(Workamping at Kamp Klamath in California the Redwoods during our first Summer in the bus. We had a spot away from other RVers, Full Hook Ups, local attraction discounts, free laundry, free BBQ on Saturday, food from the garden we would help tend, and a store discount. The cost was us working 4- 5 hour days in the office/store. We were in charge of reservations, selling items from the small store on site, rv escorts, and simple store/office cleaning duties.)

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(In Cortez, CO at Mesa Verde RV Park in late March. We got a snow day which had us extend a couple of days, but it was our first RV park ever that we stayed at and a great learning experience. A great spot to stay for a few days. This was about $30/day for full hook ups and a laundry room.)

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(We stayed at Black Canyon City Campground in Black Canyon City, AZ about 45 minutes North of Phoenix. The spot was cool and out of the dust of Phoenix for the month of May when we were there. The pool and hot tub they featured was not cleaned very well. We paid $575 for that month and were ultimately disappointed. They ended up charging us $175 for electricity that month as well, which is by far the most I have ever paid. Bus Conversion friendly, but at what price?

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(Stayed at a friend’s house out in the country in Central Texas for a couple of weeks. This was actually our first trip after the conversion was complete and was our half way point on our trip to East TX. We were totally dependent on the solar for two weeks with access to water to fill the fresh water tank They also let us use their laundry room! Great friends!)

Also check out my other blogs/vlogs that will correspond with this article and more on our experiences. Links are below:

Places to Park Your Skoolie/Tinyhouse: Differences in Features and Costs

Where to Park Your Skoolie/TinyHouse and How to Research

How to Set Up You Skoolie/Tinyhouse at an RV Park

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Skoolie Life Update January 2019

Check out what we are up to after our workamping gig ended this winter! We take a nice long break with limited people interactions and really just do what we want to! Time to decompress and get organized for our plans for the year!

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Workamping a Fireworks Stand: New Years 2018

The last part of our winter gig is setting up and managing a fireworks stand for new years eve. This only lasts from around Xmas Eve til New Years Day. We have to inventory all of the fireworks, set up and break down tables and such…a lot less work than the tree lot! It is a welcome more lax side of the job after a busy tree season.

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