The growth of the tiny house movement in recent years has reignited interest in the idea of living a simpler lifestyle. It has also revived enthusiasm for small spaces of all kinds — a soothing antidote to the wretched excess of the McMansion era. Beyond building lovely tiny houses, some are also renovating school buses into stylish homes on wheels. It’s hardly a new thing, but one major advantage that school bus-based tiny homes have over “conventional” tiny homes is that they are much more mobile — and also much cheaper than a high-end tiny house.
Nels Norene was featured in Tiny Homes on the Move. He wrote:
I found this aged photocopy while going through a box of files from years past. It was tucked in with folders of research notes, press releases, rough drafts and galleys of articles for various publications and several rejected or killed stories that I’d had vague hopes of placing in other print media; all this from the days before the Internet. Everything looked so crisp and quaint, especially the neatly typed articles on 20 lb. bonded stationery.
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Lucas’ bus was featured on pp. 70-71 of Tiny Homes on the Move. Here’s the latest:
April 3, 2015
Hey Hey there Lloyd, I wanted to give you an update on the bus. Also, I really appreciated you working with me for the timeline and putting my bus in your book.… So, for the update: I’ll attach a few pictures of the bus. Naturally, it’s not finished. It most likely will never be, but as we know that is the joy of a custom mobile life.
Since the past pictures I’ve rebuilt most of the interior using wood I’ve cut, milled, stacked and dried (all done a few years back), or wood that I’ve salvaged. There’s a 400-watt solar system, 12v lighting, converted freezer to fridge (not in the pics), deck on top, pull-behind trailer/porch, and concrete shower. The floors are plumbed with radiant heat pex tubing. I have a thermal solar panel, although it’s not installed yet. The greywater tank is in, and finally some curtains are being hung.
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Photo by Steve Walser
1951 GMC bus that pulls a 1956 Airstream Trailer, used as a tailgate party bus for Oregon Ducks fans.
The bus originally hauled Idaho schoolkids, then Oregon Boy Scouts, then was used on a strawberry farm. Now a tailgating venue, the bus’s history stays alive, filled as it is with tailgaters who not only are students of the game and loyal to their team, but enjoy nothing better than the sweet smell of victory. Read More …