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  • Wilson State Park, KS

    T&K June 20, 2021

    This one is going to be short and sweet but we felt like we found a gem in Kansas and we wanted to share! If you’ve ever had to drive through Kansas, then you probably drove on I70 and you know what it’s like. Long stretches of straight, flat highway. Big, open land with barely any trees in sight. It’s a nightmare for those who want reprieve from the sun,…

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  • Allenspark, CO

    T&K June 20, 2021

    As we left the stifling heat of Denver, we set our sights on finding a free camping spot closer to Rocky Mountain National Park. Thanks to iOverlander.com, we found dispersed camping on a small loop just off of South St. Vrain Drive (Route 7). This is about 40 minutes from the most popular entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park, which is close to Bear Lake Road and Trail Ridge…

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  • Our Disastrous Maiden Voyage

    T&K March 24, 2021

    After completing the interior build of the bus, we were eager to head south as soon as possible for warmer weather. A warmer climate would allow us to finish our electrical setup in temperatures that are more battery-friendly. And we liked that we could sleep and live in the bus while we do it! So we left for our maiden voyage on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Little did we know,…

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  • Happy Holidays

    T&K January 1, 2021

    Welcome to 2021! Where We’re At Okay, yes. We gave into the trend and got matching onesie pajamas. I might have regretted it but then we played in the snow and took pictures and it was all immediately worth it. We tried to involve Brandy with a matching sweater but she’s unruly and has never been great at photoshoots. We have taken the last few weeks off from working on…

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  • Skoolie vs. Sprinter Van

    T&K July 19, 2020

    In this modern wave of vanlifers, it seems like a good idea to explain why we decided to buy a short school bus over a van. Price and space were the two main factors that swayed our decision and they both pointed us toward the school bus. Price Firstly and probably most importantly, vans are generally more expensive than school buses. When we were in the market, it was hard…

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  • The Best School Bus To Buy

    T&K July 19, 2020

    When we entered the market to buy a school bus, we did a lot of research to figure out exactly what we were looking for. There were a lot of lifestyle and personal opinions to consider as well as objective facts that helped sway our decision to end up with a 2010 Chevy Duramax diesel short school bus. Here are some of the most important things to consider when buying…

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  • Demolition

    T&K July 6, 2020

    We bought our 2010 Chevy Duramax Diesel short school bus in June 2019 from a school bus dealership in New York State. As soon as it made it to Vermont, we were raring to get started with the demolition. In this post: Seats Floor Rear Heater Ceiling & Wall Panels Electrical Wires In our school bus conversion posts, we have included tips for anyone who has little to no experience…

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  • Exterior Painting

    T&K July 5, 2020

    Painting the bus to anything other than school bus yellow was a high priority for us. In some states, your private school bus can’t even pass inspection if it’s still yellow because of its association with public schools and safety. We didn’t find any rules about it in our home state of Vermont but we were eager to make it look less like a school bus and more like our…

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  • Floor

    T&K July 4, 2020

    We were very excited to work on the floor because we knew it was one of the major steps in the transformation from a passenger bus into a living space. Although it was a lot of work, this was one of our favorite steps in the conversion because it was something we could both work on independently and simultaneously, so progress came quickly and was very satisfying to see. In…

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  • Walls

    T&K July 3, 2020

    The original walls of the bus are an interesting space because they are recessed by the floor and then jut out about a foot off the floor, making the wall as a whole uneven. This has created some challenges for us in customizing our build as most things need to be flush with the wall and the floor to be secured. We also had to make decisions about how many…

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