So I Bought A Bus... with @scullythebus
Names: Liz Bernard & Brittany Meier
Just two gals who have a shared interest in traveling the world and a need for adventure and freedom. At first, my partner Liz(26) was a bit skeptical about bus life but after I (Brittany 27) showed her several YouTube videos and Pinterest photos she was on board and just as passionate as me about making this dream come true. We are really lucky that we both love the same things and are crazy enough to put a plan like this into motion. We are still in the very early stage of our conversion (with not even having the whole roof painted yet) but we are working really hard to get it done and have lots of help. We are so excited to eventually get on the road and make some memories!
What inspired/led you to buy a school bus?
Traveling and exploring nature has always been a shared love of ours. After about the hundredth tiny home YouTube video, it was decided; that is how we wanted to live our lives. It checked off all the boxes for us. Life on the road and waking up to new scenery whenever you want seems like a real adventure and also a stepping stone towards building a tiny home on a piece of land. It gives us the opportunity to explore our options.
Did you have any criteria for what you were looking for in a bus?
We knew we wanted something smaller than a full-sized skoolie but definitely not something like a sprinter van. Buses older than 20 years were a no-go nor did we want the mileage to be above 50,000. We wanted a home to last us for the long run.
Where/how did you find the bus?
The hunt for Scully the bus took a little while. We checked out a couple of buses on the side of the road but had no luck. We were searching craigslist, eBay, and used dealer websites for the perfect bus. Brittany finally found the one on eBay; sold to us by a very nice man up in Connecticut.
How long were you searching before you found the one you bought?
Scully was found and bought in about six months from when we seriously started looking.
Did you look at multiple buses before buying the one you did? If so, what stopped you from buying the others?
We did not look at too many buses in person, a lot of the research for the buses was done online. Most of the problems we ran into were the mileage being much too high, buses way too old, or that if we wanted to see it in person it was located somewhere crossing multiple state lines. Which was tough to do when both of us had clashing work schedules at the time.
Did you do research on what to look for in a potential purchase beforehand? What are some good resources that you used?
When it came to researching the perfect bus for us, we used quite a few resources. We spoke to many people who knew about the mechanical aspect of the vehicle. We learned beforehand how the size of the bus is important when it came to easy travel as well as parking. A very helpful video is available through Rolling Vistas.
Did you drive the bus home? What was it like driving it for the first time?
Yes! I (Brittany) drove the bus home! It was a little scary at first because it’s a lot bigger than any other vehicle I have ever driven but once I got going it actually felt really natural and exciting! I drove the whole way home with my brother in the back and we were just really excited and talking about all the possibilities for the two hour drive back. It’s a really great memory.