Corpus Christi - TX

NAME/S, AGE/S, BIRTH PLACE/S (home)
Chad, 26, Portland OR
Jess, 25, Seattle WA
Liam, 2, Utah
Current dwelling: Corpus Christi TX

 

MAKE, MODEL & YEAR OF VEHICLE, YEAR OF CONVERSION
2003 Bluebird international. Conversion started April 2016 and we moved in March 2017. Is the conversion ever fully complete? We have yet to figure that out. 

 

DIMENSIONS (Length, Wide, Height, Volume)
Interior square footage: 165
Added back porch gives us an extra 20 square feet. 
The ceiling is just over 7 feet tall inside. 

 

TOTAL MONTHS LIVING MOBILE
1/30 of a month. Our plan is to live in the bus for the next 5 years while we save up to buy land and build an earth home. 

 

CURRENTLY LOCATED
The one and only Texas. 

 

HOW MANY LIVING IN IT
2 full-grown humans and 1 premature human. 

 

HOW DO YOU SHOWER
Local athletic club and on the bus in our cosy bathroom. 

 

HOW DO YOU GET THE INTERNET
Unlimited data plan right now. We use hotspots for laptops. 

 

HOW DO YOU RECEIVE MAIL
Rent out a mailbox in the city we live in. Not a PO box, but a place that has a physical address so we can receive packages. 

 

HOW OTHERS REACTED
At first thought, we were crazy hippies and doubted we would even finish the project. Especially because we have never done anything like this before. But once we finished, people loved it and asked about how they could do it themselves! 

 

WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE YOU WENT MOBILE & WHY DID YOU MAKE THE CHANGE
We had just graduated from school and rented this massive apartment because we could afford it. And then, of course, we filled out apartment with a bunch of junk. We accumulated so much stuff over such a short period of time that it was embarrassing. We looked at our finances and our goals for the future and decided that we didn't want this to be the trend of how we lived out lives. We've always done things differently anyways, so why conform now? We really want to buy land and build our earth house someday, but we really what to know where we want to end up by experiencing a bunch of different places. So, we figured having an easily mobile home was one of the best ways to do it.

 

WHAT WAS THE PROCESS LIKE TO MOVE INTO YOUR MOBILE HOME
We thought we had already gotten rid of a bunch of junk but realised we still had a lot of downsizing to do. We had to rent a 5x5 storage unit last minute and we still need to clear that out completely before we hit the road. 

 

DO YOU PLAN TO GO BACK TO YOUR PREVIOUS WAY OF LIVING
Nope. We never want to pay rent/mortgage again. We will save up the money, and settle down somewhere. But who knows. Maybe we will like living on the road and do it permanently. We're open to all of the options available to us. 

Alistair Ridley