Even with the great outdoors at your fingertips, a trip in the camper sometimes needs that bit extra of home comfort in the evenings or when the weather takes a bad turn ⛈
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We've been a little MIA on here and honestly, Betty has been a little MIA from our lives First of all, Kerry & Betty didn't go on their girls weekend because Betty wasnt (and still isnt) doing to well. She'll be okay, she just needs a little extra love and fixing up. Second, chris has been crushing it on tour with @owlcityofficial since September. He evened lived in a bigger van/tour bus. shhhhh dont tell Betty. She's a jealous old gal (maybe that's why she wont turn on!? Lol) but @dart_frog_designs is back in less than a week and the Northeast starting to see snow ❄❄❄ which means back to our roots and time to take Betty back to the slopes. Anyone else skiing the east in december?! #skitheeast#backinbetty
Van Renovations: Day 1 & 2
Lots of low quality photos showing the first steps in deconstructing the interior.
First I started going crazy with the drill, unscrewing every screw I could find! Ripped out the curtains and blinds; mouse poop flying everywhere. This 30 year old van was INFESTED with mice at some point.
My buddy and I disconnected the battery so we could safely clip the wires from the interior lighting, etc. and taped off all the loose ends.
We managed to loosen the bolts enough after 3 hours to rip the bench seat out (connected to the frame itself). We then discovered the box containing the rear HVAC system which has put the reno on hold until I can have the old A/C lines discharged which will allow for safe disassembling and splicing of the remaining hoses.
Day 2: Decided to finish ripping off the side paneling and ceiling. Stripped it down to the metal and found that all the fiberglass insulation (yuck) was attached to the walls with adhesive. Going to have to scrape & grind all that off before cleaning the walls and priming!
My first time on a "panel of experts" during the FL Tiny House Festival went very well! We answered questions about all things #vanlife and #buslife . Thanks for including me @navigationnowhere!
Just chilling in our bus. These two are so cute. I’ve never seen a dog so devoted to her person as Ella is to my Austrian. #skooliedogz It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood yesterday and being out in the bus was a lot of fun. We gave some tours and enjoyed having people exploring our bus and talking about all things Tiny. 🍁
Delightful surprise! I got to meet my online friend Melody and her charming husband John. It was so much fun to meet them and talk about tiny houses and Skoolies!
It is beautiful here, crisp and chilly. But the inside of the bus is very comfortable when it is warmed by the sunshine! Beautiful day!
We have a tank of summer diesel in the bus, so we need to drive around until all that is gone so we can refill with winter diesel. Aw shucks. Who wants a tour of our bus at Aldi this morning?! LOL! 🍁
We had too much going to make it to the tiny house festival in Florida this weekend, but we had a mini festival right here in town. Consolation prize! LOL! I’m bummed to have missed out on meeting all the other Skoolie people but November is a busy time for pipe organ builders with all the autumn tunings plus the project in our workshop is due in a few weeks.
The first snow is like first love. Do you remember your first snow? ✨
یوھو اولین برف امسال و ما ھنوز عاشقیم.
فکر کن صبح از خواب پاشی، پرده رو بزنی کنار یهو ببینی همه جا سفید شده و گوله های برفی هم داره از آسمون میریزه پایین ، من که ذوق مرگ میشدم، میپریدم بیرون دلم میخواست از خوشحالی جیغ بزنم و بگم ای برف زیبا عاشقتم.
هیجان دیدن اولین برف همیشه برام مثل اولین روز عاشقی میمونه.
و من امروز هیجان زده ام❤️❤️❤️
DAY 1: DON’T ALWAYS TAKE THE VAN 🚲
First of all: we LOVE our van and love all other vans, but no matter what enginge it has, it will always be releasing a certain amount of toxins into the air. There are too much details to write it all down here, but in essence driving a car will never be eco-friendly. However, living in it is definitely more sustainable than living in a big, heated, air-conditioned house with a hot shower, toilet, laundry machine and so on. To minimize your impact on the environment concerning the fuel, you can start by driving more slowly. People driving behind you will just have to deal with that 🤷♀️ next, bring your bike to cover short distances, for example when you go out for groceries. Or park in a small village and take the train to visit a big city. Not only is this ecofriendly, you will also save money, it is safer and you won't lose your parking spot to another car 😉 also, off course, choose a secondhand van. Every hour, 6600 new cars are produced, so by paying money for a new car you indirectly support this business that exhausts our planet. .
💡Fact of the day: The biggest cause of microplastic on land are car tires, especially the tires from heavy cars. This is another reason to use your bike when possible, release your gas pedal instead of braking and change your car tires in time. 🔧
1993 VW Eurovan Conversion was the first vehicle conversion we completed. It was a trial, to say the least, however the knowledge gained was invaluable. I say it was a SUCCESS!
This van is in a functional art abd recording studio, powered fully by solar energy!! 🎧🎶🏞
Equipped with rotating passenger seat, and a convertible twin mattress, the van allows for multiple work spaces to create visual art and music to the owners content and sleeping space for one. The van has 3 different mounts for tablets/light tables as well as a 43" monitor for digital art, as well!
Some solid advice....
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” - Jack Kerouac
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Do you like snow? I can't say I enjoy it, but no one can deny the quiet beauty of a snowy landscape. There's something truly peaceful about seeing the world blanketed in snow, or watching snowflakes smoothly wind their way through the sharp winter air. #earlywinter#crabapples#imsocold#sendblankets