Bus Tour

Bus Tour


Hi, I’m Heather. I’m I’m Josh. And we live in the Big Sage Bus. And we’re going to give you a brief tour of the school bus. You’ll be able to find more specifics on things someplace else on our site. Enjoy. This is our school bus, the Big Sage Bus. It’s a ’94 Thomas. I’m just going to kind of take you on a tour of the outside and kind of show you some of the systems and things we’ve got going. So… Come along on this side. We’re lucky to have lots of storage in this bus. Here’s our battery bank. We went with four, 6-volt batteries. Over here is our gray water tank. Heather’s dad was nice enough to weld us a frame so that’s pretty nice, and we don’t have a black water tank because we have a composting toilet as Heather will show you later. We have a little outdoor shower. It hasn’t gotten much use yet, but it will come in handy someday. And this is where we fill up our fresh water tank. This bus came equipped with an 8.3 liter Cummins diesel, turbocharged. It runs good, has like 160,000 miles. So far, so good. That’s Blazer and Ginger. All right, come around here. Here is our city water hookup. And that’s a battery box. Here’s where we dump our gray water. And that’s just the other side of the gray water tank with some drains coming down. this gives us access to our bathroom. It’s kind of handy since we have to dump the composting toilet. That’s a chimney for our woodstove. And that top section comes off for travel. I put a little cap on there. and over here we have our propane tanks. We just have two, 20-pound tanks. So far that’s working okay for us. We can give you some more specifics on that later on. This is access to the refridgerator. This was quite a chore for me to build this little airtight enclosure. And then we’ve got a little roof vent there also for the ‘fridge. And our power supply. We went with 30-amp. We thought about doing 50, but 30 works for us. And I’d say that’s about it for the outside. I’ll take you on inside. This is a lock that Josh installed. We just put a padlock on here and we can only lock it from the outside right now, but we’ll show you our solution for that. This is our entryway. We decided to go with an open layout, as open as we could in our bus while still being useful. because it is a small space and the less walls, the better in my opinion. So decided to do a really open coat closet just using an old trunk that we had. And coat hooks here in the front. It suits our needs just fine. Here we have a little shoe area that we built underneath. And here we have the driver’s area. We haven’t done much with this up here. Up here we have our electronic panel and our switches Here we have a nice rolling drawer pantry that Josh made for me. This is awesome because we can actually store a lot of food. Any of the big heavy stuff we put under here with the nice strong rollers. We decided to take out our two emergency exits that go out to the roof and install these fans. They can blow in or out. This one serves as our cooking vent as well. So whenever we use the propane we like to make sure we turn that on — or open it up. It automatically turns on and whisks away the grease and clears our air really fast. This is our 3-way refridgerator. We were lucky enough to find this on Craigslist. But it’s not a mini ‘fridge and it actually is a great size for us. We can fit a weeks’ worth of food or more in there. One of the nicest things about having a small ‘fridge we’ve found, is you don’t accumulate a lot of condiments and have a bunch of stuff go bad. So it’s perfect. Makes it easy to keep up with it. This is our kitchen. As you can see, we have penny countertops. These are our pride and joy. We spent way too much time on these, but I think they turned out really well. We got to add some of our style in there and Josh even put his Indian head pennies in. Also, we did pegboard walls, and that stores all of our pots and pans there. It’s come in very handy. We decided not to build cupboards in the kitchen because we wanted to keep it nice and open and airy as much as possible. But it adds a lot of space to store things in the baskets and it’s like a whole ‘nother counterspace if you have a lot of stuff you’re working with at the time. Our dining table, computer table, project table, it’s everything. And that whole things drops down if we want to get it out of the way. This is our living room. I built these couches out of pallets and I will probably make a tutorial on how I did that just because it was really cheap, and easy, and offers a lot of storage underneath for our wood. This is our woodstove. It’s an Aspen 1920 by Vermont Castings and we were lucky enough to find it on Craigslist. It’s a good little woodstove. It’s a good size for us. Not too big, not too small. And I’ll talk more sometime about the chimney and all that, and the heat shields. But it was a project getting it in there. Yeah. It keeps us very cozy though. We’ll probably use it year-round. The LED light strips that run along the whole first half of our bus here. And then we also have LEDs in the ceiling. All of the trim and woodwork, Josh did that. He’s very handy that way. And we think it made it look a lot nicer, and more finished, and warm in here. We decided to use tongue and groove on our ceiling, which was a very time-consuming, frustrating project as well, but I’m so glad we did it. Every time it get’s really humid in here it kind of does it’s little wavy-warp thing but it’s kind of cool to watch as it adjusts to the temperature, and the outdoors, and everything else. We kind of have to go with the flow of nature living in a bus. That’s right. This is our shower. We decided to keep it in the living room strangely enough, but we saw some other buses that did similar things and I really like to keep it open and I really think it helps the space not feel like a narrow hallway all the way down. Inside the bath, we needed to slope it toward the drain because all the water wouldn’t drain out all the way, So we added mortar and then we put some pebbles in there and sealed it with epoxy, and it actually feels really nice and stimulating on your feet like being in a creek. This is our bathroom. And I’ll take you inside real quick. I’ll turn on the light. This might be tricky. Yeah. We made our own pedestal sink to try to keep it out of the way and minimal. And we have a composting toilet in here which we’ll talk more about some other time. and it’s pretty simple to use So far, it’s worked out really well for us and it’s pretty simple to use. These are our closets. We each have one. We have a ‘hers’ and a ‘his’ on this side. We have had to minimize our clothing somewhat, but they actually hold quite a bit and we’ve been really happy with the amount of space that we have with them so far. This is our bedroom. We wanted to have a full-size queen bed and not be transforming our couch or dining area into a bed every night. That was really important to us. So, we have this platform, it’s built over the engine — we have a rear engine bus. It’s very cozy in here. It’s one of our favorite spaces in the bus. We have baskets in the back instead of creating shelving around the overhead just, again, to keep it nice and open. And we love our plants in the back there. We can open up the whole back emergency exit and make this place into a wind tunnel and cool it off in the summer. We have another vent fan back here. It works good for the shower. Back here we decided to do the half covered windows. So we took out the glass and we installed wood in the bottom half of the panels so that we could have a little bit more privacy in the bedroom. Just — who wants to be laying in bed and looking out at your neighbors? So… One other thing I should mention is these thermal curtains that I made for the bus. And these have been pretty important for living comfortably in here. These are four layers. They have vinyl, a batting layer, — what else? Linen and felt. Just whatever you want on the inside and the outside. And these keep it cool in the summer. So it stops the sun from beating in and heating up the place too much, and it also keeps it a lot warmer in the winter. USB outlets on each side of the bed to charge our phones. We also made this hidden door. We tried to make it hidden This adds a lot of use for us right here. It’s just a little two-inch spot we had in the wall in between the studs, but we decided to have a full-size mirror in here and little magnet things so we could store medicines and different small items. And that’s about it. Yep