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The Blue Bird Bus

Josiah Wallingford

Joined: Jan 08, 2012
Posts: 90
Location: Whitefish, MT
My wife and I were given this buss. We plan on rebuilding it from the ground up to live out of while saving for a permiculture land of our own. After that we will use this for the occasional camping trip. I will upload the designs once I have them. It is being design by Bear Paw out at
This is the bus that was talked about in the podcast with myself and Paul Wheaton. I will include a link to that podcast once it is up.

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Josiah Wallingford

Joined: Jan 08, 2012
Posts: 90
Location: Whitefish, MT
Here is another cool one that was sent to me with the same sort of idea.
Rufus Laggren

Joined: Feb 23, 2012
Posts: 404
Location: Chicago/San Francisco
Now _that's_ got character! <g>

Here's a forum of "bus people" with lots of info:

paul wheaton

Joined: Apr 01, 2005
Posts: 17407
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
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Peter DeJay

Joined: Aug 10, 2011
Posts: 104
Location: Southern Oregon
Ahh this takes me back..! Just wanted to also mention another great site if your into the house truck/bus lifestyle, PRobably the web's largest compendium of this type of stuff, as well as some great articles and details of solar stuff, and one of the neatest things. This guy made a diesel powered pusher for his electric car. Its made from a VW rabbit, but its just the front end and wheels, and is remotely controlled. Pretty neat stuff if you want to browse around.

Dale Hodgins

Joined: Jul 28, 2011
Posts: 5492
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
I will live aboard this bus part time. Because it is used to transport up to 24 passengers, I will have to live lightly and roll up my bed each morning.l will install a 42 inch TV and a small sink. I'm outfitting it with a good PA system so that I can host kareoke and jam nights while parked at campsites.

That's weird. I don't remember parking on such a steep slope.. Good thing it has a good parking brake.

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Lori Crouch

Joined: Sep 26, 2011
Posts: 104
Location: Amarillo, TX.
I love the bus/house. Call me crazy.
Jeanine Gurley

Joined: May 23, 2011
Posts: 1393
Location: Midlands, South Carolina Zone 7b/8a
Also check out . I have a bus that we refurbished but we have since lost interest and I am getting ready to donate it. Skoolies is a great forum though - lots of technical advice there - they were a big help to us.

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Cal Burns

Joined: Mar 23, 2011
Posts: 111
How Grapes of Wrath-ish!
Another option is RVs. They are self contained with kitchen, bath, bed, and for one who has owned several many are more comfy than a house.
There are lots of fulltime RVers out there who aren't retired and love it. No mortgage to contend with either.

Josiah Wallingford

Joined: Jan 08, 2012
Posts: 90
Location: Whitefish, MT
Wow! Thank you for the responses so far. It is great to see I am not the only one in a bus! What have you guys done to make your bus's/rv's green?
I am thinking of putting a solar water heater and maybe even a little greenhouse on top.
Jay Kemp

Joined: Feb 20, 2012
Posts: 12
LOVE the bluebird bus/home! Can't wait for the updates!

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Jocelyn Campbell

Joined: Nov 09, 2008
Posts: 3118
Location: Missoula, MT
That sure has a vintage vibe going for it, Josiah! And I do mean in a good way.

I'm not sure what income models you're imagining at your permaculture homestead, but for some reason, your Blue Bird reminded me of one of my all-time favorite food trucks in Seattle:

Not that you'd want to cover up the Blue Bird to become something totally different, just that with a certain style, creativity or trademark, you could have truly memorable farmers market rig, B&B-style guest house (or something) down the road.

Planning for multiple uses and flexibility could really pay off in the end.

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