Tour of the Family Bus

I do apologize for how long it took me to get a video up for all of you interested in our Family Bus. If you knew the technical difficulties I overcame to post this, you would applaud.

I’m listening…there – I heard you. Thank you very much.

The Bus was originally a charter bus with the storage compartments down below like a Greyhound (It still has the storage bays – I’m just trying to describe it well for you). We bought it already converted and simply added a few more bunks so we could sleep more extended family when on vacation. We took this bus all the way to Dallas, TX on a three week road trip this summer with a total of 14 people on the way home, and all claim to have had fun, so it really is a great way to travel as a family.

But you don’t want to know the gas mileage it gets. You just don’t.



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  1. says

    Wow. I’m a first time visitor to your blog and absolutely LOVE this converted bus! We’ve toyed with the idea of getting an RV but I love how this is laid out better. Can you buy them converted already? Did you and your family convert it yourselves or hire someone? Any special codes that must be met for legal purposes? Sorry I’m full of questions…

    I also love that you’ve lived in a tipi and are surrounded by Amish communities!! I want to come visit for a weekend and then live with the Amish for a week! Friends with any of the Amish?

    If you can’t tell… I’m totally intrigued by your life! :-)

    • Trina says

      Meghan – lovely to meet you!
      Bus conversion is a hobby for many. Our family converted two smaller buses before we found this one, and it was already converted. I think you could google ‘bus conversions’ to find more info–I’m kinda clueless as to the technicalities. I just know I love it. It really is better for lots of bodies than the typical RV.

      I have several Amish ‘aquantances’. It takes a long time to build relationship with them as they are so reserved. But if you came to visit you could watch them clip-clop by my house all day. :)

  2. says

    Wow! What a great bus! I just found your blog through your post on allume today about small bloggers (that would be me hehe), and I’ve loved getting to “know you” through your site. Thanks for sharing this video!

  3. says

    Love your video and major kudos to you for overcoming technical difficulties!

    I'm sure the gas mileage isn't great, but your hotel expenses are cheap! :)

  4. says

    My family has camped for years starting with tents, trailers, and then a mobile home. I really like the bus idea. I wish you all the best of luck with it on your travels. It is always good for a family to travel like this. It builds so many good bonds.


  5. says

    That looks awesome!

    I know what kind of mileage our trucks get, so I'm sure you're not getting much more than (as another said)5-10 gallons, but closer to the 5.

  6. says

    Love the bus! It looks like it would be so nice to be able to travel in! Especially with children!
    As far as the price of fuel goes… we can totaly relate to that with our work truck! It is one of those “Don't Ask” questions! :)

  7. says

    Very neat, looks like a great setup for traveling. I will for fun make a guess and say 6-8mpg? I know this sounds crazy,but I know suburbans that people drive that get that bad of gas mileage.