A couple who sold everything to live on a converted school bus before narrowly escaping bankruptcy said they would rather die than return to their old life.
Tawny McVay, 34, and her husband Michael, 31, from Billings, Montana, already had a family academy business, a three-story home, and a nice car – but they weren't happy.
After watching a video about the renewal of bus life in the spring of 2018, they began researching wheeled homes. Just two months later, they put their house on the market and sold almost everything they owned, including the family business.
The couple have traveled about 5,000 miles, traveling through the Pacific Northwest, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, and plan to go southwest during the harsh winter months.
Tawny McVay, 34, and her husband Michael, 31, from Billings, Montana, who sold their belongings to live their life on the road in a converted school bus.
The couple created their own room aboard the bus. They plan to travel to the southwest of the US in winter.
Before buying the bus, Tawny and Michael had a family-run gym, a three-story home, and a nice car – but they weren't happy.
The couple's dog, Apollo, during renovations. They spent $ 15,000 converting the bus into a home.
They found buyers for their business and home, but both failed after they bought the bus.
Struggling to survive, they had to live with their family for six months and Tawny and Michael arrived a week after the bankruptcy.
But finally the house and business were sold and they could expect to live life on the road.
They call the bus Oliver – a RE International 2004 school bus that costs £ 3,900 ($ 5,000). The renovations cost £ 11,700 ($ 15,000).
The double-wheeled house includes a fully equipped kitchen and a washer / dryer combination
Tawny said: “We called Oliver's bus and he's a RE International school bus in 2004. We picked him up at a local company for £ 3,900 ($ 5,000).
Tawny and Michael carried out all the makeovers on the bus, along with the help of Tawny's father and brothers.
Tawny explained: 'Every lifestyle has its pros and cons. Having a home on wheels is not always an easy choice & # 39;
Tawny explained, "To be honest, as the saying goes, we'd rather die on such an adventure than live on the sidelines."
Tawny said: “We had a business, a three-story house and all the usual means of measuring success. We were rated as successful and should have been extremely happy, but we were not.
& # 39; In the early spring of 2018, we saw a documentary about a couple who turned a school bus into a small house. We did some research and put our house on the market a few weeks later.
In two months, we sold most of our belongings and hired the house and our business. We searched and searched for the perfect bus, finally found it and, with everything tied up, bought the bus and got in.
The converted school bus seating area, which comes complete with a Murphy bed
There are restrooms aboard the bus, including a compost toilet on the left and a shower
The bus still has room for two bunk beds, so there's a place for both kids to sleep when they join them on their travels.
& # 39; Then the disaster happened. Our house went down two days before closing the deal and the person who bought our business gave up. Now we were screwed.
“We had to live with Mike's parents and it was a very tiring six months. According to the numbers, we were a week away from bankruptcy. But luckily the house was sold and we were able to move on board.
“We made the reform ourselves along with the help of my father and brothers.
Tem It has a living area with a Murphy bed, a full kitchen with stove and fridge, bathroom with a compost toilet, shower and washer / dryer, and our bedroom.
Há There are almost 100 liters of fresh water, two propane tanks and a solar system with 600W of panels and 600Ah batteries.
“ With everything ready, we finally moved to the bus in May 2018 and have lived there full time since. & # 39; & # 39;
Rusty: What was the school bus like when Tawny and Michael bought it
Tawny helps with the renovations. She said, "When we told our family and friends what we would do, they laughed."
Mike begins work by ripping the floorboards off the bus during the process of turning it into a wheeled house
All seats on the bus had to be ripped off to add beds, a kitchen and a bathroom.
The couple So far, it has covered about 5,000 miles across the Pacific Northwest, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, and plans to go southwest during the harshest winter months.
Tawny added, “We were very lucky not to have too many problems while we were on the road. We have our Great Dane Apollo to protect us, but fortunately the only thing that always stumbles at night has been the occasional wild animal when we stay in the woods.
# Sometimes it can be difficult to find a place to fill the water or find a place to park the bus when we are visiting larger cities.
“When we told family and friends what we were going to do, they laughed. Mike and I are very impulsive people and we are not within the social norm either. They nodded and agreed. I suppose they are used to our "weird" choices.
“We have two children who also travel with us part-time when they are not with their biological father. We love that we can teach them to follow their dreams, even if they are not "normal".
Tawny sits behind the wheel of the bus. Since May 2018, McVays have traveled over 5,000 miles
Tawny said, “Sometimes it can be hard to find a place to fill the water or find a place to park the bus when we're visiting bigger cities.”
& # 39; Every lifestyle comes with pros and cons. Having a home on wheels is not always an easy choice, it takes determination because you have to solve travel problems and breakdowns.
“To be honest, as the saying goes, we would rather die in such an adventure than live in a standstill. If you understand that, feel something when you say that, life on the bus may be for you.
& # 39; People who say "I wish I could do that" guess? You can! We have no special skills, we had no experience before we started, we learned as we went along and with the help of others with experience.
"The determination and the desire to move forward, no matter what happens."
The couple decided to live their life on the road in the spring of 2018 after watching a bus renewal video.
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