Check out the FAQ drop down menu below, and here is a Q&A video from our youtube channel!

 

If you have any further questions, drop a comment on Youtube or send me a DM on Instagram. 

What kind of bus is LUCKY?


Lucky is a 2003 Ford E450 with a Powerstroke 7.3L Diesel engine. She is 22 ft. long, and 100 sq. ft. of living space. I bought Lucky from a used car dealership in upstate New York after spending months trying to find this exact make and model. Miles when bought: 130K




How much solar do you have?


We have 600W of panels on the roof, and 600 amp hours of batter storage (3 200 amp hour AGM deep cycle batteries). This is enough for us to live normally in the summer months. We hope to upgrade our agm batteries to lithium soon!




How much did the bus cost?


The estimated total value of Lucky is about $50,000 if you were to purchase through a contractor or builder. Dan and I invested our personal savings into the build, and part of the build was supported by our sponsors. Lucky has some upgrades such as foam board insulation, a full solar system, security, HVAC system, and custom design elements. Without some of the upgrades, you could recreate Lucky into a $35,000 build from a contractor, and a DIY'er could do it for far less. Labor is pricy for these kinds of builds, as it's all custom. There is no right or wrong way to build your bus. For some people it makes sense to DIY, for others a builder. Everyone has a different life situation, which is why everyone's build story, timeline, and finances are different in the bus community. Do what is right for you. I owned the bus and was working towards getting it completed for two years before the end result.




How big is your living space?


Lucky is just about 100 sq. ft. of living space. It's amazing how little space you need when it's utilized right. We have a full closet, bathroom with shower, full sized bed, vanity, living area, kitchen, and mudroom.




What do you do for work?


Dan and I started our own company that does brand marketing design, social media management, online marketing strategy, and PR services. We work 100% remotely, living that digital nomad life.




Do you live in the bus full time?


Yes we do! We officially began the bus life full time March 5, 2019. We will be living full time in Lucky indefinitely.




Where do you park?


Here's where we park: 1. BLM Lands. You can stay on most public lands for free, while some require a permit (often free or just a few bucks depending on the season). Some of the most beautiful campgrounds are found here. 2. freecampsites.net. We find some really cool off the beaten path options that are completely free. The reviews from other boondockers are very helpful. 4. ioverlander app. Free, another resoure like freecampsites. 3. A website called Boondockers Welcome. This site costs $30 annual membership and you get to stay with on people's land for free. Most of these people are van lifers or bus lifers themselves, or have a large farmstay/ property that welcome travelers. 4. Harvest Hosts. ($79 annual membership). This one has some cool places, but we don't use it as much as it's expected that you will patron the business you stay at. Although sometimes it is absolutely worth it. 5. Walmarts. They're everywhere and when you're just trying to get from one place to another, these are generally a safe and easy option to spend the night. 6. Friends' houses!




Do you have a youtube channel?


Yes! Check it out below and subscribe. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdUStQKs5JoZlmN4LBm6-sg




Can you run your AC off your solar?


Yes! Althought it is only little bits at a time. The max amount of time we can run the AC continuously is 20 min, however we can run it for a few minutes on and off throughout the day if the sun is replenishing our system to keep the bus comfortable. Thank you to our friends at AM Solar in Oregon for making this possible!




How do you become a digital nomad?


Great question! We created a whole youtube video discussing how we made this happen, what I did to get started, etc. The link is below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpEiaUqtpSc&t=4s





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