VickyW

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  • in reply to: Need composting toilet help! #2310

    VickyW
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    Thanks Yo – great information.
    I’m living in a bus right now – so I’ll keep this for one day if I ever build a house.

    I did talk with someone who put a composting toilet in her bus – she’s having a lot of trouble with it – it’s one of the fancy expensive ones – perhaps better to keep it simple.

    in reply to: Vicky's bus #1941

    VickyW
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    Hi Young-John, I’ve heard of a number of Bedford buses people are living in on the road – there’s a woman I’m going to meet up with in the Nelson area next month who lives in hers.

    Sounds like you have some great living options – the land is the important part. I’d love to meet up. I too am interested in meeting like minded people.

    I’ll be in the South Island for February and March – after that will start to move north. My email is vickybwhite@gmail.com if you’d like to connect. Thanks.

    in reply to: Vicky's bus #1940

    VickyW
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    Hi Johnoberg

    I’ll do my best with your questions.

    1. Where did you purchase it? Is there a company that makes these? My bus was originally a 20 seater – came to NZ like that I think, and the guy I bought it from spent about 10 years turning it into a home on wheels. As far as I know there isn’t a company who does this – but there are quite a few buses people have done up and are living in on the road. Quite a few Nissan Civilians like mine too. Wherever people are selling camper vans you’ll find these.

    2. What is your gas mileage like?
    I really don’t know – have never kept track because I personally don’t consider it important. I want a bus, I don’t drive huge distances, I’m not paying rent, etc etc. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. I do know that in December i paid about $200 for diesel, and travelled quite a bit – Wellington to Wanganui, Wellington to Levin, all around the Wairarapa. Most months I’ll be more settled.
    I also paid $60 for camp sites in December but none so far this month as I get wiser.

    3. What’s the square footage? My bus is 7 meters long (24ft) and about 6 foot wide – with some taken out for the cab and drivers seat. I’ve seen buses with a different layout who actually turn the drivers seat into part of a bed.

    4. Do you think two people could live comfortably? Now there’s a question. For me I couldn’t, but then I’m an introvert who likes my own space and I also run my coaching business from my bus. But I’ve met couples with an identical bus to mine who seem to be absolutely fine together in their bus. It may partly depend what kind of weather you’re living in – in summer you’re living a lot outside. But I think it’s a personality thing too – if you’re someone who likes your own space a lot, it would be a challenge – if you are energised being around people more, then you’ll be fine – I think you’ll know.

    5. Does it get cold as the temperature drops (since there are so many windows)? Well, I’ve only had my bus for just less than two months and so far it’s been more or less summer. You can get a diesel heater – they’re quite expensive. I think I’ll be fine. I’m going to have solar panels installed and with going north as winter comes on, I should be able to run a very small heater when it gets chilly. It’s such a small space it wouldn’t take much to heat it. I’ve also met people in buses who have pot belly wood stoves – they live with their doors and windows open a lot! I imagine that would get pretty toasty fast – would be a bit much for me.

    Hope this helps – happy to answer question – I love my new lifestyle.

    Bryce – perhaps we need a sub forum for tiny living in buses!! Now that’s really tiny living!

    in reply to: Vicky's bus #1769

    VickyW
    Participant

    I bought it already modified for around 40K. I’m living in it, traveling around. No mortgage etc. Great!

    in reply to: Need composting toilet help! #1701

    VickyW
    Participant

    Thanks Bryce – Just got it. Yes, I’m thinking more the bucket method!
    I’ll see if I can attach some photos of my bus in a more appropriate thread! Meanwhile my bedtime reading will be about composting toilets!

    in reply to: Cost of having one built #1015

    VickyW
    Participant

    Oh, thanks – that gives me an idea – good price for the basic structure.

    in reply to: Cost of having one built #993

    VickyW
    Participant

    Thanks Reaverbait. Which area of NZ is this company located?

    in reply to: Size of trailer/tiny house #680

    VickyW
    Participant

    Thanks Bryce – starting to dream about my tiny home!

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