Luke and Rachel Davis, who have a dog and 2-year-old daughter, live in a school bus.
Luke and Rachel are high school sweethearts who got married right after graduating. Luke was working as a pipefitter and Rachel had started a baking business when a friend of theirs told them about mobile homes and the people who lived in them, traveling cross-country as they pleased, seeing the sights and gems the nation had to offer.
“We’d never even heard about it, but within two months of even hearing they existed we bought a school bus,” Luke said.
They figured, if we don’t do it now, we’ll never have the chance.
“What do we really have to lose? Our big tv? Our comfy couches? Our yard? Our nice big kitchen? (All these things are material possessions that can easily be replaced or lived without),” they wrote in a blog post. That led to an epiphany—they didn’t want to be owned by their possessions.
“We realized by purging ourselves of all these unnecessary possessions and habits we will have more time for the things we truly value: God, family, our marriage, freedom, and adventure.”
Handy by trade, and having 10 years of experience welding, Luke was well equipped to fully renovate a school bus and turn it into a home. The bus itself cost $4,000, and it took about 2 years to fully renovate.
The result is jaw-dropping.
From the inside, there is no hint that this used to be a school bus.
There have been quite a few people who’ve turned school buses into cozy homes on the road, but the Davis’s vehicle is special—they raised the roof by 20 inches to give it a lovely, open feeling.
The family actually began living on the bus before it was completely redone, which was a bit difficult, but also rewarding.
As a result of that, they got to travel far and wide—which was the whole point.
When the Davises decided they were going to live on a bus, they also wanted to be able to go off the grid completely.
The solar panels generate 900 watts of power, and there is a 4-battery bank.
Luke works as a handyman wherever they go, and Rachel works for a health and wellness company that allows her to telecommute.
And because this bus is their home, they still wanted it to be comfortable without compromise.
Much of the furniture serves dual purposes—like this couch that folds out into a bed—but they made sure to design things so not everything was tucked away and would require set-up before every use.
“I was a baker before we moved into this so the kitchen is my place so I definitely wanted a big one,” said Rachel.
“With this kitchen we’re able to cook anything we could in our old place, we didn’t have to compromise,” Luke said.
The bus has two bedrooms—Luke and Rachel’s, and Charlotte’s own cribspace.
The bathroom has a shower and a tub—it’s a bit smaller than what you’d find in most homes, Rachel said, but that was to be expected.
“Boy have we gotten the itch to travel,” they wrote. “Once we started taking advantage of living in a moving vehicle we just can’t get enough of it. Our hearts long for adventure and experiencing new things.”
The responses to their way of life has been mixed, and that was not surprising for the couple. It’s definitely a conversation starter, they wrote. Sometimes people are baffled, sometimes they’re disgusted, sometimes they’re excited.
“Positive outweighs the negative though and we love it!”