In late October of 2015, after finding ourselves (inevitably) between a rock and a hard place with our plans to longterm travel south on our Honda Trail Bikes, we were faced with a choice of abandoning Loulou (our phenomenal travel cat) to an unknown fate OR compromising our trip to accommodate her. We chose to compromise, and as a result purchased a school bus, a vehicle large enough for comfortable full-time living.
Our bus, Stubbs, is a 1995 International 3600 with a Thomas body. Before we removed the seats, it held 24 passengers (a six-windowed setup with 6 bench seats on either side of the center aisle…for those interested in the nit-picky details). Stubbs is powered by an International T444 diesel engine, which is essentially a 7.3L Ford Powerstroke. We found Stubbs on Craigslist, being sold by Hope Church of Sparta, Missouri. They hadn't created a successful bus ministry, as they'd hoped, so we gave Stubbs a new home with us.
Below, you can follow some links to check out photos from the conversion and plenty of blog posts documenting every detail of the purchase and conversion. In April 2016, we eventually made our way up to West Glacier, Montana and lived comfortably in the bus while working in Glacier National Park. Our plans kept morphing, however, and the bus was sold to some wonderful new owners to make way for our next rig, Little Foot the Pinzgauer!
Finished photos of Stubbs the Bus and saying goodbye as its new owners drive away!