02 Aug Converting and Living in a Skoolie – Meet a Skoolie Family
Quickly scrolling through a Skoolie group one day, I paused on a post about lady and her husband needing a wood stove installed in their bus. I emailed her to see if we could help. Lo and behold, she only lived 3 hours from us. She and her husband were living in a Skoolie while converting it.
Have you ever had one of those moments where you just, as strange as it seemed, thought that you were destined to meet a person? Well, this is how I felt. As I talked to the couple and we arranged for them to come visit us, I was excited to meet these strangers that I had only emailed and spoken with a few times.
Strangers in Our House?
A few days before their arrival, a couple of our children started asking questions like: Are they living in a Skoolie? Are you going to let them in our house? Mom, are they going to eat with us? Do you realize they are strangers? The questions led to conversations about strangers and how could I let someone we didn’t know just park in our yard for 4 days, come in our house, and sit at our table and eat. “Mom! They are strangers and I have bad table manners! Are you sure you want to do this?”
As my excitement was building, Jeff and I assured our children that we would keep them safe. I was not rushing around trying to make the house perfect, or telling the children what to do and not to do. I was at peace. In my heart, I knew this was bigger than myself. The verse from Hebrew 13:2 kept coming to mind.
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
By the end of the four days, these people that entered our lives as strangers left as family. How can that be?
It was our destiny. I say, “It was a God thing!”
One Goal for this Year
One of my goals for this year is get to know more families that enjoy living in a Skoolie. As you have just read, the year didn’t even get started and Jeff and I were able to host the Myers. Actually, we were able to start the new year with them. As RaMonya and I spent time talking, I thought about a new series for the blog. The series would be, “Meet a Skoolie family”
So, meet the Myers! They are not only a couple who enjoys living in a Skoolie but they chose to live in it during conversion. They are a couple who willingly decided that they were tired of paying rent and didn’t want to think about buying a house only to have very little left at the end of the month. Their goals are to feed people while traveling, to give back to the people in the towns where they visit, and to share the Word of God wherever they park “Tha Bouse”. “Tha Bouse?” Oh, yeah, that is the name of the Myers’ bus. I’m telling you they are an awesome couple.
Keep reading and don’t skip the video at the bottom of the post.
Interview with RaMonya Myers
After chatting with RaMonya for a few minutes I asked her,”Why did you choose to live in a bus?” Simply put, she said that their reasons were strictly financial. She and Quincey have 6 children between them. They wanted to be able to help their children instead of paying a mortgage. As RaMonya continued to share her story, I learned that due to things that she and Quincey have experienced that they have a desire to give back and help others. Their goal would be to be able to cook for and clothe people who find themselves homeless for one reason or another.
One thing that really caught my attention was that the Myers had chosen to live in their bus while converting it. Currently, their bus does not have plumbing and all the electricity is connected via drop cords.
I asked RaMonya,”What prompted the decision to live in the bus while converting it?”
She openly shared that after purchasing their bus and starting the conversion, there was just not enough money available to convert the bus if they didn’t live in it. She and Quincey made the decision to move into the bus. Now, all their extra money went into the conversion instead of paying rent. They were ready to be homeowners and were willing to do whatever was needed to get it done.
What are some of the challenges of living in a Skoolie while converting it?
Are you like me and want to know the down and dirty or do you just like knowing the neat and tidy side of things? Well, I wanted to know about the struggles and frustrations because we all know there has to be some! So, I asked RaMonya to share with us about some of the challenges of living in a Skoolie while converting it. She explained how they had to learn to work with what they had.
Bus life for the Myers began in June 2015. They only had a bed, a bookcase where they could place a butane stove, and a stool she made. One piece of advice that RaMonya would like others to know is that before moving into a bus make sure your heating and cooling system is installed. In fact, this was not the case for RaMonya and Quincey. The temperature in June made it unbearable to live in the bus after 10 am until later in the evening when the bus cooled off.
Another problem that the Myers encountered involved where to park the bus and convert it. Oh, and while the floors and construction were happening where were they going to stay? They moved into a warehouse for one week waiting anxiously to move back in “Tha Bouse”.
Next, I asked RaMonya…”Is there anything that has surprised you about living in a Skoolie?”
Her comment surprised me! Limited storage and adjusting to a smaller house was not her answer. RaMonya pointed out that learning about the mechanics of a bus took them by surprise. Having a home that has wheels means they have to be able to operate and maintain a home powered by an engine.My final question to RaMonya was,
“What would you like to tell people that are thinking about living in a Skoolie while converting it?”
RaMonya advises to, “gut the bus, insulate and solve your heating and cooling issues before deciding to move in.” The decision to remove the existing floor proved to be invaluable because there was a substantial amount of rust that needed repairing. Oh, then there was the ant problem.Yes, you read that correctly!
They had several colonies of ants under the rubber mat over the existing bus floor. Just imagine if they hadn’t taken the time to pull up the floor. They would have been constantly dealing with an ant problem. A reproducing colony of ants right under their feet chewing up their floor and spitting it out. Now, this is not a problem any Skoolie owner wants to deal with.
Could you live in a Skoolie while converting it?
Oh, I know that I could not do it but I am extremely blessed to know a couple that does it! Welcoming Quincey and RaMonya into our home and hearts taught us many things. Actually, too many to list here. For now, just know that they inspired us. They encouraged us to keep following our desires and dreams even on the tough days because God is in control.After you watch the up close and personal chat with RaMonya, let me know in the comments how she encourages you. Here’s a short clip.
Watch the entire interview on our YouTube Channel. Oh, and at the end of the video are some pictures of “Tha Bouse” that you do not want to miss.
If you are interested in learning more about the Myers or following their journey check out the Instagram page.