Patrick Schmidt was unemployed and living in California when a used 1990 school bus changed his life. Schmidt, who goes by Skoolielove, bought the vehicle for 4,500 USD in March and then spent three months and 9,000 USD on the bus conversion process, turning it into a house on wheels with his dad; then Schmidt left for a 10,000 mile journey to Florida.

“My plans are to stay in Florida until March, living in my tiny home, then most likely find my way back slowly to Vegas, and up to Seattle to live again for a while,” Schmidt told Metro UK. “Find some land to park on. That’s kind of the life on the road I’ve imagined for myself. Ride around, travel, live the van life, find temporary work, and see where to go from there.”

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Patrick Schmidt didn’t want to run in the rat-race

So when he saw an old school-bus for sale for for 4,500 USD, he decided to buy it

Schmidt and his father spent 3 months and 9,000 USD converting the bus into a motorhome

“I decided to check out of the game and live in a school bus tiny home conversion”

And then Schmidt left for a 10,000 mile road-trip to Florida, winding through 30 states

His mobile home is “off grid ready,” with solar power, converters, inverters, batteries etc

They’ve even installed a sink

And a tiny shower next to a toilet!

LEDs were used to create this cosy atmosphere

“My dad’s idea for storage and putting an A/C in place. It’s been tremendously useful”

“That’s kind of the life I’ve imagined for myself”

“Ride around, travel, find temporary work, and see where to go from there”