Rustic but comfortable livin'!
This converted schoolbus features wood floors, insulated walls, full-size propane kitchen stove and a small oven (be sure to ask for instructions before using the oven), small fridge, and a large kitchen counter with sink. There is a twin bed and hammock, as well as plenty of floor space for spreading out your own camp mats if you need additional sleeping space. There is no plumbing, but I will provide water for drinking and dish washing. You may refill water from an outdoor faucet on the back of my house. Basic cooking and eating utensils are provided. For lighting, there is an inflatable, portable "Luci" light that I will leave next to the sink where the sun can charge it, otherwise you might want to bring a headlamp. An extension cord into the bus will provide you with power for cell phones, devices, etc. (NO electric heaters, please). The bus does not have an indoor toilet or shower, but there is a primitive, hole-in-the-ground outhouse tent a few steps away in the woods. You might want to bring a flashlight for midnight potty excursions.
There is a stand-alone firepit that you may use, just follow these rules:
- Do not make fires on the ground, burn in the firepit only
- No burning of trash
- Do not use my cookware in the fire
- In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, only bring locally sold and harvested wood onto the property. Plus, it is illegal to bring firewood across state lines.
- Absolutely no burning or cutting of wood from the woods surrounding the bus
- Bundles of firewood are available to purchase from me, just ask.
There is an ultra-safe direct-vent nonelectric propane heater in the bus. In the summer, you won't need the heater at all; even chilly nights will be fine since body heat and the heat from cooking will warm up the compact space. In the fall, the heater is good for taking the chill off. In the winter, you'll want to run it more consistently, though please dress and be prepared for periods of cold, as if you were WINTER CAMPING, this includes bringing your own winter-rated sleeping bag. During the coldest midwinter nights, the bus temperature may not go much above 40F, though there are plenty of milder nights around here, just be prepared. Also, some warm slippers would be nice to have in the winter as the floor stays chilly.
*** I charge for propane to use the heater during the cold seasons, payable when you arrive, $5/night. Please arrange with me how you will pay, most people leave money on the counter before they leave. ***
Please follow the House Rules and use the directions listed on your reservation when you book, otherwise GPS may send you the wrong way.
* Please remove shoes at the door.
* Please PACK OUT YOUR TRASH and take it with you. (Mice. Bears.)
* I do not allow pets at this time.
* Please no smoking inside the bus, and dispose of cigarette butts in your packed-out trash.
* $10/night for use of the propane heater, payable when you arrive.
Growing up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, I developed a love of nature and a desire to live off the land. I lived in a converted, off-grid schoolbus on my land for several years. I then built my home in such a way as to be close to nature and gardens, so that the outside is part of the home. I love nordic and alpine skiing, long hikes, swimming in lakes and mountain rivers, homesteading, natural history, ecology, and reading.