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Bus Build: Custom TV Lift Cabinet • FREE Plans – S03E17

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Lifestyle , Travel

With the stay at home orders in place for the pandemic, we found ourselves waiting for supplies to arrive by delivery. Not to worry though, while some projects were at a standstill, there are always others to be done.  We decided to tackle a project that we have been excited to get going for a while now - our entertainment center and fireplace cabinet.

We were gifted the Touchstone Recessed Electric Fireplace for our wedding and have been using it inside the house.  It kept us nice and cozy during the cold Midwest winter nights so we have no doubt it will do the same in our tiny house on wheels. We were inspired by other bus conversion/RV renovation designs who had built in an electric fireplace with a TV lift behind it.  This design is perfect for our needs, to hide the TV during the day and not the views out the window yet have a TV accessible for Movie nights or as a monitor for a standing desk.

Big thanks to our friends at Touchstone for collaborating with us and sending us the SRV 32800 Pro TV Lift to make our dream entertainment center in our dream tiny home. It holds up to a 50" TV and up to to 175 lb. It has a safety stop to detect if there is an obstruction, so your TV will never get damaged by accident, and extends just over 55 inches by using I of the 3 remotes provided.

Don used the 3D modeling software Fusion 360 to design our cabinets. It’s definitely not an easy program to learn but very helpful. Using this software, he made a very elaborate document breaking down the cabinet into modular parts and a detailed cut list.  Sign up below to download the Tv Lift and Fireplace Cabinet Blueprint PDF if you’d like to copy our entertainment center.
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We are thrilled with how the cabinet came out and are feeling much more confident now as we plan to make all our kitchen cabinets, murphy bed and wardrobe ourselves too. To finish the cabinet cabinet, we plan to make the face of the entertainment center match our kitchen cabinets. We also plan to have a seemless countertop that expands from our Tv Lift/Fireplace cabinet across our kitchen cabinets as well . Once we have finished our walls in the bus we will bring the cabinet inside, mount it to the bus walls and complete the finished look. So let’s get those walls built!

 

Up Next
In order to get our walls and ceiling built, we need to make some decisions on insulation. The one gift this pandemic has given us, is lots of time to research the options.

Some of the links we share are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, Rehabit8 will earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that we have experience with all of the products we post and share them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Touchstone Pro TV Lift
For 50-inch TVs and smaller. Full extended height: 55.125 inches. Advanced technology including RS232, soft start and stop, safety stop up and down, and 3 remotes (wired & wireless RF and IR). 

 

Touchstone Recessed Electric Fireplace
The Sideline 40 allows you to change the heat, flame intensity and color using your electric fireplace remote. It is simple to set up, easy to use and has kept us warm so far during a Midwest Winter living in a basement!

 

Bus Build: Ceiling Prep & Battling the Elements – S03E11

By Mela & Don | Adventure , Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Lifestyle , Travel

We knew that converting our bus outside in the Midwest would present some weather obstacles. In the summer we had dug out a big hole in the ground and prepped it to lay concrete for a level pad to park the bus on.  However we had not yet had more than 4 days in a row without rain and as we moved into winter it was just impossible for the ground to dry out in that amount of time with very little sunshine during the day.  So we have been unable to pour the concrete and the bus pad had basically become a swimming pool!

What we could do was prep our ceiling even though it was only about 36 degrees Fahrenheit in the bus.  We waited to do this job until after we had our floors down, as we thought it would be too dangerous to use the angle grinder while standing only on the metal beams of the floor. Don put a 4 ½ Inch 60 grit Aluminium Oxide flap disc on the angle grinder and removed as much of the surface rust as possible from the metal beams in the ceiling.  We were hoping that by painting the roof with Henry’s Tropicool we had sealed off any minor leaks in the roof that caused this rust in the first place.  When we had a non-rainy day, we opened up all the windows and spray-painted the metal beams with Rustoleum Primer

We were still unsure about a few things in our floor plan, so we decided to go check out an RV Expo happening close by.  We took our measuring tape and measured out bathroom and hallway sizes, took notes on things we liked and layout designs that worked well.  We had no aha inspiration moments, but we did learn a few things, like a bathroom with a small square footage can feel spacious with a good design plan.

The next step in our build was to put the skylights and fans into the roof before we insulate and put our ceiling up.  With the weather the way it was, snowy and cold, we were not able to move onto this step.  Don had to travel to California for work, so we decided to just turn the work trip into a month-long road trip adventure in the hopes of returning to a kinder climate for roof work. In hindsight we are really glad we took this trip, as only weeks after our return from this adventure the COVID19 Pandemic would hit the States and we would be forced to stay home. 

Our drive west was pretty easy but quick and we had a great time visiting friends in Los Angeles in between Don’s work commitments.  I was able to pick up some Pilates apparatus parts from my old Pilates studio that we will be using to build Pilates apparatus into the bus.  Stay tuned to see what we do!

On our way back home, we took the Southern route, visited family in Texas and spent a few days exploring the French Quarter in New Orleans. We had an absolute blast, listening to lots of amazing live music, sampling the Cajun and Creole cuisine and seeing a few sites and tours.

After our month of fun we returned to our bus, ready to start work on the ceiling. But as life would have it, things never work out quite that straight forward.

 

Up Next
We find some problems we need to fix and we settle on a floor layout that we both feel confident with.

Some of the links we share are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, Rehabit8 will earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that we have experience with all of the products we post and share them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

4 1/2 In. 60 Grit Aluminium Oxide Flap Disc
This disc did a great job at sanding off surface rust on our metal beams, formulated for long run times without needing to change discs.

 

Rustoleum Primer Paint
We used this Rustoleum primer to coat our metal floor beams. It is a durable protective coating with excellent rust prevention to be used on metal only.  It provides a base for excellent adhesion and withstands demanding, heavy-use environments. 

 

Bus Build: Planning the Floor Layout for our Bus Conversion Tiny Home – S03E10

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Lifestyle , Travel

Our original bus floors were made of ¼ inch plywood and in order to keep the engine hatch (at the back of the bus) accessible it made complete sense for us to use ¼ inch plywood for our new floors too.  However, once the floors were completed we were not happy as it did not feel solid enough. Especially over the area where the ramp had previously been which we built up to all be one level.

If we could go back in time we would have put down ¾ inch plywood everywhere except the back of the bus where it needs to be ¼ inch near the hatch.  In order to keep the conversion moving forward, we decided our best option was to just put another layer of plywood on top.  

We chose to put an underlayment down on top of the ¼ inch floors to insulate and act as a moisture barrier, then placed ¾ inch plywood on top of that.  This was much easier the second time round as we were screwing wood to wood and didn’t need to worry about securing down to the metal beams.

We have been working on our floor plan since before we even bought our bus but now that we finally had floors we could tape out our design and get a feel for it.  There are so many details to consider and we found that once we were actually in the bus what looked good on paper (or the computer) didn’t necessarily translate in the space. We had prioritized the kitchen countertop space, yet taped out of the floor we questioned if it was really big enough.  Were our hallways too narrow? Would the bathroom feel claustrophobic? We found ourselves going back again and again to our design and considering many different variables.  

This phase of the build was getting us particularly excited as it was all getting a little more real.  Especially as we began receiving gifts from our wedding registry, like an electric fireplace by Touchstone and my dream kitchen sink, a stainless steel farmhouse sink by AKDY.

We set the fireplace up inside the house and it has been working great at keeping us warm on these chilly winter nights. Above the fireplace we were looking for a solution for a TV Lift as we shared in our inspiration video.  Thanks to our friends at Touchstone for helping us turn our bus conversion dreams into a reality by sending us a Touchstone SRV 2800 Pro TV Lift.  It can accommodate up to a 50 inch TV and extends up to 55 inches.

We are so excited to start building our entertainment center, but first we must finalize our floor plan.  Coincidentally there was an RV Expo happening around this time, so we headed off with our tape measure and measured bathroom, hallways, countertops and more.  This was a great opportunity to really feel what felt too big, too small or just right for us!

 

Up Next
We learn a lot at the RV Expo and come back more sure of what we want in our design.

Some of the links we share are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, Rehabit8 will earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that we have experience with all of the products we post and share them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Touchstone Pro TV Lift
For 50-inch TVs and smaller. Full extended height: 55.125 inches. Advanced technology including RS232, soft start and stop, safety stop up and down, and 3 remotes (wired & wireless RF and IR). We look forward to setting this up and showing you how we do it.

 

Touchstone Recessed Electric Fireplace
The Sideline 40 allows you to change the heat, flame intensity and color using your electric fireplace remote. It is simple to set up, easy to use and has kept us warm so far during a Midwest Winter living in a basement!

 

14 Small Space Design Ideas for Our Bus Conversion

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion , Bus Life , Lifestyle , Travel

As we work to plan out the layout of our bus conversion, we reflect back on some of flats and apartments we stayed in on...

Posted by Rehabit8 on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

During our honeymoon we stayed in some small Airbnb apartments and a tiny hotel room in Europe. These are typical sizes for the areas we were in, but we realized this was an opportunity to take notes on what we liked and what didn’t work for us while living in a small space. 

We gathered ideas from our accommodations and turned them into notes for things we want to look into including in our Bus Conversion Design.

Watch the video to see our ideas!

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Chase Travel Sapphire Preferred
This is the Chase Sapphire credit card we used to earn points to purchase flights for our honeymoon.

Apply for the card through our link and earn 60,000 Bonus Points and we will get 15,000 points for the referral.

Get $55 off your first trip with AirBnB 
​​If you are new to AirBnB, use this link to sign up and receive a $55 discount on your first trip.  ​

 

Bus Build: Paint the Roof – S03E08

By Mela & Don | Adventure , Bus Conversion , Bus Life , Lifestyle , Travel

The weather is fast changing in the Midwest and with Winter approaching we decided we should get outside of the bus and work on the roof before temps drop below freezing.

We borrowed a power washer from our cousin, cleaned off the roof and while we were at it we decided it was time the whole bus got washed! We used a gasoline powered washer and it was powerful and did a great job. We had been watching the weather carefully and chosen to work over a period where the weather forecast predicted no rain. The next day we started covering up the windows to paint the roof. We were about halfway putting up the covers when it started to rain. The wind picked up and started pulling our covers down, so we just pulled them off and decided with rain in the forecast now for the next few days we should just go do something fun.

We learned that the fall foliage  was at its peak, so we headed out to Brown County to enjoy the colorful leaves and some down time before all the leaves disappear. The colors were truly magnificent and I’d highly recommend a visit here in Fall. It was drizzling all day with a fair amount of fog, which meant our trip to the Brown County State Park was crowd free and easy but it did mean all the vista lookout points were too hazy to enjoy. We made the best of it and had a fantastic day walking on the trails and collecting different colored leaves. We stopped off in the quaint village of Nashville​ for a bite to eat, enjoying traditional fall cuisine like hot soups and mulled wine. This is a charming little town with antiques, art, music and lots of fudge!

After a wonderful little getaway we came back to a rain free day and got to work painting the roof of the bus.  We used Henry’s Tropicool Roof Coating. It is a 100% Silicone Paint which is a wonderful sealant, water resistant and reflects the sun’s heat.

We have a lot more work that needs to be done on the roof, like a roof deck for the solar panels, putting in skylights and fans, but with the temperatures dropping we will have to move back inside and start hashing out the details of our floor design.

 

Up Next
As we start to nail down the details of our floorplan, we revisit the bus conversions that have inspired us.

Some of the links we share are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, Rehabit8 will earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that we have experience with all of the products we post and share them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Henry's Tropicool Roof Coating
With Extreme Durability, & Superior Capabilities Of Sealing & Protection from the Sun’s UV Rays, Henry’s Tropicool is a must for all RV’s, Skoolies and Bus Conversions.

 

A Break from the Bus Build: Honeymoon in South Africa and Paris – S03E06

By Mela & Don | Adventure , Lifestyle , Travel

We didn’t want our time in Crete to come to an end, but we were excited for our next destination as we were off to see our family and friends in South Africa.

South Africa

We only make it out to visit SA every 3-5 yrs, so much of this stint was spent enjoying quality time with loved ones and preparing for our wedding celebration in my (Mela’s) hometown of Port Elizabeth. Our celebration was magical and we felt so blessed to share our union with family and friends in two different continents.

PE has numerous beautiful beaches, but my absolute favorite is Sardinia Bay, known as Sards to the locals. After climbing over a couple huge sand dunes you are met with miles of unspoiled coastline. It’s a great place for a beach stroll, a dip in the ocean, searching for shells in the rock pools, sledding down sand dunes and definitely my happy place.   

My sister and brother-in-law took us on a 2 day adventure along the Garden Route  as a wedding gift.  The Garden Route stretches from Tsitsikamma in the Eastern Cape to Mossel Bay in the Western Cape and received its name for the ecologically diverse vegetation in this area.  We stopped at the Tsitiskamma National Park for a walk on the Mouth Trail, which starts on a nice sandy beach and ends at the mouth of Storms River where you can cross the mouth over a suspension bridge (which was nice and new and not as scary as the rickety old bridge I remember from 20 years ago!).  It was a chilly rainy day, it was still winter after all, but we made the best of it and it was quite spectacular to see the ocean’s power in all the moodiness of the weather. There are many water and land activities you can experience at this National Park and they do have a caravan park and camping right on the water Storms River Mouth.  This is the type of place I would gladly spend a long time exploring and soaking in nature, but we were off to our next stop.

Further down the route we stayed in Plettenberg Bay, another beautiful seaside town, to be close to the many animal sanctuaries in this area. We chose to visit Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary as it is home to Big Cats that have been abused, bred illegally for hunting or kept as pets. Because they have been humanized they are unable to return to the wild. If you know Don and I, you’ll know we are huge cat fans! The animals are in very large enclosures and you can walk around them with a guide. We didn't see all of them as they often dwell deep into the enclosure or are hiding amongst the trees, but we were lucky to get close up to lions, tigers, pumas and more.

All along the garden route you will commonly see Baboons on the side of the road.  Cape baboons live wild in South Africa and are one of the largest of all monkeys. They share 94% of their DNA with humans making them one of the top 6 closest genetically related animals to us on the planet. Their population is decreasing as their natural habitat disappears and they are now commonly seen in suburbs in search of food to survive. On our way to the next sanctuary we bumped into a troop of about 20-30 baboons and were thoroughly entertained by the babies playing (be sure to watch our video to enjoy this!).

My sister insisted we visit Birds of Eden​, and so we went.  Well we were blown away, I can see why she insisted as it was the highlight of the trip.  It is the world's largest free-flight bird sanctuary. A mesh dome canopy hangs almost 200 feet up in the air and keeps the birds inside. The sanctuary's 5 1/2 acres of indigenous forest  are home to over 3500 birds consisting of 220 species. The walk alone through this wonderfully designed environment was entrancing and we saw so many exotic birds up close, one even landed on our shoulders and nibbled at our shoes.

We later left on a "family honeymoon" trip to Kenton-on-Sea, a lazy little beach town nestled between the Bushmans and Kariega Rivers. My father used to holiday here as a kid and I too cherish my memories of being a kid playing on these beaches.  I had to share this place with Don as it is one of South Africa’s hidden gems. For the best beach day, you can park at Middle Beach  and walk west along the coast, there are loads of shells and stunning rock structures.  If the tide is low you can walk around the front of the rocks through rock pools, if it is high tide you will want to climb up the sand dunes to walk over to Shelley Beach, a scenic little cove great for swimming and sheltered from the wind. I almost don't want to share this location, as one of the best things about it is it's hidden and I have many times (including on this trip) had this beach all to myself.

Our two weeks flew by here as it always does, and it was time to start heading home. But first, back to our home base for the journey, Paris, for 2 more days of fun.

Paris, France

After 20 hrs of traveling to Paris, we jumped into a taxi to head to our AirBnb and hadn’t even left the airport when we were rear ended. We were okay, but sore with whiplash and nothing was going to stop us from exploring a new area in Paris. This time we stayed in Montmartre, known as home to many famous artists at the end of the 19th century including Renoir, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and Van Gogh.  It was a great area to wander around as we enjoyed the sights including the Moulin Rouge, the Wall of Love, Musee de Montmartre and  Dali Paris. There are many charming cafes to choose from and we enjoyed a couple of them for a tea and a croissant, even escargot and a glass of wine while watching the street performers and liveliness of the streets. I think the highlight of this stop in Paris though, was going to the top of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You can go inside the church for free but for a small fee you can climb the 300 stairs up a spiral staircase to the very top of the dome for a panoramic view of the city.  I highly recommend this, it is well worth the workout, but not for those with a fear of heights, claustrophobia or heart problems - I would do it again in a heartbeat, but I'm not going to lie, I did get a little dizzy!

By this point we had been traveling for almost one month. We were ready to go home and get back to our bus build, eager to continue traveling and seeing this wonderful world we live in.


 

Up Next
Our accommodations in Europe were all tiny spaces, which gave us ideas for our bus design.  Next week we’ll share these spaces with you and what we learned.

Some of the links we share are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, Rehabit8 will earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that we have experience with all of the products we post and share them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Chase Travel Sapphire Preferred
This is the Chase Sapphire credit card we used to earn points to purchase flights for our honeymoon.

Apply for the card through our link and earn 60,000 Bonus Points and we will get 15,000 points for the referral.

Get $55 off your first trip with AirBnB 
​​If you are new to AirBnB, use this link to sign up and receive a $55 discount on your first trip.  ​

 

A Break from the Bus Build: Honeymoon in Paris and Crete – S03E05

By Mela & Don | Adventure , Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Lifestyle , Travel

We worked as hard as we could to get our floors down before leaving for our honeymoon. We managed to get about 75% of the floors down, all that is left to do is the very front and back subfloors of the bus. In the front area we need to build the floor up first, the original coach bus design had a ramp going down to the steps, but we’d like to make it all one level. Plus, the back of the bus has a hatch that we need to keep accessible to the engine.  We cut a hole in our plywood floorboard for this hatch but it didn’t fit perfectly. With so many things to prepare before our travels we decided to leave troubleshooting these problems until we got back. It was time for some adventure and relaxation!

When we made this huge change and left our old lives we had to be smart with our finances. One smart thing we did do was purchase our bus on our Chase Sapphire credit card. We immediately paid the card off and gained enough points to cover most of the flights for our honeymoon. 

Le Marais, Paris, France

Our first destination on our honeymoon was Paris, which worked as a home base for us on this trip as it offered direct flights to all our locations. We spent 2 days in the Le Marais area, a trendy hip location for restaurants and bars with close proximity to many famous Parisian sites.  We booked an apartment on Airbnb called The Sleeping Lion. It was a typical European size apartment offering Parisian charm with a center courtyard, a long spiral staircase and a Juliet balcony off the bedroom.  It was stylishly decorated as you would expect in Paris and a very comfortable stay while being another opportunity to learn what’s important to us in tiny living.

Paris is known for amazing cuisine and wine and our favorite restaurant in this area was Vins Des Pyrenees. We were also able to find a restaurant that offered Gluten free and some dairy free options of traditional french pastries called NoGlu which was a treat for me (Mela) as I have a few food allergies.

We spent half a day exploring The Louvre​, the world’s largest museum and the home of the Mona Lisa. We pre-purchased our tickets online which I highly recommend.  The line to get in is long, but by pre-purchasing we were able to get in fairly quickly. We picked out a few highlights to view, but it would be easy to spend 3-5 days exploring this museum and it’s architecture as it is a colossal old palace from the 12th to 13th century decorated by the greatest artists of the day and filled with a world renowned collection of art.

We enjoyed a walk along the Champs de Mars​ , a large public greenspace in front of the Eiffel Tower. Having been up the Eiffel Tower in a past trip, I highly recommend it and the view of Paris, but the Champs de Mars offers a few money saving and atmospheric perks.  People picnic and socialize in the park, it’s a nice walk, plus offers lots of photo opportunities of the Eiffel Tower without the ticket cost.

We thoroughly enjoyed a night walk along the Seine River. People come out with picnic blankets, cafes offer food and drinks, buskers line the river and create a lively spirited night time ambience. There are many cruises along the river which I have done in the past.  The cruise is a great way to get more info on the city and it’s sights, but enjoying the local atmosphere along the river for free is just as fun!

Stalida, Island of Crete, Greece

From Paris we headed off to Crete for a week of sun, sea and relaxation. We stayed at The Raspberry Junior Suite , another AirBnB rental, just steps from the Mediterranean Sea in Stalida which was just far enough away from the touristy side that you have peace and quiet yet many tavernas are within walking distance. We woke up every morning to a breathtaking sunrise and had a dock just a few steps from our front yard to go swimming.

The Cretan way of life is very relaxed and laid back, which we fully embraced.  We spent much of our time swimming, snorkeling, dining on fresh local cuisine, wine and raki​.

Crete was the center of Europe’s first advanced civilization, the Minoans. We visited the archeological site of the Malia Palace dating back to 3000 BC. I highly recommend reading up on the history before visiting the ruins, it really helped us understand what we were looking at.

On the east side of the island is the charming town of Agios Nikolaos.  We enjoyed a day trip to this bustling little town with its narrow roads and long staircases nestled between buildings, it’s a great city for walking. It has a unique lake in the middle of town with a narrow inlet to the sea with tavernas, bars and music all around it’s a fun place to visit. Not far from town is the Cretan Olive Oil Farm where we were able to do olive oil tasting and learn about how they make olive oil and raki.  If we ever return to the island we are definitely heading back here to take their cheese making class!

A highlight of our week in Crete was a trip to the Lyrarakis Winery​ in the Lassithi Mountains.  It is a family run winery credited for their revival of two ancient Cretan varieties, Dafni and Plyto, and a “vineyard treasure”, the indigenous Melissaki. This made for a unique tasting experience that was also complimented by traditional Cretan cuisine. We ate a lot of good food on the island but this was by far our favorite dining experience.  

It was so hard to leave this paradise, we had had the most amazing week here. I could never tire from waking up to our view of sunrise over the Mediterranean Sea and there was so much more we wanted to explore on the island.  I can see us returning to Crete in the future.

 

Up Next
The Honeymoon is far from over as next we head to my (Mela’s) hometown in South Africa.

Some of the links we share are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, Rehabit8 will earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that we have experience with all of the products we post and share them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Chase Travel Sapphire Preferred
This is the Chase Sapphire credit card we used to earn points to purchase flights for our honeymoon.

Apply for the card through our link and earn 60,000 Bonus Points and we will get 15,000 points for the referral.

Get $55 off your first trip with AirBnB 
​​If you are new to AirBnB, use this link to sign up and receive a $55 discount on your first trip.  ​

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Sleeping Lion in Paris and The Raspberry Junior Suite on the Island of Crete.  ​​

Season 3: The Bus Build – Trailer

By Mela & Don | Adventure , Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Lifestyle , Travel

We are ready to bring you Season 3 filled with adventure, travel and of course the bus build.

Season 3 Starts on 

January 29, 2020 on Patreon (for the Rehabi-Tribe)

February 5, 2020 on YouTube

 

Up Next
Episode one begins with a bang - romance, the beginning of the bus build and problems arise right from the get go.

Some of the links we share are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, Rehabit8 will earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that we have experience with all of the products we post and share them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

The Rehabi-Tribe on Patreon

We are making some BIG changes - attempting a major lifestyle makeover and we are bringing you along on the journey.
We started our journey as a 2-car, 3-cat, big-city-dwelling couple with hopes and dreams of
  • Tiny House Living
  • Organic Farming
  • Earthship Adventures
  • Beekeeping
  • Travel
  • and passing on a planet with clean air and fresh water to the next generations.
We hope that by sharing our experiences we encourage others to try small changes and that collectively, all of our small changes will have a big impact.

Season 2: F.A.Q.

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Eco , Lifestyle , Travel

Thank you to all those who have joined us on our journey so far.  As we start moving into the build faze of our conversion we thought we'd dedicate an episode to answering the questions we get asked regularly across all platforms (youtube, facebook and instagram) and in person.

See links below for the episodes we are referring to in our answers.  If you haven't seen them yet go check them out!

Please feel free to comment below if you want to share ideas of where we should visit once we start traveling, or if you have suggestions of workshops/classes we could take along the way.  If you have any questions that we still haven't answered, let us know!

Some of the links we share are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, Rehabit8 will earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that we have experience with all of the products we post and share them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

The Rehabi-Tribe on Patreon

We are making some BIG changes - attempting a major lifestyle makeover and we are bringing you along on the journey.

We started our journey as a 2-car, 3-cat, big-city-dwelling couple with hopes and dreams of
  • Tiny House Living
  • Organic Farming
  • Earthship Adventures
  • Beekeeping
  • Travel
  • and passing on a planet with clean air and fresh water to the next generations.
We hope that by sharing our experiences we encourage others to try small changes and that collectively, all of our small changes will have a big impact.

Trailer for Season 2

Many people have asked if Don composed all the music in our episodes.  There is just no time for him to do that, BUT he did compose the music for Rehabit8's theme music and this Trailer for Season 2.   For more info on Don's original compositions go to www.donbodin.com

Our Maiden Voyage

This was our first trip in our bus!  We had no running water and were roughing it just to get to the Midwest and begin our build. This is not the way we will be living in the bus in the future, but it sure was a fun trip.

We Bought a Bus

In this episode we show a little of our search for the perfect bus for us, and some not so perfect buses.

Bus Demolition Day 5: Things Get Stinky

The day we dreaded, taking out the toilet.  We discover our perfect bus did have some rust after all.

RV Trial Trip.........Can We Travel Full-Time

That time we tested out what it was like to live and travel full-time in an RV. See also Part 2 and Part 3 of the trip.

Saving Money While Saving the Planet

In our first season we shared the ways in which we had made changes in our lives to reduce our waste.  We plan to continue to make changes, improve our habits and share them with you. This episode was about the ways we saved money while being eco-conscious.  You can navigate through our site to find more episodes like this focusing on zero-waste and sustainable living by clicking on Posts in the menu tab, and then Eco.

Bus Demolition Day 16: We Are Going Back to LA!

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion , Eco , Kitchen , Lifestyle , Travel

We couldn’t believe we were still working on the same jobs - cleaning the glue off the frame, rust removal and taking the seat rails out.  Check out our previous blogs for day 12, 13 and 14 if you want to see how we did this. After much trial and error we found a good method, even though it was a slow and tedious job. 

We had to take a  quick business trip to Los Angeles and it honestly came at a perfect time. We needed to step away from our frustrations with the demolition and take a little break.  Flying is not one of the most eco-friendly things you can do, but sometimes it is necessary and cannot be avoided. What we do try to do when we fly is reduce our waste on the flight.

Travel Edition: Reduce your waste

  1. BRING A REUSABLE COFFEE MUG AND WATER BOTTLE.
    They will have to be empty to get through security (this is true for the USA, some countries might have different rules for local travel) but once you are through TSA there will likely be a coffee shop or restaurant that you can purchase your hot drink and ask for it to be put directly into your mug.  If you make a purchase they are more likely to say yes to filling up your water bottle too.
  2. LOOK OUT FOR WATER REFILL STATIONS.  
    I have found a lot of airports in the US now have these located next to the restrooms. 
  3. SAY NO to the complementary but wasteful snacks and refreshments offered on flights in single use containers.
  4. PACK YOUR OWN FOOD AND SNACKS in reusable containers.
  5. BRING YOUR OWN CUTLERY AND CLOTH NAPKIN.
    I try to pack food that I can eat with my hands like a sandwich, nuts, fruit etc. But if I do need a knife and fork that won’t be considered a weapon I use compostable bamboo cutlery.
  6. USE REUSABLE STASHER BAGS FOR YOUR CARRY ON LIQUIDS instead of ziploc bags.  Reuse those ziplocs bags until they have lived their best life and then replace them with stasher bags which should last much longer and can be recycled once they reach the end of their lives.

If you have any other travel tips, please comment below and share your ideas!

It was great to get a break from the bus build and see some friends and family while we were in Los Angeles, especially since the past few days have been so tough.  We were happy to head back to our bus and this trip helped affirm our decision for this lifestyle change.  

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Up Next
We knuckle back down to work and get into the last phase of the bus demolition.

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Stasher Bags
​100% pure non-toxic platinum silicone: the world's first fully functional, self-sealing, non-plastic bag. Plus unlike traditional plastic bags, Stasher bags contain no BPA, no PVC, and no latex. Keep your food safe from contaminants in Stasher bags!



Bamboo Cutlery
Biodegradable, compostable, sustainable, and comes in plastic-free and recyclable packaging! No metal so easy to take through airport security,

Bees Wraps
Made of organic cotton and bees' wax, Bees Wraps are one of the best solutions we found for replacing many our single use plastic products is Beeswax wraps.

Stainless Steel Containers
We are moving away from our Tupperwares when they wears out and turning to stainless steel containers.  They have a silicon seal so are airtight in the fridge or freezer.

Mason Jars
We do upcycle our jars we get from the grocery, but there is nothing as reliable as a Mason Jar! We're not the only ones who love using mason jars - check out all the things people are doing with jars on pinterest.

Mason Jar Lids
Mason Jars can last for generations. But the lids will need to be changed. When we buy new lids for our jars we choose to shop for BPA free lids.

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