Family Ditch Expensive Rents To Live In A Converted School Bus

Family Ditch Expensive Rents To Live In A Converted School Bus

STARLA SULLIVAN: We’re ridiculous people and this is a ridiculous lifestyle and it just works. COMM: Brian and Starla Sullivan have a rather unconventional family home. BRIAN SULLIVAN: Hey! I’m Brian. I live in a converted school bus with my wife and three
kids and I’m going to give you a tour. So come on in. STARLA SULLIVAN: I wanted to feel like I was living in a tiny house and not a vehicle. BRIAN SULLIVAN: So, right away is the living room. STARLA SULLIVAN: Our sofas pull out into a full size bed. We have a fully functional kitchen, we have an oven and a microwave combination. BRIAN SULLIVAN: Propane fireplace keeps us
warm. A single basin sink. STARLA SULLIVAN: One thing that I really wanted
to have having children was a bathtub so, we have a bathtub that’s large enough to
fit all the kids in. At least while they are this small.
BRIAN SULLIVAN: And then we have a full size washing machine. Composting toilet is simple;
there is no plumbing involved, no water consumption or anything and it produces compost that you
can use to fertilise non-edible plants. COMM: Until two years ago, the family lived in much more ordinary surroundings. STARLA SULLIVAN: We were living in an apartment about an hour away from Brain’s work and
the commute was awful. He would work overtime just trying to pay the rent and then he would
sit in the car for about three hours a day in rush hour and we would never see him. So
we decided to make a change. STARLA SULLIVAN: We were watching YouTube videos about tiny houses and there was this
one in particular, we called them ‘the crazy people who lived in a blue bus’, and we
just kind of looked at each other and went, “Do you want to live in a bus with me?” BRIAN SULLIVAN: I thought she was joking at first, I was like, “Yeah, sure!” you know.
STARLA SULLIVAN: “No really, let’s live in a bus.”
BRIAN SULLIVAN: Yeah and she was serious. I started to realise all of these little things
that were benefits that, you know, I hadn’t thought of before like being able to be mobile,
being able to pick-up and move, if I got a different job and it was 20 miles away or
something. COMM: Buying the school bus from a local dealership in 2014, the couple spent $30,000 transforming
it over the course of a year to their ideal home, that they say will save them a fortune
in years to come. STARLA SULLIVAN: So, living in the bus, we pay $500 a month for rent versus $1,500 a
month that we would be having to pay for an apartment. So we pay about a third of the
cost of living elsewhere. And as for utilities, also about a third of the cost. So we have
money to pay off debts, student loans. We have money to eat the foods that we want,
go to the places we want. COMM: But it’s not all being a smooth ride for the family. STARLA SULLIVAN: We have had frozen pipes, no running water, we have run out of propane
in the middle of the night and had no heat, no hot water. We have lost electricity. Whenever
any of those things happens, I’m just thankful that all three didn’t happen at the same time. STARLA SULLIVAN: You’re gonna go get it? Okay. STARLA SULLIVAN: Be careful for the camera, okay? STARLA SULLIVAN: I know a lot of people say that it’s not possible for us to raise kids
in this bus especially until they turn 18, but I disagree. We added our full length mattresses
in the kids’ room, plus extra space in the bunks. They are gonna grow into it and have,
have their own private space. COMM: And the family has no plans to leave alternative housing behind them. BRIAN SULLIVAN: I think they like it. STARLA SULLIVAN: If we do move out of the bus, it’s going to be something equally ridiculous. BRIAN SULLIVAN: Yeah. It’s going to be something else that’s unconventional. STARLA SULLIVAN: We want to build a house out of mud and that is probably going to be
our next step. STARLA SULLIVAN: We’re ridiculous people. STARLA SULLIVAN: We are!

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. maybe when they build they're house out of mud they can stick the older kids in their and the bus be more for mom and dad

  2. I would if I could .But my kids are older and there's the husband and me.I'll wait tell they're grown.Y'all not ridiculous this is frugal and you get to travel.Especially with little ones for now anyway.

  3. You've done it lovely. I always wanted to live on a narrow boat and in a train carriage because the prices that they pay today is unbelievable and people can't afford it.

  4. When the children get older they will want there extra place and they don't want to keep hearing there parents making love.

  5. look I totally see all the benefits of living in a car, like you do, you don't have to pay like 50K dollars each year for a living, in a house, like we do.
    if I ever go living in car, what will I tell all my family members, my cousins, my friends, WHAT WILL THEY THINK OF ME, THAT IM A BUM? I WOULD BE TO EMBARRASSED!

  6. This is beyond RIDICULOUS , It's downright Stupid . When those children hit their Tween Years they are not going to want any of their friends to see how their parents make them live. Seriously ?

  7. The funny thing is they are spending their life in a schoolbus happily while in my country a lot of people living in a ridiculous big house but they are not happy. Some of them i heard they always facing with their kids problems like drugs. Its clear that understanding makes life better. #sweetcouple

  8. It is possible and your doing a great job. And it beats just having your kids just sitting at the computer all day yea know?

  9. About to buy my bus in a few too. This is the greatest idea ever. I did 5 years in a camper can. I'ma raise my roof and lace my joint out. Off the grid and loving it. Traveling living life which all the other haters living a basic life check to check die off lol

  10. This is the world baby boomers have left to their posterity, people living in cars, vans and buses.
    And soon that will be criminalized, and the poor will be herded into the prisons to slave for the 1%.
    Nice work.

  11. As someone that was raised in a similar living situation…..its hard when you become a teenager… good luck!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I personally despise composting toilets, i just don't think that is practical or sanitary enough. Other than that its an amazing lifestyle you are leading ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  13. I love you'll videos such a beautiful family. The bus is ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ clean and very organized …Awesome team work ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ถ God Bless You ๐Ÿ™

  14. I live in a bus. By myself, and it still isn't enough space! Hell, I love it but I can't imagine a family of 5 living in a bus!!

  15. Paying $500 a month on rent to live in a bus seems expensive to me, compared to owning a block 3/2/2 1900sq ft pool home that has a $900/month mortgage that includes home insurance and taxes, with instant equity, when bought as a short sale.

  16. I grew up like that ^^, in a truck actually . Just me and my mother , we used to travel all over like that ! It was such fun

  17. Isn't it almost the same situation as a trailer? If they're paying to live on the land and that's it, they could just get a trailer, build onto it, make it a double wide and have a real toilet that isn't in the living area with no privacy and when you're done you have to bring it somewhere and dump it lol you can have 3 rooms, and it'll be almost the same price. I've lived in a couple trailers in my life and they're nice and big, don't be a hoarder and shove stuff everywhere and it's nice and open, enough room to move about. I feel like they're living a little harder instead of smarter lol

  18. No hate…its their choice to live in a school bus but like whats going to happen when kids get to like 9-13? They will be much bigger

  19. For all those saying itโ€™s not enough room… many people have to share rooms. Also, this is like living in a mobile home. With the money theyโ€™re saving, they can invest in their children.

  20. WOW! SMART COUPLE!!! KUDOS! RESPECT! I LOVE YOU GUYS! HAVE FUN!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  21. i love alternative housing and i really want to buy a van when i have the money and a driver's license to turn into my home

  22. The parents are like my older brother and his wife ๐Ÿ˜‚ they are good parents and the photo at the end makes me think that my brother and his wife take photos like them ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Do you want Shrek shouting at you to get out of his swamp after that?

  24. They only have 1 bedroom for there 3 kids. And she's pregnant, what if that baby is a girl. I love there idea though.

  25. i think its a cute idea, maybe suitable for just a couple but surely not for 3 children and one shes pregnant with all untill they turn 18, and i as a teenage would hate my life there and would neber want friends over, i woudl never have privacy or anything, it just seems like a nightmare.

  26. Looks like itโ€™s a nation wide โ€œbacklash โ€œ against the burdensome cost of renting an apartment, or a house!

  27. If this couple can come up with some more money to purchase another bus, or camper van; they could let their children sleep in it as they get older!

  28. I use to live not to far from Renton,WA a few times; and itโ€™s not inexpensive when it comes to renting an apartment, or a house!
    What this couple has done to deal with the ever increasing cost of renting an apartment, or a house will most likely spread to the rest of the country, and I hope that it happens sooner than later because the ever increasing cost of renting is out of control!

  29. This is disgusting. You have kids. Look after them. And you. Its simple. Don't be lazy. Ok I understand it's A lot of money but what the hell.

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