We survived! Well, so far. 🙂 We’ve survived our first 6 months in our 38 foot long RV that we call the Gypsy Love Bus! We made it through the winter although it was a very close thing! The last month found us running off to Seattle for the weekend to avoid the bus, Spending as much time as possible running errands to avoid returning to the bus and even desperately looking at houses to rent and big boats to purchase as a live-a-board! But within the last couple of days we have decided to keep our Gypsy Love Bus, make it our own, put some love into it and enjoy the ride!
Now I know “Gypsy Love Bus” sounds fun and romantic. But it really hasn’t been that. OK maybe a little romantic but it definitely has been uncomfortable. With only 300 square feet to live in you find yourself very aware of every little thing you’d change. The two biggest items on the list were the recliner and the couch. The recliner sat just inside the door. It was old, worn out and took up way too much floor space! The couch was just the opposite, it was way too small! it was only about 20 inches deep and maybe 5 feet long – too small to cuddle on or even nap comfortably! Plus it was f’ugly.
So yesterday we had had enough. We woke up ready to take anything out that wasn’t working, didn’t fit us, or took up too much real estate – thereby of course, lowering our resale value and probably making the bus our forever! Yikes!
We took the recliner out first which was a huge hassle! My boyfriend was under the bus, using a wrench to hold the nut and I was inside the bus using a socket wrench to loosen the bolts. Luckily we work pretty well together and he only ended up bleeding a little bit when something fell on him. A little pressure on the spot and all was good – his head I mean. 🙂 Removing the chair left us with a circular hole in the carpet that we still have to fix. We used spray foam insulation in the bolt holes and temporarily places a toy box over the area until I can fix and patch the carpet. (I WILL I promise!)
Then came the couch. We were stumped as how to get it out and since it was also a hide-a-bed we thought it would be super heavy and a lot of trouble. But once he set his mind to it – and “Youtubed” every video we could find on the subject my guy got right down to it!
It honestly only took him about 30 minutes and our couch was gone and the space looked like this:
Voila! Wide open space galore! But what did we want to do with this space? We needed some kind of seating that would be comfortable for the yogi in me and something that would fit both of us so we could snuggle and watch TV together or nap, or read. We decided to build a low day bed made of foam which we found for only $20 a sheet at our local Fred Meyer! I think I actually sang “Halelujia” out loud when we found it since we had already been to three different stores.
It’s still a work in progress but we’re pretty happy with it so far. We feel much more at home, the space seems twice as big. One nap has already been accomplished and I am sitting here right now writing this post! I still want to but some more pillows and another rug. The ones you see in the pics are from World Market and my guy even picked out the funky pouf! Who would have guessed?
He even absconded with it to use it as his foot rest! It’s great isn’t it?
So far so good. We like our Gypsy Love Bus a little better. We still have some more ideas in store to make her feel a little more “us.” And now that we have successfully tackled our first project who knows what we may try to accomplish! Stay tuned for the trials, tribulations and triumphs of two wander-lusters living in 300 square feet of awesomeness! Namaste Y’all!