Family-of-eight buy £10,000 bus on eBay and go on 5,000-mile trip across the US

Family-of-eight buy £10,000 bus on eBay and go on 5,000-mile trip across the US


A family have told how they ditched their belongings and travelled across the US on a bus they bought on eBay for £10,000.

Whitney Chardoulias, 29, her husband Andrew, 35, who have six kids between them, have travelled across nine states and covered 5,000-mile in the six months since leaving their home in Muscatine, Iowa, in the US.

The couple, who are owners of dog breeding business, Cedar Bend Labradoodles, spent $20,000 (£15,300) on renovating the 45-foot bus and splashed out $30,000 (£23,000) on a new engine.

Their impressive converted home includes a kitchen, living room, toy room, bathroom with a tub, king size bed and three bunk beds

Whitney was inspired to go on the trip by families she saw on Instagram who had converted school buses and travelled the country.

When Whitney told Andrew about the idea  he was quickly convinced it was a good thing to do and they started planning their trip right away.

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The couple bought the bus for £10,000 on eBay

Among the states the couple and their kids have visited are Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky and Indiana,

Whitney said: “Quincy was two we spent four and half months in Biloxi, Mississippi. I grew up inland in Muscatine, Iowa, and never really saw the ocean or a beach before. Our place was right by the beach and I loved it so much and dreaded coming home,” Whitney said.

“I had seen other families on Instagram living in a converted bus and travelling the country and I was so envious. I remember telling Andrew I didn’t want to be old and grey and wishing we had travelled more. I told him about the busses and asked him ‘why not us?’

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The couple have spent $20,000 (£15,300) on renovating the bus

“He bought the idea and when we told friends and family, they were against it at first. My mum was especially convinced that our kids would be kidnapped or mauled by bears. They have all come around to it now though and our friends think it’s really cool.

When not travelling, the bus sits on land at Whitney’s parents’ farm.

During the day the couple work on their dog breeding business while the children attend school, but next year the couple are hoping to start home schooling so that they can travel more frequently.

Due to cold nights the family are now temporarily all sleeping in the farmhouse at night while sorting out the insulation on their bus, but as soon as that is fixed they intend to get back on the bus full time.

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The home includes a full kitchen

Their converted home includes a full kitchen, living room, toy room, bathroom with a tub, king size bed and three bunks.

There is also extra sleeping space on a sofa that opens into a double bed.

Due to cold nights the family are now temporarily all sleeping in the farmhouse at night while the couple improve the insulation on their bus, but as soon as that is fixed they intend to get back on the bus full time.

The  couples four kids Quincy, seven, Fletcher, four, Rowe, two and River, one have joined them for all of the trip.

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The couple have travelled across nine states and covered 5,000-mile in the six months since leaving their home in Muscatine, Iowa, in the US

Andrew has two other children with a different mother Brenna, 15, and Bria, 10, who travel with them on some of their adventures.

Whitney said: “Our kids have been excited every step of the way and we’ve covered more than 5,000 miles now across the states of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky and Indiana,

“The kids are at school during the daytime and me and Andrew both work on our dog raising business and helping maintain the farm.

“The best thing about this journey is travelling and seeing our children experience new things. Every time we get back ‘home’ they ask us when we are leaving again. Also I love only having to clean 360 sq. feet each day, though I must admit I don’t enjoy doing the kids bunks.

“For a large family it’s been very good for our budget too and I would guess that we spend only around £1,150 ($1,500) a month.

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Whitney has some words of advice for any other families who want to go on a similar adventure.

She said: “If you want to live in an RV, bus, van or tiny home, don’t buy the first one you see. Do your research and talk to people. Talk to those who have walked this road before and absolutely get a professional outside mechanic to look at the vehicle before making any final purchase.

“I think everyone starts this process by thinking that they could never do this and that it’s just not possible for them for whatever reason. I think it’s possible for anyone who really wants to do it. You just have to overcome one obstacle at a time.

“You will hit bumps with anything you do in life all you have to do is figure out a remedy for them and move without ever giving up.

“We consider ourselves incredibly blessed. We simply love our bus and we can’t wait to experience more adventures in it.”





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