CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK)- A tiny home touring the U.S. One New Jersey man is visiting the Mountain State as he stops in cities across the country, sharing his message about sustainability and living simple.
It took just nine months to transform this school bus, into a home.
“I originally bought the school bus cause I wanted to live in a tiny space and I wanted to travel a good bit after grad school,” Michael Fueher told 13 News.
Now Michael has packed up everything he owns and hit the road in what the bus community calls a skoolie. It’s fully functional with a living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
“I’ve been all the way up to Alaska with a couple of friends this summer. I just came back from the west
coast. I’m currently visiting some family and friends and I’m heading south as it’s getting just a little too
cold in the northeast,” Fueher added.
Solar panels on the top of the bus charge everything inside so he’s pretty much off the grid. Fueher said sustainability was an important part of his choice to live on the skoolie.
“Sustainability, definitely. Finances is a huge thing, living on the home for me is a way to save on rent, all I really have is my gas bill and my insurance bill- which helps me to just work on the road,” Fueher said.
Now Michael has connected with other school bus owners, sharing tips for how to build your own skoolie, and how to live on the road.
“It has a lot to do with the mindset. Not everyone is made for the road, not everyone is made for tiny
spaces, and that’s ok,” Fueher explained.
While you may not be ready to ditch your home for a school bus, Michael says there are ways you can embrace the lifestyle.
“My goal is not to get people to move into school buses or move into tiny homes, but to ask the
question about sustainability, ask the question about what we really need. And if my lifestyle in the
school bus has one or two people ask that question, just to look at their garage and say ‘man that’s
really packed. Maybe I don’t need all that stuff sitting there. Maybe I can live a little bit simpler’ that’s
really what it’s about,” Fueher told 13 News.