【舊居 CAH 525】
1971 in Säffle, Sweden
Single deck passenger bus
11.75m(L) x 2.5 m(W) x 3 m(H)
1971- Passenger bus in Norrland
19XX- Horse transport for riding competitions
Dec 1999- January 2003 Mobile home of Eva&Peter in Gothenburg
~ Top 5 FAQs ~
* When did you start living on the bus?
Since October, 2000.
* Can you drive the bus?
Yes, of course. That’s the purpose of the whole thing.
* Isn’t the bus too small to live in?
Not really for Eva cos she has enough compact living experiences in Hong Kong. For Peter it’s alright after some bumping into the ceiling…
* Do you feel cold in the bus during winter?
Thanks to Peter’s invention of a diesel burner. We have central heating system all inside our home bus. Average room temperature is 19 degrees.
* Do you have electricity and water in the bus?
Yeah, think it as a normal flat. We have normal 220V electricity and running water supply, and a stainless 320 litre water tank for road trip too.
~ Technical ~
* Is there enough space for all your stuff?
Surprisingly yes. We have storage under the floor, bed, TV and sofa.
* What about telephone?
Newly installed in October 2001. We plug our telephone cable to the socket in the main storage building next to the bus.
* And internet connection?
YES! A great leap forward of our mobile living. This homepage was done on the bus.
* How to deal with sewage water?
Drained through an outlet hose from our zincs in the kitchen, toilet and shower directly to the sewage out on the public ground.
* Wouldn’t the water freeze in winter?
That actually happened. That’s why we installed a heating cable running inside the hoses.
* And the…..shit?
We have a 200 litre tank designated for our…shit. The bad thing is we have to empty it regularly.
* Who is repsonsible for that lousy job?
Doesn’t it sound more like a man’s job?
* Are you able to do cooking and laundry?
That’s a woman’s job – with the help of a gas stove and a normal washing machine onboard.
~ Practical ~
* How much time did you spend on fixing?
Long enough. Basically the whole summer in 2000. There are still some small things to build now, like bookshelves over the bed.
* How much money?
Less than SEK 80,000/HK$ 70,000 for purchase of the bus plus all fixing so far.
~ Mental ~
* What’s the major difference between living in a flat and a bus?
The sense of ownership, the freedom of changing anything anytime, though we have to take care of literally everything ourselves. But then we’ve learned a lot too.
* Learned what?
Various practical solutions in various situations. Like Mr. Burner stopped working in the middle of the night when it was -5 degrees outdoor.
* What did you do then?
Poor Peter had to get off the warm bed, put on his winter jacket, go outside in the icy cold and step into the workshop at the end part of the bus, and turn Mr. Burner into electrical mode instead of diesel.
* O god! Are you going to live inside the bus forever?
Nonono, home bus is just the first step of our mobile living.
* So what’s the plan?
We will drive the bus around for vacation. First destination is up north in Sweden in summer 2002.
~ Vital ~
* How did the whole idea begin?
Peter: Well…how long time u’ve got?
Eva: Well…doesn’t that sound fun? How would you know it’s a bad idea if you don’t even try?
* Last question: Why? Isn’t it more comfortable to live in a normal flat, buy a house or whatever?
Well…Why not?…since life is what you make it.