I’m starting a video log for our Skoolie project so here is an introduction to Vinnie 3. Vinnie #1 was a van that I made into an RV back in 2010 or 2011 or so. I fully intended to be a van-dweller and quietly live in plain sight but along came a handsome gentlemen and that was that. I named that van “Vincent, my Van that Goghs” because I thought it was funny and artsy, but in time he became simply “Vinnie”. Vinnie and I had many wonderful adventures together and I was sad to sell him, but he went to a traveling band of young musicians in spandex and big colorful hair. So I know he is happy with his new family.
Our tiny house of 125 square feet became Vinnie #2, and we’ve been enjoying that one since the fall of 2014. We’ve been parked in various places around the area and have really loved our little haven home. We’ve been though a lot in the last three years, but no matter what happened in a day, when we turned our car toward home, we were always glad to be back together in our haven home.
Thursday I decided I really wanted to consider the idea of a Skoolie a little more, so I took a look around Craigslist. I texted a guy and made a plan to visit him the following morning. I mentioned it to Xaver and away we went the next morning to meet Vinnie #3. It was love at first sight for me, but Xaver walked around it complaining that it needed new tires and it was going to cost a fortune to put six good new tires on it. The gentlemen lowered the price. Xaver complained some more, and the price went down some more. It was all I could do to keep from squeeling “SOLD!” but I kept my mouth shut tight with heroic effort. Naturally we bought it.
I’ll keep a video blog of the process so be sure to swing by YouTube and subscribe so that you don’t miss a single episode. Thousands of ideas, two artists, and one bus. It’s going to be a real adventure!
I’m Carmen Shenk, the Tiny House Foodie, reminding you that we can live tiny, embrace simplicity, and still eat really well. And we’re building a Skoolie where we can do just that. Stick around, it’ll be fun.