Alexa From Texas
Off-grid living has become more commonplace nowadays and, because of the pandemic, has now turned into a popular and viable option for permanent housing. There is a variety of different people involved in this tightly knit community ranging from off-road conversions to land-based solar systems.
Typically, when you think of a conversion, you think of the van-life trend, but there's more than just vans! Some people convert jeeps, trailers, and others convert whole school buses! Believe it or not, driving a school bus is legal as long as it's registered as a recreational vehicle (RV). Living in one? Not so much. Living in any kind of vehicle is a bit of a hit or miss across the nation as most cities have rules and regulations that tightly control things like health codes, parking, and minimum living conditions-- but you'll fine that these days it's become more mainstream for all sorts of people to be living on the road. There are entire communities and forums centered around how to make the most of your living off-grid.
About Alexa's Bus
Recently, Alexa Kelly of Texas came by to ExpertPower to fix some of her power issues and show us her nearly done bus conversion. Alexa is currently living in her converted school bus and serving others by being a 211 Crisis Line operator. There's a lot of appeal to her bus not just because it was essentially converted by hand but the fact that Alexa has truly made it her own-- a "safe-space" as she calls it. It's not just a mobile home, it's a place to get away, it's somewhere she can always be without feeling like she's far from anything.
What Did Alexa Need?
Most people don't really consider the fact that they are giving up a life of stability to endure being on the road and face the difficulties of being disconnected from stable electrical systems, watermains, dealing with vehicle repairs, and even the scarcity of things such as heaters and air conditioners-- but to be certain, there are those that truly feel at peace being able to get away from it at all and experience life from a more unconventional point of view.