The Wild Drive Life: Part II
In this installment of the @WildDriveLife series, Ben Poirier answers a few questions about what led up to the acquisition of his and Meagan's prisoner-bus-turned-home!
What led you to purchase the bus? Did you just want the tiny home life? Or just a mobile life? Why didn't you just want to save up toward a house?
We were interested in something alternative for some time before we decided on the bus. Small cabins, yurts, tiny homes, refurbished RVs - we considered them all. At the time it wasn’t so much about mobile living or tiny living, as much as it was about affordable living. Our debt freedom was on the horizon when we started looking. The idea was to find something we could customize and make ourselves without getting into debt; a beautiful space of our own without the debt.
We found the bus on a random Craigslist post out of Massachusetts. It’s a retired 1989 Chevy prison bus converted into a mobile command center for the Fairfax, Virginia Sherif’s Department. With chipping black paint, locking prison cages and bars on the windows — it was irresistible! Well, to me it was; Meag wasn’t quite convinced yet.
After a little coaxing we drove down to see the beast. After seeing this thing up close and personal you can’t help but fall in love. Meag was immediately on board and we bought her that day. It wasn’t long after we started the conversion process that our own wheels started to turn. There was potential here for real adventure, something more than just a debt free life.
Over time that idea slowly started to take shape, and one Sunday in July 2017, while on a hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and almost a year and a half after we bought the bus, we decided to set a date to leave our jobs and pursue a life of travel, adventure and entrepreneurship.
How long were you planning to embrace a mobile life for?
This is a question we still don’t have a concrete answer to. Right now this life allows us to say yes to opportunities that come our way, discover more about who we are, what we want, and where we want to be. It’s not just a mobile life; it’s a potential livelihood and opportunity to impact others in a positive way. It’s always evolving and we hope that it continues to grow and shape itself into more great things. We’ll keep you posted!
Whose idea was it? Did the other person express any opposition at first?
I feel so fortunate to have Meag as a partner to collaborate with. Not a lot of people would be comfortable with the leap we’re taking together. Obviously, being on the same page is key in any relationship, but try moving into 165 sq/ft and NOT being on the same page. It won’t be pretty. We made an agreement long before purchasing the bus that when it comes to our living space, we both need to be comfortable with what we choose. If one person feels uncomfortable and the other is 100% all in, the deal is still off. Ironically we looked at houses and multi-family properties to purchase before pursuing bus life and nothing felt quite right. It wasn’t until the bus came around that we were like, “Yup, this is the one!” And honestly, I don’t know if it was my idea or Meag’s; I think it was something we both were interested in from the beginning, and eventually it just sort of happened.