We drastically cut our seating capacity, from 78 down to a comfortable 8. We could actually seat more, but a bunch of introverts don’t want more people in our space, so 8 is enough!! Want to see what we’ve done about seating on a skoolie, and our double composting toilets? Keep reading.
We decided that having lots of seating in our ‘living room’ was important to our big family and so we arranged the bus conversion to permit two 8-foot long couches, one on each side of the bus near the front door. We’ll be able to see clearly while we’re bouncing down the highway to our next destination. We also won’t be too scrunched up when we want to watch a movie together or read aloud a good book.
Eventually we’ll show you how we adjusted our kitchen table to work with the seating on a skoolie…but that’ll be another post.
Storage is always an issue when living in a tiny home, whether its on wheels or stationary. Both of the couches have storage but because they cover the wheel hubs the storage isn’t the most practical. The one side also has a cover where the fuel intake is so that makes the storage area less efficient. But we’ve fit in cowboy boots, a hammock, rolls of paper towel, kids games, etc. Probably a spot for fishing rods, too.
Find out where to put your butt!
Supposedly the average American uses nearly 8,000 gallons of water each year just to flush the toilet. Makes you wonder if there is an alternative.
Well, there is.
There’s a huge upsurge of interest in compostable toilets. That’s great, because they certainly can help us deal with waste water…better yet, drastically cutting back on what we create. Because compostable toilets neither require water, nor create waste water. Win-win.
Have you looked at the price of compostable toilets? Generally you’re looking at well over $1,000. To shit in!
After plenty of discussions and researching online, we decided not to plumb in a toilet.
That means we won’t need a black water tank, and we won’t need water for flushing. Good choice for the environment.
When doing a DIY compost toilet there’s still the decision to either mix or separate. The general ideas are:
- to eliminate or greatly diminish odours, separate solids & liquids. Its the reaction between the two that creates the offensive odours.
- if you want to produce the best compost for your garden then you’ll want to mix the solids and liquids.
Most of us skoolies are also nomads so we don’t have the luxury (nor the work) of having our own gardens. Therefore, the actual quality of the compost doesn’t much matter to us. I’d say we’re more concerned about smells. Figuring out an effective separation system will make a big difference in regards to fragrance.
This is going to be a bit of a learning curve for us…but since we aren’t actually using this particular seating on a skoolie 🙂 yet, I can’t know for sure. I’ll post when we actually have personal experience from which to speak!
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