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So glad you have found us. We are a nomadic family of 9 travelling Australia with our six daughters, and our one son and forever missing our precious daughter Serenity who went to be with Jesus at 13 hours old on 12 March 2011. Her short life has changed our lives forever! As we travel we perform at shows, festivals and fundraisers with our dogs, help out on farms and also sell handmade woodcraft, dog collars, leads and capes. We are also doTERRA wellness advocates. Follow our joys and trials here.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Why the Change

Several people have asked us why the change?  Why did we go from an all under one roof 38 foot ex school bus to a Hiace commuter and tents.  Well, here’s the blog post where I endeavour to answer those questions!

Let me go back 4 years when we bought the bus … we’d done 1 year in a Jayco Eagle towed by an 8 seater Falcon station wagon!  When we got pregnant with Jireh, it was time to upgrade our rig to something we’d all fit in to travel.  At the time a bus seemed the best option.  Michael got his MR license, bought the bus and moved into it all in the same week! 

Fast forward 1 year, we’d had enough of the bus!  We found it restrictive on where we could go, it was costly to keep on the road and Michael did not like driving it!  We put it up for sale at that time with no interest at all! Over the past three years we’ve periodically advertised it with varying interest.

Our decision to change rigs was not a sudden one!  We’ve talked about it for years and made lists of the pro’s and con’s of different types of rig.  Each time the decision was the bus had to go!

Another reason we decided to change was to facilitate our oldest daughter with getting her drivers license.  As she approached her 16th birthday late last year we knew the time had come that The Auroara needed to sell!  So with renewed effort we advertised her again.  We had a lot of interest while we were based in Newcastle, but nothing came to fruition.

We’d almost resigned ourselves to the fact that it would never sell unless we dropped the price ridiculously low!  We talked about it and decided that the price we had it at was the lowest we were willing to advertise her for.  Then the now new owner came, looked and willingly gave us the price we had asked for!

So recapping on our reasons for the change:

1.  We didn’t like driving it

2.  The cost of driving it

3.  We want to explore different, not bus friendly places

4.  We want to facilitate our oldest daughter to get her drivers license

If you have any other questions we are happy to answer them.

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  1. I couldnt imagine driving a bus everywhere! Yay for change!

  2. Congratulations on the changeover. I have heard that the large buses are very heavy on fuel although I have found it hard to find fuel consumption figures on either large buses or large vans when I have been researching possible travel rigs. I am sure the van will be very much less. I hope you enjoy your increased travel freedom and find better overnight stopover solutions as you go. Wishing you all the best with the new setup.


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