A retired guy converts a 35 foot, 2004
school bus into a tiny home on wheels.
Join me on the learning curve.
For the longest time I’ve wanted to convert a school bus into a
recreational vehicle (RV) a.ka. motor home/tiny home on
wheels. A community of like-minded people has dubbed these
I want my skoolie to be functional in spots where there are no
water, electrical or sewer hookups. (This kind of camping is
known as boondocking.) I like the challenge of designing and
implementing a mobile life support system, including electricity,
digital connectivity, running drinking water, sleeping, cooking
and refrigeration facilities and a bathroom. I’m also looking
forward to getting out on the road in it and meeting other
members of this community.
This website is a companion to my YouTube channel. Each
YouTube episode corresponds to a page on this site, which links
to the episode. You can leave comments for all to see under
each YouTube episode. You can contact me directly at
In undertaking this work I’m not drawing on any skills in which
I’ve had formal training. I’m just a lifelong tinkerer and ardent
student at YouTube university and Skoolie.net. So use your own
judgement before copying any steps shown here. My videos go
into more detail than some in showing how I tackle
particular tasks. So they may be of particular interest to
visitors who are also converting a bus (and less so to those who
There is some unavoidable bureaucracy to skoolie ownership:
getting ownership transferred, transporting your purchase
home, getting insurance, and reclassifying the bus from a
commercial vehicle to an RV. I live in Ontario, Canada, and
imported a bus from Georgia. How I tackled those steps may be
of interest to other Canadians. But the building challenges
should resonate with skoolie owners everywhere.
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