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DIY School Bus Conversion as Home for Two Nomadic Couples

Skool and the Gang are Quentin, Xana, Alex, and Alix are two globe-trotting couples from the UK and Europe who decided to apply for working holiday visas in Canada so they could build, live, and travel in a school bus for two years.

They bought this school bus for just $5000 CAD and have converted it using mostly free, donated, and reclaimed materials including a lot of pallet wood.

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They have a master bedroom at the back, a bathroom with composting toilet and a cold water shower, and a kitchen & lounge area that doubles as a second bedroom.

It’s a very spacious and open concept space that easily accommodates 4 people.

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They installed a battery bank and a fresh water tank underneath the bus without having to weld anything. Instead they used screws, bolts, and brackets. They also have a 265 Watt solar panel on the roof of the bus to generate power.

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After 2 years of traveling across Canada, the US, and Central & South America, they plan to ship the skoolie to the UK in a shipping container where Quentin wants to buy a piece of land and make it his permanent home.  Check out the video below for a full tour.

VIDEO: 2 Couples Living & Traveling in a DIY School Bus Conversion

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Danielle Chabassol
Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • Melissa August 17, 2017, 11:19 pm

    So glad he’s taking it with him! I wouldn’t have been able to leave it either. 👍🏼 Good luck will everything! (Awesome home btw!)

  • Hermann August 19, 2017, 4:51 am

    I wanted to buy a schooly in Massachusets. As a foreigner you are not allowed to register a car there. So we had to give up the idea.
    Is it easy to register a car or schoolbus in CDN?

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