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Allison & Nick purchased their bus somewhat impulsively, but they diligently converted it into the gorgeous nature-inspired skoolie it is today over the course of two years! During that time they were largely working full-time, saving money for their adventure.

They’ve been on the road for 6 months, enjoying all their hard work. They chose tons of natural materials like hardwood floors, quartz countertops, porcelain tiles, and a pine ceiling. But they also included the comforts of home with their bathtub and a sweet gaming set-up. Enjoy!

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Acacia Wood Floors, Quartz Countertops & Epic Gaming Set-Up

Nature-Inspired Skoolie w Stock Tank Tub 2

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This couple enjoyed working on yachts for a while until they were inspired to buy a short school bus to convert into their DIY motorhome. They fixed it up and used it on weekends at first, but they grew tired of the “go-go-go” lifestyle and eventually quit their jobs so they could hit the road, enjoying a more relaxed pace of life.

Their short school bus conversion has a beautiful bathroom, plenty of seating for guests (which also doubles as their bed), and a special higher purpose: they use it to foster dogs on the road.

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From Yacht Crew to Bus Life in their DIY Roof Raised Short School Bus Conversion

Dog Foster Parents Raised Roof Skoolie 3

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Gillian’s school bus conversion, “Jungle” has more color than most 2,500-square-foot homes! She left her career in set design, her 16-hour days, and her long commutes to NYC and LA to enjoy life as an entrepreneur on the road.

Gillian’s bus features tons of her own textile work (much made from ice tie-dye techniques), an oven, an oversized couch that doubles as a guest bed, and tons of jungle-y accents like bamboo curtains and bold peel-and-stick wallpaper. She does pop-up shops wherever she parks and sells her art along with vintage and thrift goods she finds during her travels.

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She Left the City for Artist Life on the Road

Textile Artist’s Bright & Bold Jungle Bus 3

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This awesome family of 6 set out on the road over a year and a half ago in their 40-foot converted bus. They wanted to educate their four boys about the world outside of Quebec. The couple sold their home and are now living off of that money and their savings.

Their bus has two sets of bunk beds for the boys, a spacious back bedroom for mom and dad, and a wet bath for cleaning up. Their huge kitchen has plenty of storage and all of them can sit at their banquette for dinner. What a cool family!

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Their Minimalist Family Bus Conversion

Couple & Their 4 Boys in a 40 Ft Skoolie 2

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Bryant is no stranger to living tiny! He had spent almost a year living in a van (and not a converted van, just a van he slept in) before deciding he wanted something homier and purchased a bus. He later met Arissa, traveled and worked with her, and then they got to building out this gorgeous skoolie!

Unlike many skoolie conversions, they chose to use residential windows in their build. They also wanted a TV without needing to look at it all the time, so they have it pop up out of their mantle! In the bathroom, you’ll find beautiful tile work set with flexible mortar, and the kitchen features live-edge countertops. Tell us your favorite part in the comment.

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Raised-Roof Skoolie w/ Residential Windows

The Juniper Gypsy Has a Hidden TV, Swivel Driver’s Seat and Tiled Shower

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Brian self-converted his “Wazabus” (was-a-bus) and it accidentally became his full-time job! Others were so impressed they started asking him to work on their rigs, and he was able to quit his old job and do this while traveling around the country. He even has a dedicated “tool shed” on the back of the bus with everything he could need to complete a conversion.

Besides that, he created the coolest rooftop deck with built-in bench seating and a propane fire pit! Inside the bus, live edge countertops steal the show, especially with the resin river Brian put in the middle. He has a dedicated office space, a comfortable couch, and even a bathroom. What do you think is the coolest part?

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Full-Time Travel & Building Skoolies from His Own Bus Conversion

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This is a 1993 GMC 3500 short school bus conversion known as ‘The Runabout’ that is available for sale for $32,500 (just reduced from $35,000) out of Richmond, Virginia.

The bus conversion has 199k miles on it, four windows on one side of the bus, 820 watts of solar panels, a compost toilet, backup camera, 35-gallon fresh water tank, 25-gallon grey water tank, and a dual-zone 12V refrigerator. Learn more and check it out below!

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The Runabout Short School Bus Conversion

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The day after they got married, Nik turned to Lauren and said they should renovate a bus, live in it, and travel the country. Only 6 weeks later, they had purchased the biggest bus they could find and got to work! In retrospect, they think 28 feet would have been manageable and slightly easier to find parking spots for.

As is, the bus is about half the size of the 700 square foot apartment they lived in during lockdown. They were well-adjusted to living and working in a small space, so it wasn’t a hard transition. Besides being wonderfully functional, their bus home is stunning, with black tiles, butcher block countertops, and pine ceilings. What’s your favorite feature?

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They Included a Recirculating Shower & Giant Dog Nook

Couple & Their Dogs Convert a 40 Ft Skoolie with Wood Stove 3

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A decade ago Brandon did his first big road trip, and since then he’s been hoping to someday hit the road full time again. He was trying out a van for a bit when he stumbled across this bus for sale in the parking lot of a mechanic’s shop — and within 45 minutes he had purchased it!

Turns out he was the bus’ third owner, and he gives credit to the original owners (who built it out while living in Brooklyn, NY!) for much of the design. His whole rig even runs on a Tesla battery, which is pretty cool. Brandon says he has more than enough space for all his things, and is loving working as an engineer while traveling in his bus home.

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Engineer Nomad Working Full-Time from His Bus

Brandon’s Tesla-Powered Skoolie 4

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