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Family’s 40-ft. Skoolie Turned Into Airbnb-Cottage


If you do happen to own land, and are in an Airbnb-friendly area, it might be worth it to create a skoolie for family vacations and as a way to make extra income! As a kid, we always vacationed in a camper (which was much cheaper than renting hotel rooms) and it’s great to see this family is getting that same fun with their kids.

But instead of having the skoolie they worked so hard on sit empty for months on end, they have it up on Airbnb (click here to see it) for others to enjoy. How fun! And if they ever needed to sell their home or downsize, they have a functional tiny house right in their yard!

The 40-foot bus has a spacious Master living area, a comfortable-sized skoolie bathroom complete with a shower and tiny tub, and a fun living room space that transforms into a giant bed for the kids. Take a video tour with Tiny Home Tours below.

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This Family’s Vacation Skoolie (That’s Also an Airbnb!)

Colaventures: Family’s 1992 40ft Thomas school bus 5

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These large 6 foot couches create a great place to hang out.

Colaventures: Family’s 1992 40ft Thomas school bus

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There is a table that you can put up for mealtime.

Colaventures: Family’s 1992 40ft Thomas school bus 2

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The Master bedroom is especially spacious.

Colaventures: Family’s 1992 40ft Thomas school bus 3

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Kitchen has a large sink and induction cooktop.

Colaventures: Family’s 1992 40ft Thomas school bus 4

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This pop-up tent provides outdoor space.

Colaventures: Family’s 1992 40ft Thomas school bus 6

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VIDEO: DIY School Bus Conversion with Shower, Tub & Toilet

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife and mama of two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • January 7, 2021, 8:21 am

    This is really sweet. I’m not sure how practical it is for full time living but definitely we’ll thought out and comfortable for a getaway. It feels warm and inviting with a fair level of privacy with the back bedroom separated from the front. I like the video; it’s very honest and informative. Well done!

  • Marsha Cowan
    January 7, 2021, 3:33 pm

    Its a lovely, lovely, lovely bus!! Very pretty with the wood and that shade of green. The bathroom is very nice and I like the lay out. I love the kitchen. It’s like a tiny restaurant type kitchen. You did a great job finishing this bus, and the master bedroom is beautiful. The setting is lovely.

    There is one thing I did in my tiny bus that I will share for any future bus dwellers who are renovating. Buses have a wall to wall rubber matting on the floor. When you remove your seats, the matting can be cleaned well, bolt holes caulked (and I put sealing tape over the caulking, too) and then covered with whatever floor you want. I started out with a painted plywood floor in my bus, but then put in a plank floor of redwood. In both cases, I left the rubber mat under them. That rubber is a great insulator and my floors (and my feet) were never cold. Just some food for thought. Great and beautiful bus, guys!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      January 12, 2021, 3:06 pm

      Great tip, Marsha!

  • sheila plourde
    January 7, 2021, 8:13 pm

    This would be cool to stay a few days or more. Is nice.

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