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Full 2005 Skoolie Build w/ Gorgeous Kitchen


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This 2005 Freightliner FS-65 2WD has been lovingly converted into a school bus tiny house! It has one of the largest shower stalls I’ve ever seen in a conversion, which takes up half of the bathroom that spans the entire width of the school bus.

Besides the impressive bathroom, the kitchen is also roomy, with large butcher block countertops on each side of the bus. It even has an oven, which many nomadic homes opt out of! The current owner is asking $40,000 or your best offer. The house is in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Full 2005 Skoolie Build

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The kitchen has an RV oven and mini fridge.

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There’s a deep basin sink and pull-out mirror.

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The dinette is made of two storage benches.

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The bathroom spans the entire skoolie.

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Is this the largest bus shower ever?

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A cassette toilet sits in front of the bathroom mirror.

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The bedroom has a full-sized bed.

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The couch can also pull out into a bed.

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The exterior of the bus is navy blue with silver trim.

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It has a long front.

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Highlights:

  • This bus is not just my first home, it’s completely changed my life. I bought it from the public school system and built it in 2022. I drove it all over the western US, where I decided to settle down. The bus has a lot of new parts from when the school owned it, but it needs a new exhaust manifold and possibly a new turbo. There’s a mechanic in Phoenix, AZ that specializes in skoolies and can do the job. The bus is being sold AS-IS with the decor, linens and extras. (Extras are listed at the end.) Buy it and make it your own special tiny home on wheels.
  • THE BUS:
  • 4 Cylinder engine (fuel efficient)
  • 65 mph limit (can be reprogrammed)
  • Bus Prepped and rolled with paint
  • Resealed windows
  • Bug screens on all functional windows
  • 5,000 lb hitch installed w/ lights
  • Registered and Insured as a Motorhome
  • 360 External cameras with screen in cab
  • 360 External motion-sensing lights
  • Fresh water fill
  • Shore power plug w/ adapter
  • RECENT MECHANICAL WORK AND REPAIRS (in the last year)
  • Regular Fluid Change and Check Up (every 3000 miles)
  • New Tires
  • New Fuel Filter
  • New right windshield
  • Coolant hoses and fittings replaced
  • **Documentation can be provided**
  • THE BUILD:
  • Sound deadening installed in the cab
  • Can has been repainted from smoker grey to black
  • Walls Re-Insulated with foam board (.5 in)
  • Floor has .25 in subfloor and Vinyl Flooring was installed over that.
  • 1/8 in Eucaboard was used on the walls for health and weight
  • Original metal ceiling was painted. I haven’t had any problems with heat or leaking.
  • Skoolie Emergency Hatch opens for access to the roof with a lock for security
  • Bus door is fully functional and has an extra lock for safety
  • Several windows are unblocked and function to provide ample air flow throughout
  • Bug screens on functioning windows, front door and handicap door
  • Black Out Curtains Installed to provide privacy
  • LED Recessed Lighting throughout the bus, wired to switches at the front, middle and back of bus
  • 2 Functioning cab fans
  • Half wall at entrance with hooks for hanging
  • Wall hooks at middle of the bus
  • 6-compartment cube storage
  • HEATING/ COOLING
  • 6,000 – 12,000 BTU propane heater
  • 6,000 BTU AC/ dehumidifier/ fan at rear of bus
  • Functional windows with bug screens
  • Front door has bug screens and curtains
  • Handicap door has bug screen with curtains
  • Original hatch opens, locks and lets in lots of fresh breeze and light
  • KITCHEN
  • 4 burner propane oven range
  • 5+ ft of countertop space
  • Recessed lighting under countertops
  • IKEA Butcher block countertop throughout
  • IKEA lower cabinets
  • Custom upper cabinets
  • Lots of cabinet/ drawer space
  • Extra Large Pantry storage
  • 3 cu ft fridge/freezer with ample freezer space
  • VERY DEEP stainless steel sink with accessories 12x12x 9in
  • BEDROOM
  • Full side bed
  • 6-cube storage
  • Recessed lighting
  • TONS of Under bed storage 3x5x6ft
  • Curtains over windows
  • Handicap door with bug screen and curtains for nice breeze and views
  • Privacy film on back windows. You can see out, but they can’t see in.
  • Closet next to bed. Can be converted into toilet area or kept as a small clothes closet.
  • LIVING SPACE
  • 6 ft couch/futon. Keep as a sofa during the day and host a guest or two at night. Bedding included!
  • 2-person Dinette with LOTS of storage in the seats
  • Half wall with hooks and space for books/quick-grab items
  • BATHROOM
  • HUGE custom shower
  • Subway tile vinyl waterproof walls. Walls are hardi-board with several layers of red guard
  • Multi-setting Handheld shower head with on/off pause switch
  • Shower head is almost 6 feet and can extend to fill laundry washing machine
  • Hooks outside shower for hanging towels/ clothes, etc.
  • Corner shower organizer for shampoo/conditioner/and soap
  • HUGE toilet area that can be used as a closet
  • Full body mirror
  • Thetford Porto-Potti toilet. 5 gallon waste capacity. 4 gallon fresh water capacity. NO SMELL!!! 😀 This toilet is
  • amazing and super easy to maintain!
  • PLUMBING
  • 75 gal fresh water storage
  • 35 gal gray water holding (undermount)
  • Gravity water rv fill
  • Seaflo 12v water pump (wired to on/off switch)
  • Seaflo accumulator
  • Pex pipe and Sharkbite push to connect fittings throughout
  • Excel ventless/tankless propane water heater
  • ELECTRICAL:
  • Renogy 60a DC to DC Charger (Charge off Vehicle Alternator)
  • Renogy 40 amp MPPT Charge Controller (Charge off Solar)
  • 4 Renogy 100 watt rigid Solar Panels bolted thru the roof (400w total)
  • Renogy 3000 Watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter with Remote
  • 12v Distribution Panel
  • Negative Bus Bar
  • Breakers and fuses on everything
  • 6 Deep Cycle 90ah Batteries (total 540ah Battery Bank Storage)
  • (3) 110 outlets thru out build
  • EXTRAS:
  • 11 lb portable laundry washing machine and spin dryer
  • Laundry drying rack
  • Fresh water hose
  • Extension cord
  • 1800w gas generator (condition unknown)
  • 20 amp to 50 amp shore power dog bone
  • Decor and linens

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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 three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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