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James and Doreen had a 4,000-square-foot home, but the upkeep was just becoming overwhelming. So they decided to get a skoolie! Now they can visit their 4 kids (who all live in different places) and spend their springtime boating in Louisiana.

Their bus is unlike any we’ve seen before, with a full-size commercial kitchen (including THREE sinks), a table near the front window, and stucco walls on the inside of the bus. They chose not to have a hallway, and instead have a spacious bathroom. What do you think?

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Skoolie w/ Stucco Walls, Raised Roof, and Full Bathroom!

Retired Couple’s Amazing Coach Bus Reno 3

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This is the fourth and final installment of Samantha and Herb’s fantastic caravan and bus conversions! Their beloved skoolie named Mr. Pemberton. The bus is their current home on wheels which is parked in Australia while they finish a European tour. Once they get back home Down Under, they’ll finish a lap around the continent.

They had to completely gut and overhaul the bus to bring it to its current glory. The sage green and white interior is absolutely dreamy, and it includes all the comforts of home (even a bathroom!). Enjoy Samantha’s story in her own words below!

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Dreamy Sage Green & White Bus Conversion

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Deyana was teaching virtually before it became “a thing” in 2020, so there was nothing holding her back from life on the road! She chose a school bus over a van for the affordability and was able to get her entire bus home complete for about $30,000.

It took 11 months for her to complete the renovation which includes a two-part kitchen, a 24×24 shower stall, a couch-to-bed, and a fixed bed with a dog nook underneath. She has a security system installed to help her feel safer on the road alone.

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Bright Farmhouse Skoolie for Woman & Her Dog

Virtual Teacher’s $30K Bus Conversion 2

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Holly and Dustin were tired of the typical rent trap and wanted to do something different. They took the first leap of flying to Florida to buy their bus and from there got to work creating a home. With little experience, it took them redoing almost everything 3 times to get the bus to where it is today.

But all that experience is paying off! They now pay their bills by converting buses for other people, and they are on the hunt for the right acreage where they can build a workshop to renovate buses and start a homestead. Enjoy the tour of their rig below!

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Holly and Dustin Are Searching the Country for Acerage to Start a Business

Stunning Woodwork in Holly & Dustin’s Skoolie 2

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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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Cruz and Mariah first went tiny back when Cruz was commuting long distances for his construction work. Living in an RV allowed him to have more time at “home” with Mariah since he could park close to the construction sites. But it still didn’t allow them to travel much.

That’s when they decided to sell the RV, buy a bus, and convert it into an awesome tiny home. Mariah figured out how to take her side hustle of painting portraits and make it into her full-time job! Now that they have remote work, the couple can go anywhere and see everything.

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From RV Living to Bus Traveling!

Artist Couple Traveling The Country in DIY Skoolie 4

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Ben and Tate are the proud owners of this amazing school bus conversion which they call “Ola.” The couple actually purchased the bus in high school and worked on converting it so they would have a home of their own when they got married in July of 2021. Now they are expecting a little boy and plan to raise him “tiny” as well!

Their DIY conversion was done on a budget. They bought the bus for $5k and put between $15k and $20k into the beautification process! Right now they have a spot parked on a ranch, but they travel when they want to and have an awesome home base wherever they take it.

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Married College Couple’s DIY Skoolie Home

They Got Married in College & Moved Into Their Converted Bus! 5

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Travis and Michelle first hit the road in their original converted school bus back in 2016 when they were going to visit their daughter. They met other skoolie folks and attended other tiny house festivals and started to feel the tug to jump all-in instead of just doing the occasional trip.

When lockdown hit, it was the final push to get them on the road. They were able to work remotely, their kids had moved out, and they were renting a home they no longer really “needed.” Eventually, they built out their current bus, the Big Blue Hauler, and jumped in full-time! Oh, and during all of this, they founded Skoolie Swarm which now welcomes hundreds of skoolies each year.

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Couple Hit The Road When Their Kids Moved Out

Founders of Skoolie Swarm and their Big Blue Hauler 2

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