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Woman’s $13k School Bus Tiny House

This is the story of Ellen DegenerBUS. It’s a school bus tiny house that a young woman named Randy built for herself to escape high rent and live a simpler life!

She was able to buy and convert the school bus for about $13,000! That sure beats renting an apartment, doesn’t it?

Have you ever considered a school bus conversion like this?

Woman Escapes High Rent with her $13k Skoolie Tiny House Project

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  1. YouTube/Tiny House Giant Journey
  2. Tiny House Giant Journey Blog Post
  3. Randy’s Instagram (Ellen DegenerBUS)

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Lauren May 29, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Randy, you’re inspiring, just as much as Ellen, if not more! Thanks for sharing. Your home is beautiful and I wish you wonderful travels and adventures. Cheers!

  • Susan Secord May 29, 2018, 9:50 pm

    How much did the bus cost at the start? THats where I seem to be hitting a big cost in my looking for a bus. The items for the inside I can mostly pick-up for free or at used priced. I want a bus that I can drive to canada and explore national parks, maybe even go down to mexico. Help, where did you get yours?

  • Mike Dennnis June 2, 2018, 12:36 am

    I ‘m 70+ And when I was 12, my dad converted a 1948 school bus to a motor home. Back then not many people had done that. But the one thing I remember was that the rear door opened and he built a porch to go in and out, it was solid with a hitch. I’m glad to see that your rear door is still functional. Later several friends of the family also decided to convert buses and most actually welded the door shut. My dad almost went crazy with them doing that as the fire hazard was something he could not live with.
    Your doing great, and I love how your thinking things through. Happy Life to you.

  • Marsha Cowan June 16, 2018, 8:22 pm

    Amazing!! Love the outside décor. Love the ceiling! Great job, enjoy!

  • Sheila Plourde June 18, 2018, 11:54 am

    I do like this a lot!!! Inside and outside!

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