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Meet the School Bus House

inside view of the bedroom of a school bus house

Countless people have chosen to live simpler lives inside of tiny houses. They let people get back to basics while also leaving a smaller global footprint. The homes might be small, but the market is enormous, with an expected compound annual growth rate of 6.99 percent through 2022. Part of that is because of the popularity of the school bus house. People all around the country are converting school buses into tiny houses. Once converted, each home is called a skoolie and can be kept stationary or used as an RV. 

Now, you can’t help but wonder how to convert your own school bus house or school bus RV. Let’s dive in so you can understand the process.

Skoolie Conversion Guide – the Basics of Converting a School Bus House 

You can find skoolie conversion plans online. These plans will take you through the entire conversion process so you can have a school bus house. Right now, though, let’s go over the basics of creating your own school bus house.


You’ll begin with demolition. You’ll need to remove the bus’s insides, including the seats, floor, and panels on the ceiling and walls. You’ll also need to remove some items that have wires, such as the speakers and alarms. Use a wire nut to cap off the wires when possible.

If you don’t like the idea of doing demo work, you can get a partially converted skoolie. Then, instead of demolishing the bus’s interior, you can jump ahead and create your new home. 

Prep the Bus

Next, you need to prepare the bus for construction. Clean the floor and take care of any rust that you see. Then seal any gaps and cracks. Remember, you’re going to live in this school bus house, so you don’t want air to leak inside.

inside view of a school bus about to be converted to a home

Add Insulation and Flooring

Next, you’ll need to insulate the bus’s walls and floor and install a new floor. You’ll need to install a subfloor and finish flooring to your school bus house.  

Design the House

Now, it’s time to think about what you want out of your school bus house. Draw up plans for the home or get some plans online based on the bus’s measurements. When you create your design, think about where you want the house’s various components, such as your bed and the kitchen. 

Remodel the School Bus 

Finally, you’ll be ready to create your bus home. If you’re handy, you can do it yourself. However, if you want the comforts of home, you’ll need running water and other commodities that could require a professional.

Make Sure Your School Bus Home Is Insured 

If you intend to convert your school bus into an RV, it needs to be insured. You want to make sure you’re covered if anything happens on the road. Also, your belongings will be in the school bus. What if something happens to them? It would be best if you chose an insurance policy that covers your school bus home. Begin by getting quotes from a licensed insurance agent. Then your school bus house will be protected. 

If you have big plans for your RV, don’t forget about insurance! at Freeway, we can help you find one that fits your needs and budget. Get a free RV insurance quote online, over the phone, or at one of our offices near you.

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