We receive a lot of questions about our bus and why we’ve decided to live tiny, so we compiled a list of the most common ones. There’s a chance we might not have answered all your questions, so feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to the list!
WHERE DID YOU BUY YOUR BUS?
We bought our bus off of Craigslist from a company that maintains school buses for Sarasota County, Florida. The bus had been a spare bus for one of the schools in the district.
WHAT TYPE OF BUS DO YOU HAVE?
Our bus is a 1995 International Bluebird 65 passenger with a 444e engine and Allison automatic transmission.
HOW MUCH DID YOUR BUS COST?
We paid $4700 for our bus
WHAT DID YOU LOOK FOR IN A BUS?
This is a really tough question to answer. It is ultimately better answered by you. We can however give you some things to consider. See our blog post on this subject there is simply too much to discuss here
BUT WHY CHOOSE A SKOOLIE OVER A T.H.O.W.?
Skoolie vs. THOW
Skoolies tow themselves
You can buy a nice used school bus for less than the cost of a THOW. trailer.
You can register a Skoolie as an RV and get the insurance benefits.
Skoolies are much more mobile than a THOW
We are by no means trashing the THOW community (we love them!) the Skoolie just better fit our lifestyle and plans.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO BUILD?
We’re planning on spending just over 6 months building it. We’ve planning a move-in date of September 1st. We’re really only able to work on it on weekends and a few days during the week.
HOW MUCH IS THIS GOING TO COST TO BUILD?
We’ve given ourselves a budget of 12-15k, but we haven’t properly budgeting the cost of all the materials and appliances, so we’re just purchasing what we need and hoping we stay within our means.
We are keeping a detailed spreadsheet of our expenses. You can view it for free here.
WHAT ARE YOUR OCCUPATIONS?
Brittany is a UX Designer for an agency in Sarasota, FL. When she’s not at her day job, she’s runs her own digital design agency One Fish Two, Inc.
Steven is currently is nursing school.
WILL YOU LIVE IN YOUR BUS FULL TIME?
That’s the plan! We don’t plan on traveling much in the home, but you never know what could happen!