Commonly Asked Skoolie Tiny House Questions

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 and we’ll add it to the list!

Bus Questions

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

Why choose a skoolie over a tiny house on a trailer?

Skoolie vs. THOW

  • Skoolies tow themselvesĀ 
  • 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 did it take to build your home?

We began our bus build in March of 2016 and moved into it in March of 2017.

How much did your build cost?

We originally budgeted $12-15k, but we ended up spending about $18k total.

We have a detailed spreadsheet of our expenses. You can view it for free here.

What size is your living space?

The interior of the bus is about 200 sq ft. The length is 27′ and the width is 7.5′.

Is your bus off-grid?

We have off-grid water capabilities and we’re working on solar in early 2018. We have a Nature’s Head composting toilet, so we do not produce black water.

Is your bus insured?

Our bus is registered as an RV in Florida. We do have insurance on it and we do not need a special license to drive it.

Personal Questions

What are your occupations?

Brittany is a Creative Strategist 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 on his last year of nursing school. He plans on pursuing travel nursing!

Do you live in the bus full-time?

Yes we do!