converted bus

Just Right Bus

May 11, 2014

We are high school sweethearts in our twenties with big dreams. It wasn’t until this year, however, that we realized our “big dreams” are being held back by “big stuff”. Over the past 4 years we moved from one apartment to another, the whole while collecting more and more “stuff” until finally, after we got married in 2011, it hit us. We’ve been buying things that we don’t need to fill space that we don’t need. Although we were a ways away from any permanent damage, we started to dread the idea of becoming stuck in the stuff-filled world of so many Americans drowning in debt.

A converted school bus now the full-time home of a young couple. Shared and owned by Kelly Ross. More info. here.

Photos originally shared at Tiny House Swoon.


  • Reply jonnie May 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    You have a lovely home. What I would like to know, is their space enough to accommodate the use of a walker?!

    • Reply Just Right Bus May 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Jonnie. Thank you for your lovely comment. Although I believe a walker would fit in the hallway of ouf bus, there are 4 fairly steep steps to get up into it so I don’t know how accommodating that would be. I have no doubt that a skoolie could be designed with this in mind, you just have to find a model of bus that is “Just Right” for your specific accessibility requirements.

      • Reply Joyce Rader June 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm

        If you are wondering about buses for the handicapped or partly handicapped, they are available. Many schools are now using buses with wheelchair lifts. Many other social groups are selling buses from 16 to 20 passenger size up to 60 passenger size with and without lifts. You could also incorporate a fold down ramp in the door area to reduce the risk of navigating stairs steps.

    • Reply Denise May 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Hi, I don’t think Kelly saw this, so I thought I’d reply. The Just Right Bus, is just right for Kelly and Chris. It could be a challenge for someone with a walker, but not impossible. The biggest challenge would be the steps. They’re the same as most school buses. But if you had a school bus designed for you, it would have space enough for a walker and but just right for you.

  • Reply Kathy May 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    BATHTUB LOVE! In the kitchen just like a Greenwich Village apartment. Great storage thinking, too. Don’t know how mobile you’re going to be, but what a comfortable homey nest. Even older folks could make themselves at home in it.

  • Reply Rosie May 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    What a great job, love the bath, I’m seriously jealous of this style. Good for you, I’m still working on getting into my tiny home, nic to know someone has got there. :)

  • Reply Joan May 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Hold on to your ideas, they are just perfect!!. Love your nest and could see myself very comfortable
    there. Enjoy the ride, the fun is in getting there!

  • Reply Donna May 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Very nice ,looks nice and cozy you will have so much fun and so much more peace in your lifes enjoy love that you are high school sweethearts and built home on a school bus.

  • Reply kim May 11, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I love it my hub and I won’t one so bad, do you go a lot in it? that’s what we won’t it for

    • Reply Just Right Bus May 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Hi Kim! We don’t travel as much as we’d like but do every chance we get. It takes about a day to get everything ready and strapped down to hit the road so some planning is involved with travel. Now that the bus is just about done, we hope to travel more when husband has breaks from school.

  • Reply Terry O May 12, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Love it. nice countertops, tub, etc. It is truly just right :) thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Natalie May 12, 2014 at 8:16 am

    This home oozes love and comfort. Good job!

  • Reply Christy May 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Just noticed the I Love Taco Bus bumper sticker :) Where are you guys located?

  • Reply Christian May 15, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I have always thought it would be cool to have a house I build out of something small and unexpected, possibly mobile. I have thought of using a bus before, but with my limited knowledge as a highschooler, I get the same problem every time: How do you have plumbing for the toilet, electricity, and WiFi if the bus is not connected to the ground? I think it would be sweet to have a bus-like mobile home for my retirement home in like 60 years but I dont understand how it is possible to get electricity working, get rid of waste in the toilet, and water in your faucet.

    • Reply Just Right Bus May 17, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Christian,

      Thank you for your comment. When we are parked at home we have a 50 amp plug that we connect to the side of the bus. That electricity goes into our circuit breaker box and is distributed to all of our appliances. We also have a battery bank that the plug charges so when we unplug we can still use electricity. The batteries also charge off of our alternator when we drive. When parked we also connect a hose to the bus which feeds our sink and tub. When on the road, we use the 70 gallon water tank which lives under our bed to feed our faucets.

  • Reply Gypsy May 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I applaude your wisdom so early in life!! My husband and I are 15 years strong and are in the process of selling our second home and everything that ties us down. We can’t wait to get out on the open road and enjoy our life together. Your Skoolie is Amazing!! Gives me so many ideas (=

  • Reply Julia May 19, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I will retire in another year and although I’ve never been a saver, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t accumulate “stuff”. I am awestruck by your precocious wisdom to unload yourself of more than you need. It took me 60 years. Now go and enjoy this adventure! Ur bus is supreme!!!

  • Reply Vicky May 19, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Great job! So cute and homey. Enjoy!

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  • Reply Tracey Karcher June 27, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Many busses have handicapped lifts. I’m purchasing one next month! I will be modeling my bus after yours!! AWESOME bathtub!! I would never have thought of it. Did you install a moisture barrier under the tile?


  • Reply Kayla June 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I can not begin to tell you how much I love your bus!!!! My husband and I have been talking about buying/building tiny home- but I will have to show him this!!!

  • Reply Esme June 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Hi, this is a lovely conversion. Oddly enough I have just bought a very similar vehicle for a similar purpose. As for a walker, I would think that any bus might be a bit cramped, but the furnishings may give support to move up and down. What I did do was to buy a local authority bus which had been used for transporting disabled folk so it has a wheelchair lift at the back doors. This could be helpful for people who cannot manage the steps (which on my bus are also very steep). :)

  • Reply mim June 29, 2014 at 1:59 am

    where do you park/live when you are not travelling?

  • Reply Lisa E. July 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Normally, I’m not a fan of buses, but I have to say, you’ve done an excellent job of making this ever so homey and it really is quite beautiful. I think the both of you have done an exceptionally good job and you are to be congratulated – Bravo!

  • Reply Bustull October 12, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Love your bus, btw!
    Could you tell what the air unit is above your bed?
    Thank you so much!

  • Reply Lori November 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Love your bus!!! Where do you keep the water holding tank? Is the air conditioner a heater also? Did you insulate the walls? I so want to make one of my own!!!!

  • Reply Anne January 25, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Absolutely love this. It is my dream to live like this – just me and my dog. Maybe someday…

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