Just Right Bus



A school bus given a new life by housing Chris and Kelly.


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    1. 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.

      1. 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.

    2. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

  6. 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 (=

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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?

    Blessings!
    Tracey

  9. 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!!!

  10. 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). 🙂

  11. 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!

  12. 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!!!!

  13. I love your place! This is a dream that my husband and I have. We just don’t have a clue as how to get the ball rolling. Any suggestions would be awesome.

    Much thanks

    Lily

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