The truth of it all

I heard tiny living buses only cost $20,000.

There can be truth to that if you do all the work yourself and use minimal materials. But when you pay someone else things start to add up. The technologies needed to live sustainably and comfortably are expensive and so is the installation.

I heard diesel engines can get 1 million miles.

Sure, the large semi trucks get those kinds of miles, but medium-duty diesels get about 250,000 before you’re running on borrowed time. In fact, we’ve never seen a school bus with even 500,000 miles on the original engine. When the time comes for your engine rebuild, those with the wet sleeve design can be in-framed and will save you thousands in labor and machine shop costs. Please see our Drivetrain page for more info.

I heard insurance is difficult to obtain.

It is. That’s because insurance companies don’t know how to assess risk to skoolies. It’s a new demographic and needs to be understood before Progressive and Geico will take your policy. Independent brokers may insure you, but may ask for photos and proof of the quality of the conversion before issuing a policy. This is when having a professionally converted bus can alleviate the insurance headaches and give piece of mind to the underwriters.

Do buses get hot and cold?

Absolutely. The set up of a school bus is vulnerable to volatile temperatures. If you seriously plan on living in a school bus you must insulate correctly. There’s no way around it. It takes a holistic approach, considering all factors, to make a bus 4-season liveable and this is one of our specialties. From solar-powered A/C to diesel-powered boilers, we can keep you comfortable in a bus that feels a home year round.