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Skoolie!: How to Convert a School Bus or Van into a Tiny Home or Recreational Vehicle

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  24 reviews
School buses that have been converted into mobile living spaces — known as skoolies — are a natural extension of the tiny house craze. Buses are not only easier and safer to drive than an RV, they provide a jump-start on the conversion process with frame, roof, and floor already in place. Experienced builder Will Sutherland, whose creative school bus conversions have been ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm really fascinated by skoolies, campervans, tiny houses, etc. - even though I'll probably never live in one. Something about them marries my love of HGTV and camping and makes me imagine the kind of life where I could single-handedly convert a small bus and like, travel the world with my dog (I don't have a dog). So even as someone who will probably never use the information in this book, I really really enjoyed reading it. If my life ever completely changes and I suddenly decide to go off th ...more
Megan C.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
As my husband and I are currently converting a retired school bus into a Skoolie (look us up on Instagram - ) I was so excited to get my hands on an early copy of this book. (Thanks to the author and the publisher!) I thought this was a fantastic resource and found it very helpful. The author takes readers through each step of the conversion process, but doesn't get so bogged down in the nuts and bolts that you lose interest. The stunning photographs were gre ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Skoolie! is part gallery and tutorial guide and part philosophy/encouragement for how to turn a de-commissioned schoolbus into a tiny-home or RV.

Released 15th Oct 2019 by Storey, it's 208 pages and available in hardcover and ebook formats.

This is a really comprehensive book. The author covers the entire process in a logical/chronological manner from sourcing a bus, potentially expensive/difficult problems to avoid, demolition, planning, rebuil
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great resource! The author takes the reader through the whole process of turning a retired school bus into a rolling home, from where and how to buy a bus to finishing touches and everything in between. The author bought a bus and documented the process of transforming it. We are also treated to photographic tours of other skoolies and short interviews with the owners scattered throughout the book. I appreciated the discussion of things to consider before committing to this project and th ...more
Michelle Noble
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must have for anyone considering converting a school bus into a camper. I was very excited to see this book. My husband and I are considering converting a school bus. It has step-by-step instructions, and it has detailed photos of every step. There are several different plans that you can choose from. The writer converted a school bus, and he lists all the tools and supplies that he needed. He has a complete list with prices and a grand total of the conversion. The book also detai ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, travel-geography
I just learned about Skoolies several months ago, and I've been fascinated ever since! I follow several skoolies on social media, and I'm so intrigued by their layouts, equipment and specs. If you're considering building out a skoolie, I highly recommend this book. It's full of advice, instructions, and wisdom, not to mention the gorgeous photo layouts! Beginning with finding and purchasing your school bus.... leading through insulation, construction, solar panels, and plumbing.... and ending wi ...more
Angela Johnson
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got this book thinking my husband would be into something like this. Next thing I know he's pricing used schoolbuses on line, and designing one of his own. No, we haven't actually bought one yet, but I sense that may be imminent. I may have created a monster. There are some wonderful designs in this book, cozy, inviting, definitely something I/we are interested in doing for retirement, or now. Yeah, now is good too. I like how they also give a price guide at the end of the book, to give you an ...more
Loved the book. Incredibly out of the box idea for a home living situation but it would work for some people. Would it work for me? Probably not but I think this book would resonate with a lot of young people out there. It’s an exciting, energetic, budget friendly idea and the book is great for giving examples and step by step guides. I loved the pictures too. Very creative. It’s a niche type of book but it works. Maybe not for everyone, but for someone. 5/5 stars.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
An amazing DIY book on converting school buses into living spaces. Photos methodically document the process. Even if you decide against such an endeavor, tiny-house or off-grid folks will love the section on solar power basics and tips.
Nicole Cordier
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I checked this out because it looked like a fun diy book to use for a book bingo square but now I actually want to go buy a bus.
Lesli Wright-Bobholz
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I love this book. We have a travel trailer but camped with a couple that had converted a short bus and a pop-up camper into a Jeff Gordon blue flamed racing skoolie with pullable enclosed trailer. A Skoolie has character that no motor home can come close to but not everyone is cut out to own a skoolie. Our motor home came to us with a floor plan in place which made it easier for us to plan how to store what we wanted to in our “second” home. The pictures in this book show great details and the a
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It has great pictures. I'm so excited about it. I ride with a group of retired old motorcyclists and we often trailer our bikes to different locations and spend a week riding our bikes there. There are 4 couples in our group and I can just see us getting a bus, modifying it so that we can get places without all the motel time, and just happily riding off into the sunset. The photos start with the bus, then show taking it down to bare basics, and then building it up to whatever ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I am fascinated by Skoolies. If I wanted to travel in a tiny house this would be the way I would go. This book offers step by step demonstrations on how to convert your newly acquired school bus into a fabulous Skoolie! I will admit to skimming some of the chapters on electrical and plumbing as those just go right over my head and since I am not currently converting anything it was knowledge I didn't need. I loved the pictures and stories of people who have gone Skoolie. I also appreciated all t ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shows how to convert a bus into a living vehicle, but depending on the vehicle some things could likely be applied to them. Goes from start to finish of building - from picking/buying and inspecting a bus to building the different living spaces. Photos throughout on how the bus was transform, so you don't just get a written explanation. Has different things to consider and his budget of what was spent to buy and convert the bus. Nice for those who would like to do the same. ...more
Hunter Blair
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For a total beginner, this book is incredible! I learned so much and I cannot wait to purchase this for myself to read ti again! I recommend this for everyone interested in skoolies!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved it so much, the pictures are beautiful and the writing is very informative without being boring. After reading it I felt as if I could buy a bus and turn it into an RV that day!
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Great step by step instructions and tips.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book contains lots of information on how to turn a school bus into a home. There's also plenty of photos to show what you can actually accomplish. ...more
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: how-to
I am inspired! I want to build a skoolie.

This is a pretty good book and well worth buying if you are at all interested in skoolies or are considering starting skoolie project. It is a great general overview of tearing down and rebuilding a bus with a lot of practical advice and guidance.

It isn’t totally comprehensive. If I do this I will still need additional books to get the plumbing and electrical installations right. However, this book is the best general starting point I have seen.

Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2020-finished
A wealth of knowledge!

My hope is to build a skoolie of my own, and this book has made me feel like both the build and the lifestyle are totally within reach. Once I track down my dream bus to purchase, this book will definitely be kept on hand throughout my build journey!
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Awesome ideas. Balances all the work you really need to do with lots of inspiring pictures. Can totally see James doing this someday.
Amanda Lee
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great resource when first starting out. Plenty of items this book only touches on, but it was very well rounded.
Dee Ann
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting ideas, but I don’t think it will be anything I would actually do.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Armchair travellers, wannabe nomads, DIYers, here's a treat. Learn how to strip and refurb a school bus, dream over all the gorgeous settings, plan your next itinerary or peep into other people's lives. Loved it. ...more
Olivia Walter
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not only is SKOOLIE! a thorough hands-on, DIY instructional for converting vehicles into tiny-home/RVs - it's also a beautiful book. The pictures are breathtaking and really give you a sense of the skoolie lifestyle #vanlife #tinyhomes Everything you need to know to make your conversion dreams a reality. 10/10 ...more
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