What is a Skoolie bus?
Skoolie are renovated school buses made into houses or RV’s and used to travel living off the grid or having the ability to work from home or work on the road as long as you have an internet connection, it’s an example of upcycling at its best. Upcycling is the art of taking something that can no longer be used for its original purpose and transforming it for different use. Once renovated, a school bus or skoolies essentially become a cross between an RV and a tiny house on wheels.
Many RV parks have size restrictions and there can be challenges trying to park a lengthy vehicle so the ideal size is about 15ft-30 ft in length, the average width of a standard school bus is about 90 inches and so staying within these parameters will make it much easier to handle and park.
Why use a school bus?
School buses are built to last. Just think about the miles that they drive during day to transport kids to and from home—and not to mention field trips. If a bus is in good condition, their diesel engine can last more than a million miles! In addition to a long motor life, these vehicles are constructed with steel frames and floors, making them extra sturdy.
Once you remove the seats, you can build out and arrange the interior in a variation of ways, obviously some layouts will make more sense than others but it’s a cool and fun new way to repurpose one of the true icons of the transportation industry.
Do you need a CDL to drive a Skoolie?
In the vast majority of cases, the answer is no. Once you have registered your skoolie for personal use (usually as a recreational vehicle), you do not need a CDL. However, you may need an air brake certification or special license based on the weight of your skoolie, depending on your state of origin.
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