Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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

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, rebuilding and more.  This would be a super resource for anyone interested in a more nomadic/pared down lifestyle and the RV life, not just school bus folks. Quite a lot of the info on wiring, refinishing, rebuilding and planning is also pertinent for camper/RV folks.

The photography is superlative. The author acquired a schoolbus to document the process for this book and the refinishing chapters show the process very clearly. Additionally the book is full of beautiful photographs of skoolies in natural surroundings photographed all over the US and Canada. There are numerous links provided as well as an index and a full itemized budget for the school-bus conversion detailed in the book.

In addition to the 'book bus' conversion, there are profiles for several other buses and their owners, showing some of their interior and exterior designs and modifications.

All in all this is a resource rich practical and useful book for anyone considering a bus conversion now or in future. I don't even have a bus (or RV) yet and I really enjoyed reading and looking (and dreaming).

Five stars!

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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