| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Bus Converted into Tiny House So Couple Will Never Be Homeless


You may not be aware, but in the small house movement there’s
a big debate and that’s whether you should go with a tiny house or a
schooly or renovated school bus. Obviously I’m shooting this video in my
tiny house so you know which way I went on the debate. But in today’s video you’re going to
see an awesome renovated school bus that might just have you thinking
that a schooly is right for you. I’m Annie and this is Roman
and we live in little Groundhog This is Eugene. We named the bus a little Groundhog
mostly because my grandfather was a long haul furniture and freight trucker and
when I was eight years old I went on the road with him for the first time. We were traveling across the country and
he pulled his CB radio down and got on the mic and everybody listen up. I’ve got a special guest
with me all summer long. This is a little Groundhog and
he gave me the name and it stuck. Years ago when I was much younger. Um, I ended up homeless for a short period
of time and I climbed back out of it and got my stuff together. When I first decided that I wanted to
go tiny and then started talking to her about going tiny, my main drive was I never want to be in
a position where I’m ever going to be homeless again. And I also
wanted to have a vehicle. I wanted it to be accessible to a point
where if we were in one place and we just wanted to go in 20 minutes
flat, we’re driving on the road. So when he was like, I want to
live at a school bus, I said, okay, we can live in a cardboard box as long
as you’re there, I’m home. So we’re good. Buddied up. I told a friend of mine,
a very good friend of mine, Hey, so we’re going to buy a bus and
convert it into a tiny house. Hung up the phone. She called her mom
and said, I think Roman had a stroke. Now that friend has, since her boyfriend has bought a
bus and they are converting it. So I called her back and I said,
Hey, did you have a stroke? Little groundhog is 36 feet
long, 8 feet wide, gives us roughly 266 square
feet of living space. This is really it. I wanted
everything to be kind of built in. I didn’t want to do something that
was going to slide around or you know, you put the brakes on and everything
falls. I lucked out with my mom. I got her to actually make my pillows
for me, which is a lot of fun. There’s that personal touch. You just kind of having the family be
involved in it, which is really cool. Of course, right past the living room you ends up
in the kitchen and she had some very specific things about the
kitchen that she wanted. Doing dishes in a tiny home. A lot
of people struggle with adjusting going from having a dishwasher
to not having a dishwasher. My compromise was a big sink. We had to have a big sank so
that way I could wash dishes, but also I could leave dishes and
not feel as guilty. Let’s be honest. The second thing that had to take up
counter space was of course the coffee maker because you can’t, you
can’t live without coffee. Then we have an induction cooktop, so two
burner induction cooktop that we love. We’ve got a toaster convection oven that
works just like a regular oven does on like cooking and baking needs. Love it. Being able to cook and cook the way you
would in a conventional kitchen in a house. We wanted to
maintain that, you know, that was important and I
wanted a full size fridge. I did not want to do an RV fridge with this side. Again, we wanted more storage and we even
have this nifty pull out door. This is Bo. He’s got his own name tag. He is our four month old Minx tuxedo
cat that we adopted from some friends. So he likes to ride up on the dash or
sometimes Roman’s shoulder while we’re driving down the road. One of the things that was
really important to me was
having a full sized shower. Um, I kind of developed this thing a long
time ago that when I move into a new place and I moved a lot as a kid and
when I moved into a new place, nothing, it never felt like home until
I could actually take a shower in it. This was the very last thing that we put
into the rig and probably should have been the first thing we put in cause
it was so hard to get it in the blinds across the top. Getting those things
cut is really kind of a challenge. And then, you know, figuring out
the wheel well, this right here, that’s a lot of fun. Um, and
people ask me all the time, can you actually sit in there
and you know, and I can, it’s, it’s really comfortable.
And we did the, uh, the kind of faux stained
glass on the windows. Um, just to add that little extra level
of privacy when you’re in here, we get asked a lot as well.
Is it a composting toilet? Cause it looks like a composting
toilet and it’s actually not. It’s the porta-potty by Thedford I think the first festival we went to, we didn’t actually have the
closet doors on the front of it. She loves stickers. Um, we do the sticker swaps with everybody
all the time and one of the place to put them, but it not also be like, you
know, this big kind of menagerie of, of mess out in the middle of the bus.
So she put them all on the inside. When we actually moved into the
bus, we, we pared down a lot, um, and kind of organized, okay, this is what we can take and this
is what we might have to throw away. And we got everything that we had all
went in here and we didn’t lose out on any of our clothing, which was kinda fun. I didn’t think you could
put that much in a closet. When we first started building the bus, I wanted to go more of a blue
kind of feel, right? Teals, blues, things like that. And she with Disney and Mickey and
Minnie and all that kind of stuff, that color palette really spoke
to her. And she loved this. So we decided to kind of change that. So the
reds, the Crimson’s, the black and whites, the grays. My mom had
this kind of one demand. If I’m going to come over your house, I don’t want to feel like I’m in
this cigar tube. And so she said, make sure you keep windows. So when
you’re sitting down the windows, bring all of that kind of
big space into your world. Even though the wall physically stops
here, you feel like you’re in a much, much bigger space. I didn’t originally put this in and it
was a big deal for her because we use this as storage space. I wanted
to make sure that she could get. So this is our vanity area. This is actually over a wheel well and
which really struggled on what to do with the space. That wasn’t just
a box over the wheel well. So we ended up making vanity and
then we flip over to the other side. This is one of two TVs that we have.
It’s the smaller of the two. Well, with us going tiny. It wasn’t a sacrifice of going from modern
conveniences and having our X-Box and all of our electronics. We have two TVs. I’ve never seen another one that has two. We wanted to have a place
to work, a place to play, a place to eat, that kind of
thing. And I wanted a table, but I didn’t want to do the
kind of standard dinette
so we did a fold-up table, you know, pull up a chair. We
both eat dinner here sometimes, or I use it as kind of my office desk
and it really just kinda folds out of the way. And you have a lot
more space in the bus. We have storage in our ottoman
that was bought this way. And then we also built
in storage in our couch. A lot of people ask us if our couch
folds out to a bed, but it does not. However, it’s seven foot long
so anybody could sleep on it. And if we really, really
need the extra space, if we have friends that want to stay over, we have a twin air mattress that we can
inflate that sits right here in this space. We moved in in February of 2018
and we’re coming up on one year. The flexibility of having
this is tremendous. Don’t not do something because you’re
afraid. Get in there and get involved. A lot of people look for that excuse
not to do it. Find that reason to do it. Make sure you comment below, which you prefer a tiny house or a
school bus and subscribe to see more tiny house and travel videos.

100 Comments

LeathersLove

Oct 10, 2019, 11:33 pm Reply

Totally Love your home! I drove a school bus for 38 years and believe me it was a blast! I wish I had  one to live in.  Drive safe you two!

Kimberly Tanzini

Oct 10, 2019, 4:31 am Reply

Skoolie ALL the way…just makes more sense. Too many restrictions in the IS on tiny houses.

waRr3nxx

Oct 10, 2019, 4:49 am Reply

Anyone ever needs a place to stay for a night dm me. Nobody should be out in the cold.

OPZ **

Oct 10, 2019, 2:28 am Reply

The only thing you need is to paint your bus Brown so that it fits the name… Nice

Joyce Nesselhauf

Oct 10, 2019, 5:43 am Reply

Hi! Where did you find the folding table?

Taylor Covington

Oct 10, 2019, 1:45 pm Reply

Awe she is so sweet willing to to do anything with him as long as she’s there

Better Late Than Never

Oct 10, 2019, 9:13 pm Reply

What a nice couple…wish them all the Best.

Eating and family Channel

Oct 10, 2019, 7:59 am Reply

I would want a school bus you can move it when you need to get from point a to point b and you don't have to pay for your lights and you can get a General for your lights and heating

Matt Diliberto

Oct 10, 2019, 8:38 am Reply

Schoolie!

Deborah Webb

Oct 10, 2019, 3:10 pm Reply

I actually own my own home, but kind of long for the road because the only travel I've done is associated with the dog obedience trials I attend with my Sheltie.  I just don't know where I would get the money to acquire a school bus in good enough condition to convert to at least a do-it-yourself RV.  It would be great to find someone with the carpentry, electrical, and plumbing know-how to put together something I could just drive to obedience trial sites instead of staying at the nearest Motel 6. Well done, Roman and Annie!

Steven Marshall

Oct 10, 2019, 12:34 am Reply

Very awesome story. Thank you guys for sharing.

SG R

Oct 10, 2019, 4:20 pm Reply

One of the best THs 😊

Elysia Duke

Oct 10, 2019, 3:31 am Reply

School bus converted to my first home, I am a disabled individual who needs a small homeownership that is accessible.

Bruce Cooper

Oct 10, 2019, 5:16 am Reply

Skoolie after lots of deliberation!

keesha1232

Oct 10, 2019, 8:09 pm Reply

That school bus was pretty nice!😊👍🏽

impatience1

Oct 10, 2019, 10:50 pm Reply

It kind of feels weird that Roman never refers to Annie by name. He only refers to her in the third person.

JuicyFruityify

Oct 10, 2019, 7:40 am Reply

That ☝ is really well done. I like it a lot.

Carol Stern

Oct 10, 2019, 9:04 am Reply

Brilliant conversion guys..love it!!👌😁💗

Shornet Basco

Oct 10, 2019, 6:48 pm Reply

I love this home clean and big and bright

Han Verdi Husky & RV

Oct 10, 2019, 9:21 pm Reply

Very nice.

Crazy Cat Lady

Oct 10, 2019, 7:00 am Reply

What do they do with the litter box?

Belinda Dobbins

Oct 10, 2019, 11:16 pm Reply

A tiny house, I never would have to buy a new transmission lol

Lady Alex

Oct 10, 2019, 10:40 pm Reply

#TeamSkoolie

Nichole Price

Oct 10, 2019, 7:25 pm Reply

We went the skoolie way. We moved into our girl two weeks ago. Absolutely awesome choice. So homey and comfortable

Graven Raven

Nov 11, 2019, 7:36 am Reply

I told my mum I wanna live inna tiny house cause i have too much stuff and it's taking over my room do imma live in a tiny house when I grow up

Jay Alexander

Nov 11, 2019, 5:47 am Reply

I think I have to go with school bus

Tammy Belgarde

Nov 11, 2019, 1:16 am Reply

sooooo cool!!!! love it!!!

Rene Walder

Nov 11, 2019, 1:31 am Reply

I am startting to love the schoolies. But tiny houses are great too. Hmmmmm…….

Alex Peterson

Nov 11, 2019, 2:46 am Reply

I am leaning more towards a school bus I just like the versatility and being able to go anywhere with it.

Seema Nawathe

Nov 11, 2019, 7:38 am Reply

I like both, both are mobile, thought I guess in winter a tiny house would stay morewarmer

kara bourne

Nov 11, 2019, 12:22 am Reply

Beautiful home

Peya Luna

Nov 11, 2019, 3:23 am Reply

great job, though seeing him nearly hitting his head at every step makes it clear to me once again: the best skoolie conversions are those that start with lifting the roof – makes a WORLD of difference!

Belle Ari

Nov 11, 2019, 12:45 pm Reply

Someone hook her up with some braces

robcc21

Nov 11, 2019, 1:26 pm Reply

Great job on the bus guys!
I love them both. A bus would be more convenient as weight is not a huge issue and they are easier to move.
However, tiny houses definitely have pluses too like height.
I would be happy to live in either 👍🏻

Marie Blade

Nov 11, 2019, 8:41 pm Reply

Am I the only one who never grew up with a dish washer and still doesn't have one 😕, btw, I love this couple and this conversion 💜😁💜

samy

Nov 11, 2019, 5:08 pm Reply

How much do u pay for the lot or land you staying on
I know some county unfortunately they don’t allow RV on for more than 3 months in a year
Any idea which country allow to have RV ?

Michlle M.

Nov 11, 2019, 5:51 am Reply

Love the kitty!

eireencullen

Nov 11, 2019, 3:09 am Reply

This video has everything – a well-designed skoolie and an adorable tuxedo kitten. Love them both!

LegendOFame 2.0

Nov 11, 2019, 9:41 am Reply

They did a great job. I wonder where this community is where they park it?

Susan Richard

Nov 11, 2019, 4:25 am Reply

I would love to live in a schoolie… however, there is no way I could drive it!! I have a grown daughter who lives with me (she does not drive due to life long medical issues) & she has the sweetest 13 yr old cat that lives with us (the cat does not drive 🐾 either) 😂😹🙄
Maybe… one day… we will figure something out.
Happy & safe travels to those of you who do live this wonderful life of traveling in your home…
May you always make the "bestest" memories ever!!
God Bless 💞

Gazelle Sun

Nov 11, 2019, 5:03 am Reply

Like the stain glass

Candy G

Nov 11, 2019, 11:07 pm Reply

I have been binge watching converted busses. This is my favorite decor by far! So cute! Good job!

223 65t6

Nov 11, 2019, 7:38 pm Reply

By far one of the nicest conversions I've seen in awhile. You guys did an amazing job

Mark B

Nov 11, 2019, 8:31 pm Reply

My late wife wanted a tiny house. At that time we didn't know anything about skoolies but I think, now that I have seen videos of many of them, and seen a number of them while on nation-wide roadtrips, I like the idea of a skoolie over a tiny house for many reasons and I think she would too.

Emily Iannielli

Nov 11, 2019, 4:48 am Reply

Profoundly inspiring❤️ God bless🌸

Emerson Weinberger

Nov 11, 2019, 6:32 pm Reply

I prefer a skoolie, although so you have flexibility to move freely in town I would tow a normal car (like a Jeep) on the back.

Prophet Charles McPherson

Dec 12, 2019, 12:49 am Reply

Definitely a bus because I can travel without leaving home; it’s the best of both worlds.

Susan Larson

Dec 12, 2019, 11:42 pm Reply

Short bus!!!

Alisa Metzler

Dec 12, 2019, 1:09 am Reply

Wait! What about RV's? I'm a full time RV dweller

Teri Soto

Dec 12, 2019, 12:21 pm Reply

Love the theme song. And love the people you interview. Thanks Jenna

Trump 2020

Dec 12, 2019, 1:52 am Reply

I will pray that you will NEVER be homeless again. May God keep you safe and sound, in your beautiful new home.

Ransford Coker

Dec 12, 2019, 5:18 pm Reply

School Bus for sure

Cat

Dec 12, 2019, 7:42 pm Reply

Can't believe how much room there is. I didn't realize that a school bus was that big. You guys did a great job. Happy trails!

Rapunzel7511

Dec 12, 2019, 9:49 pm Reply

I don’t know about the tiny house or bus but loved this couple: amazing harmony and positivity and also feel inspired by their words: “Find a reason to do it !!! “
Thank you guys !!! Stay happy !!!!!!!!!!

Gordman68

Dec 12, 2019, 6:35 am Reply

I love your tiny home/bus conversion and I really sure wished I had the means n funds to do this as well .

h3llnite

Dec 12, 2019, 9:38 am Reply

Ummmm is it just me or are other people disturbed at how he constantly calls his wife ‘she’?

Ieva Bruvere

Dec 12, 2019, 1:47 pm Reply

yust lovely

Leah Renea

Dec 12, 2019, 6:24 am Reply

Skoolie all the way. Moved a lot as a kid and moved a lot as an adult. Planning to spend the next phase as nomadic

midnightchannel

Dec 12, 2019, 6:25 pm Reply

This is the most attractive bus on YouTube, I've seen it on another video as well. Best interior layout and, particularly, interior colors and design.

Justus Anteca

Dec 12, 2019, 1:00 am Reply

School bus because of space! I currently live in a camper after being homeless myself. I haven’t started making videos yet as I’m still getting it together. But I’ve been living in my caper since September and it’s currently December

K It

Dec 12, 2019, 1:14 am Reply

I’d prefer a bus!

Nom de Guerre

Dec 12, 2019, 4:04 am Reply

I really wish these videos would tell you the total cost for this type of living arrangement. It isn't particularly helpful just to show us the lifestyle without giving us some idea of how much was invested to obtain it.

Brenda James

Dec 12, 2019, 11:32 pm Reply

Love the little groundhog. Great job

Tara Hughes

Dec 12, 2019, 7:25 pm Reply

After traveling with our trailer.. my husband, kids, and I all decided it sucks traveling in a little truck cab, and we struggle going long distances. so, we are saving up for an rv or schoolie so we feel at home on the road.

fazzaz31

Dec 12, 2019, 11:06 pm Reply

Tasteful interior design scheme – be proud . I also like that the cat matches the color scheme. Bravo!

Nancy Beegle

Dec 12, 2019, 12:08 am Reply

Love this couple, their story and the bus! I've been homeless too, and as i've been disabled on SSI since 29, raised 3 sons on it, and now my disabilities are quite limiting, I can't afford to buy land or a bus/ van, and can't do allot of the work myself. Have to share a house with my bachelor son and his 2 little girls, which is really hard on me physically. Time and energy aren't mine any more, my organic soap business just sits because I'm ragged out from full time babysitting.
I'd love to have a smaller bus or a tiny house in the country so badly for myself and soap making/ selling. Living vicariously through these videos lol. Have a good start on some of the things I'd need, but I'm stuck. Thank you for these awesome videos!

Chrysa LPL

Dec 12, 2019, 12:22 am Reply

I prefer tiny houses but that bus has been adapted awsomenly.

All The Epic Possibilities: It’s Robin Rockin’ It

Dec 12, 2019, 7:19 am Reply

school bus.. i wanna move.

Na Love

Dec 12, 2019, 8:16 am Reply

I prefer the bus, personally I want the short ADA bus because I am disabled. I feel I can better handle driving that and much more PARKING options.

Mystic Muna Maria

Dec 12, 2019, 4:21 am Reply

I think a school bus conversion is more practical if you wanna travel around.:)

Moni

Dec 12, 2019, 2:18 am Reply

When I was 7yrs old my grandfather bought a charter bus .. he took out most of the seats from the middle to the back.. he put a stove in it. The bus came with a bathroom. And with that we set to explore the USA with my parents, sisters, grandma, great uncle and aunt and 2 of their kids..it was my most favorite childhood experiences! Later on he converted it into an RV. I regret not having the money or ability to keep it.. but that is why I love the tiny house movement so much!

cheong yoke

Dec 12, 2019, 6:28 am Reply

I'm amazed by this. It's better than a tiny house. Congratulations

Vicky Flanagan

Dec 12, 2019, 4:34 pm Reply

Do they have a car because i wouldn't want to drive my home bus to the store.

Christine Osborn

Dec 12, 2019, 7:59 pm Reply

I would say a school bus at this point to set out in an adventure.

bru Bna

Dec 12, 2019, 7:00 pm Reply

School bus is way better for sure. You could move it around if they sold the land.

TruthIsABitterPill

Dec 12, 2019, 9:56 pm Reply

cosy but spacious

DaSean’s Life

Dec 12, 2019, 11:56 pm Reply

Skoolie

Cheryl Trowbridge

Dec 12, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

School bus

Kimothy Lowe-Watson

Dec 12, 2019, 2:47 am Reply

I'm leaning towards the skoolie…

Thalie Ferry

Dec 12, 2019, 11:47 pm Reply

They are such a lovely and loving couple🥰. I prefer the bus. I like my home to be stationary. I'd merged two busses together, to create a new home. I love space and I have a big family 🤗

Sheila Sure

Dec 12, 2019, 4:33 am Reply

School bus.

Albert Lin

Dec 12, 2019, 8:20 am Reply

why would they never be homeless? they could lose the bus too

lulumcclelland

Dec 12, 2019, 7:54 pm Reply

Lol. I love his shirt! I need one!

T MARCEL

Jan 1, 2020, 1:48 am Reply

"…We can live in a card box house as long as you are there" Awwww, that is sweeeeet!!

John Leatherwood

Jan 1, 2020, 3:33 am Reply

Skoolie

Reincarnated

Jan 1, 2020, 3:11 am Reply

The ceilings aren't high enough with a school bus but then I've seen one family adjust theirs by making it 5-6 inches higher.

Tammy English

Jan 1, 2020, 11:42 am Reply

Love the colors it’s so comfortable looking

Tammy English

Jan 1, 2020, 11:42 am Reply

And homy

Maite MM

Jan 1, 2020, 7:11 pm Reply

Precioso su hogar

Gimme A. Dream

Jan 1, 2020, 3:38 am Reply

I have a 25-foot shuttle bus which I consider my security in case the economy goes southward and I have to give up my sticks and bricks (logs and rock) home.

Leatha Sargent

Jan 1, 2020, 4:46 am Reply

Also myst have space to make java juice in am lol!!!!

KaiserLynn De LaFranc

Jan 1, 2020, 1:38 am Reply

For me I'm leaning towards a Schoolie, simply because A-I don't have a vehicle that can how a tiny house and B-I'm intimidated about the build and having at least the bare frame already there seems like it'd be a huge relief. Sort of like a "now all I have to do is color within the lines" mentality

M. C.

Jan 1, 2020, 4:36 am Reply

Awesome! Same colors I have! Beautiful layout. 👍🏾

Color My World

Jan 1, 2020, 10:34 am Reply

Tiny House, School Bus or a Box, as long as I have my coffee machine, I am home 🙂

Ruthy Zeno

Jan 1, 2020, 1:27 am Reply

To be honest they are both nice

John Kassay

Jan 1, 2020, 1:54 pm Reply

how is it heated and cooled?does it have  option to hook up in an rv park?

Christopher Morrison

Jan 1, 2020, 2:20 am Reply

I will us schools bus

Crazy Horse Trading

Jan 1, 2020, 9:34 am Reply

Amazing conversion. Thanks for sharing. I was up till 4 am looking at old buses available this side, with the idea of doing a conversion. I also don't ever want to have to face the likelihood of being homeless. Love the idea of being able to hit the road and keep going if thats what you feel like doing.

Rob Lalonde

Jan 1, 2020, 9:17 pm Reply

The drivers seat looks like a gaming seat with the tv over head and I agree with him on the fear of not having a place to call home and bro you have a keeper in that lady of yours awesome

BiscuitFlipper

Jan 1, 2020, 4:56 pm Reply

Bus

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