Oh, bus life and travel! Sounds fun exciting and full of adventure doesn’t it? It is! But this lifestyle also comes with many bus questions. When people email me asking these questions, I can hear the overwhelm, frustrations and even some people admit that their questions are keeping them up at night. It doesn’t have to be this way! Jeff and I consider it a blessing to be able to help  others along their journey and that means answering those nagging questions.

 

 

Wanna Peek Into My Inbox?

Here are the top 5 answers to the most asked bus questions.

So, what are the questions? The number one most asked bus question everyone wants to know is, “How much does it cost to convert a bus? Next people want to know, “Do I have to have a CDL to drive my bus?” The third most asked question is one that keeps people up at night and waiting by the phone during the day. Do you know what it is? Did you guess it is about insurance? The fourth most asked question is, “Can you help me convert my bus?” Number 5,  “Do you have suggestions for where I can park a bus while I work on it?”
Keep reading below to see exactly how I answer these emails.

“How much does it cost to convert a bus?”

“The cost truly depends on how “custom” you want your bus, what materials you use, and the type of appliances you choose. In addition, if you add solar, a roof deck, an awning, etc. the price goes up. Our very first bus was basic and we spent less than $5000 not counting the bus. Our next bus was larger and included a big bathroom and the price is topping out around $12,000.
When figuring the cost, if you are converting it yourself start with a budget of $10,000. Keep in mind that you can start a basic build and live in it while saving the money to finish the bus.
 
It would also depend on if you wanted to convert it yourself or have someone help you with all or part of the conversion. For someone to help with the conversion the budget should start at $20,000 for a basic build.
If you are needing some help with budgeting and planning a bus build check out our Free e-Course. In the last lesson of our Free e-Course “School Bus to Home on Wheels”, we go into more detail about helping you with a budget and a timeline for converting a bus.”

“Do I have to have a CDL to drive a bus?”

“The short answer is “yes” if your converted school bus is titled as a “bus”. Once the conversion is complete, the bus can be titled as a motor home. Then, a CDL is NOT required. Keep in mind that some states do require the driver to have certain endorsements on their licences due to weight issues. It is best to check with the local Department of Motor Vehicles.”

“Who do you use to provide insurance for your bus?”

“Jeff and I have our bus insurance through State Farm. Our agent required that we send photos of the interior conversion and the exterior. Once, we submitted all he needed, we got insurance for $74 a year for liability. (We get a discount due to having our cars listed with State Farm.)

Pro Tip: Ask you local agent if they can provide motor home insurance.

Think about whether you are going to need to have the bus insured to from the selling destination to your home base. If this is the case,  I found that Progressive Commercial usually will provide coverage if you can’t find a local agent. Communicate to the company that the bus still needs converting.  Progressive will not provide coverage once it is complete. In April, I have a new FREE eCourse coming out that is about insurance, title and registration on a Skoolie. Get on our email list and you will be notified when it comes out.”

“Can you help me convert my bus?”

“Jeff and I started Custom Bus Conversions and Discovering Us Bus out of a desire to help others enjoy the bus lifestyle. When we started converting our first bus, we watched many YouTube videos and read blogs. Only to find out half of the information we needed after searching and searching for hours.  The feeling of overwhelm and frustration set in due to the many opinions on how to complete every tasks. Many years later, when converting our 2nd bus, we saw a way to help lessen the frustration of converting a bus. Our company was born.

The first way we can help you is through our company Custom Bus ConversionsWe can help you convert part or all of your school bus into a home on wheels. Jeff will work with you helping make your dream bus a reality.

If you are more of the DIY type person or you just want the bragging rights to say that you converted your bus, we totally understand that desire. We have a course to help you with your conversion.

The course will take you from what you need to look for in a bus all the way through to a completed conversion. Along the way you will have access to a private FaceBook group where Jeff answers all your questions. The Step by Step School Bus Conversion Course will be open for enrollment again in March. Get on our email list so you don’t miss out on the bonuses. If you are interested in working on the conversion yourself but just need some guidance, this course will help you.”

“Do you have ideas or suggestions on where I can park the bus while I convert it?”

“I have heard of some RV storage lots that are willing to let you store the bus while working on it. Connect with friends or family and see if you can work out a trade. You get to convert your bus in their driveway or yard. Then when the bus is complete, they get to use it for a week. Some people look for a small piece of land that could be rented to convert the bus. Oh, and I have heard that some people look for a warehouse to rent.”

Now, it’s your turn to ask your questions.

If you didn’t find the answer to your questions, type it in the comments below or if you have a great answer to a commonly asked question that is not listed, you are welcome to share it in the comments.
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8 Comments

  1. Terry Parker February 19, 2017 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    What about using RV parks? I have heard that most parks will not rent to school buses.
    Thanks
    Terry

  2. Bob & Nikki February 20, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    We are still having to wait for weather to break up here in the up of mich. i do find myself going out to the bus and just sit in it while i watch the wind blow. Spring is less than six months away now😎 So just saying hello – Bob and Nikki

    • discoveringus February 20, 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      Hi Bob and Nikki,

      Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. Jeff and I are excited Spring is not too far off here in TN. Converting a bus in the middle of winter is never fun. I look forward to seeing your conversion progress in the coming months. Keep in touch.

  3. Tim March 1, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

    what type of bus should i be loooking at? Cummins? blue bird? I would image there could be a whole section just on that! haha.
    I’m looking for a full size bus, and want to know the pros and cons of what is out there.

    • discoveringus March 23, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Tim, This is a difficult question to answer because it truly depends on your needs and wants. The more that we convert buses for others, we are in love with the Thomas buses. Some of them have a higher ceiling and larger tinted windows. The under belly storage in a rear engine is awesome. Jeff likes the Cummins 12 value or 24 value engine the best. Just his opinion ….

  4. Taia March 24, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    For people who aren’t mechanically inclined, maybe a database of school bus cabable shops in each state? That would go a long way in sourcing parts, keeping up with repairs, etc.
    Thanks!
    Taia

    • discoveringus March 25, 2017 at 12:01 am - Reply

      Taia, That is a great idea. Thanks for checking out the blog and taking the time to comment.

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