SCHOOL BUS converted to TINY HOME by High School STUDENTS

SCHOOL BUS converted to TINY HOME by High School STUDENTS

Hey I’m Eric Gordon and this is my
40-foot tiny house Skoolie called The Mountain Bus here in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. As always trying to live as minimally as
possible and also have a ton of options as far as where I can live, what I can do,
and being cost-effective. I live part time in a VW van. Started out doing that
for about three or four years and now we’ve upgraded to a larger situation. In
my life Craigslist seems to just be the way that I find all things good. It’s how I
found my old 71 VW. Found this one super beautifully built out down in southern
Colorado and I reached out to him and it turns out it was built out by a high
school shop class. They were looking to sell it to essentially fund their art
program and their outdoor program being a climber and an artist I was stoked on
that so we went down and checked it out and it was everything we wanted to do. It’s a very simple build out. There’s no inset plumbing or there had been no solar
setup put in there yet and we already had both of those situations figured out.
We started off when I drove the bus off of the schoolyard that same day when
I was first driving this 40-foot school bus, which I’ve never driven something
this big before, ended up actually having a friend who has a 40-foot driveway
exactly like garage to sidewalk. We started off living in a school bus
downtown Boulder around million-dollar mansions, definitely got some strange
looks for that. Soon after that a friend that owns this property and this house
with this beautiful backyard put it out there that she really wanted to kind of
start a collective living situation. She just moved in here and really wanted to
still embrace community and have a strong sense of friendship around here
so I had to like widen the fence to sneakily drive this in because we’re in
kind of a quiet neighborhood here so I had to like ram the curb and shoot
the gap to get this 40 foot school bus in this backyard all while doing
it like to not draw really much attention. This is The Mountain Bus. It’s a 40-foot
1990 Thomas Skoolie tiny house. First off we have the glorious Skoolie front
door very important to getting into your bus. We are heated all by big wood-burning stove inside so we’ve got our hardwood
stuff protected under the bus here. That’s where we storing everything. We’ve
got a couple of storage compartments here for all the gear and stuff that we
can’t fit in there. We try and keep it as tidy as possible. Probably one of
the most important things of alternative living or anything like that living in a
bus is gonna be your solar setup so we’ve got a four panel goal zero setup
here and we decided not to mount it on the roof just because I don’t have that
time to be honest, but also it gives you a lot more mobility as far as getting
your most optimum sunlight wherever you are. So as we cruise around back here here there’s a large diesel engine in here that I
don’t know how to work on so that’s important. Very important to shove all of
your blankets and sleeping bags against the windows to insulate your sleeping
quarters in there. My very fancy way of getting the solar into the bus is a
drilling a hole in there, definitely. This is actually a pretty great feature here.
There we just have access to inside the bus here. The wood-burning stove is right
in here so this is where we also have another wood pile that were able to just
chuck some wood in there. All we need. Got one more very large hard to open thing here with some more bins, outdoor gear, our winter setup right now. One cool
thing actually is the clearance that this bus has is you know what schools
take to all their sporting games in the mountains here so that’s pretty great.
We’ve got a little bit of clearance if we want to get gnarly. Here’s a very
jerry-rigged chimney situation that maybe cost me about six dollars total.
Found this all at the recycle place. Just like the engine here’s a bunch of
wires that I don’t know what they do but I did dismantle the emergency alarm
so that we can open that back door without waking up the neighbors. And last
but not least these are the mirrors that I hit my head on very often when I’m
walking around the bus. Welcome to the inside of The Mountain Bus here, come on in. In the doorway here we got our nice winter coat setup. Got all the shoes
going on here, a little shoe rack, and skateboard. I guess come on inside here. We’ve got the living room, the kitchen, and the writing table. We decided not to do any sort of intense
plumbing for this setup so we just have this is a three gallon classic
countertop dealio and you just flip that on, we got water. This is a little catch
sink where we can do some dishes like in the summer like that window will be down
we just toss it out there. We try and use things that aren’t harmful to just you
know put back in the ground. Since we travel a lot in our VW van and camp for
months at a time we have decided to use all of our camping gear because we have
so much as our in-house gear as well when we’re not traveling. This set up
we’ll just we’ll just unscrew it and take it up with us on the road and then
when we come back we just plug it right back into the propane tank we got under
here and this is just kind of some simple storage here. We just got an extra
water tank, some random tools. You end up having an impressive tool collection
once you’ve lived in an alternative or tiny house thing because there’s
always something that could be fixed or you could move it two inches and it’ll
change your life. Here we just got a little writing table. This actually used
to be like probably twice the size and then when you’re living in a small space
for long enough you realize you only use this much of the table. We could probably
even cut this down to half this size. We got a bench slash cooler under here
so we try to make that look as classy as possible while still being a fridge. This
is that glorious wood-burning stove still a little warm from last night that
I was talking about. This is kind of like the biggest thing that especially
winters in Colorado living in a bus you can imagine our floors do get pretty
cold just because it’s you know there’s there’s that wind flow underneath the
bus that tends to really cool it down so having a really big wood-burning stove
is excellent. We got some more lighting here from the goal zero setups we have. A
larger lead acid battery there and then a lithium battery over in this
side. Continuing farther and farther into the
chasm of glory we have our wood burning wood, some little chips here to get the
fire going, and then bigger logs down there. If anybody out there is gonna be
using a wood-burning stove as your main source of heat always buy hard wood just
do it, spend the money. And into the humble bathroom situation. It’s an
awesome hack that I learned about from somebody. You have here a five-gallon I guess you call a waste water tank and then a funnel. In that funnel you put a
ping-pong ball. Pee goes in there and then it caps it automatically and there’s no
smell. We have a self composting toilet that is essentially you got your bucket
your compostable bag and then we take ash from the fireplace and use that as
our compost initiator and it also neutralizes all bad things and it’s just
super simple. Got some more coolers here. We’re really big on coolers in The Mountain Bus. Just for we’ll take that one camping or what not but or use it as a shelf. In the summer when we’re using our mountain bikes that’s a huge thing that we love to do. We actually they both fit
right here in this kind of space. Right back here we got the bedroom, the closet, which I get very little space of and then on this side another we got the
wheel wells here again so one side of it is the shelving and the closets and the
other side is just some more hanging space. This is a full king sized bed
platform back here but we don’t have a king sized bed because who really needs that? That’s ridiculous. In a tiny house that doesn’t make sense. Lastly the the cool thing that came with this bus is the doggie door. This is you know right there. We use it as storage right now cuz we don’t have a dog, but it just reminds us
that one day we got to get a bus dog. It’s probably corny but maybe not. I
own a coffee business that I run out of my VW van around the country and I’ve
incorporated the advice of ‘Life is short. Live your dream. Find your line’. I think
of those on a daily basis. So simple. Life is extremely short when you think about
it. What one thing would you do with this magnificent life? You should just start
living a dream as soon as possible. That looks different for everybody so the
find your line part is just kind of like what what line are you gonna choose
to get to that point in life where you’re doing exactly what you want and
if you died tomorrow you would be a happy person. Figure out the direction
that you really want to start putting yourself down and start to look for the
avenues that you can do that. When you find the one that feels right and you
know it feels right don’t hesitate go for it. You know if you have the ability
to do it just do it or even if you’re not even there yet create that path for
yourself to where once you start changing your lifestyle in that kind of
way you realize how little you really need as far as feature comforts and then
how much more important or how these things have always been important just
like the people around you, the things that you spend your time doing, just
being happy. You’re able to focus so much more energy on that rather than
cleaning a massive house or worrying about paying large bills for things that
don’t really add much value to your life besides you know, they look nice. I hope you enjoyed this week’s episode.
If you did be sure to LIKE comment and subscribe. If you want to find out more
about Eric you can find him over at Caribbean or Coffee and today’s episode
was filmed on the DJI Osmo Mobile. They’re having a holiday special where
you can get one discounted so if you’re interested in getting a gimbal for your
mobile phone the DJI Osmo Mobile go over to DJI and buy one. Get it discounted. Have a great week. Byeeeee.

Antonio Breitenberg

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100 thoughts on “SCHOOL BUS converted to TINY HOME by High School STUDENTS

  1. FLORB says:

    I think it's pretty amazing that a shop class decided that converting a bus was what they wanted to do for their project. Shows that more and more people are actually considering alternatives to the "traditional American narrative". What are your thoughts? Do you like the bus? Would you consider living in a bus? How about a van? Maybe a Tiny house? Or are you thinking of something else entirely?

  2. Mary Cox says:

    cool bus

  3. Einbert Alstein says:

    I really like his ping pong pisser.

  4. Maggie's Journey says:


  5. barber on the go barber says:

    Sick…sick….sick…loved it totally


    Hi Dylan I loved this Bus it was awesome

  7. small footprint says:

    Dylan. You're genius. Don't know how you find these people but Erik and his bus/lifestyle are amazing. You finally got to hear the real deal at the end there but all of it was great. Aside from the lifestyle he created for himself, I'm impressed with the urinal, and ash for the potty. Hard to believe there's no odor but a cup of water as a chaser after the pee might assure the non odor claim. Have to make it female friendly. I use a wide mouthed jar. Might have to be a 2 part procedure. Water available to rinse would help. Would make for more frequent emptying but it takes a while to fill up a 5 gal jug or even 2 or 3 gallons. Thanks for the great idea. Is that a standard funnel or did he cut it down? OBTW… there are some great handles that are made to carry one of those big jugs. Makes it easier to dispose. Lots of great ideas here. Thanks again, for posting.

    Oh, one more thing. I can see a cute little skirt for the bottle. lol… I know… guys don't care and actually, neither do I but makes it more visitor friendly… depending on your visitors, of course.

  8. Mari Rodriguez says:

    Nice video…Beautiful lifestyle. :))

  9. James Cox says:

    where the solar wire go into the bus you should put a rubber sleeve to protect the wires from rubbing on the metal.

  10. Reba Mullins says:


  11. Beya B. says:


  12. DizzzyKipper says:

    I find it absolutely fascinating that a lifestyle that I lived and pretty much still do is so trendy and smart. It does afford me to travel and live the way I wanted. Although then you were looked down upon and were subjected to certain prejudices.
    Now people behave like this is a new found alternative lifestyle.I did it to save money and travel.I have always thought buying house was ridicules. You never own it nor the ground it sits on.If you bought low and sell high they take that too. Mortgage: French for Death Grip. Ha!

  13. Paddy Cooper says:

    Not much spent on hair cuts I see

  14. live2laughlovelearn says:

    Love this story! Very inspiring

  15. Daniel_81 says:

    It is really inspiring…there is so much truth in the words he says. I am just wondering how get to that path as well … my life recently has been quite hard on the emotional, physical and financial sides and I live in a country where there is not much space for creativity and alternative lifestyles…but watching these videos make me feel that there must be another way even for me…

  16. Stephanie E says:

    Smiling all the way

  17. Constance Condit says:

    Now this bus I like!

  18. HotRod Bear says:

    Cool bus even cooler dude!
    He's got his stuff figured out for sure

  19. Patricia Silvia says:

    This was very inspiring thank you 😀

  20. corgidog says:

    But he surely isn't allowed drive it if he's only in highschool ._.

  21. Travis Cosentino says:

    Good stuff, but you gotta work on those close up shots to tell the story. Pick an object of interest. I'm sure there's plenty all over, give me sense of the place and the people within it. Let those pieces of interest add more of their personality and character tell the story. Gimbal shots are awesome, but really not ideal for this kind of video. You'll find shooting in hand to be more effective and less cumbersome. Your stuff is great, keep the videos coming.

  22. Darryl Drax says:


  23. Ricky Maker says:


  24. Lisa Saffell says:

    Very cool! I bet the neighbors appreciate that situation 😉

  25. Austin Poling says:

    best skate setup for hill bombs people usually don't know that trick I can tell you sk8 bra

  26. Lydia Pagano says:

    Such a rad bus!!!!! Love all the cool ideas – that urinal is awesome! My husband is going to want that for sure!

  27. ATX World says:

    Hell of a kool tinny house. Love the set up.

  28. Am Pm309 says:

    Excellent advise

  29. Jessica Neidlinger says:

    You could minimize the air flow under the bus with some hay bails around under the bus to block the wind.

  30. 小林流美子 says:

    Cool! Great work you did!!
    I don't know any Japanese ( I'm live in Tokyo, Japan) who has doned this kiind of conversion.
    Amazing 😍👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  31. Large Rooster says:

    Kids …. This is a perfect example of what smoking pot 24-7 will do to you. When you have to describe the items you own in your home with words like thingamabob or dillybob …. You might want to put the bong down ?

  32. Michele Lavender says:

    Dylan,what a lovely man you are,you have yourself a nice life,all the best to you over there from Athens ,Greece

  33. nellyparidise says:

    I knew he looked familiar!!

  34. nellyparidise says:

    Does anyone know the name of the guitar song in the end

  35. 148DMC says:

    The neighbors must love the buses looking out there windows

  36. Frank S says:

    Thanks, another great story

  37. Kashish Goyal says:

    It's to big

  38. A'Tasha Lynn says:


  39. KG7YTS says:

    At least for the first few years of life I plan on living in a bus

  40. L E says:

    You haven’t had time? Lol

  41. ND CAMPER VAN says:

    Inspirational guy, inspirational video. Nice work as always 👌🏻

  42. juL1NA says:

    Beautiful message✌🏽♥️

  43. David Friedman says:

    Great video! Erik seems cool AF

  44. Janet Folkerts says:

    IF you would stack bales of straw or hay around the outside edge of your bus it would prevent underdrafts and help insulate the cold floors.

  45. Yohniece says:

    Why does he keep saying "we"?

  46. Jeremy Levi says:

    so many new tiny homes being built great to see this awakening!

  47. Jessica Sky says:

    the only reason i am commenting is becsuse this was on my tv screen as an "ad" which i am sure it might be good video however i SIMPLY DO NOT LIKE how if its supposed to be an Ad Why in the heck it would be so long and even be suggested to pop up in what i am actually watching which has in no way any similarities to what i watch ughhh really is annoying How these AD's are shown if i wanted to watch this kind of video i would look for it i do not appreciate how it just pops up

  48. Anthony Man says:

    not a dog, a wolf!

  49. Canadian Homesteaders says:

    Great words of wisdom at the end Erik.

  50. Dill Rogerz says:

    He should throw some boards around the bus to act as a skirt.. it'll help keep things noticeably warmer.

  51. Scott H Smith says:

    You're a cool guy! Like your style brother. Thanks for sharing the good stuff

  52. Alexx Wretched says:

    Glad to have an update on the Carabiner Coffee dude! Rock on

  53. Wandering man says:

    Quality over quantity

  54. Rio says:

    Are you still able to live in your bus legally? I heard they are trying to make it illegal to live in vehicles or to have a tiny home. Where do you find to park it? My fiance and I are so wanting to ditch the insane money grubbing greed here and do the same.

  55. Cee Jay says:

    Something this guy said made me book a one day flight to Amsterdam for September this year. Now I'm shitting myself.

  56. RoachDoggJR says:

    Wood burning wood

  57. Mike James says:

    that's nice

  58. Bud Chestnut says:

    Too much clutter to secure when you drive the bus or move it.

  59. shinycat01 says:

    You said everything I needed to hear. Thank you X

  60. Dizziemiss Lizzie says:

    So jealous! I really want to do this! Luckily, I'm finding a lot of support in doing it!! I'm a single gal who loves the outdoors and I want to be debt free!! This is the key to true happiness!!

  61. Jazlyn Alvarado says:

    I want to live in a van to travel the world.

  62. Tahir Ayub says:

    love it

  63. ydh unknwn says:

    Nice and cozy

  64. Stultus Puer says:

    that dude looked like schitt from schitt's creek

  65. Yael Reidel says:

    i love watch your videos! inspires me to have my own place in the future.

  66. Adam Hill says:

    This is my dream! Congrats on fulfilling yours!

  67. Emma Cat says:

    I want to do this so I can save up for a regular home and pay my student debt off faster. 🙂

  68. Truth Surfer says:

    put straw bales around the bottom and the floors will be warmer

  69. 24 Hour Travellers says:

    You're such a good film maker Dylan. You always manage to get the right mood and inspiration in your videos and always end with words of wisdom. Hope you never stop sharing your videos. God bless

  70. etu truong says:

    too red neck

  71. Mabel W says:

    𝗚𝘂𝘆𝘀 𝗜 𝗮𝗺 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴gg 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀 𝘁𝗼 > 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝟭𝟮𝟬𝟬𝟬 𝘄𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴gg 𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝘀ss. 1310

  72. LordKira says:

    That's awesome

  73. Evolution of a Homestead says:

    Love the dialgue @ 9:47 to the end

  74. Merketroid says:

    That's a 40 year old high school student!?!?!

  75. AdailyJayloss says:

    I think the Yeti cooler was 1/3 of his total cost.

  76. bastek. says:

    Super bus!!!👍👍👍☺☺☺

  77. Connie Jean Klein says:

    Look terrible on the outside

  78. MRpGAM1NG says:

    Best bang bus I've seen…. Lmao

  79. Faviola Gonzalez says:

    I don’t think I can pee in that

  80. S.E. Miller says:

    That is a cool schooly also you have some good coffee. I have one of your mugs. Thanks for sharing your bus very cool very nice.

  81. Jimmy Billips says:

    I think this living would be fun: but not for long

  82. Kimberly JEAN PIERRE says:

    Wow nice!

  83. Mike says:

    Sweet set up…do you actually put it on the road? Lot’s of stuff that go bang inside

  84. Shandele Broyles says:

    Umm I believe that's a cat door to go to his litter box. It's kinda small for a dog and I don't see a dog or cat wanting to go stay in a dungeon.
    And I know this isn't him but if you are going to show someone's home and make money off of them YOU should make it so that he sees and can respond to the comments that are meant for them!!!!!
    If you're going to do this and make money off people, DO IT RIGHT AND RESPECTFULLY!!!!!

  85. Shandele Broyles says:

    AND Sorry I wasn't yelling. Just hoping to get everyone's attention who thinks they are leaving comments to the owner. 😕

  86. Jennifer F says:

    Did I miss a shower?

  87. SuzyQ says:

    Buster the bus dog…

  88. paulclaytoncalendar clayton says:

    wow so jealous ……thanks for sharing

  89. WeedBoi Suvi says:

    I can't even sharp my pencil properly :/

  90. Catherine Buck says:

    There are lots of things to love about this bus. Even the funnel and ping-pong ball simple and it works. You cant ask for better then that. Great Job

  91. Logan Stallsmith says:

    How to be a minimalist with 300 pairs of shoes.. 😂

  92. Natalie Kelemen says:

    I am dreaming of a future where familes from third world countries and poverty-stricken areas will live prosperous lives in tiny houses like these and wearing clothes made from fabric spun from fibers of melted plastic, and the children play happily with toys that have been donated. 💞

  93. Barbarosa says:

    Did I miss where the shower is?

  94. V 4 Vendetta says:

    Yea I've konked my head on my mirrors too. Pretty cool build. I hope mine turns out that well. But coming from someone who has has a railroad commission Propane certification, the Propane tank under the sink scares me. If it leaks and no one is inside to smell the odorant or if your asleep and it leaks it could be really bad.

  95. Robert Harris says:

    No shower?

  96. Joe Neumeister says:

    Love your sense of humor, AND you were lucky to find this awesome school project, and being able to buy and donate money for their art fund, made it even better. A lot of us old hippies used to live in buses at Drop City before the geo domes came into play and I miss those days of self preservation, and personal rule… Unfortunately it only lasted a few years, but some of the domes are still there, it's near La Veta, Colorado , and on occasion a celebration of "the good ole days" does still exist. I love your idea, it's a wonderfully free way to enjoy the adventures and journeys of life 🙂 I live in the Southern Colorado mountains, and wouldn't live anywhere else, it's beautiful, peaceful, less traffic, and the air is always clean ~~

  97. V Orlando says:

    I like this build, but with that big a bus, I'd want a shower at least. The toilet is awesome! I would like to do this in retirement, and I like the idea of a traveling retirement in a skoolie rather than an RV. RVs are more expensive yet cheaper made. They are not made for more than a couple of weeks of life at a time. School buses are cheaper yet much better built. You have more freedom to do what you want, but a whole lot more work.

  98. MoreMeganPLZ says:

    His personality is so dope man ! 😆

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  100. Janina Carter says:

    I saw so many ideas nobody else is doing from the kitchen sink to the bathroom! I am saving this one tyvm!

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