The “Skoolie” Trend in Bus Conversion America

The “Skoolie” Trend in Bus Conversion America

Mobile adventurers are putting their spin on an antiquated version of the American dream; they’re opting to live by way of school bus. This “skoolie” trend lifestyle is making its rounds through America, with couples and families purchasing used buses and converting them into tiny homes.

The tiny home aficionados over at Midwest Wanderers may have topped any decked-out school bus we’ve seen up to this point. Purchased for the pocket change sum of $4,000, the couple transformed an old school bus into a mini utopia, equipping it with a four-burner stove, skylights, and two beds.

Another couple from Arkansas transformed their 2001 Thomas HDX school bus into a solar-powered dream. They remodeled their bus with a composting toilet and 24-volt solar panels for eco-friendly measure. After decking out their mobile paradise, they hit the road on a cross-country tour. Their journey lead them to the dusty trails of Yellowstone, through New Mexico, Colorado, and into the warm and rocky landscape of Arizona.

But school bus living isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, according to the people over at The FrugalRVer. The couple was thwarted by hefty campground fees, eventually paying $700 per month to squat, in addition to the insurance costs for converting their big rig. Most people end up paying $20,000-$30,000 to convert old clunkers into the mobile homes of their dreams. For many, the decision is life altering and well worth the investment, and for others it remains a half-attempted pipe dream.

Living in a school bus full-time might be a bit of a stretch for you, but maybe a road trip isn’t out of the question. Cheap, sturdy, and powerful, these big rigs make for perfect camper homes, and Northwest Bus Sales invites you to explore some of their picks.

Five Accounts Bus Geeks Should Follow on Instagram

Five Accounts Bus Geeks Should Follow on Instagram

Buses are cool, just ask any social media influencer on Instagram; they have both nostalgic and new wave appeal, lending the savvy users of Instagram some creative inspiration. Check out our list of five must-follow Instagram accounts for the autobus-loving geeks of the world.


LA Metro (@metrolosangeles):

LA Metro links everything from trolley rides through Venice to bus routes toward Dodger Stadium. Each backdrop is beautifully tinged with the colors of a Californian sunset.

SEPTA (@septaphilly):

This is the official Instagram account of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, and they pride themselves on providing a glimpse into the shared travels of others. You’ll also get a glimpse of some stunning architecture, too.

Hauntrod (@hauntrod):

Brian Morris takes bus conversion to an entirely new (and ghostly) level. From 1938 dated Ford jail buses to dilapidated campers, the mechanic digs up the hauntingly beautiful from an ugly and forgotten world.

Chanchita Bus (@chanchitabus):

Known as “The Faction Collective,” this group of three friends chronicles their ultimate skiing excursion to Argentina. Jumping on the “skoolie” trend, they live inside their 1966 remodeled Mercedes Benz school bus as they make their way south.

Felicien Michaut Photography (@frenchcartoys): 

From his IPhone4S, this artistic French photographer aims to teach as he takes his collection of foreign-brand miniature models and places them in natural scenes, exemplifying the historical French heritage behind each vehicle. His collection includes vintage Parisian buses from 1934 on a 1/43 scale.

Get creative with your own vision: build your dream bus today with Northwest Bus Sales!

Product Spotlight: MCI D-Series Coaches

Since it was first introduced in the early 1990’s, The D-Series has become the undisputed workhorse of the MCI coach bus lineup. They’re known for being comfortable, economical, and reliable. Here at Northwest Bus Sales, we’re fortunate enough to have a number of these buses on our lot at the moment. Today, we’ll look at a few of our favorites.

1997 MCI 102-DL3

Product Spotlight: MCI D-Series CoachesHere we have a well maintained DL3 in excellent condition. A little wear and tear in high-traffic areas, but a bus with plenty of life left in it. Powered by a hefty Detroit series 60 12.7 liter turbo diesel engine, it has the low-end torque to haul full loads gracefully up to speed. With a rear restroom and plenty of luggage storage, the DL3 is a great for long day trips or overnighters. Tires have plenty of tread and it’s ready to serve right off the lot. It might not be packed with all the latest and greatest luxury amenities, but if comfort and affordability are what you’re after the DL3 can’t be beat.

1996 MCI 102-D3

Product Spotlight: MCI D-Series CoachesThe D3 offers all the comfort and reliability of the DL3 but in a slightly smaller package. The paint job on this particular coach is in remarkably good condition. Passenger upholstery is also well cared for and shows few signs of wear. Just like its big brother, the D3 also has plenty of storage for passenger cargo. This D3 is a good-looking, well maintained vehicle that should make a great addition to any coach fleet.
Stay tuned for more updates on all the great products available at Northwest Bus Sales.

See a School Bus Become a Food Truck

See a School Bus Become a Food Truck

A Netherlands based company, appropriately named the Food Truck Company, has devoted itself to repurposing used vehicles for up-and-coming food truck companies. The process of turning a public transport vehicle into a roving kitchen is no small undertaking, and now thanks to a video the company recently posted on their YouTube page, we can watch the whole process from start to finish. This particular bus was converted for the Dutch food truck company Felix.
Food trucks have become hot items on the streets of many American Cities in recent years, offering their patrons fresh and flexible food options at a moment’s notice. Virtually none of these vehicles start out as food trucks. Rather, companies such as the Food Truck Company do complete overhauls of existing transit buses, plumbing them for water and gas and outfitting them with all the equipment they’ll need to prepare food on the go.
Food trucks are an exciting new business prospect for many entrepreneurs, and now we’re finally able to see first-hand how a bus becomes a food truck.
Check it out for yourself!


Interested in starting your very own food truck company? We have a number of cost-effective used options on our lot that are great candidates for conversions. Take a look around our inventory page and see what catches your eye.

Want to learn more about any of the vehicles available at Northwest Bus Sales? Give us a call today for more information.

Used Bus Buying Checklist

Used Bus Buying ChecklistPurchasing used buses is one way many organizations save money when they need to add to their fleet. Thanks to advances in modern manufacturing, buses have longer lifespans than ever and businesses are able to find great quality used buses that will provide them with many years of reliable service.


What should you know, or ask, when purchasing a used bus?


Determine How the Bus Will Be Used


There are a multitude of used buses on the market today, from school buses to limousines. Likewise, knowing how you will use the bus will guide your purchasing decision. Will you be using the bus for long distance travel or local driving? Does the bus need to be wheelchair accessible for picking up and transporting disabled passengers?


You can only truly save money on the purchase of a used bus if it fulfills your needs. Otherwise, you will find yourself needing to make another purchase in the future.


Know Your Budget


Before scouring the market for a used bus, it is vital that you or the company purchaser understands the budget. Time and energy will be saved on both ends of the transaction if you can rule out a certain size or type of bus due to its price point. This way, you won’t waste your time or the seller’s surveying a bus that you cannot afford.


Furthermore, all costs and potential costs should be taken into consideration. How much will it cost to insure the bus? Are there any immediate repairs needed? What are you willing to spend on maintenance?


Inspect the Bus


Before you commit to buying a bus we always recommend giving it a thorough first-hand inspection. Sometimes, business owners buy buses sight unseen without fully understanding the maintenance that might be required of them in the future. It might seem like common sense, but it’s an important step that gets neglected all too often.


At Northwest Bus Sales, we carry an extensive inventory of used bus options in addition to our late model buses. Want to learn more about the buses on our lot? Browse our entire selection online, or give us a call today for more information.