Skoolie Living: We Made it to Tennessee!

Our 1989 Blue Bird All-American made the trip like a champ

Last week, we packed everything we owned from our 800 square foot house into a 260 square foot interior bus space, with two three pet crates, a mattress, and even though space for a camping chair/passenger seat. 


  • 700 miles
  • 18.5 hours (with multiple stops + a nap)
  • Approximately 18 miles per gallon (!!)
  • 4 pets, 2 people
  • Absolutely zero issues on the drive

Check out the video below, compiled from the @stpeteskoolie Instagram Story, to see the full journey from St Petersburg, FL to Oak Ridge, TN. 

Skoolie Progress Report: #1

Skoolie Progress Report: #1

On June 27, we brought what we're intermittently calling the St Pete Skoolie home to the 'burg, where it sits parked in front of my favorite mural by the Ink Werks team.

However, you can't quite see the mural because our bus is ENORMOUS. 

Interior measurements show approximately 7.5 ft x 35 ft (up to the engine hull + driver's seat) at about 6'1 interior height. This equates to about 260 square feet of usable interior space.


Google 250 square foot apartment and people a doing a LOT with spaces this size. Though we don't have the option of a loft, our floor space holds a lot of opportunities. 


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We Bought a Bus!

We Bought a Bus!

1989 Bluebird All-American

15-Rows - 40 ft - Flat Front

8.3L Cummins Turbodiesel

Allison MT643 4-Speed Automatic Transmission

99k Miles - 37k Hours - former church bus

We searched for six months, called many craigslist ads and auction houses in multiple states, visited buses, talked to numerous school bus and skoolie owners, and ultimately stumbled upon this beauty by happenstance in our own backyard. Taking as much time as we did allowed us to learn so much about what to look for in a school bus, and to determine what we wanted for ourselves.

We didn’t plan on a 40-foot land yacht. 

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