Gail Jardin wrote:Who here has a bus? I'm still working on converting mine and have run into some mechanical problems. I plan to use it as a stationary cabin once I find some land. Building a skoolie has taught me so much about what I don't know but hopefully have enugh confidence to build a cabin once I buy land.
Peter VanDerWal wrote:Meh.
My nephew came to visit us a couple years ago. He and his family lived in a "Skoolie" (converted school bus). He painted it white to help keep it cool during the summer, it still to WAY more energy to keep it barely tolerable than it took to cool my whole 1500+ SQ Ft house to a comfortable temperature. From what he tells me, it's even worse in the winter.
IF you live somewhere temperate, then that's not a problem. If you live anywhere that requires heating or cooling, it can be a big issue.
A School Bus has zero insulation. The one in the linked article has about 200 sq ft of living space behind the drivers seat. If you insulated it to the same level as a typical house, you'd lose about 20% of that.
I always assumed that the main point in a tiny home was to save money. If you spend twice as much to heat/cool it as a full size house, then what's the point?