What is the story?
For the past six months we have successfully rented out our school bus tiny home conversion on Airbnb. This is a fully equipped school bus RV conversion that can comfortably accommodate 1 – 4 people.
It was all going well. Until the city of Huntington Beach threatened us with fines if we continue to operate. So for this reason, we have stopped operating at this location.
We are now looking for a new home for El Dorado. This is an opportunity for someone who owns a cool spot that would like to monetize it. Does that sound like you, or someone in your network?
Airbnb Success Story
We successfully took in 86 bookings from January to July 2018. The total revenue for this time was $15,058. Operating expenses were very low, I’d guess around $200-$250 per month for consumables, software and propane.
We’ve received a lot of really nice compliments on the bus.
“This little place is awesome! We were looking for a little place for a weekend getaway near the beach but off the beaten path, and we couldn’t be more pleased with our pick! The owners have made the place super unique with lots of little personal touches. The place is close to everything and a very easy come and go concept. Enough space for us and all of our things. Such a unique idea, and we are already planning a return trip! 5 stars, we highly recommend this place!!” – Anamarie (an Airbnb guest)
We had a total of 61 five star reviews. Here is another one:
“The skoolie was one of the most eclectic AirBNBs I’ve ever stayed in. It had amazing amenities. Shower, heated floor, washer and dryer, kitchen, and a surprising amount of space. I wish I could have stayed longer than one night! If I’m back in the area, I would definitely stay again and would recommend anyone to stay!!” – Julia (an Airbnb guest)
We’re a short few steps away from being listed as an Airbnb Plus property and we have ‘Superhost’ status already.
What we are Looking for Now
We are now looking for a beautiful place for the bus to live where it can continue to serve as a great vacation rental.
What the Bus Has to Offer
Welcome to our unique custom built Skoolie. We used epoxy industrial paint for the exterior because of it’s durability and longevity. It turned out great.
Here is the entry way.
A view from the front cabin, to the front entrance.
The sofa is made up of a 6″ high-density 2 x layered memory foam mattress, and the backside of the sofa is a 3″ memory foam. The sofa is super spacious and comfy to sit and sleep on!
There are thermal insulated blackout curtains throughout the entire bus. You can close them for full privacy at night, and open them for natural sunlight during the day.
Linen and blankets for the forward cabin beds can be found stored inside this double ottoman.
The forward cabin has a collection of modular furniture which can be moved around. These 3 large ottomans, along with the sofa, create ample seating for the dining/lounge room, and can also be pushed up to the sofa to create a full size bed.
This is a custom made 3/4″ pine dining table. The table can easily be flipped down and stored away for more space. This is especially useful when making the sofa bed.
The dining table is a place where you can dine, work and entertain. If you have some spare time have a game of Babies vs Bears!
We used birch wood to wrap the ceiling of the bus. We used recessed LED lights which are solar powered to light the interior of the bus.
The kitchen countertop is made from reclaimed Philippine mahogany. They were originally pallets, used to ship plants. After breaking them down and running them through a table saw and a planer, the wood turned out to be stunning! Here’s a video of the final epoxy job. The kitchen was designed with efficiency and comfortability in mind. Their’s plenty of counter top space for preparing and creating delicious meals on the bus.
This Ramblewood (LPG/Propane Gas) high efficiency 2 burner gas cooktop is super efficient and perfect for all your cooking needs. Cooking on the bus is a breeze. We have everything you may need to cook a delicious meal so we hope you cook to your hearts desire!
Washing up is a breeze with this deep stainless steel sink and pull down sprayer kitchen faucet. WARNING: The 6 gallon hot water heater ensures that the running water gets very hot, very fast, so please take care!
The kitchen is stocked with pots and non-stick fry pans for all your cooking needs. And plenty of storage room for dry food.
All the herbs and spices you need to make a world class meal.
Cooking oils to ensure your Master Chef game is strong!
We offer tea and coffee.
You will find bowls, mugs, glasses, cutlery, utensils, plus plates, large preparing/serving bowls, strainer, toaster oven, a 3 speed hand blender and food storage containers for all your b’ouse needs.
This Norcold 6.3 cubic ft 2 Door Refrigerator is the best 2-Way AC/LP RV refrigerator on the market today. It is set at the perfect temperature, plus it’s super spacious and can hold enough food for four people for a week.
Plenty of room for storing delicious food and beverages. We hope you enjoy this full sized refrigerator as much as we do! It also runs on solar power, but it needs help from either propane or grid electricity on cloudy days.
The top device here is a solar controller. The solar controller fluctuates the amount of power which is sent from the solar panels to the battery bank. Their is also an inverter, 35,000 BTU furnace thermostat, fantastic vent fan and bathroom floor heating controller. Everything is set on a thermostat so all you need to do is sit back and relax. When cooking, you can use the ceiling fan for extra ventilation.
Our Mohawk rugs will help keep your feet warm on a cool night. Light oak vinyl plank flooring also spans the entire interior of the bus, besides the mosaic tiled bathroom.
This is a hipster-inspired image of the neat lights we have on the bus.
You will find soap, shampoo and conditioner in the shower. The entire bathroom floor also has a 15 square foot, 120v electric radiant in-floor heating cable system. This heating system has a thermostat with floor sensor and will help create incomparable levels of comfort.
The bus has a fully functioning toilet and shower. This Thetford aqua magic style II RV toilet has a lightweight china bowl with full-size customizable residential seat. It has a water-saving hand sprayer for a hand rinse wash down. A single-pedal flush offers convenience with a powerful flush and a 100% bowl coverage. There are many toilets like this, but this one will be all yours. The bathroom also has a 70 CFM (cubic feet per minute) exhaust ventilation fan you can use anytime you are occupying the bathroom.
This is a detailed image of the mosaic that V worked on for 1 month and a total of approximately 166 hours!!! It’s beautiful, but the pictures don’t do it justice. It’s a work of art!
This is a turtle mosaic. It’s part of the magic of the bathroom.
Adjust your water temperature with ease with this Moen faucet in your own bus mosaic shower. WARNING: The 6 gallon hot water heater ensures that the running water gets very hot, very fast. So please take care!
This is an example of the shower’s light show. The bathroom is lit up with a waterproof LED light strip, and a color changing LED shower head. It’s amazing. Warning: If you’re over 6′ tall, it’ll be a little short on head room. For those under 6′, it’s the perfect height. Regardless of your height, we hope you enjoy this amazing and unique space!
The countertop above the washer/dryer can be used as a charging station and/or a standing desk area. There is also a USB stereo system with handheld remote for nonstop entertainment on the bus. Just plug your iPhone in and play some sweet tunes!
The bus comes with a barometer. It’s fun to watch it change with the time. And this is a cool close up image of the bus’s woodwork in the evening.
In between the kitchen and bedroom you will find a vented combo washer/dryer in the bus for your comfort and convenience. You can put your dirty laundry in here, set the washing and drying cycles, and in a few hours, your laundry is fully washed and dried. It’s pretty amazing. Works best with small loads. This definitely does not run on solar power. The bus needs grid power for this baby to function.
In the bedroom you will find a low lying desk area, plus an open closet with ample hanging space. There are also 2 large drawers, plus open drawers for storing away all of your personal belongings. For full privacy there is also a curtain to divide the main bedroom from the rest of the bus.
In the rear cabin is the main bedroom, it has an exceptionally comfortable and sturdy bed with a Lucid 10 inch Queen size plush gel memory foam antimicrobial mattress. It is firm, yet plush. We hope you have a very deep, wonderful sleep during your stay. You’ll also find custom made redwood crates under the bed for extra storage.
The main bedroom is very comfortable and spacious. And when you close all of the curtains you’ll have full privacy from neighbors.
This is the rear cabin view from the main bedroom.
This is the back door. You can use this locking device on the right to lock the back door. It’s more secure than the U.S. mint.
This is the back side view of El Dorado. This is what it looks like when it’s all plugged in and operational.
Requirements to add the Skoolie to your property
- Septic/sewer tank
- Electrical connection (traditional 110v outlet is fine)
- Water supply (normal garden hose is fine)
- Zoning is dependent on location, city, county, state etc. If it’s a good fit, we will work with you or the property owner to ensure we meet all legal requirements
What would be ideal for our new Skoolie spot
- A great view
- A quiet space
- An existing cleaning and booking team
- A non-freezing climate
Please share this with your friends, or anyone you think would be a good fit for team El Dorado.
If you’re interested in the creation of El Dorado, feel free to watch the maker series of the school bus tiny home conversion adventure here on our YouTube channel.
One Reply to “The Great Bus Business Opportunity”
Ian I am Christina Johnny’s sister. He has spoken to me about this opportunity I’d like to further discuss with you. I own 11.6 acres in the Los Gatos Mountains only 30 min to Santa Cruz or silicon valley. With only a 5 min drive from hwy 17 up the mountain, you will be in Wolfe Mountain. Private driveway and secluded surrounded by trees. If you’re interested email me.