All of you potential school bus drivers out there, are you ready to learn about the typical length of a school bus? Wait for a second here…isn’t this is a site that’s kind of devoted to camping and RVing? Yes, yes, it is. Hold on, though, then why did we just ask if all of you “potential school bus drivers” were ready to learn of the length of a school bus?

Truthfully, we were just having a bit of fun there. Don’t hate us too much. Here’s the reality of the situation, have you ever heard of a school bus to RV conversion?

It’s sometimes referred to as a skoolie, though you may or may not think that’s ridiculous. Regardless, converting a school bus into an RV can be done…and that’s why it’s beneficial to know what the typical length of one is.

Ah, now it’s all coming together. So, how long is a school bus, then? Let’s first take a look at why you’d want to live in a school bus in the first place!

Why would you want to live in a school bus?

Yeah, we’re not going to lie, on the outside looking in, it seems kind of silly and nonsensical to want to live in a school bus.

Here’s the thing, though, it’s not as if you’d be buying a school bus and living in it (or camping with it) as is. Instead, an entire conversion would need to be performed.

Yes, this is going to be quite a project and will also be pretty expensive too. While we’re not here to dive into the details of that, we did find a really good guide that’ll for sure be of some assistance to you.

How long is a school bus?

This is the main event right here. The question that you came here looking to receive.

After all, deciding on what bus to remodel into an RV all starts with what length you want. Thankfully, there are actually quite a few different sizes out there.

Better yet is the fact that the different sizes are classified as different types.

It’s almost as if the creators of the system knew that people would want to transform busses into RVs, am I right?

There are four main different classifications of school busses, and they’re classified in types. Enough rambling, right? Let’s explain this a little deeper by looking at each size.

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If you're considering converting a school bus into an RV, it's also worth knowing how much a school bus weighs.

Type A (20 to 25 feet)

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As assumed, Type A busses are the smallest that you’ll find.

Let’s just say that they’re not the busses you see transporting children to school on weekdays.

Generally speaking, for the purposes of RVing, this size will be best if you want to travel solo and don’t need that much space.

Then again, though you sacrifice a lot of space, driving and maneuvering the roads with a Type A bus isn’t going to be too tricky at all.

Type B (22 to 30 feet)

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Now, this is where you start getting into school busses that you’re probably going to want to use for RVing.

Type A busses are probably going to be too small for most people.

Along with Type A busses, Type B busses are divided into two different weight classes (B-1 and B-2 and A-1 and A-2).

Type C (25 to 35 feet)

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When most people picture what a school bus is going to look like, this is what they’re going to picture.

Type C school busses are the most common type and size, and they’re the conventional busses that you’ll see transporting children to school and back.

This would probably be labeled as a medium-size bus, and it’s probably the most popular choice.

Type D (35 to 45 feet)

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Yeah, these are the big boys of the school bus academy, so to speak.

If size is your number one priority and you want to get as large as you possibly can, Type D busses will be your most optimal choice.

No joke, however, these suckers are really long.

Just know what you’re getting into with a bus (and then possible RV) of this size.

A few more questions before you go

There are still a few more questions we want to mention before we finally release you from your chains…. Ah, we mean, before you go do something else.

Alright, we’re done playing around here. Let’s take a look at some additional questions that can help you truly decide what size school bus is right for you.

What is your budget?

Perhaps the most important question to answer is what your budget is for a conversion project of this nature.

No matter what, though, this is going to cost a pretty penny.

Interior items that you decide upon will be up to you and will also affect the price. But just know that, as a general rule of thumb, the longer the bus, the more it’ll cost. That won’t always be the case, however.

The average USED school bus that has driven between 80.000 and 180.000 miles costs anywhere from $3.000 to $10.000.

Where do you plan on traveling?

This is also very important. Depending on your comfort level of driving large vehicles, you may or may not want to drive a much larger bus on tight and narrow roads and through bad traffic.

That also depends on if you’re even planning on driving on such roads. Just something to think about is all.

How many people do you plan to account for?

If you need to account for an entire family, you’re going to need a much larger bus (Type D, most likely).

On the other hand, if you’re just rolling by yourself or know that you and a partner don’t need a ton of space, you could opt for a smaller bus (Type A, for example).

It’s all about your needs.

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Another thing that's worth noting if you're converting a school bus into an RV is how many wheels the school bus has.

Final thoughts

There you have it!

You now know how long the average school bus is and we’ve said all we’ve wanted to say. Well, more or less.

This is really just the first step in your journey to transforming a school bus into an RV.

We’re not going to say it’s going to be easy. But man, are you probably going to love every second of it when you’re done.