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Skoolie Bathrooms

Some industrious homesteaders have taken your averages busses and turned them into homes. Learn how bathrooms are added to these vehicle homes.

| March 2020

Photo by Will Sutherland

When nature calls, having a private space is a given in any home, but how much effort — and space — should you devote to your mobile comfort station? A skoolie bathroom can be anything from a tiny, curtained toilet alcove to a full bath with a comfy toilet, a sink, and a shower (or even a soaking tub!). You might take some functions outside the walls, with an outdoor shower or a portable toilet. It all depends on your personal priorities and how you envision your everyday life in a school bus.

Bathroom Options

The space you allot for a bathroom will understandably depend on how much overall space you have available, but finding the right balance between your private needs and your living space is a more personal decision. Perhaps you’re the type of person

who absolutely must have a morning shower, or maybe you’re more comfortable with a shower every few days. Maybe you are terrified of public restrooms or of doing your business outdoors, or maybe you are fine carrying a simple emergency “head” just for urgent situations. Bathroom solutions exist for all budgets; just understand that there will likely be compromises to make, as with any off-­grid, tiny-­living lifestyle.

Photo by Will Sutherland

Toilets on the Go

If you have other showering plans, such as an outdoor setup or a campground or rest-­stop shower, you can save space by having only a toilet inside your skoolie. A portable toilet can be stowed away and pulled out when needed, or you can designate a small space of your bus for the toilet to be permanently installed. A toilet room can be as narrow as one side window of your bus. You can wall around the toilet for privacy or simply curtain off the area. Assuming you have a kitchen sink, you can eliminate the sink from the bathroom and use the kitchen sink for washing hands and brushing teeth.

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