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Our Dharma Tribe: Family’s DIY Skoolie Bus Conversion

This is Our Dharma Tribe: David, Melanie and little Alice (plus two pups!) living in an amazing DIY skoolie bus conversion.

The Canadian family moved into their bus home in September of 2016 and are now documenting their skoolie life on Facebook and Instagram. The 2000 Thomas Flat Nose bus boasts about 210 sq. ft. and a 5.9 Cummins motor, and cost them $4,000. They currently stay in Stony Plains, Alberta and have spent $10,000 on the remodel (they still need solar and water tanks to finish the home).

Enjoy the pictures and be sure to follow them on social media! Links to their profiles are below the pictures.

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Our Dharma Tribe: Family’s DIY Skoolie Bus Conversion

Images via Our Dharma Tribe Facebook

Alice swinging away in her tiny home!

Plenty of room to curl up with a good book.

A look of sheer focus. (Beautiful curtains, by the way).

Alice cooking dinner 😉

Longer view of the inside of the home.

Bathroom with a big water trough tub.

During more of the construction phase.

What more could a kid want?

Related: Adventure or Bust School Bus Conversion: Tour!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.
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  • Steve of TinyQualityHomes.org May 5, 2017, 1:23 pm

    I love seeing these bus to house conversions. They are not as easy to convert as people may think. This is because of the numerous curves that can be found in vehicles.

  • Kathleen Veltsos May 5, 2017, 11:22 pm

    It’s so inspiring and refreshing to see people living alternatively. Your little ones look so happy….swinging in the kitchen…too cute. Have fun exploring.

  • Marsha Cowan May 6, 2017, 1:15 am

    What a wonderful home! What an adorable little girl! This is a great conversion. Really beautiful and well designed.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 8, 2017, 5:55 am

      Alice made it 🙂 I loved seeing how happy she was in her unconventional home!

  • Bigfoot May 8, 2017, 8:28 pm

    Nice! I like van/bus/truck conversions. So many different approaches. Alice looks like she’s digging it & the swing inside was a great idea. Using 2 gate valves for a kitchen faucet is a very cool & practical idea. So easy to service. Best wishes on your journey.

  • Melanie @ourdharmatribe May 9, 2017, 10:26 am

    Thank you for the kind words everyone! And yes, Alice is one happy little girl! 😀💖

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