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Barefoot Bandits: Family of 5 Travelling in Their Skoolie Conversion

The Barefoot Bandits wanted to get away from the rat-race and spend more time together as a family, so they sold everything and bought and converted a bus into their full-time home.

Now mom, Jacq, “wild-schools” her kids as they travel Oregon (COVID-permitting). They created the most beautiful home, with a giant counter for food prep, school, and arts & crafts, as well as a giant shower! Jacq’s husband was too tall for the curvature of the bus, so they cut out a hole and extended it an extra two feet in the air.

The two older girls have their own special bunk spaces, and the youngest sleeps with mom and dad. The cactus mural on the outside of the bathroom makes the place special. Enjoy the photos below and the full video tour with Tiny Home Tours!

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This family’s bunk bed school bus cottage/tour:

Here’s Jacq with her husband and oldest daughter.

They actually have bunk beds in their school bus cottage…

Look at that giant counter top!

Here’s the cactus mural and the girls’ bunks.

And here’s the Master bedroom and the adjacent bathroom.

The bus even has a skylit shower! How cool is that?

VIDEO: Family of 5 Sold Everything & Built a DIY School Bus Conversion


  • Family of 5
  • Sold everything to buy and renovate the bus
  • Took about a year to finish it
  • Bunk beds
  • One queen bed
  • Giant shower cut into the bus roof (extra 2 feet of height)
  • Long counter top
  • “Wild-schooling” the kids
  • Currently in Oregon
  • Work on the road

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Melissa Robinson
    October 28, 2020, 7:06 pm

    What an incredible way to grow up in today’s world! Kudos to mom and dad for thinking outside the box and taking their family’s live on the road in their beautiful Skoolie (and this is coming from a 20+ year veteran HS special education teacher)!!

    • Melissa Robinson
      October 28, 2020, 7:08 pm

      Darn autocorrect got me….. “taking their family’s LIFE on the road!”

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 29, 2020, 12:55 pm

      My parents always talked about doing a summer road trip like this and we never did. I think it’s so cool!

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