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Couple Ditch 9-5 to Travel in their DIY Skoolie

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This is a DIY skoolie that has been converted by Ben and Mande Tucker.

The couple are documenting their travels around the United States in Fern the Bus.

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Couple’s DIY Skoolie Life

Couple Ditch 9-5 to Travel in their DIY Skoolie

Photos via Instagram

Couple Ditch 9-5 to Travel in their DIY Skoolie Couple Ditch 9-5 to Travel in their DIY Skoolie Couple Ditch 9-5 to Travel in their DIY Skoolie Couple Ditch 9-5 to Travel in their DIY Skoolie
Couple Ditch 9-5 to Travel in their DIY Skoolie

Photos via Instagram


  • Converted school bus
  • DIY
  • Fern the Bus
  • Tankless water heater
  • Penny the Pup


Our favorite aspect of being on the road and living in the bus is meeting people we wouldn’t have the opportunity to get to know otherwise. The bus is unique enough that people are drawn to approach it, pop their head in to say hello and chat for a while.3


  1. Fern the Bus on Instagram
  2. Video Tour of the Bus
  3. Medium Article Featuring Ben & Mande

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  • Paul Larsen
    June 29, 2017, 1:40 pm

    Beautiful job! One of the best I have seen. I love the light coloured interior, hardly looks bussy at all. Nice that you were able to keep all the original bus windows too! Being the geeky type, I would just like to know some of the technical stuff , like electrical stuff and water system. And you did it all yourself!! the best part!!

    • Kelly
      June 29, 2017, 2:39 pm

      This couple has an excellent social media presence. I follow them on Instagram and Facebook, I LOVE their posts and especially their videos.

  • Mary
    June 29, 2017, 4:29 pm

    All that kitchen, and no place to eat!

    • Jen
      June 30, 2017, 12:15 am

      They have the whole outdoors to eat in! 🙂

  • Ruth
    June 29, 2017, 4:45 pm

    I think you did a wonderful job, it’s beautiful.

  • Annette
    June 29, 2017, 4:55 pm

    That looks like loads of fun – very cozy too. Happy trails and be safe out there!

  • Patrick
    June 29, 2017, 6:53 pm

    Is there a porta-potty hidden somewhere in that beautiful bus??

    • Sondra Peters-Kearney
      July 6, 2017, 12:08 pm

      yeah it’s behind the doors with mirrors next to the bed

  • Mary
    February 1, 2018, 12:07 am

    Where do you keep your clothes, and what kind of heat do you use?

  • Sheila Plourde
    June 6, 2018, 6:04 pm

    Love this. Inside is very nice. Comfortable feeling the photographs give. Great job!

  • Marsha Cowan
    June 6, 2018, 8:31 pm

    I love this bus sooo much!!

  • Patty
    June 7, 2018, 12:29 am

    I like this bus redo. The color & wood treatment is very nice. Very well done!

  • Sheila Plourde
    November 12, 2018, 2:45 pm

    I love this!! Something you both should be so proud of. I imagine there is a place to eat in there. Clean and has style.

  • Karen Blackburn
    November 13, 2018, 1:12 pm

    Really well done but I would need a table and chairs (meals, tea/coffee, work) instead of a second couch. You can’t always eat or work outdoors especially in the cold or wet, and if they are travelling the country they will meet plenty of both. Still a very good conversion though and hey, we all have different priorities and wants/needs.

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