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They Went From Ranching in Montana to Family Bus Life

The Chandler family were living their “dream life” as Montana ranchers when they realized how much they were missing. After seeing discovering school bus conversions, often referred to as skoolies online, they decided to take the plunge and do a DIY conversion for their two young kids and their dogs for an unforgettable and perhaps legendary family lifestyle.

Inside the bus, there’s a fun loft bed for their 4-year-old son and a huge king bed in the back for cosleeping with their youngest. A bathroom houses a fancy mist shower head and a Nature’s Head toilet, and there’s a spacious kitchen with a giant farmhouse sink for bathing babies. Enjoy!

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Family’s Gorgeous Bus Conversion w/ Loft

From Ranching in Montana to Bus Life 2

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They have a king-sized bed for co-sleeping.

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There’s a huge sink for bathing kids!

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VIDEO: DIY Bus Home for Family of 4


  • The Chandler family, former Montana ranchers, decided to pursue the adventure lifestyle they missed by converting a skoolie for their family.
  • The DIY conversion includes a loft bed for their 4-year-old son and a large king bed for co-sleeping with their youngest.
  • The bus features a bathroom with a fancy mist shower head and a Nature’s Head toilet.
  • A spacious kitchen includes a giant farmhouse sink, perfect for bathing babies.

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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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