Shane and Allison were no strangers to tiny living when they decided to renovate a bus — they had spent four years as traveling musicians in an RV, but when they started seeing skoolies on Instagram, they had to have one!
“Honestly, it’s way cooler [than an RV]” Shane says. They outfitted the interior without any experience and on a budget, complete with pallet cabinet doors and a tub from the farm supply store. Their toddler (& now newborn) and nanny travel with them all over the country.
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Their Off-Grid Budget Skoolie for a Family
Here’s the happy couple in their skoolie living room.
The cabinet doors are made of recycled pallet wood.
Here’s the oven and refrigerator they got off Marketplace.
Shane said he would change the couch set up if he could.
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An awning or add a room would be great to add living space outdoors. I don’t remember seeing a bed for their son – co sleep? That tub seems to be very very small! Don’t see how anyone but an infant/child could use it – cabinets/cupboards out of pallet wood was a great cost savings I’m sure but isn’t the wood very rough or has it been sanded or coated to protect from splinters? It is great that you can make a living on the road and take along a Nanny so you can perform but I imagine it gets very crowded when you all have to be inside or all want to eat at a two person table! Enjoy the ride!
There is a pair of bunk beds but, yes, their son presently sleeps with them most of the time… and she specifically wanted the tub for washing the child and soon their second one…
While pallet wood can come in all sorts of conditions and different types of woods, depending on where in the country its from, etc. So not always rough or a specific wood type, some are even made of engineered materials like plywood, particle board, etc. but when using the wood to make things you’d typically treat it the same way as you would any other wood and sand it, etc. and the heat treated kind is safe to handle…
It’s mainly the nail holes that may be preserved to give that look pallet wood is known for but sometimes it’ll be cleaned up so much that you won’t be able to tell it was originally pallet wood… Check out a youtube channel called, Epic UpCycling. To see pallet wood, and other recovered materials, turned into all sorts of fine furniture pieces…
Absolutely wonderful bus. You did a great job organizing the space for so many people of different ages and needs. One quick suggestion. Reorganize your solar panels so they all lay flat on your roof as opposed to the ones on the side slightly leaning. You will catch much more of the sun’s rays and have more electricity. Speaking from experience and research. You have a lovely home.