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Family’s Calypso Skoolie Bus Conversion

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This is one family‘s Calypso Skoolie Bus Conversion.

They are still in the process of putting on the finishing touches, but it’s looking great so far!

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Family’s Calypso Skoolie Bus Conversion


Images via The Calypso











Video: Live walk through, video tour, Skoolie conversion

From the builder:

This bus is my Opus. It showcases every trick in my library from scroll work, to inlay, to raised panel doors, to radius work and on and on. It’s pure opera in wood.


  • 2000 Thomas Body Freightliner
  • Name the Calypso
  • Been building for a little over a year now
  • In the final phases of construction now
  • Builder is a cabinet maker, furniture builder and designer by trade.
  • See videos of the build on YouTube 


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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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  • littleleftie
    November 8, 2016, 3:56 pm

    Nice! Love the special compartments, especially the one for the woodstove tools. Your home shows not only the skill you have as a woodworker, but the love you have for the wood.

    • Natalie
      November 9, 2016, 6:23 am

      The woodstove tools compartment was so cool! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • David Remus
    November 8, 2016, 9:31 pm

    A schoolbus is a great place to start. They are very strong and parts for most are easily available. Lot’s of ground clearance and built to last. Thomas is an old company, good reputation.

    The primary problem is insulation. It’s one thing to run the heater while driving it, another to try to stay warm 24/7 in a hard winter.

    Nice build so far.

    • Natalie
      November 9, 2016, 6:23 am

      I’m sure they thought about insulation — I would hate to be missing that! — Tiny House Talk Team

      • David Remus
        November 9, 2016, 10:57 am

        There is no added insulation visible that I can see, just the original interior. The single pane sliding windows are still there also. If you have enough wood you can live in a teepee.

        • Jennifer Monnot
          December 8, 2016, 1:38 pm

          David, you are correct about no added insulation besides the fresh stuff Tim put in the walls. He is still working on the floors so I am hoping that will add another layer of warmth. We are currently living in the bus full time while he completes the rest of the build. The wood stove is doing really well keeping the place warm. I am becoming an expert at keeping the fire going in the middle of the night. We got down to 22 this morning and maintained an internal temp between 60-70 degrees. I feel blessed that my husband built such a wonderful bus. It truly is nicer than my 2000 square foot house we are trying to sell!

    November 9, 2016, 8:47 am

    Awesome job…! I love it, I think you got everything covered here that could be or should be added to a nomad, school bus, tiny house….

    • Natalie
      November 10, 2016, 10:10 am

      Yay! — Tiny House Talk Team

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