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Howling Wanderers: Bus Life w/ Four Dogs!

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Jessie and Ashley — the “howling wanderers” — had always wanted to travel, but when they saw friends decide to go tiny, they knew they were ready to make the change for themselves.

But it wasn’t immediate! A project they thought would only take a year ended up taking nearly two years as they worked full time while completing the build. The result, however, is a gorgeous skoolie with a cozy and moody interior that makes a perfect home for them and their four dogs! Read our interview with them after the photo tour below.

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Downsizing from 1590 to 152 sq ft: Skoolie Conversion

The adorable family in front of their rig!

The happy couple.

The moody aesthetic inside is so cozy!

Lots of upper storage for kitchen goods.

Beautiful sleek, black cabinets! Very modern.

They have a couple of couches and a little table.

What a perfect sign for a skoolie!

What a massive and awesome pull-out pantry!

The bedroom & micro bath in the back.

They have a shower and Nature’s Head.

Solar power!


What got you into tiny living?

The excitement of travel has always intrigued us. Seeing two close friends go tiny was the real kickstarter to our adventure.

Did you build your home or buy it? How long did the process take?

We built our home ourselves (with some help from our family) We originally estimated 12 months to complete our build. Needless to say, it took much longer. Working full time careers and handling life’s curveball, it took us 20 months to complete our build. And honestly it’s never “complete” there is always something we want to add or change.

How has tiny living changed your life (for better or worse)?

Tiny living has changed our lives for the better. When we went into this process of downsizing we started to notice that we had rooms full of things we never used. It was super overwhelming going from 1590 sq ft to 152 sq ft. But honestly we feel more comfortable and at ease then in a bigger space. We believe it is because of the simple way of life. You can actually take time to enjoy the little things.
Overall, tiny living is a mindset. The lucky ones have it.

What’s the hardest part of tiny living?

Probably the hardest, but at the same time, most interesting part of tiny living is finding where to go and stay for the night/week. One morning it could be on a beach next to the ocean with a gorgeous view. Another day it could be a sunrise over your local Walmart. Either way, it’s part of the journey.

What’s the most rewarding part?

The feeling of being on a vacation, but with no worry or hustling to see things before having to leave to go back to “life”. This is our life.

Any advice for people looking to go tiny?

Don’t let people discourage you by saying you can’t live a full life with little amenities. Going tiny doesn’t mean you don’t have anything. It means you can make the best of things with less and still live an amazing, if not better, life.

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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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  • Liz
    January 27, 2023, 7:27 pm

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!! This TH is so cozy and welcoming. I love the dark colors and can only imagine how peaceful it looks at night. I just would not want the toilet right next to my head. Maybe that place was the only option. At least it has a toilet. Well done folks!

  • JustJim
    January 28, 2023, 7:07 pm

    Without a doubt, the nicest schoolie conversion I’ve seen. I had one ( back in the 80s that I thought was beautiful, but this is nicer. Great job, enjoy!

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