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Man Converts School Bus into Tiny Home to Travel and Go Fishing!

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This is the story of Bill Skinner. He’s a single guy out of Long Island, New York who has been converting a bus into his very own rolling tiny home.

Bill used to build floating homes but he wanted something for himself so that he could travel easily – so he went with a bus! It’s an ’02 International School Bus that Bill has turned into his own little rolling beach hut. Pretty awesome, right?

I hope you enjoy his story in our quick interview with him below. Thanks!

Man Retiring into DIY School Bus Conversion to Travel and Go Fishing!

Bills Bus Life 001

THT: What are your name(s)?

Bill Skinner….single 😀

THT: Where are you from?

Long Island, NY

Bills Bus Life 002

THT: What type of tiny house do you have or are you working on?

Bus, 95% finished.

THT: Why did you go tiny? What are you hoping to get out of it for yourself?

Affordable & able to travel.

Bills Skoolie Conversion 001 Bills Bus Living and Kitchen

THT: How long did it take you to finish your tiny house?

I’m on it a little over 2 years part time because of job.

THT: Did you do it yourself? Who helped? How much has it end up costing?

Electrician & Plumber, & Seamstress..I did everything else… Stopped counting at $40k. I’m over $50k.

Bills Skoolie Conversion 002

THT: How did you figure out where to put it?

Will be traveling around Florida, close to beaches, at campgrounds.

THT: What’s been the most challenging part about it so far?

All the detail of the build, I’m fussy.

THT: What benefits are you experiencing?

No mortgage…all paid for…travel where I want.

Bills Bus Bathroom Bedroom

THT: What helpful piece of advice would you give to others who are interested in going tiny?

Whatever you think it’s going to cost…think again…I expected 50k from beginning.

THT: Do you have a website, blog, or social media pages where we can connect with you and follow along?

On Instagram @Gonecoastaldesign.

Fishing Poles in my Skoolie Entering the Bus Bills Bus Life 4


Video Tour of the Bathroom

Learn more and connect with Bill over at his Instagram.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Michael
    April 22, 2018, 6:56 pm

    Very well done, individual, comfortable with a lot of love for details. This is a way to travel in style and feel at home where ever you are.

  • Kelly Wallace
    April 22, 2018, 8:39 pm

    Excellent Job Bill,
    Looks awesome down to every detail. Make sure you clean the fish outside. :). Hope it treats you well and I’ll be looking around Florida for you.

  • Melissa Robinson
    September 30, 2019, 1:41 am

    I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for “Gone Coastal”! This is an absolutely beautiful build and that bathroom is without a doubt, the “cat’s meow”, so to speak! I can easily picture living in this gorgeous Skoolie… great job to the owner/designer! I think he “nailed it”!!

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