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Nomadic Bus Life After Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Katie and her two dogs live in a school bus conversion, but it’s far from Katie’s first go at tiny living. She’s been living tiny for the past six years, and started out in the bed of her pick-up truck. When she grew tired of not being able to stand in her home, she decided to upgrade to her current skoolie, “Dirty Hairy.”

The bus has a full kitchen setup, including an oven, and she fit oodles of storage into her small space! Plus it’s decorated with fun colors and luxurious blankets, to make this a true home on wheels. Enjoy her tour below.

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“Dirty Hairy” Short Bus Conversion

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She has a fixed queen-sized bed with large drawers to pull out underneath.

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Her kitchen has a sink, mini fridge and an oven!

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She travels with her two golden retrievers.

Nomadic Bus Life After Hiking the Appalachian Trail

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  • Katie has been living nomadically for six years, first in the back of a pickup, then with a camper, and finally in her skoolie!
  • Before going tiny, #vanlife “found her” after she hiked the Appalachian trail.
  • She’s worked several gigs over the years, including drafting for six years. Now she does consulting for part of her father’s business that she took over.
  • Her bus has tons of storage in the cabinets that run head-height, the length of the bus. She has a separate little closet for dresses and coats.
  • Her kitchen has an oven and mini-fridge, so she can cook just about anything she wants.

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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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