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Outback Skoolie with a LUXURY Bathroom

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After Nicole lost her mother, her entire perspective on life changed and she and her husband, Charlie, jumped into a bus conversion so they could travel more.

Neither of them had ever used power tools, but you’d never know from looking at their Outback-inspired build! It has a stunning kitchen complete with an oven and butcher block countertop, and the mini woodstove keeps their place warm and toasty.

The most impressive part of the build, though, has to be their huge shower with skylight! I’ve never seen anything like it in a skoolie before. Watch the full Tiny Home Tour below!

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Couple Works Remotely Full-Time & Travels in their Skoolie

Outback Skoolie with a LUXURY Bathroom 3

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Charlie says their room is like a cozy “nest.”

Outback Skoolie with a LUXURY Bathroom 2

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The color scheme in this skoolie is perfect!

Outback Skoolie with a LUXURY Bathroom

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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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  • Diana
    July 30, 2021, 10:22 pm

    Super lovely couple, love their attitude and humility yet competence and courage.
    The bus is amazing! I’m so impressed with what they did and who they are.

  • Randy
    July 31, 2021, 8:27 am

    Layoff of this rig and the color scheme they chose may be one of the best I’ve ever seen! Good job!

    • Randy
      July 31, 2021, 8:28 am

      LAYOUT … sorry (Not layoff)

  • Bryan O'Connor
    July 31, 2021, 1:28 pm

    Love it! But why the loft “bedroom”? Why not cut down on the bathroom a little bit and put a sleeping area in it. to me the living area is the most important area and the sleeping area is just a place to sleep and the bathroom is just a place to shit, shower and shave, you could do both in the bathroom area of your skoolie. I don;t mean any offense but it just doesn’t make sense to me, Living Tiny is supposed to mean giving up most of the comfort of a larger house. Overall LOVE your Skoolie i just don;t get have a sleeping area crammed in to such a tiny area and 1/3 of the space being the bathroom.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 2, 2021, 4:35 am

      It’s just all about priorities. Everyone has different things that they can’t live without. For this couple, a spacious shower was a must 🙂

  • Nancy M
    August 1, 2021, 1:22 am

    Beautiful skoolie conversion! Very livable, and gorgeous! Happy travels!

  • Jade W
    August 6, 2021, 8:26 am

    Wow this bus is amazing. I love the colours and the washroom is super spacious looking. Also the mini woodstove is cute.

  • Adina Hirschmann
    December 2, 2021, 6:04 am

    Everything was made for the road, without compromising what was important to them. However, I would have put in a recirculating toilet, like they use on the airlines. When I was a teenager traveling with my parents and sisters, we had a Monomatic. It used very little water, compared with a freshwater model. As for the kitchen, I would have installed an RV convection microwave over the stove. Cute cat.

    • James D.
      December 2, 2021, 4:57 pm

      Well, while recirculating toilets do work, depending on your use level, you can still be dumping them every few days. Models like the Thetford, the Electra Magic Model 80, can also run you over $400. While there’s additional ongoing cost because the holding tanks need to be charged with chemicals to kill the bacteria and both the chemicals and tanks have to be refilled after every dump. Though, the chemicals are effective in eliminating waste odor, the chemicals themselves have their own odor that some people may be sensitive to… Units will typically have a maserator to liquidate the waste, and a filter with multiple tanks if it needs to be used frequently to insure the chemicals have time to properly deal with the waste before re-use for the next flush. So there’s more long term maintenance and mechanical parts that can require repair and replacement.

      So some people may prefer a porta potti or cassette toilet, which still doesn’t use that much fresh water, which is still in its own tank and not drawn from the house supply, can still be carried out to be dumped instead of needing to move the whole vehicle, and doesn’t use anywhere near as much chemicals.

      While the Nature’s Head composting toilet used here, uses no water and, depending on use, may not require dumping for multiple weeks to even months if it’s just one person.

      Otherwise, some people may want to consider an Incinerating toilet or another type of Dry Flush toilet if they want to still avoid wasting water…

      They just each have their trade offs…

  • Joyce Rader
    October 16, 2022, 2:08 am

    Enjoyed your video. I really like the design and colors. How long is the bus? Could we see a general floor plan? I tried to visualize the location of each room compartment while reviewing the video and had some trouble seeing just how everything fits.

    • James D.
      October 16, 2022, 4:55 am

      2003 Thomas HDX – Stock Dimensions:

      Exterior Length: 39ft
      Interior Length (Driver Seat to Back Wall): 30ft
      Interior Width: 7ft 6in
      Interior Height: 6ft 5in

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