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Young family traveling in a school bus tiny house conversion

There’s no chance of this family being caught without power! Dad Derek got the wild idea to move his wife and two young kids into a school bus, and he pulled out all the stops with his brilliantly-designed solar system, fold-down bench seat for safe car seat travel, and large IKEA-mattress-sized bunks for his littles to grow into.

They have a big kitchen with some cool dual-drawers that hide knives from little fingers, and an awesome toy/book drawer. Raising their kids on the road has given them amazing opportunities, and they look forward to “road-schooling” for years to come.

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Thomas Bus Conversion for Family of 4

Parents & Two Young Kids Skoolie w Epic Solar Array 3

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I love their produce baskets.

Parents & Two Young Kids Skoolie w Epic Solar Array 2

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They prioritized space for family dinners.

Parents & Two Young Kids Skoolie w Epic Solar Array

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VIDEO: Family of 4 in a DIY Skoolie


  • Bored on vacation, Derek found pics of skoolies
  • Dom thought he was crazy at first, but then thought she could do it
  • They bought a bus
  • Took about a year to finish it
  • Large bunks for their two kids
  • Flip-down bench seat for carseat placement
  • Huge, well-designed solar array

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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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  • vee
    April 21, 2022, 9:22 pm

    Seems like this couple have all they need! Great space that accommodates the couple and their two young kids. Love the larger stove & fridge (since they cook)!! Also the bunk beds for the kids and storage for them. They will require more as they get older but perfect for them right now and what a marvelous adventure for the family. (Love that most of these folks seem to gravitate to the warmer states — of course!!

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