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Family of 3’s 90% Recycled School Bus Conversion


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The Samaniego family lives full-time in their converted skoolie, which they built using primarily recycled materials! The couple have a 6-year-old son, who they homeschool while traveling. Oh, and their fantastic vintage stove has a name. How sweet!

We interviewed the family about their nomadic lifestyle and what they loved about living tiny. Check it all out below!

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They Built a Home on Wheels in Six Months


It was the middle of the pandemic, we could barely afford our rental house anymore because my husband got furloughed, and we had been talking about it for awhile so we finally decided to take the risk.

3 weeks later we owned a bus and about 4 months after that we were living in it full-time!

We bought our bus from a school in Jan of 2021 and my husband Frankie built the whole thing himself.

We were full-time living in it by July of 2021! The process is never over for us, though!

90% of our house is recycled/repurposed/antique. Our stove/oven is from 1933 and her name is Ethel!

Frankie is a mechanic and I (Molley) work remotely as a Retail Partner Specialist in customer service.

We have been able to pay off quite a bit of debt as well as have more freedom in where we choose to live.

We have been able to pay off quite a bit of debt as well as have more freedom in where we choose to live.

It has really brought us together as a family and allowed us to be way more creative!

I am also able to homeschool our 6-year-old, Braeden, and we love getting out in nature and exploring!

The hardest thing is STORAGE! Even when you think you have enough, you never have enough!

Having the freedom to make changes and do things that having a house with a foundation would not allow. We love the creative process!

DO IT! It is so worth it! Don’t be afraid to take the leap but also ask ALL the questions. DO YOUR RESEARCH and know that no matter what plans you make, it will probably change many times over, but it will be exactly what you need in the end!

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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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