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Single Dad’s Skoolie in Christchurch NZ

Andy is a single dad who built this amazing skoolie so he could travel with his two kids when they aren’t in school. The bus includes a great couch for hanging out, a kitchen where he can cook homemade meals, some awesome bunks for his kids, and a larger bed for himself.

In 2011, he was trapped in an office building during an earthquake and thought he was going to die from its collapse. When he made it out largely unscathed, his life perspective was completely altered, and he ended up coming across nomadic life and realizing he wasn’t meant to work in an office all day. Enjoy his inspirational story below!

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How an Earthquake Led to Skoolie Life

Single Dad’s Skoolie in Christchurch NZ

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He has a wood-burning stove and a nice area to store wood.

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The kitchen has an oven and apartment-sized fridge.

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There are bunk beds and a main bed in the back of the bus.

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  • In 2011, Andy was trapped in a building for 5 hours after an earthquake. He thought he was going to die, but that experience changed his whole perspective on life.
  • He had another bus that he traveled around the country in with his ex-wife and children for two years.
  • While he does travel with his kids when they’re out of school, he lives in the bus in Christchurch during the school year.
  • The bus has bunks for his two kids and a large bed in the back for himself.
  • The full kitchen and bamboo counter top makes it easy for him to cook meals for his family.

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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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  • Marsha Cowan
    January 25, 2024, 3:04 pm

    This is so nicely done! Absolutely lovely!

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