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Jessie and Ashley — the “howling wanderers” — had always wanted to travel, but when they saw friends decide to go tiny, they knew they were ready to make the change for themselves.

But it wasn’t immediate! A project they thought would only take a year ended up taking nearly two years as they worked full time while completing the build. The result, however, is a gorgeous skoolie with a cozy and moody interior that makes a perfect home for them and their four dogs! Read our interview with them after the photo tour below.

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Downsizing from 1590 to 152 sq ft: Skoolie Conversion

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Samuel hiked both the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, and felt like after all that exploration, there was no way he could go back to stationary life in an apartment. So he got a 1977 Ford B500 short bus and converted it into a home on wheels.

He has limo-tinted windows to afford him some privacy, a flip-up desk to allow him to work on his artwork or edit videos, and a compact kitchen setup. He travels with his adorable cat and makes stunning copperwork art on the road. Enjoy the video tour!

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His Short Bus with a Pull-Out Bed

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Jon Paul and Lindsay are the proud owners of a 2004 Thomas bus that they lovingly converted into a light & airy skoolie for themselves and their two kids.

They have front benches in the living room, a split kitchen, bunks for the kids, and a cozy back bedroom for themselves. Enjoy reading their story in their own words below!

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Family of Four’s Light & Airy Bus Conversion

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This couple jumped into skoolie life on a bit of a whim after “roughing it” in an Airbnb in the woods. Instead of DIY-ing the entire bus, they took on extra wedding videography gigs to pay professionals to do things like electrical work — which is pretty clever!

They chose to do a huge roof raise — a whole 25 inches — in order to give lots of extra headroom inside the bus. Additionally, they put in RV windows instead of bus windows, meaning they have a lot more privacy and retain more heat than a traditional skoolie. What do you think?

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They Paid for Their Skoolie with Wedding Videography

Couple’s Skoolie with Massive 25 inch Roof Raise 3

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Libre and Stephen are long-distance hikers who wanted the freedom of a different kind of life — so they got a school bus and transformed it into their full-time home — and Libre’s tattoo parlor!

The bus has a mini rooftop deck, a back deck, and a bathroom in the back so the shower and toilet could be in the same space. A queen bed gives the couple plenty of space to share with their dog and cat co-travelers. What do you think?

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Long Distance Hikers in Their Skoolie w/ Back Deck

Tatoo Artist’s Epic Raised-Roof Rig. 3

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This awesome family was on a mission to travel from Canada to Baja, Mexico — and they made it! They have enough solar power to provide electricity to nearly three buses —  which is quite impressive.

The husband and wife have two young kids who sleep in sleek bunks painted to their tastes. They kept a very open design with no upper cabinets to maximize visual clarity. What do you think?

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From Canada to Baja in Their Converted School Bus

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Amanda and Owen were planning to get married and take an 8-month-long honeymoon backpacking. They had been saving for years, but when 2020 hit, they had to pivot. So they decided on a bus conversion! The couple ended up splurging on this particular bus because it had a solid engine.

The resulting bus is absolutely lovely, with a large shower, oven and sink, beautiful pine ceilings and walls, and even a green velvet couch. They chose a residential door for the front and kept the original bus windows. Tell us what you think.

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Pine-Clad Skoolie for Couple & Their Dog

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Chris told his grandmother as a kid that he wanted to grow up and live in the woods with his dog — and for the past 11 years, that’s more or less what he has done! He’s had two vans and a Class A RV before deciding to build his dream rig school bus conversion.

The bus offers a much sturdier design than his former RV, allowing him to use high-quality materials so his home will stand the test of time. He has a roof-top deck with flip-up railings, a perfectly functional kitchen, a large comfortable bedroom, and a bathroom without compromise. What do you think of his setup?

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His Raised Roof School Bus Conversion is like an Apartment!

Chris’ Self-Sustaining Skoolie is his 4th Rig in 11 years 2

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Max & Miranda shoot elopements for 6 months of the year, and spent the rest of it traveling Australia in their self-converted Toyota Coaster! Today they’re here to tell us all about how they got into #buslife…

We purchased a Toyota Coaster bus and converted it into a motorhome. We live in it for 6 months of the year and travel around Australia during those months, the other 6 months we base ourselves in South Australia for work.

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Their Toyota Coaster Bus Turned Motorhome

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