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This Retired Boat Builder DIY-ed His 1977 Gillig Skoolie Home


Bob has always loved buses since he was 8 years old, in particular, Gillig school buses. He’s driven some 350 buses in his life, and now he’s living in his 1977 Gillig that he DIY-ed into a tiny house complete with a full recording studio with toilet vocal booth.

Retired from the schooner industry, he used his boat-building know-how to create a stunning home with self-planed locust wood. He wants to use his later years to enjoy traveling the US and seeing what he didn’t while “having careers” and “raising a family.” Too cool!

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Yes, He Has a Full Recording Studio In His Skoolie!

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He kept the cab original, and the retro vibe is great.

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This really is one stylish bus!

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He uses the bathroom as an awesome vocal booth!

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VIDEO: DIY Gillig Bus Conversion

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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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  • Theresa Perdue
    March 16, 2021, 1:47 pm

    I like it. I like the bus, I like the man. And I love a wood stove.

  • Kyle Cayce
    March 18, 2021, 2:35 pm

    This is one of the coolest builds I’ve seen! An elegant and purposeful design. Hope to see Robert on the road someday so I can here more about the bus and his life and works!

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