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Roaming Wilsons Give Up 40-Hour Workweeks for Skoolie Life

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Kelly and Thomas met in college, got married a few years later, went on to get Master’s degrees, and then started the 40-hour-workweek grind. They found themselves wondering how they were supposed to do this for the next 40+ years and were looking for an alternative. That’s when they stumbled on the skoolie community.

While they originally thought their bus life adventure would only last a year, they’ve already been on the road for 7 months and don’t have any intentions of hanging up their keys anytime soon.

Tiny Home Tours did a great interview and tour with the Wilsons and you’ll want to check it out below!

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Full-Time Bus Life for the Roaming Wilsons

Roaming Wilsons

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Wow look at how much seating they have!

Roaming Wilsons

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It also folds out for extra sleeping or lounging

Roaming wilsons

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Queen bed in the back, with water tanks beneath


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Kitchen has an oven/stove and apartment fridge


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This is a 2001 International Bus. What do you think?


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VIDEO: Trading 40 Hour Workweek For Life in a DIY School Bus


  • 2001 International Bus
  • Three-seater couch folds into twin bed
  • Chair folds out for lounging
  • Separate shower and toilet rooms
  • Homemade composting toilet
  • Shower stall with seat over wheel well
  • Storage under queen bed
  • Handicap door opens in bedroom
  • Storage headboard

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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
    July 12, 2020, 7:32 pm

    Really nice! Beautiful ceiling, wonderful pullout storage, and lovely bedroom. I love the kitchen. So we’ll organized. I can see this as a forever home.

  • Alex Bub
    July 12, 2020, 8:30 pm

    Interesting posting. One thing I would like to see….. when someone takes up an out of the ordinary life style I would be interested in knowing what they do for a living and how they finance the life style. Writers? Won the lottery? Became campground hosts? Teach kayaking classes? Potters? Painters?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 13, 2020, 10:28 am

      I try to get that information when I can because I’m also interested. It sounds like they’re still doing their jobs remotely — she’s a social worker and he does OT. But maybe they just saved up?

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