What’s it really like to live in a converted school bus or Skoolie? Rob Schannep of Contented Nomads lives in a Skoolie with his wife, five kids, plus a dog. They've been doing it for four years, so they have a lot of experience living tiny day-to-day. We'll learn what it costs to live in a skoolie per year, how they’ve figured out how to function as a family in such a small space, and what they’ll do differently in their next bus.

In This Episode:

  • The rhythm of skoolie life: how the Schanneps travel
  • Deciding on the right size for your skoolie
  • Building challenges specific to buses
  • Are buses expensive to fix?
  • Be prepared and park smartly
  • Balancing privacy, home life, work, and all the different personalities in the bus
  • Benefits of making friends on the road and how to build those relationships

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Guest Bio:

Rob Schannep

Rob Schannep

Bio We are a large family that wanted to go Tiny. 4 years ago we bought a skoolie, moved in and hit the road. We have 5 kids, one dog, and a whole lotta love in 250 square feet. We take responsibility for homeschool education, eating healthy, and helping others take financial responsibility for their life.


Instagram @ContentedNomads

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More Photos:

Playtime in the kitchen

Sliding panels allow privacy

There's a nice amount of space for cuddles

Meal time in the kitchen

Father-son time outside the bus

Popsicles outside of the bus

Nice and comfy in the window

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