- Minnesota-based Mande and Ben Tucker have converted a 1992 school bus into a tiny home on wheels to travel around the country with their one-year-old son Sawyer and eight-year-old dog Penny Lane.
- The bus is a 1992 International 3800 School Bus outfitted with a Ward Body, and the couple converted the bus themselves over the span of almost seven months.
- The family travels part-time – from weekends to month-long trips – while still maintaining their full-time jobs.
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Minnesota-based Mande and Ben Tucker converted a 1992 school bus into a tiny home on wheels to travel around the country with their one-year-old son Sawyer and eight-year-old dog Penny Lane.
Mande, a second-grade school teacher, and Ben, who works on boats, decided to embark on their bus conversion and travel journey in order to leave their daily routine while still being able to work full-time in Minnesota. And so far, it’s paid off: the family has traveled thousands of miles since the start of their bus conversion journey, from Canada to South Dakota to Wyoming.
“We knew there was so much unbelievable beauty and solitude to be found out there…so many fascinating people to meet and stories to exchange, and we wanted more of it,” the couple said in a statement.
The couple also said that their bus – named “Fern” – is the “perfect balance of being a large and spacious home, while also being maneuverable and compact enough to take us almost anywhere.” They used YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram to source inspiration for their build and completed the Fern conversion in about seven months, even through a Michigan winter, while still maintaining full-time jobs.
The family is now building another bus with the hopes of selling its first one. Keep scrolling to see Fern, which keeps the family of four traveling on the road while gaining them over 117,000 Instagram followers: