Family Transforms Rare School Bus into STUNNING Tiny House: 2 Year Timelapse!

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    This is the complete school bus (skoolie) to tiny house conversion timelapse showing our transformation of a rare 1987 Gillig Phantom school bus only made on the West Coast from 1986 to 1992 and most have been crushed/scrapped. We bought it in November of 2017. We had no idea what we were doing but we figured it out and pushed through and finished it in late 2019. Building this Skoolie and documenting it on DEcameras has lead us to leave our jobs and pursue an alternative American Dream, for better or worse!! Thanks for watching and thanks for your support.

    If you're wondering about our dear friend Andrew you can read about him here: . RIP Andrew Lee 05/26/2019. I never would have made it home with our bus without the help of Andrew, and it was one of many gifts he gave me in life and death. Miss you buddy.

    Here is our tour:

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    Watch us build this Skoolie from start to finish!

    Click here to see our playlist featuring other alternative/mobile dwellings:

    For advice about how to build your own Skoolie check out our website:

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    This is my new favorite minisplit, grateful that it's cheaper:

    The couch:
    Daybed Cover: (Be sure to contact this company with your exact mattress dimensions.
    Here are the Wedge Bolsters:
    Here is the Mattress:

    Other build items:

    Water Tanks:
    Water Heater:
    Water Pump:
    AC to DC Power Converter:
    AC Distribution Panel:
    Shore Power Cable:
    50 Amp Shore Inlet:
    Marine Grade Wire: 350 feet of Marine 12/2:
    100 feet of Marine 14/2:
    100 feet of Marine 12/3:
    150 feet of Marine 14/3:

    My new camera setup. Finally happy with my camera!

    Main Lens:
    Wide Angle Lens:
    Camera Mic:
    Rode Wireless Mic: ...
    Lavalier Mic:

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    1. Mobile Dwellings / Gilligan Phantom

      Our channel just got comments back after 3 years. Hooray!!! Many of you would like to know how much this bus conversion cost and here is an in depth cost breakdown for you:

      1. Cass Cat

        Hey guys, great job... just a safety thing here- in an accident, those knives on the magnetic strip could be propelled forward... the magnets won't hold with force- otherwise you wouldn't be able to take them off and use them. Anyhow, i can't think of a more dangerous projectile than that...

    2. 『NOT』FιαɳαƈɾαϝƚOɯOGod〗

      I was like : WHATTT 😱 !? When you say "30 Years Later" 😂✋🏽

    3. Fernando LM

      What is the title of the background song????😅

    4. Thami Frama

      Soo beautiful and wholesome. God bless and keep your family. Do you have a Spotify playlist for the music you used in this video?

    5. Way Bob

      As someone who can't even build a flat-pack wardrobe, I salute you. Fantastic achievement. stay safe.

    6. Al Abadilla

      This is real inspirational!

    7. ZOE

      Wonderful innovations.

    8. B Eppard

      Forwarding this to my sister and brother-in-law...they are both elementary school teachers and soon to retire. They have talked about doing this too...hopefully some inspiration for them. I think it's a GREAT idea.

    9. Wensley Piccard Cineus

      M renmn nou anpilll From Haïti 🇭🇹

    10. JachLovlifeNyc

      School bus 🚌

    11. Edwin Torres

      Wow beautiful video. Nope I bought a used 2002 fleetwood mobile home 30’ footer for $20k Too lazy for all that mumbo jumbo

      1. Mobile Dwellings / Gilligan Phantom

        Haha good call.

    12. Sshivam Sshivam

      Good work

    13. Khalil Boutarfaya

      😁❤️😍😍😍something wonderful beautiful😍😍😍😍

    14. Jay Ocean

      got me with the 30 years on....great job! All the best and have safe travels, from one traveler to another. Been almost around Australia in a Caravan with Mum & Dad didn't quite get to Tasmania then but i have been just lately, was going to Darwin to complete my trip around this month but borders were closed ...a real bummer

    15. 100catinthehat

      You have a wonderful family and great work on the bus! Thank you for sharing.


      Omg such an incredible job..

    17. Antonio García Rodríguez

      Hola 🇪🇸from España Spain..Wooow Nice Job Bro

    18. Franklin Payero

      Well done

    19. Wickwire 9

      Geeezus Guys that is Breathtakingly Beautiful! You could open a Business and taking Old Buses turning them into a Masterpiece!! I Love it !!🙋‍♂️😎👍

    20. Theonlyonestanding

      Wow I noticed that there's a lot of layers in building this project. I didnt know it would take this much work...Cool bus tho 😎👍 cute baby he got big in 2 years 👶👱‍♀️

    21. Rubin Blanc fadeline


    22. Pocket’s Life

      Hands down the best one I've seen n prayers up for u guys on the loss of your friend 🙏

    23. Alexandru Soare

      wow i was speechless

    24. kim

      Definitely LOVE this time lapse build version

    25. Ricker’s Homestead A Hobby Farm

      That’s a lot of years all in one video.

    26. Gagi Singh

      Job ke liye 7988793599

    27. Some Guy

      If you're considering doing this, first take a look at what a bus engine costs. Then reconsider.

    28. CSK CSK

      Please show the plan and detail for construction the projection.

    29. navyreviewer

      Fun project and cool. Enjoy it. That being said... realistically for most people the time/cost of refitting a bus into an RV is probably more than just buying an RV. I dont want to sound like donny downer so good job and hope the family has many good memories.

      1. Mobile Dwellings / Gilligan Phantom

        Totally agree. This was way too much work haha. An RV will be cheaper and smarter, but don't expect to be able to live off grid with it like we do. They're not built like this bus I can tell you that much.

    30. Dual Face

      This has to be (with the music) one of THE MOST FEEL GOOD random YT videos I've seen in all of 2021. The bus being completed. The baby playing & growing alongside..😮🥺♥️ Thankyou Gilligan & family. 😎👍🏽💜💜

      1. Mobile Dwellings / Gilligan Phantom

        Thanks for the kind words and I'm pumped that it made you so happy. It took me 2 years to finish this bus and probably a month to edit the video!

    31. Wolfgang Rütt

      You are blessed✨✨✨

    32. Wer Wer


    33. Dyoh Erere


    34. ronald Cooper

      What is the name of the song...

    35. Elisa Gomes

      Eu ameiii congratss 💗

    36. Josef M

      The song at 11.29 is called Alice by Tianda, enjoy people and thank me later ;)

      1. Mobile Dwellings / Gilligan Phantom

        Love this song too

      2. Josef M

        @Yennifer from Wengerberg Np and yeah I agree :)

      3. Yennifer from Wengerberg

        Thank u soooooo much!!!!! She is so cool))✨🙌

    37. Jeroven Diaz

      you should add more battery for your big ac

    38. Adriana Halmi

      Well... this guy skills are amazing... he’s good at everything, all the best to the whole is a beautiful family!!!!

    39. Scott Saunders

      Awesome, what about all the single pane windows - heat, cold?

    40. Oficina G.K.G _ Besouro sem asa

      Incrível, parabéns e boa viagem.

    41. Nabil Abdulkadir

      First song name plz

    42. Konsam Chayson 4C 18

      Just wonderful. Love the transformation.

    43. Silpa Pidakaala

      Wow great

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    45. Lisa Jones

      Very sorry about your friend. Sooooo young!

    46. Robert Charles

      Guys awesome video . It was peaceful watching you build your dream. Hope you have many fun adventures.

    47. Marlyn Andy

      What's the name of this song?

    48. Epexus Jeffry Dalisay

      We live in a little little big house. ❤️❤️❤️

    49. Tom Horn

      Very Nice Job.

    50. Joe Danvers

      Great build!!!

    51. Han Zar

      very cool and lovely family

    52. Teresita Alvez

      Eres un genio que lo disfruten que Dios los .bendigan hermosa familia.

    53. My cat loves to watch Tv

      Background music is also very nice.👍

    54. CODM RedBull YT

      Congratulations 🎊🍾 everything is hope.!!

    55. G. G.

      May God bless you beautiful work and so sorry to hear about your friend and he rest in peace I don't understand why the thumbs down are up for but it's sad that people do that it's so so sad when people always have negative things to say when they don't even know what's really behind anybody's heart God bless you and your family always

      1. G. G.

        Amen God continue blessing you all

    56. vine divine sevial

      very inspiring, thanks for sharing..

    57. MOVIE TV

      That is my dream I hope someday ..god will provide

    58. Uriel Hernandez

      This bus got retired before you got it

    59. Myles

      Man this soundtrack is amazing!! Does anyone know the names of any of them?

      1. Adrian Gathu

        Shazam App

      2. Amena Nasara

        Thank you....

      3. Mobile Dwellings / Gilligan Phantom

        First two songs are by "Smokehouse"

    60. patient No12

      whose music do you use? very good songs!

      1. Bridgette Rueff

        Right! I definitely need to know the names of these songs!

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    62. Sheba Sunday

      Thank God for my life; I almost died of fear and tension because I was diagnosed with Hepatitis B. Some people even told me there was no permanent cure for hepatitis, i was living in fear until I came across Dr IGUDIA on DEcameras who prepared Herbs for me that completely cured me from hepatitis. I feel so good now. You can get more information on Dr IGUDIA DEcameras channel.

    63. Susan Muraguri

      The transformation journey is amazing!....

    64. bang_band official

      a tiny house with love.. 😊👍

    65. Dave Ellis

      Shot horizontally:)

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    67. K Lakshmi

      How many cost price

    68. Arya Sukma

      what first backsound song?

    69. Vandana Arya

      Wow , really nice . Good job done

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    71. NIMKA

      We live in a little little little big house

    72. Thenna Player Ritonga

      Nice dream good job

    73. Graham Parr

      Just think, there are guys out there couldn’t change a light bulb😏

    74. Blank

      If girl is wearing full pant in thumnail, tiny house will no longer look attractive

    75. Glo Glo

      fave part is seeing the baby grow with the bus

      1. MochiMations _SI

        That is the sweetest thing

      2. Ali M.


      3. Xena Jada

        that baby is adorable!

    76. Tomika Epelle


      1. Mister lopa Lopah .

    77. Paulette Valiton

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    78. Frowzyblue

      one of the most wholesome video I've ever watched.. 🥺 ❤️

    79. mandy lee

      대단한열정이네요 이쁜집도~ 아빠도~멋져요👍 행복한가족도 응원합니다

    80. SwimOpenwater Quys

      DIY king level

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    82. Romnick Guanzon

      16:02 He's cute what's her name? Full name🤭

    83. Karen Gater

      What is the song playing

    84. Alona Marcellano

      Dapat solar ang source of energy ⚡ ⚡

    85. Fabritzio Benitez Orozco


    86. F. J.

      Advice to all the ladies.... marry a man who is good with his hands 😉🥰

      1. Osa Lee

        I agree 👍 whit you good with is hands and like to work ..., And for is wife I have to said is a LAKY. man beautiful children's 😍 God bless you guys family

      2. Kykoa Jirou

        Ok F. J.

    87. Charlene Fox

      I had a builder like this in my life - man! how I loved watching him work - he could do any thing - we could've had anything - but he had a worker mindset.

    88. pengo plays

      I can't believe he sounds like the actor of terminator

    89. Andres Salazar

      Muy lindo! Te saludo de argentina

    90. Sabina Haizle


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    92. Cornelius Howard

      Very nice

    93. Isabel Teresa King

      Wow!!! I love it, The best I've ever seen.

    94. Joshua Hutchinson

      That baby is so cute😍

    95. Consuelo Cardona

      beatiful, saludos desde Colombia

    96. Mary H

      Oh, and that baby girl dancing to the music melted my heart.😍😍😍😍😍

    97. Mary H

      People are so negative!🤦🏻‍♀️ I think you guys did an amazing job together as a beautiful family and both you and your wife have an awesome bond and beautiful children. You’re home was created with love by the hands that built it. The camera work was exceptional and you sir are a wonderful hard working husband ( your wife too😊). May God bless you and your family ❤️.

    98. Tshering Bhutia

      Song name

    99. se yoel Yang

      당신의 열정에 박수를 보냅니다

    100. lucielho marinho