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Old 05-22-2016, 08:41 AM   #1
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1990 Thomas RV conversion Extraordinaire!

Somewhat sadly, the time has come to sell my Sistine Chapel of bus conversions. The story of this bus is long and complex, but let it be said that it was a labor of love and was built to satisfy an image I had in my mind of exactly what i thought a bus conversion should be. It's Road Warrior meets Frank Lloyd Wright, it's sustainable energy meets fossil fuel mayhem, it's Burning Man, NASCAR, Luckenbach and Zen and the Art of Bus Conversion all rolled into one. Be forewarned, DO NOT bid on this bus unless you can handle lots of attention, questions and envy. It's more powerful than a puppy on the beach and more intimidating than a Shelby Cobra. I will try to give a condensed outline of the rig, but serious parties should get in touch with me personally. There is a lot to tell....

Asking $49,500. I would consider some trade, but not another bus...

!990 Thomas Transitliner ordered new by Mountain Express of Crested Butte, Colorado. School bus specs, outstanding rollover and safety construction.
8.9L Cummins Engine, propane injection. Will top Monarch Pass at 40 MPH, cruises at 65 (has cruise control)
Allison MT643 Transmission, locking torque converter, approx 8 MPH
Telma electromagnetic driveline retarder
Espar diesel fired hydronic engine heater (will also heat domestic hot water and run interior heaters)
All wheels aluminum, tires are great, spare on an aluminum wheel included
100 gallon main fuel tank with 35 gallon reserve tank. Nearly 1000 mile range.
60 gallon fresh water, 75 gallon gray/black water tanks
Monster roofrack with left, right and rear landing lights
multiple auxiliary front driving lights and SERIOUS bullbar
LED interior house lights
12 gallon stainless steel electric hot water heater with heat exchange coil (makes hot water off of engine heat as you go down the road
(4) 6 volt deep cycle house batteries, (3) 8D bus batteries. Can be used together or separate, manually switched
3 Solar panels (approx 200W overall) with MPPT charge controller
4000W Honda water cooled, 2 cylinder genset
3500W Xantrex Freedon Charger/Inverter. Interior control/monitoring panel
30 AMP shore power cord with extensions
Coleman 13500 BTU Mach One rooftop AC
30K BTU propane forced air heater
Wall mount blue flame 10K BTU blue flame ventless heater (uses no electricity)
NAD receiver/amp running thru Cerwin Vega monitors (plus dash head unit with USB input)
Sharp Convection microwave
2 burner cooktop
All cabinetry steel framed with Baltic birch panels and brushed aluminium laminate
"Coined" rubber flooring
All upholstery Sundura covered with zippers

Many more pics here:

1990 Thomas Built Bus "Thomas"



There is probably more, but you get the idea.
Message me and I can send a link to many more pictures including several during the build.

Thanks for looking. Buy this bus, you won't regret it!










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Old 05-22-2016, 09:33 AM   #2
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Best of luck man, we're all watching. Let us know if/when it sells!
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:48 AM   #3
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Thanks for the props! It's an attention getter for sure!
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:27 PM   #4
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Heck of a deal, was expecting a higher asking price. Should sell immediately.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:29 PM   #5
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Looks great. I want one of those cow catchers.

How do you get that bike in the bus?
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:16 PM   #6
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While most of us probably cringed when we first say your asking price, I can say that after looking at all of your pictures your bus is probably worth about what you are asking for it.

As to whether or not you will get your asking price is another story altogether.

Good luck!
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Got any build pics?
Whats it insulated with?
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Old 05-22-2016, 11:07 PM   #8
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Looks great. I want one of those cow catchers.

How do you get that bike in the bus?
I just went really fast!
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Old 05-22-2016, 11:10 PM   #9
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Whats it insulated with?
"More pics" link in original post
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Old 05-28-2016, 02:40 PM   #10
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While most of us probably cringed when we first say your asking price, I can say that after looking at all of your pictures your bus is probably worth about what you are asking for it.

As to whether or not you will get your asking price is another story altogether.

Good luck!
Yep...all you need is a buyer who has 50k cash and wants to buy a school bus. Sounds easy to find.

I knew a guy who spent almost 200k restoring an old dodge pickup 4 dr from the 70's. He loved that thing...poured big money into it...it was like showroom good and somewhat of a restomod...sick truck. What's the problem though? People with 200k don't buy old Dodge's...the truck went for 17k at Barret Jackson.

With this bus you can't finance it, and no one with 50k liquid would pay this on a bus when they could easily finance a diesel pusher at 2-4% with predictable depreciation. This bus won't sell for over 20k....that's the facts.
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