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Old 11-18-2019, 12:43 AM   #1
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2003 Short Bus For Sale! $26,000 OBO

We got this little bus two years ago and put about a year and a lot of love into turning her into a home! Since February she's been our permanent home for both long-term travel and stationary living, as well as a commuter for a bit. In June we had our mechanic preemptively take care of anything that might be an issue down the road. She runs perfectly.

Here are the details:
-Legendary Ford 7.3 diesel
-Consistently gets between 11 and 13 mpg regardless of conditions
-135k miles (bought as school bus at 119k)
-Midbus chassis
-20.5' bumper to bumper
-Complete and detailed service records from the last two years
-~6'1" headroom (I'm 6' and stand comfortably with shoes on)
-Four burner propane stove and oven
-Cedar tongue and groove ceiling.
-Engineered bamboo flooring.
-Backup camera installed in dash.
-I turned the original double door into a single front door with a traditional locking door knob.
-Ten-speed quiet and powerful reversing Maxxair fan with cedar trim.
-Two built in LED lamps provide very soft warm light.
-Two slide out desks/counter top extensions. One on the passenger's side next to the front door and one on the driver's side next to the bed (used as a nightstand).
-Book/miscellaneous shelves have hinged stopper slats which are held in place with bolt locks.
-The passenger side "captain's chair" swivels, reclines, and rolls fore and aft, making it a really cozy recliner nook. It has a built in seat belt and is bolted to the frame in four places.
-The fridge runs on AC, DC, and propane. We run it on propane and have found it to be efficient.
-included queen spring mattress folds up into a super comfy couch.
-The bed has a seatbelt running up through its center to the driver's side edge. This seatbelt can comfortably span three passengers and is bolted to the frame.
-Shade cloth awning is fairly easily rolled out from the roof for additional protection from midday sun.
-Storage is divided into various bins that can be slid/rolled out from either the outside doors or from the inside via the under-bed door.
-Rear and wheelchair doors can be locked from the inside, and under-bed storage can also be padlocked for additional security.
-Secret compartment over wheel well fits laptops and valuables just in case
-Curtains along sliding bus windows tuck behind furniture and appliances when not in use. They can be hung at half-mast or all the way up.
-Curtains behind bed and on wheelchair door are magnetic for easy raising and lowering.
-All of the curtains are three-fold. The outer fabric is black which gives the tinted windows a discreet limousine tint appearance from the outside when they're up. The middle piece is blackout fabric for light blocking, and the inside is an off-white fabric.
-The curtains are quite effective at retaining heat and sealing out light. Very little light comes in from around the sides/top of the curtains, which is especially nice if you're camping in a town or parking lot.
-Sorry, the tapestry under the bed is not included, but another can be custom made to fit by my partner on her hand loom for ~$400.
-The roof deck is framed with douglas fir 4x4s and decked with I-joists for weight savings. Until recently we had two bikes and two kayaks stored up top. The amount of space on the roof could afford quite a large solar array if you were so inclined. The rear ladder is built from 2x4s and the rungs can be easily removed to discourage people trying to climb up at festivals.
-50w solar system includes panel, charge controller, wiring and external battery mount. The 85 AH "house" battery needs to be replaced, and rather than do it myself I'll leave it up to the buyer in case they would rather expand the system. This system is enough to power LED lights, a waterpik, electric toothbrushes, and various laptops/gadgets.
-400w inverter/power strip mounted in dashboard.
-Power strip under the sink for access from bed.
-The faucet has regular and shower modes, and is powered by a foot pump for water savings. An electric pump could easily be installed if you'd prefer.
-35 gal fresh water tank is filled through side wheelchair door.
-20 gal greywater tank is emptied onto the ground through the wheel well under the sink.
-The "pee tube" as we fondly call it runs directly into the greywater tank.
-We have used a 5 gallon bucket setup instead of a regular composting toilet.
-Sometimes when the fuel tank is more than halfway filled, the pump at the gas station won't let you put more in. This is rarely a nuisance since we don't generally try to fill up unless there's less than half a tank, so we haven't bothered to have it looked at in depth.
-Included 12-ton jack and spare wheel/tire.

I'll be in Alamosa and Boulder CO until mid December, then in Pennsylvania for the winter.

I hope I've included everything you'd want to know! Please reach out with any questions to

Thanks all,

skoolie, schoolie, short bus, tiny house, tiny home
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Old 11-18-2019, 10:29 AM   #2
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Hey Andrew, that's a sweet looking ride. Good luck with your sale!
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Old 12-07-2019, 08:44 PM   #3
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Lovely. Never thought of a fold up bed with seat belts. That would solve an issue for us, as we only now and then will have my two step sons, md we live in NY so need a shortie.
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Old 12-07-2019, 09:08 PM   #4
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Welcome Andrew,

That is a good looking bus.

Have you tried advertising on the Facebook skoolie groups? Craigslist?

You may find more folks there that are looking for a finished skoolie and have deep pockets on FB and CL.

We are mostly diy'ers that tend to be frugal...... OK... Some of us are downright cheap.

I sincerely hope that you get your asking price but be prepared for folks that disagree with your valuation.

The last E450 Thomas that I bought had the Powerstroke, 130k miles and good tires. I thought that I did alright at $2500. I stripped the interior and used it as a moving truck when I relocated to Eastern Washington. I used it as my daily driver for a while. It is more maneuverable than my Dodge pickup.

I got some good use out of it and managed to sell it for $3000. Not really comparable with yours but I can hear the question coming: Are the improvements to your bus worth $23,000?

Good luck.

Good luck.
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