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Old 04-23-2022, 05:24 PM   #1
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Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Port Townsend, WA
Posts: 17
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: TC1000
Engine: Cummins 5.9L 24 valve, 148k miles
Rated Cap: 25,000 lbs
FOR SALE Converted 2000 Bluebird TC1000 - Your Perfect Tiny Home

Here’s your chance to buy the perfect skoolie. At 26 feet long, it’s big enough to live in comfortably wherever the road takes you, yet compact enough with a relatively short wheelbase to turn tightly and maneuver in some pretty tight places. Windows all around, and a big side door at the foot of the bed combine to give you a wonderful view of the world. Drive it or park it, this is the tiny home you’ve been looking for!

Ernest the Skoolie is a 2000 Blue Bird TC1000 with a 5.9L 24v Cummins diesel and Allison 545 automatic transmission. The diesel mechanics will tell you that if treated right (like shifting down when going up a long hill), this workhorse combo will carry you for many years to come. We’ve spent over $15,000 on essential mechanical systems (new brakes, suspension, radiator, transmission; we’ll show you the work order), so it’s as reliable as any 22-year-old vehicle can be. It spent its working life in Phoenix, so there’s no rust. Current mileage is 157,605.

Wired with solar, with a comfy bed, composting toilet, apartment-size refrigerator/freezer, 75 gallons of fresh water, tiny wood stove, new LED headlamps, and lots of storage space – you can boondock anywhere. Cruise control lets you roll at 65-70, and a refreshed interior with a real removable table lets you live comfortably.

We’ve come to a point in our lives where we’re ready to downsize again, so we’re looking forward to connecting Ernest with his next companions.

Like every skoolie, this one has a little work left to do, but we know from recent experience that it’s fully livable, on or off the grid. We did a wonderful road trip last summer – looping from Washington State to Indiana via the northern tier and returning via Route 66 – and had no problems in 100-degree heat and multiple crossings of the Continental Divide. A turbo oil cooler helps the engine handle any temperature and any hill. Did we mention crossing the Continental Divide twice in one day without a problem?

The previous owner had the engine rebuilt – cylinders bored and sleeved. Tires have several years left on them. There’s a hitch on the rear bumper for a bike rack. It’s registered as an RV in Oregon and we have the clean title in hand. Tags good through August 2022.

With purchase you get some equipment we didn’t get to finish, including:
- On-demand propane water heater
- Two-camera backup camera
- Twin burner propane cooktop

Solar system includes:
- 4 x 100 watt solar panels on the roof
- 2,000 watt Renogy Pure Sign Wave Inverter running several 120 outlets
- Renogy 40A MPPT solar charge controller
- 4 x 100 amp hour 12v SLA battery bank
- 12v system/fuse block

Work we had done by Western Bus Service after thorough inspection (work order provided on request):
- Replaced front spring pins and bushings
- Replaced grid heater solenoid
- Replaced front brakes, including new drums
- Replaced rear brake cans
- Performed transmission service, sealed PTO cover, and replaced modulator
- Replaced air filter assembly, new filter
- Replaced radiator
- Replaced worn u-joints on rear driveline. Topped off differential
- Replaced tie rod ends. Aligned front end

The bus is currently located in Hansville, WA (on the Olympic Peninsula). Once we close the deal we could deliver it in Washington or Oregon for the cost of fuel.

Asking $38,500 or best offer. PM for further details or to schedule a test drive.
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Old 06-18-2022, 02:15 PM   #2
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Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Port Townsend, WA
Posts: 17
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: TC1000
Engine: Cummins 5.9L 24 valve, 148k miles
Rated Cap: 25,000 lbs

This bus has been sold. I am trying to figure out how to remove this listing.
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