1990 Thomas Safe-T Liner
Automatic Allison Transmission
Caterpillar 3208 Motor with 103,651 miles rolled over.
Good Brakes ( 12 mm). Tires have some use left but will need to be replaced eventually. One new spare (and one used) on rooftop deck.
I bought this bus about 6 months ago and the seller was wearing rose-colored glasses. I have put in a TON of work since then and am out of resources. It is heart-breaking to have to sell but I cannot keep building bc my body hurts and I can’t find a long term place to rent land near me. It is most-sufficient to live in, and I have been with my son since May. It would make a great rental or AirBnB. The previous owner drove it all over the country claiming no mechanical issues.
I am in the process of moving out to sell and plan on keeping all furniture in it except kitchen table. I am willing to negotiate table w sale. Will update pix as I move out.
What comes with the bus but isn’t connected:
1. MPPT Charge controller (claimed by prev. owner)
2. 900 W of solar (claimed by prev. owner)
Note on DC components- I had to unhook the solar because the batteries were so corroded they wouldn’t charge the old 3-way fridge (I took out bc thought it was broken). I wanted to redo the electrical system and get a whole new set of batteries at once so I haven’t touched the existing components to account for what capacity is available.
4. 50 gallon tank for fresh water and pump. (I filled the tank not knowing the pump was disconnected so then connected the pump to DC and it worked for a while then it didn’t and I haven’t gotten around to figuring out if the pump is broken or if it’s me. I would also recommend a new tank).
I currently use shore power and water.
Work I’ve done:
1. New propane hot water heater. Propane tank located in storage area under bus but the tank haven’t been secured for travel. ($200)
2. New water filter ($50)
3. New GALANZ (7.6 cu ft) fridge ($380)
4. New bathtub (horse trough) and components ($150)
5. New sink faucet and drains in sink although I couldn’t get them not to leak so there’s a 5 gal. bucket under the sink that catches the SLOW drip. I probably empty it every month ($160)
6. New Snakebite plumbing and hoses. ($100)
7. New subfloor and vinyl ($300). Extra venal comes w bus.
8. refinished front hardwood floor (living room area under rug). ($75)
9. new 8kW Chinese diesel heater (Superfastracing). This is located in a storage unit under the bus. ($300) New battery for this system ($40) & trickle charger ($40)
10. New ABS system ($200) to catch gray water from sink and tub plumbed to attach to septic at front of bus although I ended up not being able to use that where I am renting so I also bought…
11. 2 new tanks: 1, 25 gal for tub ($200) and sink, and 1, 15 gal for urine ($150).
12. new extension cord ($75)
13. new wheel covers (2 since the others are in the shade) ($25)
14. Mechanical inspection from McFarland’s Mobile Mechanics, LLC on 9-16-21. They will be sending me estimates for fixes. Major findings: batteries were bad so I replaced them (see #18), valve cover leaking- needs new cover gaskets, transmission pan gasket, governor rear end service. (At least you know the truth, unlike me- “drive train and motor practically new!”) ($250)
15. Porch area off side door- comes apart in 2 pieces so it’s easier to access storage area and empty urine tank.
16. There is Reflectix for most windows that I take on and off with tape or magnets. ($75)
17. 2 refurb. batteries for bus ($150)
18. Over sink storage rack ($80)
19. Sink rollout drying rack ($16)
20. Drinking water- grade hoses. 3 (I think they are 10 ft, 20 ft. and 50 ft. but would have to measure)
21. I have the title. I will renew tabs. Due to the diesel motor and heavy weight, it is exempt from DEQ requirements. (tabs approx. $300). Currently already registered as a motorhome in OR, and insured through Allstate.
Build details to note:
I built a loft over drivers seat that will be taken down for travel. It works for a nice play loft or storage. Fleece curtains come with bus for winter, white lace backed w cotton for summer.
The back bedroom area is also a rebuild having a little bunk bed and another bed that is somewhere between a full and queen size, with double foam matress. The mattress lifts up and there is storage under the entire bed area . I use tie down straps to lift the bed/mattress (using the loft as a lever). Rear floor has storage under.
tools available with sale upon request.
Serious inquiries only.