1993 International Bear the Bus for Sale

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by Sally Stevens
Published: February 14, 2024 (2 months ago)
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-1993 International DT466 Skoolie for Sale-


Bear-the-Bus is for sale!

I purchased this fully-converted bus in the spring of ‘22 in part because I have always dreamed of owning a Skoolie, but more practically, because I needed a creative solution to high housing costs following a divorce. I have lived in Bear in the high mountain desert of NM in all temperatures & conditions & after several adventures together & a lot of time “caving” (healing) in his/this cozy space, I am now ready to move into the next chapter of my life & connect Bear to whomever may be his lucky new owner/s.

I bought Bear for 59K from the California man who built & named him. He is a licensed Electrician & Contractor (that felt like a needle-in-the-haystack find to me,  not being a DIYer myself!) who poured his heart & soul into the building of Bear. His engine was serviced just prior to purchase & in the fall of ‘22, a good friend of mine who is a veteran diesel mechanic gave him the full once-over & pronounced him “steady & sound”. He’s been on a few driving adventures (including from CA to NM) & proved road-worthy, but has served primarily as an unconventional (parked) home to me. Since obtaining him I have had him painted (he still wore his yellow school bus jacket before that) & I’ve purchased a second brand new lithium battery, a new bus battery, & an onboard Hisense AC unit. This fall he was rewired for a 50-amp RV plug-in & this winter I had a new on-demand Excel hot water system installed. He is titled as an RV (a  BIG plus & something that will convert easily, state to state) & I currently have him covered under Good Sam insurance. He is move-in &/or adventure ready, although his new owner/s will want to consider new tires for him if you plan to take him out on the road for extended touring.

Here are his specs:

-1993 International DT (Cummins Diesel engine Turbo charged) 466, model #IS3908

-Cummins engine, Allison transmission (please note I wasn’t sure which model numbers to choose when prompted in this listing)

-324,534 miles

-brand new (January ‘24) Duralast Heavy Duty bus battery

-full length (bus originally served as an adult Special Needs bus so there’s more head space than a regular school bus)

-foam-spray insulated

-partial solar set-up with two Renogy long-life Lithium batteries

-Sinowave Converter

-50 gallon on-board h2o tank

-50 gallon greywater tank

-composting toilet

-Full shower

-Mini Costway washer/dryer (brand new when I purchased & I have never used it)

-Propane gas Italian Empava 2-burner stove

-Magic Chef fridge

-Beautiful hand-carved & crafted raw wood kitchen table/ butcher block shelf

-LED lighting

-Mounted TCL Roku tv (in main living area)

-Main bedroom has a queen-sized bed

-Single bed in living area

-Ample storage bins under beds & full closet in hall

-Large back closet/storage area (I have used it as a mini-yoga & meditation room)


Included in sale:

All of the above, plus new 100 amp power cord, battery charger, all Rhino collapsible plumbing pipes (some new), new “warm window” curtains that are amazingly insulating, a large camp mat that unfolds & is near new, jacks & jack blocks, & if you are local, a 200 gallon detached water tank & 50 bales of straw for insulating Bear’s undercarriage.

Not included in the sale:

Personal effects & decorations & Cuisinart Air Fryer oven showcased in the photos.

I am a 40 min drive from the Albuquerque International airport & will happily transport any potential buyers to/from the bus for showing. I am requesting a $500 “interest deposit” from potential  buyers to hold the bus for 10 days if you think you may want Bear to be yours. If you travel out in that timeframe & decide to buy, that amount will be deducted from our final selling price.  If you do not buy, I will refund you half this deposit. I am motivated to sell & will periodically lower my asking price so DO come back & visit Bear again!

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