1995 GMC Vandura 3500HD Finished

by Nicholas Crocker
Published: October 2, 2023 (2 months ago)
Vandura 3500HD

Robin was built in 2018 to function as a mobile tiny house that’s capable being off-grid with comfort. We purchased this bus in Jan 2018 from McCallie boys prep school in Chattanooga, Tennessee where it had to strickly maintain DOT inspection. Upon completion we lived in Robin and traveled all across the country and visited some amazing spots!

Robin has been professionally rebuilt/refinished over the past year. When you live in 130 ft² you use your space more heavily and so we decided to do renovations so Robin’s next owner can live in a new clean refreshed space.


About Robin

1995 GMC Vandura 3500HD 5.7L Bus

28′ long with a rear deck that can carry a motorcycle and bicycles

Current mileage is 181k

Engine and exterior improvements

Reliable 5.7L 350 engine that has been rebuilt while in service at the school district.

All tires have less than 5k miles of wear

Brakes rebuilt and hoses replaced

Gas tank cleaned and blasted out

Rust free and undercoated

Leaf springs replaced and balanced to reflect weight distribution

Undermount waterproof truckbox

Rooftop cedar deck

Rear cedar deck with L-track for tie downs and motorcycle wheel chock

14 gallon undermount propane tank (typically last 3 months)

Interior Amenities/Accessories

130 ft² Comfortably sleeps 3 people (however could definitely sleep more if you’re creative)

New professionally sewn bed/couch and seating cushions by Roam and Shelter in Portland, Oregon

Slide out bed (functions as a couch or full size bed)

New Engineered hardwood hickory flooring

New cedar T&G ceiling

Fully insulated from floor to ceiling using rigid foam board for floor and walls and Havleock wool and reflectix in the ceiling

Cedar lines storage and pull out drawers throughout bus for clothing, gear, food or any of your storage needs

Butcher block countertops

28inch LG tv and Google Chromecast

Living Systems

46 gallon water indoor fresh tank

46 gallon under mounted grey water tank

Inline sediment and carbon filter

6 gallon propane/electric water heater

4 burner propane stainless gas range

Capabilities for indoor or outdoor showering

Top loading freezer and refrigerator which can operate on 12v or AC

Wood burning stove (Cubic mini grizzly)

Diesel air heater w/remote control

Nature’s Head composting toilet

12v MaxAir fan

Built in screen windows for side windows

Power Source

400ah in Lithium batteries

Aimes 2500 watt inverter charger (alternates between shire power and battery power seamlessly)

5x 100 watt Renogy Monocrystalline solar panels

40 amp MPPT Renogy Rover charge controller

30ah or 15amp charging capability

5x 110v outletsw/USB charger built-in

12v USB charger and cigarette lighter adapter (for when inverter is turned off)

40amp alternator DC to DC charger (for charging house batteries while driving it engine is running)


Robin is ready to roll down the road and go on another adventure. It’s not a project bus and is fully capable for another outdoor adventure or living quarters for someone new. We had such a great experience living and traveling in this bus, but are looking to expand our family and have different needs now.

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