1995 Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner | Off Grid Ready

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by Eric Hecht
Published: May 18, 2023 (4 months ago)

I purchased this bus in November 2021 and drove it from Austin, TX to Los Angeles, CA where it served as a security station for a community security program. It has been driven to several community events since, and operates very well. I drove it last on May 8th, 2023 from Los Angeles –> Castroville, CA where it remains in storage. Built for travel and being off-grid, but of course wired up to accept 30 amp service as well (more on this below).

Search “Bus Tour | 1995 Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner” on YouTube to watch video of Full Walkthrough

Basic Info

The bus runs great. Starts up easy and runs smooth. You’ll love that deep diesel rumble. Rear engine too so it’s pretty quiet in the cab during travel and you can actually hear people talking! One thing to keep in mind is it does slow down up big hills. If you push it too hard it will get hot and need a break.

  • 1995 Thomas Built Saf-t-liner
  • 8.3 Cummins Engine (C8.2-250)
  • Allison Transmission MD 3060
  • 4 new rear tires (<2000 miles)
  • 2 front tires still have good tread, but need replacement soon
  • 36′ long
  • 6’3″ interior height
  • Titled as Motorhome in Washington State (bus is in Austin, TX though)

Cooking And Stuff

  • 4 burner propane range connected to standard 20lb tanks down in cargo
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher (NOT for off-grid use)
  • Loads of counter space for prep
  • Residential Apartment fridge/freezer combo with fridge on top (runs great off grid using solar only)
  • 16″ black granite sink (9″ deep)

Sleeping Arrangements (5 adults very comfortably)

  • Private bedroom with locking door
  • Can fit a queen size mattress
  • Very long sofa (~80″) – great for sitting and comfy to sleep on too


  • 30 amp service – wired into Square D residential load center (this could be rewired to 50 amp painlessly if you need/want extra shore power)
  • 50’+ shore power hook-up (8awg)
  • 110v residential plugs pretty much everywhere
  • 600 W Solar on the roof (Renogy panels)
  • 40A Renogy MPPT solar charge controller (could add additional 200W of solar using this controller)
  • 4 VMAX 6v 225AH batteries wired in 24V series
  • AIMS Power 2000W 24V Pure Sine Inverter
  • Residential 100V fridge – runs great off solar alone as long as you have sunshine
  • Pyle 24v to 12v Step down converter
  • All lighting is DC LED connected to 12v system
  • All internal electrical systems are completely isolated from the chassis batteries used to start the bus. (The systems are relatively close though if you’re interested in going with an alternator charging setup.)

Water Systems

  • 45 Gallon Fresh water tank – installed in cargo area
  • 45 Gallon Grey water tank – also in cargo
  • No black tank, because compost! (Nature’s Head)
  • City Water connection
  • Seaflo 42-series water pump 12v / 3.0 GPM/ 55 PSI
  • all water lines are 1/2″ PEX
  • Eccotemp I-12 LP on demand hot water heater
  • Black Granite Sink
  • Under sink 3 stage filtration
  • Standard RV waste connection for grey tank

Bathrooms x 2

  • Two bathrooms plumbed directly to city w/ toilet + Shower

Air-Condition Units x 2 (Front and Rear)

  • Two Air Condition Units for Front and Back when Bus is plugged in

Misc Build Info

  • fully insulated! We removed ALL previous wall and ceiling panels and the old crappy installation.
  • 2″ pink rigid foam panels in the ceiling
  • 1.5″ pink rigid foam in walls
  • All metal connected to outside had vapor seal installed between that and inner construction to prevent condensation.
  • Most of the lumber cabinets and walls are 3/4″ plywood, very sturdy throughout
  • TONS of storage throughout

Available for showings AFTER providing proof of funds. The bus will be sold as-is.

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