1997 International 3800 T444E 225,000 miles

by Anthony Gillis
Published: January 5, 2024 (2 months ago)

Selling our beloved 38 ft Skoolie. We have lived and traveled full-time in it for the last 3 years. It is fully equipped to be off-grid for over 2 weeks at a time. With a propane oven/range, large kitchen sink, residential fridge, massive shower, king size bed, W/D combo, and A/C, we have not sacrificed most of the luxuries of living in a house.

Mechanically she is in excellent shape. I have changed oil regularly as well as kept fluids topped off when needed. We bring it to an International service shop once per year for an inspection. Here is a list of parts and services since we owned it.

  • New tires in 2020 have about 30,000 miles on them.
  • Air brakes compressor changed in 2020
  • New driver-side drive link in 2022
  • New ICP sensor in 2022
  • New steer wheel hubs 2023
  • New drive shaft bushings 2023

There are a few small and manageable quirks.

  • She doesn’t like to start in the cold at high elevations. I have pinpointed it to anything above 6500 feet when temps are below 40. A block heater would fix this.
  • The fuel gauge doesn’t work at times. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. I just pay attention to how many miles I’ve gone and make sure to fuel up frequently.
  • There is a small exhaust leak under the hood, SOMETIMES. It is only present right when you start the bus in cold weather.  All I have to do is drive about 50 feet, shut it off, wait 30 seconds, turn it back on, and the leak seals back up.
  • There is no horn. It didn’t work to begin with and then one time the faint horn started going off for minutes and then the actual horn component on the exterior started smoking. We unplugged it and have chosen not to address it lol. Shouldn’t be a hard fix.

Here is a list of most of the components/features:

  • 12” roof raise
  • 800 watts of solar panels
  • 500Ah Battle Born LiFePO4 battery bank
  • 5000w VictronQuattro Inverter/Charger
  • 250/60 mppt victron charge controller
  • Victron SmartShunt
  • 3” spray foam insulation behind walls
  • 90 gallon fresh water tank
  • 45 gallon grey water tank
  • Airhead composting toilet
  • Residential front door with 9 light window.
  • 4 exterior light bars on each exterior wall
  • 5 piece security camera system
  • 1 MaxxAir fan
  • Skylight over the shower
  • Dometic 15,000 BTU air conditioner
  • Two undermounted exterior 48” tool box
  • 30 gallon FlameKing under-mounted propane tank
  • Exel instant hot water heater
  • 10.1 cu. ft. Fridgaire residential fridge
  • Greystone range/oven combo
  • Pull out couch to full size bed
  • Butcher block counter tops
  • Large Farmhouse sink
  • Customs cabinets doors and drawers
  • 40”-28” tiled shower, installed with Kerdi board
  • Bathroom vanity sink
  • Large wardrobe
  • 3 large drawers for clothing or other storage
  • Massive under bed storage area.
  • All in one washer dryer combo
  • King size bed

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an in-person or virtual tour, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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