2000 Thomas 5.9L Cummins Full Size Conversion

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by Lindsey England
Published: May 24, 2022 (1 year ago)
School Bus/Motorhome

A Tiny House with BIG Character!!!

Esmeralda is a full-size, fully insulated, off-grid ready, solar powered school bus conversion.  The Cajun Caravan celebrates her southern roots in the quintessential shotgun style with a purple, green, and gold interior!! This amazing bus has been my full-time home for the past 4 years in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies!!


2000 Thomas / 33ft.

Engine: Cummins 5.9L, 24v Turbo Diesel

Transmission: Allison MD3060

mileage: 180k

Recent repairs: replaced leaf springs for realignment

This bus is in great driving condition; has been properly maintained and has mechanical records for lifetime of bus—a retired member of the Aurora Public Schools bus fleet. This lady has successfully navigated over a number of mountain passes in Colorado/Wyoming with ease, and is equipped to travel or is equally content to be settled. She drives like a dream and is truly an AMAZING bus!! 10/10

Buildout: completed 12/2018

Chrome Yellow Corporation, Denver CO

Exterior Color: Khaki

Amenities inclusive of short or long-term off grid living. Propane typically lasts 2-3 months, which is also the interval for dumping the composting toilet. Conversion equipped with 100gallon fresh water capacity, 100gallon grey water tank, full kitchen with propane range and oven, 24v DC powered fridge, propane hot water heater, custom baltic birch cabinetry, reclaimed wood trim, white-washed pine plank ceiling, R22 spray foam insulation in walls and ceiling, 6 x 380w solar array, 12 6v Duracell golf cart battery bank in 3 220amp/24v series, 30/50amp shore power connection, powered roof vent, queen size bed, LED dimmer lighting, and wood burning stove.  Plenty of storage as well as extra twin sleeping area.

Professional window blocking, framing, electrical, plumbing, insulation, walls, and ceiling installations. 

Wood Stove:

Dwarf 5kwh

Tiny Wood Stove


Magnum Energy MS4024PAE MS-PAE Series 4000W 24VDC Pure Sine Inverter/105 Amp PFC Charger/120V-240V Input/Output, Power Factor Corrected (PFC) Charger, Safe and reliable, Versatile mounting, Multiple ports, Convenient switches


Dometic (Atwood) RA-2135SSPSA Oven 3-Burner Stove Stainless Steel / Range 52815 – 21″


DP2600IXD4-F-1 Vitrifrigo DP2600iX Stainless Steel Marine Refrigerator

Water Heater:

10g Dometic water heater (gas/electric)

Electric Heating/Cooling:

Pioneer 12k BTU Mini Split

Large sink

Steel shower

Natures Head Composting Toilet

100g freshwater / 100g grey water (under mount)

Solar Controller:

MidNite Solar CLASSIC 150 MPPT Charge Controller

ST Blade Fuse Block – 12 Circuits w/ neg bus and cover

24VDC to 12VDC 480 Watt converter

Power Center – Midnite CL150, 500mV shunt, Whizbang Jr, 250A, 100A, 60A, 60A output breakers

External storage bay



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