2001 Thomas Freightliner Finished Off-Grid Skoolie

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Published: June 16, 2021 (3 years ago)

Fully off grid school bus conversion with a 16″ roof raise.
Perfect for living in full time or for a weekend adventure rig.

Thomas built Freightliner 36ft bumper to bumper

220K Miles Diesel with hydraulic brakes

  • 196 sq/ft interior (28x7ft), 7’6” interior headroom due to a 16” roof raise
  • 36ft bumper to bumper, 12’6” exterior height
  • Cummin 5.9L 24 valve engine with 220K miles
  • Allison transmission
  • Hydraulic brakes
  • 525w solar with 400ah lithium battery bank
  • Diesel heater and wood stove heat source
  • Spray foam insulation


  • Furion propane 3 burner stove oven
  • Great sized stainless sink with dual faucet
  • Faux concrete countertop
  • Overhead food cabinets, pull out pantry, coffee drawer, large pots drawer and storage shelves
  • Iceco VL65 dual zone fridge/freezer
  • Wall mounted spice racks

Living area/sofa:

  • Pull out sofa for guest sleeping space with storage underneath
  • Fold out desk/table with swing out LG ultrawide 34” monitor
  • Tiny wood stove with built in log storage underneath and tiles surround
  • Recessed LED lightingMaxxfan and skylight with rope ladder to roof deck
  • Front drop zone with storage for shoes and smaller items
  • Very spacious feel because we did a 16” roof raise


  • Queen size double bed
  • 3 deep bedside shelves
  • Great sized closet, slide out mirror and 2 huge drawers for more clothes
  • Custom tiled shower and bathroom floor
  • Set up for nature’s head composting toilet
  • Dual shower headsSecret compartment for valuables


  • Roof deck perfect for catching a glorious sunset
  • Detachable basketball (regulation height)
  • Built in under storage which houses 2 20lb propane tanks
  • Slide out table next to entry door
  • Garage section to store bikes, tools, outdoor gear etc


  • 3 x 175w Renogy monocrystalline solar panels
  • 3000w pure sine Renogy inverter 40amp MPPT Renogy rover charge controller
  • 4x100ah Dakota lithium batteries
  • Victron smartshunt battery monitor connects to smartphone app to monitor solar etc
  • 200amp Victron battery isolator which allows battery charging from alternator while driving
  • 120v breaker box. 12v fuse panel
  • Lights are all 12v (led strips and puck lights)
  • 120v outlets strategically located around the bus
  • 30amp shore plug in


  • 100 gallon fresh water tank
  • 65 gallon grey water tank
  • Girard propane tankless water heater
  • 12v Shurflo water pump and filter
  • Outside fill up port and blow out fitting for winterization

Engine and Mechanics:

She is running super well. Just had it looked at by mechanics and no issues found.

  • 2001 Thomas Freightliner
  • 220K miles
  • Cummins 5.9L 24 valve engine
  • Allison transmission
  • Hydraulic brakes
  • Gross weight 22000 fully loaded

Service History:

  • Oil changed every 8000 miles
  • All new tires and brakes – feb 2020
  • New injector pump – oct 2020
  • New air filter – dec 2020
  • Replaced fuel tank – jan 2021

Delivery can be arranged for a fee depending on location

Let me know if you have any questions and to arrange a viewing.

The bus is located in Madison, Connecticut

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