2003 Chevy Express 3500 Off-Grid Mini Skoolie
My completely off-grid, self-converted skoolie, completely custom built with lots of unique touches is for sale! All reasonable offers considered.
I’ve absolutely LOVED the past 6 months I’ve been able to spend in my girl Beatrice traveling full time, so this post comes with lots of bittersweet emotions. Unfortunately, full-time travel and Skoolie living has been a huge challenge for my pup to adjust to, so it’s time to find this bus another loving home.
39,200 original miles. You’ll be hard pressed to find another skoolie of this quality with as low milage as this one!
In it’s previous life this bus was a part of a school district fleet in northern Arizona, driving about a 3-4 mile loop 2x each day during the school year which has kept the odometer way down for it’s age.
All the work was done by my dad and me & I’m more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Regular gas, 6.0L engine. When looking for parts or work on it, it’s a Chevy Express 3500. It’s titled, registered, and insured as an RV in Arizona. The engine was never rebuilt and runs great, has no leaks, and has been serviced regularly! Oil & fluids monitored and serviced meticulously. Starts up & runs amazingly, 31 gallon fuel tank.
This self-converted Skoolie was built to be fully off grid with all the comforts that you’d associate with home, including an electrical system (12V & 115V) that can run entirely off Solar energy (though also shore power capable), full plumbing with 30 gallons of fresh water and 25 gallons of gray water, a hot and cold water sink and shower, as well as a full-size bed, a 9000 BTU mini-split, a kitchenette, & plenty of storage throughout.
This skoolie is the absolute perfect size! More than enough room inside & you’ll still be able to fit in a standard parking spot, which makes maneuvering around cities when you need to much easier. She isn’t without little quirks, but all in all this is a super solid build.
All appliances listed are included in sale.
I could go on and on and oooooon about all the details of this build, but I tried to narrow it down! More details on any of the specs are available if you have any questions.
Sale price: 46,000 OBO
2003 Chevy Express 3500 Bus Dually 39,200 miles MPG 9-13 6L V8 engine
Measurements: Length: 22′ Height: 9.5′ Width: 9′
-Retro 3.1 cubic feet mini fridge w/ top freezer
-Copper hand-hammered sink
-Pull down faucet w/ 2 spray settings
-Butcher block counter with plenty of room for food prep & works perfectly with a portable camp stove.
-Nature’s Head self-contained composting toilet (Which means no dealing with a black tank!!)
-32”x32” shower pan
-High-pressure water-saving shower head w/ filter
-Extra long shower hose, able to reach outside to have outdoor showers when you need to rinse you or your pets off after your adventures!
-Full size memory foam mattress
-Della 9000 BTU mini split – installed & tested by licensed HVAC professionals. 20 SEER Rating, 12 EER Rating.
-Headboard w/ overhead storage & bookshelf.
-Mattress lifts for under bed storage
-Built in laundry shoot.
-2000W Peak 6000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter Charger
-2 195W High Efficiency Monocrystalline Solar Panels (roof mounted, w/ 4 year protection plan [3+ years left])
-30A shore power inlet
-30A shore power marinco cordset w/ 115V adaptor
-12 12V 100AH SLA Batteries
-Renogy 500A Battery Monitor
-Renogy Rover 40 Amp MPPT Solar Charge Controller
-Brand new Double Din Stereo! Bluetooth compatible w/ Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 7” touch screen, & AM/FM. This system came with a back-up camera that I never installed, but it does come with the bus so it’s available for you if you want it
-Flex Seal liquid rubber layer
-1 ½” foam board insulation
-½” inch plywood subflooring
-Eco ultra premium underlayment: sound absorbing, mold resistant, moisture resistant, & antimicrobial.
-Water & scratch resistant hardwood flooring that can handle everything life is going to throw at it!
-14” 12V roof vent fan, 2 direction, 6-speed, auto temperature, rain sensor, remote controller.
-12V & 115V electrical wiring throughout the entire interior.
-12V recessed LED ceiling lights.
-Large fold-up table on collapsible 90 degree hinges, 132lb max load.
-Original ceiling, walls, & flooring removed & replaced.
-Brand new insulation in floors, walls, & ceiling (combination of 1” foam board & spray foam insulation).
-¾ inch furring strips installed in the ceiling, walls, & floor to insulate & prevent thermal bridging.
-Interior window screens for each working window to help keep the bugs out and a nice breeze in!
-6’+ couch w/ 4” memory foam cushions.
-Garage w/ plenty of storage, exterior access through rear exit door or interior access through underbed cabinet. Stores water pump, water heater, spare tire, tools, & still has plenty of extra storage space!
-Custom built-in room for your 4 legged friends. My 75-pound dog fits comfortably with his bed & all his favorite toys – with room to spare!
-Both rear emergency exits lock from the inside.
-Touch-pad keyless entry in front door, though there is a traditional key if you’d prefer.
-Custom fit front door made from house door.
-4 coats of Henry’s Tropicool on the roof.
-9000 BTU Mini-Split compressor mounted above rear exit door.
-Fresh & grey water tanks are both undermounted.
-390W solar roof-mounted.
-Both the rear & side emergency exit doors are functional. Perfect for watching a sunrise or sunset from the comfort of your bed!
-Roof access through the ceiling emergency hatch.
This conversion was an absolute labor of love & I’m heartbroken to see Beatrice go, but I know that she will be the absolute perfect fit for another adventurer! If you have any questions about the build or any parts included, please don’t hesitate to reach out.