2003 Thomas Saf-T-Liner Off-Grid *Price Drop*

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by Archived
Published: August 5, 2021 (3 years ago)
Saf-T-Liner EF

*UPDATE 8/24/21*

This listing has had a lot of interest, which I had not anticipated. The machine shop in the back has gotten zero interest, which I had anticipated. I am lowering the price to $95,000 for the bus with everything in the rear shop removed and left with a big open space (113.5″ deep by 88.5″ wide) with the overhead storage remaining. Plenty of room for adding another bed room, endless storage, washer/dryer, whatever your heart desires. I am not going to remove the shop until it sells to someone who doesn’t want it, will take me less than a week to get the back empty.  I am willing to build out the back to your specifications, or modify/add anything anywhere on the bus if you’d like. This was my dream build, I want it to be yours as well. If you are interested in keeping the shop, the price is $120,000. You are welcome to arrange to come see the bus, it is located in Cleveland, OH. I highly encourage you to view google photo album below after reading full description. Please email me with questions or for addition photos/information.

-Check out the complete build process on IG at: #gambino_fab

Original post:

You are looking at a fully off-grid 100% custom, one-of-a-kind skoolie conversion. We did everything on this bus ourselves, and we did it correctly with the best materials available. Everything is made to last and be easily maintained and accessible. There is no plastic crap and no cheap pre-fabbed RV parts, it’s all custom made. Also, there’s a machine shop in the back. That’s right, a machine shop… and it still gets 10+ mpg! 

The foundation is a 32 ft. 2003 Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner EF without a spec of rust inside or out.

Powered by a Caterpillar 3126E diesel engine and an Allison AD2000 transmission which just passed the 100k mile mark on the odo. Everything is running perfectly and has had all the scheduled maintenance with records of everything ever done to it. All vehicle lights were replaced with LED and is registered as an RV in Ohio.

184 sq/ft living space up front, with a 70sq/ft machine shop -or- open space in the back. 

The roof was professionally raised 14” to give the cabin a 90” ceiling and an overall exterior height of 11’6”. All but one window were kept to allow for a less confining feeling inside. A 20’x8’ aluminum deck (upcycled bleacher seats) crowns the build with easy internal access via a folding ladder in the cabin. Roof hatches were remade with 16g galvanized steel and utilized the original openings. Never a leak anywhere, even in the most torrential downpours it stays dry inside. 

Ceiling and walls insulated with high-density spray foam, the floor is 2” rigid foam with ply and scratch-proof laminate. All internal structures framed out with 1” box tube, paneling is ½” American birch with stainless fasteners. Cabinets are all custom made to allow for the most efficient space utilization and there is A LOT of storage everywhere (see google album link for detailed photos on all the storage and more). 3 modified filing/card cabinets create ideal storage. Every cabinet and drawer locks for travel. 

A 12’ long full maple butcher block counter and collapsing table provide ample workspace no matter what the task. Full-size stainless sink with offset commercial faucet allows space for dish drying without restricting full use of the sink if needed. The shower is made entirely of 18g 304 stainless steel and flares out at the bottom to a beautiful 3’x3’ stainless basin with a commercial faucet. 

All windows were removed, disassembled, cleaned, and got new gaskets before reinstalling and sealing. The shower and bathroom windows were frosted (with a sandblaster, not a film) to give privacy. The toilet is a very efficient Airhead composter, doesn’t smell at all. Has an on-demand water heater for endless hot showers. Controls mounted right below the sink to dial in the perfect temp anytime. Has a large mini-fridge (I know, oxymoron, but it is quite large) that runs on 120v AC.

The entire cabin, front, and rear, is lined with overhead storage. Living space has 7 outlets on 4 circuits (3 @ 15A, 1 @ 20A), rear has 4 on 2 circuits, both 20A (plus dedicated 20A machine/welder circuit). Ample power for whatever you want to do (with 240v available from genny). All power and propane lines are hidden but completely accessible. All indoor lights are 3500k 12v LED on dimmer switches. Exterior 12v LED lights and 120v power available. LPG tanks are easily removable for filling anywhere. 

Too much more to list here, but you get the idea. If you want details on the machine shop email me and check out the links below, again, I can build out that space however you would like.  I know this bus isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for something that will last forever, had every tiny detail considered and scrutinized, and is completely self-reliant, then this build is for you.  


-(8) 100w solar panels

-(4) 180ah AGM battery bank

-6,500w Onan 120/240V LPG generator

-OutBack Flexmax80 charge controller

-OutBack FX mobile series inverter

-OutBack transformer

-100 gallon freshwater tank

-Shurflo Aqua King II water pump

-(3)30lb. LPG tanks

-Girard GSWH-2 on-demand LPG water heater

-Magic Chef 4 burner LPG range/oven

Airhead composting toilet

-Daewoo  mini-fridge 4.4 cu/ft  Model #: FR-044RCNC

-1981 Rockwell 21-100 vertical milling machine (R8 taper) (will be removed with shop)

-1982 Myford Super 7 bench lathe (will be removed with shop)

-Lincoln Electric square wave 200 inverter TIG welder (will be removed with shop)

-Tool boxes are Mac Tools and Kennedy, all US made (will be removed with shop)


-Check out the complete build process on IG at: #gambino_fab

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