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Don’s Bookmobile Bus Conversion (FOR SALE) – Price Lowered!


This is a low mileage 1992 Thomas Built Bus Conversion that’s FOR SALE. It’s Don Miller’s bus conversion.

It’s a wonderful motorhome that’s completely custom and remodeled. And it’s great for boondocking too because it’s set up to be completely off-grid functional. Pretty cool, right? There’s a fun story behind it too, so I hope you’ll enjoy it below. Thanks.

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Low-Mileage 1992 Thomas Built Bus

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Here’s the info and the photos about my bus conversion RV that’s for sale.

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In its previous lives, it served our rural county first as a beloved bookmobile and then as its Red Cross bloodmobile.

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Once I finally got the Red Cross to sell it to me, I thoroughly enjoyed the process of fixing it up – starting with installing all those windows!

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The bus is in pristine condition, almost like new. We love it, but can’t justify keeping it since it turns out we just don’t care to leave home!

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The asking price is well below what I’ve put into this labor of love.

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The bus is at our home near Asheville NC.

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Conversion to RV included replacement of some major components, including gas tank, fuel pump, tires, brakes, radiator, water pump, master cylinder, hoses and belts, windshield glass, tail lights, and sway bar links, as well as improvement of the leaf springs.

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Highlights/Specs

  • $48,000 $44,500 asking price
  • Actual mileage is 39,425
  • Off-grid ready
  • Superior workmanship throughout
  • Quality materials throughout
  • Non-toxic, low-VOW materials used throughout
  • All solid wood cabinetry (no plywood or formaldehyde)
  • New windows and screens
  • Cozy LED lighting
  • Double bed
  • Great internal and external storage
  • Ample kitchen
  • Hardwood countertops
  • Full-size double sink
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Heater and water heater
  • Shower and composting toilet
  • Natural Marmoleum flooring
  • Portable water tank (40 gallons)
  • Gray water tank (30 gallons)
  • New tires (7 continental 225/70R 19.5)
  • The body is 2-layered with 2 inches of fiberglass insulation
  • Solar system – four GE 175 watt units with 2000 watt inverter and 2 Trojan T-125 batteries
  • Chevrolet engine with 350 cubic inch gasoline V8

Learn more

For more info please download the spec sheet with Don’s contact information or send him a message using the form below. Thanks!

Our big thanks to Don Miller for sharing!🙏

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Avatar Patrick Imler
    July 19, 2019, 12:55 pm

    Sweet ride, I wish I could afford to buy it!

  • Avatar Melissa Robinson
    July 20, 2019, 1:58 am

    Obviously they really did a great job on this conversion and I imagine it was far from cheap; however, I cannot fathom anyone would actually pay close to $50,000 for this Skoolie! The whole point of going tiny via THOWS, RV conversions, sheds/barns, Skoolies, or whatever tiny dwelling chosen is to not only downsize belongings and personal footprint but to LOWER mortgages/rent! The exact asking price for this bus is $48,000!! I’ve never seen a Skoolie higher than $30,000 (and I thought that was way expensive!!). It turned out beautifully and I wish them luck on the sale but I doubt they’ll get anywhere near that asking price! Conversions should be as cheap as possible so you don’t get yourself in this predicament.

    • Avatar James D.
      July 21, 2019, 1:14 am

      Conversions can actually go a lot higher and not all bus conversions start at a very low price… A thing to realize is cost is tied to what will be included and what kind of lifestyle it has to support.

      For example, if someone wants to be able to live off-grid but still have modern conveniences then that will require an additional up front cost that can exceed $20K all by itself…

      While the conversion will also have to factor what climate range it’ll have to handle, how much the vehicle needs to be changed and modified to meet the needs of living in it for the owner, and what type of bus it is can determine things like whether it can go off-road, cargo capacity, and how flexible the layout can be… All of which can have a big impact on the costs…

      Mostly, the low cost conversions make use of old and decommissioned buses, which may or may not be in good condition. So some can run into costs like needing to get a new engine and dealing with extensive repairs that can easily negate the savings of getting it for less.. While it has to be kept fairly basic to keep the costs low in most cases but that won’t always work for everyone and what they want to get out of it..

      Not everyone is also able to do all the work themselves. So some have to have part or all of it done by someone else that they then have to pay.

      Another thing to realize is not everyone is seeking the same things… Some people just want a free and nomadic life and are willing to pay what it takes to achieve that life. Some people are more concerned about long term costs because long term costs can add up to multiple times the cost of the home and is usually the real reasons why people are having problems affording homes. Yet others are more concerned about being healthy and being more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

      There are also people who have a very different idea of what’s affordable…

      So it’s not really something you’re going to see done consistently the same by everyone…

  • Avatar Brenda
    July 20, 2019, 8:31 am

    I totally agree with the comment above. I love the detail and special features throughout but 48, 000. Is well out of my league. I have 2 -4 years to downsize and plan to relocate in an affordable tiny traveling home so I can relax and not pay out the noise to live until I die kinda life. Still those with the money might fall in love with your conversion. Good luck, I was hoping for a school bus conversion as I am a school bus driver😉 I figure I might as well stick with what I know when I decide to go!

  • Avatar Shawna
    July 21, 2019, 1:22 pm

    Very nicely done, do wish I could afford that. But I’d have to work for the next 15 yrs to pay that off, so it would defeat my purpose and set me back to zero getting ready to hit the road full time. :/

    • Avatar James D.
      July 22, 2019, 1:01 am

      A thing to consider is a nomadic life has its costs. Typically, $50-100 a month on just repairs or maintenance on even newer vehicles. While a bus conversion will typically not have good gas mileage, like around 8 mpg, which depending on how often you travel can add up to a lot over time.

      For those who travel a lot total costs can exceed the cost of this bus conversion in just a few years… Though, there are cheaper ways to travel and smaller vehicles are one way to keep costs down. While pacing travel to every few weeks ti every few months can also significantly reduce the annual costs…

      There’s also different ways to be able to afford things… Like using your vehicle for advertisement for additional income. Along with other passive income options in addition to your main income source…

      While consider other costs like where you will park… With off-grid you can go to camp sites/boondock for even under $45 a month vs a RV park or camper site with full hookups that can run $900-$1500 a month…and those are just part of the long term costs to consider…

  • July 21, 2019, 2:22 pm

    Your comments are spot on James D. I suspect they’ll find a buyer without giving up too much of the asking price.

  • Avatar Vickie Gnad
    September 15, 2019, 11:36 am

    It’s great.. doesn’t show the bathroom facilities? I take it the toilet is in a cabinet somewhere? Here’s a suggestion.. Do a lottery. Have your base cost you wanna get for it-by a certain date, or refund entrants.
    If it should happen.. DONT FORGET TO LET ME KNOW!!!!.. It’s a great conversion. Have a good day.

  • Avatar Alison
    September 15, 2019, 5:40 pm

    The windows and the natural wood really make it nice. It would be pleasant to live in this.

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