Fully Converted 22’ 2005 Ford E-450 Super Duty Cutaway Van-Front with a Thomas Minotaur Bus Body

For Sale
Price: 35,000 USD 35000 USD
Contact Cat Carroll & Aaron Colburn
Added 11-04-2023 20:03:00
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We bought this bus in August 2017 from someone who had purchased it from the Mount Baker WA school district, but had not converted the bus at all. We did the conversion ourselves over the course of 8 months—with help from our friends and family (including carpentry, electrical, and sewing experts). We lived and traveled full-time in the bus from April 2018 until July 2022 and had so many wonderful adventures circumnavigating the country, but now we’ve bought a house and it just doesn’t make sense to keep the bus as it’s more of a full-time rig. It has been driven weekly and carefully maintained since July 2022 so still runs great and all systems work. Everything in the bus is designed for functionality and comfort—counter heights and couch height/design were carefully considered to be ergonomic. We hope someone can continue the legacy of Stu the Bus and enjoy everything this rig has to offer. Pick-up only, near Centralia, WA.


Bus stats:

  • 6.0L engine
  • 55-gallon diesel tank
  • Mileage: 189,350
  • 10-12 mpg
  • ~11,000 lbs (not loaded)
  • No rust
  • 6’ interior height
  • Roof hatch, rear door, and side door where the wheelchair lift used to be
  • Registered as an RV in WA
  • Insured through Country Financial


Conversion stats:

  • 320 watts of solar (tiltable panels for optimized energy generation)
  • 3 100-amp-hour deep-cycle sealed AGM house batteries
  • MPPT solar charge controller
  • 1,500-watt (3,000-watt surge) pure sine wave inverter
  • 21-gallon fresh water tank
  • 7-gallon gray water tank (removable for easy dumping)
  • Nature’s Head composting toilet (in REAL bathroom with a door)
  • Diesel heater with dedicated 5-gallon diesel tank
  • WeBoost cell signal booster
  • Tankless/ventless propane water heater
  • Large stainless steel sink
  • Shurflo water pump
  • Faucet swivels out window for outdoor shower
  • Lockable water fill port on driver’s side
  • Window screens
  • Tropicool roof coating and tinted windows help with temperature regulation
  • Smoke/CO/propane detectors
  • Maxxfan installed in the roof hatch
  • Magic Chef 4.5-cubic-foot refrigerator/freezer (new as of 2021)
  • Queen bed
  • 2-zone dimmable recessed LED lights plus task lighting in kitchen/bathroom/bedroom
  • 8-foot couch (can function as an additional sleeping space) with storage compartments underneath 
  • 3-bay headboard storage
  • Drink rails behind bed and couch
  • Two personal desk-size tables that stow behind couch
  • 3 large open shelves
  • Large pantry space, over-fridge storage compartment, and multipurpose kitchen drawer
  • Large underbed ‘garage’ space accessible via back and side doors
  • 4 large and deep underbed drawers accessible from interior
  • 20-lb refillable propane tank for water heater and cooking (hoses/adapters included)
  • Rooftop deck
  • Spare tire with cover
  • 8-foot extendable ladder
  • Custom curtains and couch cushions
  • Hypervent ventilation mat for under mattress
  • 2 fire extinguishers
  • Exterior bike mount
  • Stickers and decorations have been removed, paint has been touched up



  • Oil changes/multi-point inspections every ~5,000 miles (with receipts)
  • 2 new frame-mounted starter batteries (2023)
  • New EGR valve (2022)
  • Both fuel filters replaced (2022)
  • Transmission flushed (2022)
  • Rebuilt alternator (2021)
  • New EBP sensor (2021)
  • Turbo cleaned & unison ring replaced (2021)
  • Turbo boot replaced (2021)
  • All new tires (2020)
  • All 8 fuel injectors replaced (2018)
  • Front brake pads/rotors/calipers replaced, front wheel bearings repacked, wheel seals replaced (2018)
  • EBP & MAP sensors replaced (2018)

Specific details

Year 2005
Bus Manufacturer Thomas
Motor Manufacturer Ford
Motor Model 6.0L V8
Fuel Type Diesel
Miles 189,350
Kilometers ---
Tire tread remaining 60%
Rear Wheels Dual
Motor Location Front with hood
Wheelchair Access Door Rear passenger side
Drivetrain 2WD


Washington, U.S.


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