- 4x4 Ford E350 7.3l Diesel Van For Sale -

Our good friends at Sidewayz Motors came across this Ford E350 Sportsmobile 7.3l diesel at an auction that had suffered fire damage that had only 20,000 miles on it. Paul and Will are some of the smartest guys I know when it comes to rebuilding vehicles and doing things right. They were the ones that actually fixed the snowmobile deck on the back of my bus from looking like it was falling off again.

They took all the Sportsmobile cabinets out and had them rebuilt. The van now has the highly sought after Advanced Adapters ATLAS 2SP 4x4 transfer case. They did some custom work with a new bumper and rerouted the exhaust to blow out the top.

Here's the specs on the van:

Year: 2001
Make: Ford
Model: E-Series E350
Drive Type: 4WD
Miles: 152k

  • Diesel Power Gear Front Light Bars
  • Custom Roof Rack
  • Custom STACK Fit To Roof Rack
  • Diesel Power Gear Cube Lights For Side Door And Rear
  • Aluminess Rear Bumper With Box, Bike Rack, Spare Tire Carrier
  • Aluminess Ladder
  • Sportmobile Suspension With Custom Valved Old Man EMU Shocks
  • ATLAS Transfer Case For The Best 4wd In the Business
  • Closet Space
  • Sink With Graywater/Freshwater tank
  • Rear Shower
  • Amp Research Automatic Lowering Running Boards
  • 4 CU. FT Fridge
  • Spare Tire Delete for Trunk Storage/Cooler
  • 33" Nitto Tires Like New
  • 6" suspension lift
  • Custom Front DYNATRAC Axle
  • Diesel Heater Hooked to Gas Tank for Heat in Rear


Dynatrac custom front axle





Advanced Adapters Atlas 2SP with 4H and 4L for front and rear.




Starting Price: $45,000 (tell them Bus Life Adventure sent you and they'll work with you on the price!)

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- Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park and soaking in Drakesbad hot springs. -

Written By: Brock Butterfield

This summer I had the chance to go explore Lassen Volcanic National Park in California where Heidi and I camped and hiked for a handful of days. I knew nothing about the park prior but Heidi filled me in on a few key things as she designs the pins and patches for over 100 national parks and knows a thing or two. The park was founded in 1916 but years before that the natives in the area called the main peak a mountain of fire and water that would eventually blow itself apart. Which totally happened later. Kaboom. I could go into all the facts and history but I'll let you read the Wikipedia page if you're interested. Otherwise, here's some photos and some insight on our adventure.

The first night we camped in Lassen we were hit with massive rain. Rain coming down so hard that everything in the campsite was under water. Almost every campsite was reserved but it was a ghost town. We found one site that was open for that night and we hunkered down with wine and a deck of cards where a few games of Rummy ensued.

The next day we did some hiking in the main areas of the park before driving around the park to the area that gets the least amount of traffic. I'm glad we did because we discovered that if you buy a meal at Drakesbad Guest Ranch you can soak in the hot springs. The Pacific Crest Trail runs through the guest ranch and we were able to talk to a handful of people hiking from Mexico to Canada with nothing but a backpack and smiles. After a short hike to Boiling Springs Lake we decided to go camp at Juniper Lake. The lake was deserted and the views were stunning. If you travel to Lassen make an effort to go see this side of the park as not many people venture this way.

On our last day in Lassen we decided to hike to the top of Mt. Harkness where a historical fire watchtower still stood and fully staffed to our surprise. Heidi had designed the patch for the park for Mt. Harkness so we had to go do some "research and development" for the next patch and pin. Upon arriving we met the lookout who spends 10 days on and 4 days off. Volunteers pickup the 4 days he's off and everyone has to make the long hike to the tower. With 360 degree views the lookout walked us through his routine he is required to go through every 15 minutes looking for fires. Armed with only his eyes, a radio, books and a guitar, this lookout has lots of time to write music and read.

We left Lassen Volcanic National Park the following morning and decided to head north. We had been told a little town called Oakridge in Oregon was a hidden gem in the mountains and we were itching to explore...




Bumpass Hell springs. Some dude named Bumpass fell in. Twice. Thus the name.




Don't mind if we do...


Drakesbad Guest Ranch.





Ping Pong anyone?



Cabins for rent.


Pool fed by natural hot springs.



Extremely delicious food!



If you don't feel like hiking to Boiling Springs Lake you can take a horse. Yeehaw!


Sunset at Juniper Lake is terrible...


Little did we know that at this point the lookout was searching for his shirt. We kinda snuck up on him.


Had to use our Grape Solar Go Charger Kit to charge our GoPro. Glad I threw it in! 


The drive down from Alaska was a long one and we ran into a little trouble. Bruce The Bus lost half his serpentine belt in the middle of the Yukon and we had to limp him along through 200 miles of slush snow before we hit Fort Nelson and were able to find a replacement belt. If you're ever traveling on the Alaska Highway you should always carry a spare tire, spare serpentine belt and a jerrycan full of fuel. 

Once we made it down to Vancouver we hopped the ferry to Vancouver Island and drove the bus to Tofino. Our plan was to surf for a week before going our separate ways. Our first stop was Long Beach Surf Shop to rent some wetsuits, buy some cold wax and get the low down on the surf and swell. The guys in the shop are the best and had the widest selection of wetsuits and boards for rent. We felt like we were locals while at the shop and got to see their little record store inside as well.

One of the best and most memorable parts of our time in Tofino was meeting Adam. Adam rolled up to the parking lot on the beach where we were camped in the bus and was fascinated by the bus and the fact all of us were living in there. He owns the local coffee shop Tofitian in town and offered us a place to park if we got kicked out by the cops. He also invited us to go crabbing with him one evening and we witnessed a bald eagle swooping down from the trees and grabbing the old bait from our crab traps. Later that night Adam showed us how to cook and crack the crab shells. We had a gigantic feast of crab and wine.

The surf was good for the time that we were there. Cub, Colin, Chessa, Kelan and Brian are all experienced surfers and attempted to help me get a wave under my feet but I struggled a bit with the big we suit, gloves full of water and booties acting as weights. The rest of the crew caught some good waves and I filmed from the beach with a PBR in my hand.

After Tofino we went our separate ways and I was left alone with the bus to myself. After almost 5 months of living in 76 sq ft with up to six total people I had the bus all to myself and it seemed like a mansion. I could spread my arms without poking Brain in the nose as he snored himself into a slumber. Getting to anything in the bus was no longer accommodated with the words "Can I squeeze by?" It felt lonely the first few days but I'm slowly getting used to it. I have everything I need in one small Tiny Home on wheels. Life In The Bus Lane continues...

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After spending almost two weeks on Haines Summit we decided it would be best to move on and head to Thompson Pass just outside Valdez, AK where a handful of our good friends had flown in and were giving us reports of great snow conditions. Ben Girardi stayed in Haines to shoot photos with another group of snowboarders but Aaron Dodds was ready to link in with us when we arrived at Tailgate Alaska.

Mike Hood, Brady Farr, Kalen Bamford and Nick Decicco joined us for the duration of our time in Alaska and we spent over two weeks exploring new zones and visiting old favorites. The snow for the most part was perfect until the end when it began to get warm and the rain level was higher than we'd ever seen it. After seeing some very large natural wet slides we decided it might be best to call it a winter and head south for some surfing.

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Down days in Alaska while we wait to ride.






Timelapse of Northern Lights