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1993 GMC 3500 With A 4-Window Thomas Short Bus Body

The Runabout is a 1993 GMC G3500 Vandura with a 4-Window Thomas Bus body built out into the off-grid tiny home of your dreams. 

Whether you’re looking for the perfect camper for those long weekend getaways or the bus of your dreams for full-time skoolie living, this shorty is a must-see.

With 110 square feet of living space, this mighty little bus has everything you need and nothing you don’t and is ready to spend weeks at a time off the grid with its ample storage space, fresh and grey water tanks, and hefty solar set up.

With 820 Watts of solar panels on the roof and 600 ah of deep cycle gel Renogy batteries, you’ll have enough power to charge your devices and run your basic household appliances all winter long.

The Details

  • Titled and insured as an RV in Virginia
  • Can transport a driver and 2 passengers with passenger seatbelts built into the couch and secured to the bus frame.
  • About 110 square feet of interior space
  • Full kitchen including one-burner butane stove, huge hideaway sink, 21-quart dual-zone fridge, floor-to-ceiling storage, and more. 
  • Indoor/outdoor shower with 25gal gray tank under the bus 
  • Living room area with under-couch storage 
  • Front end two-bike rack welded to frame and very secure 
  • Tire pressure/temp monitor system for all 6 like-new tires 
  • Custom-fit doormats on entry stairs
  • Tons of storage space throughout
  • Composting toilet
  • Freshly re-sealed roof
  • New catalytic converter with a hefty anti-theft device
  • Brand New Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Cell phone mounts on the dashboard for navigation
  • 12-inch iPad Pro with swivel mounts in the bedroom and on the wall in the living room
  • Mr. Buddy Propane Space Heater included
  • Ready for full-time off-grid living
  • Just checked out by a mechanic and passed VA State inspection on 6/6/22!
  • 1-inch foam insulation around with extra 2.5-inch foam board in walls 
  • 2×4 framing 
  • Cedar ceilings, kitchen, pantry, shower, back wall, and Trim. 
  • Life-proof vinyl hardwood waterproof flooring 
  • All kitchen cabinets on slow-close hinges 
  • Butcher block countertop 
  • Walnut live edge shelves 
  • Premium fantastic fan 
  • Swiveling removable table tops 
  • Tons of storage throughout 
  • 6-inch cool gel memory foam mattress 
  • 820 watts of solar panels on the roof
  • MPPT/DCtoDC combo so the battery charges while you’re driving
  • 100amp Renogy Rover Charge controller
  • 3x200ah Renogy Deep Cycle Gel batteries 
  • 3000-watt pure sine wave inverter 
  • 12v fuse box 
  • 120v breaker box 
  • 6x dual plug outlets include 1x GFI outlet in the kitchen, plus USB 12v plugs in the bedroom, perfect for charging your phone overnight.
  • 21-quart dual-zone fridge with energy-efficient Danfoss compressor
  • Recessed LED lights on 3 separate dimming switches (Living area, kitchen, and bedroom) 
  • There are currently no campground hookups for water/electricity, as the bus was built to be fully off-grid. There is a trickle charger for the batteries that runs off a standard extension cord. Freshwater is added to the tank in the back of the bus.
  • 30 gal fresh water 
  • 25 gal grey water tank
  • No hot water heater is currently installed. But there previously was one and it would be easy to put one back in (not included).
  • 199k miles
  • GMC 350 5.7L Gas engine
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Very well maintained 
  • Nearly new 50k mile tires 
  • Back up camera and display 
  • Tire pressure monitor 
  • 5’11″ ceiling height 
  • 12’10″ back window to cab 
  • 17’10″ bumper to bumper 
  • 8’10 tall
  • Bus has heat, but no AC

I have had a few folks ask me about the cost of adding campground hookups for water/electricity as well as A.C. (neither of which the bus currently has) – I brought those questions to Nick at RVA RV Repair (an awesome skoolie/rv repair specialist and solar installer in the Richmond, VA area) and he estimates that adding both hookups and a rooftop A.C. unit would cost about $2k all told if he were to do the work. While there is TONS of solar power, there may not be enough to run an A.C. unit for more than an hour or so at a time, and so you would need to either get a gas generator and/or plug into shore power in order to run A.C.

I have already adjusted the asking price accordingly.

LOCATION: Richmond, Virginia USA

DELIVERY/PICKUP: No delivery available. Buyer must pick up in Richmond, Virginia. 


MILEAGE: 199,xxx miles


PAYMENT OPTIONS: Cash only. No seller financing is available. Can not accept debit or credit cards.