1999 Ford Econoline RV Cutaway Road Van.Â Triton V10 engine and overdrive transmission for maximum gas mileage.Â This is truly a One-of-a-kind Party Bus/RV and camper.Â She is Shuttle Van Conversion Number 6Â Professionally built in 2013 by John Schmalshof, custom coach builder in Atlanta, GA.Â The exterior looks pretty normal for a Shuttle bus, except perhaps for the diamond plated tool box in the rear.Â However, the interior is constructedÂ of natural wood, cloth upholstery, curtains and .....
amply appointed with Stainless steel hardware and equipped with many creatureÂ comforts.Â This Shuttle Bus Conversion offers many windows for viewing Nature - much more than a conventional RV/Motor Coach and has shore power hookups when at a campsite with services, but also can be very functional for days off-grid with its solar panels and power inverter.Â Tinted windows give privacy. The Van Sleeps 4 comfortably - One queen bed and one Gaucho couch/bed.Â Â
The conversion in 2013 included installation of the elevated queen bed platform at the rear of the coach. Directly under the bed is aÂ 25 gallon water tank and a large cavity for luggage and storage accessed from the outside clamshell door.Â Â Â Also under the bed is storage space for clothing with sliding doors of faux marble.Â A large matching faux marble cabinet was installed on the LHS of the van for storage which houses the stainless steel sink bowl and encases the 20 Gallon water heater.Â Opposite the cabinet on the RHS of the van is a GauchoÂ bed - a comfy couch by day,Â and a fold out two-sleeper bed by night.Â The coach was modified to accomodateÂ a large Norcold Refrigerator/Freezer (AC and propane) and a microwave.Â Â Â I purchased the coach in 2015 and drove Cross-Country to California from Atlanta sightseeing along the way. I had no problems whatsoever and the bus drove well and was very comfortable. In 2015, I added a Solar Panel system (utilizing two marine batteries for storage) so that I was not dependentÂ on AC for power. Also in 2015 I gave the van a new HO alternator,Â installed a new wireless Electric Door System for side door entry, a new AC compressor, and a new bluetooth remote control stereo system. In 2020 I removed the carpeting and installed a new vinyl floor of simulated oak.Â Â
Here are a few more details of the Coache's features:--Â Fuel Injected Triton V-10 engine with $2600 in repair work and improvements in 2015 - have all receipts--Â Manual Overdrive - giving maximum MPG on the freewayÂ Â --Â New AC compressor (The van has more than one. I replaced the one under the hood. The rear compressors seem to work fine)Â Â --Â Power Brakes--Â Power Steering--Â Comfortable Seating-- Rear window and side windows open for ventilationÂ Modifications Include:Â -- The Interior of course - custom built Queen bed and storage cabinets. Installation of refrigerator, Caucho bed etc.-- Professionally wired. outside breaker box .Numerous AC outlets inside and outside. Several 12V Outlets inside/outside for power-- New AM/FM Bluetooth Remote Control Stereo with new 6x9 speakers-- Wireless Side Door Entry System (Very James Bond)Â Â Â -- Tinted windowsÂ -- Large rear diamond-plate Aluminum tool box - perfect for storage of tools, hoses, cords, etcÂ -- Custom Trailer/Receiver Hitch with light/turn signal adapter. Can be used in 3 ways - can tow a boat , jeep or trailer as typical, or can attach spare tire set up (not shown in photos), or motorcycle set up (not shown in photos)Â Â --Â Onboard compressor and Rear airbags for towing or for heavier loads-- Graywater tankÂ -- carpeted / lighted luggage storage areaÂ --Â Two (2) New 136 W Solar panelsÂ -- New 5000 W Inverter-- New Solar ControllerÂ -- 20 Gallon Hot WaterÂ Heater-- Glacier Bay Faucet withÂ Stainless Sink andÂ Â matching LED lightÂ fixtures-- New Vinyl Flooring for easy clean.Â oh yeah ...and... Drives like a Cadillac!!Â
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