Old bus, new looks, incredibly low mileage (NOW SOLD)
Now here’s something a little special… meet Skye, a gorgeous fully renovated bus! Her owners have lovingly restored her and have just finished a 2-month trip of NZ. They are now relunctantly selling Skye as they are leaving the country for work.
Skye is yours for $49k NZD or nearest offer and if you like what you see and read here, you can view Skye in Orewa from 2nd to 5th of July and Mangawhai from 6th July. So here’s the lowdown…
All about the vehicle
Skye is a 1983 Nissan Civilian 3.3L – diesel, manual – with only 86k kilometres on the clock! Yep, you read that right. This bus was imported from Japan after her previous life as a passenger bus but the owner didn’t use the bus much at all. So despite being nearly 40 years old, Skye is young on the road!
She’s 6.2m long and has a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of 4750kg which requires a Certificate of Fitness (COF) rather than a standard WOF but it can be driven on a standard car licence. This bus has recently had a full service as well as a new clutch and new bushes installed in the gearbox. Her rust has been removed and she’s had a full exterior paint job. What a beauty! Skye has the following paperwork…
- Rego until Feb 2022
- COF until Dec 2021
- Warrant of Electrical Fitness (WoEF) until Dec 2021
- Certified Self Contained (CSC) for 2 people until 2023
Let’s head inside…
Up front in the cab there are two belted seats and a fold down seat that could be the perfect spot for your furry friend! Skye has a reversing camera, JVC stereo with new speaker and two sets of keys. Being a bus, you can step straight through to the main living area – always a bonus. Skye has an interior height of 1.8m, vinyl flooring and a freshly painted interior. There are tinted windows with fly screens and new black-out curtains for total privacy and the two roof vents keep Skye well ventilated.
Preparing and enjoying food
In the kitchen there’s a two burner gas hob with small grill, 14L gas boiler for hot water, a good sized sink with draining board, a 60 litre compressor fridge (with freezer compartment), as well heaps of storage areas in the overhead cupboards and pantry. The kitchenware and accessories are all part of the deal too. For safety there’s a smoke detector, a carbon monoxide/propane gas alarm and two fire extinguishers.
For dining, there’s a table (on a leg so not fixed) and seating for three which has been newly upholstered. Skye comes with all the lovely decor too.
And Skye also has the much coveted fixed shower and toilet cubicle… with Thetford cassette loo and sink.
And so to bed…
The fixed bed is 120cm wide x 180cm long, across the back of the bus and comes with the bedding. There are also reading lights.
The power system
Skye has two new 120Ah deep-cycle AGM (sealed lead-acid) leisure batteries which power the 24V electrics (for the LED lights, fridge, water pump, boiler etc.) The batteries recharge through the (new) 390W solar panel and via the engine alternator. For 240V (mains) power there are multiple sockets inside linked to an external hook-up and 15m lead for connecting to campsite power. Plus there’s a (new) 1000W inverter connected to the 24V system so you’re all set for any device whether you’re off-grid or not!
Skye also comes wth a roof rack, awning, double kayak (with all accessories), outdoor camping chairs, 22L dometic cooler, foldable BBQ, two yoga mats, tools and a telescopic ladder!
Is it self-contained?
Skye is certified self-contained (CSC) for two people and has a very generous 120L fresh water tank which means refilling less often. She has a 12V electric water pump to supply both hot and cold water to the kitchen and bathroom sinks. There’s a 120L waste water tank which is underslung (like the fresh water tank).
Recoup your costs by renting out your campervan with Quirky Campers
We’d love this bus to be part of the Quirky Campers NZ collection for hire. You could be recouping your costs when you’re not using it and potentially break even in about 3 years… all while you have your very own bach on wheels!
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Find out more about buying Skye
If you’re interested in owning this lovely bus, contact Skye’s owner Harry directly at email@example.com or on 022 4232 146. As a reminder, the asking price is $49k NZD or nearest offer and if you can view Skye in Orewa from 2nd to 5th of July and Mangawhai from 6th July.