Campers and other recreational vehicles have been red hot over the past couple of years, with conversions routinely selling for big bucks at online auctions. A number of aftermarket companies also build and sell converted Blue Oval camper models including the Ford E-Series and Ford Transit, but this 2006 Ford E-450 Blue Bird microbus up for grabs at Cars & Bids might just be the first time we’ve come across a former school bus that’s been converted into a camper.
Considering how nicely this 2006 Ford E-450 Blue Bird camper turned out, we wouldn’t be surprised if more old-school bus conversions start popping up in the future. On the outside, it still retains its original charm and bright yellow paint, but the inside is a completely different story altogether. The flat bench seats are long gone and have been replaced by six captain’s chairs from a Toyota Sienna, while two queen size beds provide a comfy place to sleep.
The inside of this old bus also contains a portable sink and auxiliary diesel heater for those cold nights at the campground, as well as an LCD monitor, a pair of auxiliary batteries, and a fridge. About the only thing missing is a bathroom, though there are plenty of portable toilets and showers available that could be added by the new owner.
Aside from those mods, this E-450 also has a few performance upgrades for its Ford 6.0L Power Stroke diesel, including a Bulletproof Diesel EGR cooler and oil cooler, a custom transmission cooler, an air dam, EGT sensor, and an aftermarket transmission tune, all of which should add a few ponies to the engine’s original ratings of 325 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque.
For someone that wants a camper but prefers a little more style than the average van, RV, or pull-behind, this old converted school bus will certainly accomplish that mission, because we imagine that it will turn heads at every campground it stops at for the night.