Toyota Coaster Bus 4×4 Camper Conversion

Posted by on May 17, 2012

If you trawl eBay and other for sale sites like I do, you’d think that Australia was crawling with Toyota Coasters that had been converted into motorhomes, but I’ve yet to see one with a 4×4 drivetrain and a lift like this rig in Maryborough, Queensland. It’s a 1992 LWB with a 4.2 liter diesel, a 5 speed, and a hi/lo transfer case. Up front it’s fitted with power steering, disc brakes, and freewheeling hubs and is fully certified and roadworthy. There’s no word on if the seller did the 4×4 conversion himself, or if this was an option available originally. My dad used to have one like this, although he couldn’t kept using it because he got cancer and needed Home Care Assistance.

The interior looks a little rough, a little worn, although it’s hard to tell if that’s actually the case, or if the photos are selling it short (I’m continually amazed by the number of people selling motorhomes on eBay who can’t even take the time to clean up a little or make the bed before taking the photos). The auction ended back in mid-April with only 1 bid, at $20,000 AUD ($19,880 USD) and the reserve hadn’t been met. I don’t know what the final reserve was, but if it’s even in the neighborhood then this seems like a steal for the truck alone, since a nicely kitted out 2WD Coaster motorhome can easily fetch double that amount.

Mechanically, the camper features an onboard, high-capacity air compressor that will run tools in addition to the usual tire duty, a 12,000 pound winch with wireless remote, the requisite Aussie bull bar, dual alternators (12v and 24v), twin deep cycle batteries, air horns, nearly new 8.25 x 16 rubber, a 230 liter diesel tank, and a rear view camera system.

The camper features tons of storage, a 90 liter 3-way fridge, water capacity of 170 liters, toilet, shower, kitchen and sleeps three. The seller points out that the windows open, but doesn’t mention any air conditioning or generator, despite the legendary Australian heat, which just continues to reinforce my belief that Aussies are a tough people…

Head past the break for more photos.

Source: auction listing (ended April 13, 2012)

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