Minotour® – Child Care

Safety comes standard.

Minotour® - Carolina ThomasSafety and comfort are never negotiable when you’re transporting children. That’s why the compact Thomas Minotour is equipped with all the peace-of-mind features that come standard in their larger buses, like the one-piece skirt-to-skirt roof bows and the 12-gauge steel wrap-around bumper. And, while safety comes standard in every Minotour, an impressive list of features can be customized to best serve you and your passengers. Since 1936, Thomas Built has been building safe buses to meet the needs of passengers, drivers and the community. And, with Carolina Thomas, best-in-class support also comes standard.

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  • Passenger capacity
    Up to 30
  • Wheelbase
    Ford® Chassis: 138″ or 158″
    GM® Chassis: 139″ or 159″
  • GVWR
    SRW (Single Rear Wheel) 10,100 lbs., DRW (Dual Rear Wheel) 10,050 – 14,500 lbs.
  • Engine
    GM gas 4.8L V8
    GM gas 6.0L V8
    GM diesel 6.6L V8
    Ford gas 5.4L V8
    Ford gas 6.8L V10
  • Propane option
    GM 6.0L LPG 332 bhp with liquid propane injection system
  • CNG option
    GM 6.0L Vortec powered by IMPCO Automotive


  • 73″ interior headroom
  • Interior dome lights
  • Driver-friendly ergonomic instrument panel
  • 6″ x 16″ interior rearview mirror with padded edges
  • Thermal poly fiber insulation


  • Electronics mounted in interior service compartment with light
  • Main circuit breaker located inside entrance door as master power to body
  • Access to lights from inside the bus


  • Wheelchair lift with 44″ wide door
  • Remote control/heated mirrors
  • Electrically operated front entrance door
  • Dash and rear A/C
  • Various seat options available:
    • Bench seat without belts
    • Bench seat with lap belts
    • Bench seat with 3-point lap/shoulder belts
    • ISO latch seat
    • Integrated child seat
    • Coach-style seating
  • Roof hatch
  • Third center LED brake light
  • Child reminder system
  • Acoustical headlining – complete interior
  • Manual reset electrical circuit breakers
  • Deluxe colored floor covering
  • 18” center aisle
  • Max-duty rear heater
  • Tinted glass – all windows
  • Backing alarm
  • In-dash AM/FM-CD Player
  • Noise cancelling switch
  • Exterior graphics
  • 3-year bumper-to-bumper warranty

Minotour® Safety - Carolina ThomasThe Minotour is so strong and durable that Thomas parked their 18,000-pound Type D bus on its roof-without extra reinforcement. Its steel cage construction and one-piece, skirt-to-skirt steel rafter held up so well that all its windows and doors still opened easily without binding.

At Thomas Built Buses, passenger safety is the number one priority. Every bus Thomas manufactures meets or exceeds all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for school buses. Designed into the Minotour are a number of innovative safety features, including:


  • Meets or exceeds FMVSS/CMVSS
  • Built like a full-size school bus
  • Safety cage body construction with one-piece skirt-to-skirt roof bows for added reinforcement
  • Exterior rub rail located directly at floor level provides extra strength and protection
  • Two internal roof crash rails for rollover protection
  • Daytime running lights
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • 42″ x 47″ glass-paneled rear emergency door


  • Driver control panel placed overhead
  • Manually operated front entrance door
  • 306 square-inch Saf-T-Vue window