I recently purchased a 2002 Thomas Freightliner FS-65 with a 5.9 cummings. Bought at auction from a school district in NY for $3,500 and drove it 1,000 miles home to Atlanta.
Great condition and everything works! Only 110,000 miles. Rust was as to be expected with a northern bus, and i'll work on slowing it down as much as I can. Recently used it to get my CDL so now I'm legit. It's getting painted as I write this and I'll update with photos as I go.
I'll be using it as an occasional camper, and promotional tool for my business the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia. Eventually want bunk beds, trundle, sink, shower toilet, kegerator with outdoor taps, large roof patio (as seen on RAGBRAI Buses), and seating for ~17.
Any advice from seasoned skoolies is welcomed and appreciated. I'll make video's and take plenty of pictures of the conversion.