So, this all started as a joke.
My brother Ian, cousin Matt, buddy Steve, and a few others make a trek every other year to deer hunt west of Cody, WY. Being a bunch of MI boys, it's a little bit a drive, and we couldn't stomach the thought of stuffing 5-6 guys in an F-250 again for a 27 hour one-way-trip out, and the subsequent journey home. We started discussing alternative options. Renting an RV was going to be our solution until we discovered that we would be looking at $2500 - $3000 for rental, fuel, insurance, and mileage charges.
Coincidentally, I received a random text in late October from a friend of ours stating that he was selling his Motorhome, a 1984 Ford that was in surprisingly good shape for only $1400! We discussed the possibility of using the Motorhome for about a week before coming to the conclusion that we would have to put in a lot of $ (including tires) to have a chance of making a 3600 mile round trip with a 31 year old RV that hasn't been used in forever. Probability of having a breakdown was high, so we abandoned that plan.
The more we looked into the RV idea, the more we realized that we really didn't want to buy something that had a bunch of crap in it that we didn't want taking up space. Namely, the bathroom & kitchen area would be a waste, and lack of practical sleeping/lounging area were the areas was problematic. So, getting back to the first line, in the beginning of November my cousin Matt sent us a text with the listing of an old school bus on ebay for around $3k. This was totally a joke when he sent it, but it definitely struck a chord with each of us, because as we spoke to each other over the next few days the idea went from joke to possibility.
Fast forward about a month and we were in the midst of the bus hunt. Spending all of our time here on Skoolie, as well as Ebay, Craigslist, public auctions, schools, you name it, we called and searched for information and leads to get us our perfect bus! We got pickier and pickier as we searched, and were at a loss for finding units that met all of our search criteria. Long story short, we ended up finding and buying a bus that was EXACTLY what we wanted. Problem was, the bus was in Tampa. As it happened, Ian, Matt, and Steve flew down, completed the transaction, climbed aboard and headed North!
I have A LOT of pics that I will be posting later this evening, but gotta run to dinner right now. I'm looking forward to getting some feedback on what everyone thinks of our ideas, and suggestions!