Lessons learned from nearly two years in this skoolie.
Don't under estimate the need for insulation and vapor barriers on the walls.
Bus has had no problems with the ceiling, which we left factory style. The walls got barely half inch of padding on top of the factory, with a vapor barrier. The walls are COLD. This might be due to the factory windows. However, the deal is the condensation drip factors we can't see. Had the chance to pull a wall board to check a spot for a new electrical outlet and eeww. Yeah. Damp. Mold. Nasty.
Kids have developed sinus problems. Could be we're in the Northwest but I doubt that is the whole of the problem.
Insulate. Prepare for condensation. Our wintering experience generally has us above freezing and on electrical heat, rarely propane furnace. Days in the 40-50s, nights usually 40s. Condensation isn't a problem in 50plus that I've noticed.
Oh and the ONE area on the floor that has no insulation is under the floor heater in the back of the bus. It has to be cleaned weekly due to the HUGE white and black mold growth that happens there. Defintely don't skip spots.
Yes, I do think 21' interior space is enough for four adults (okay, teens but one turns 18 this year). I get asked this a lot on the road. The key is to make each their own living space and always allow space for everyone to lay down without having to pull out, make up beds. Give storage, easily accessible for personal items. And spend a lot of time out doors.
We also have two cats now and they love exploring.
Defintely our last year in this bugger. Still working on finding other RVing, and even renting a house for next year or two get it done. Was going to buy land but all land deals we find fall through. Doh. So working on getting either a shuttle this year to convert or traditional RV (*scream bloody murder*).
There is never enough storage space. And I'm not a packrat! Think storage inside and out. Or tow a utility trailer ;)
OR state parks don't care for unusual vehicles as volunteers exposed to the public. That was our experience after months of volunteering. Oh well, we didn't find their lack of organization to be worth giving our time.
Dog-nosed school buses, especially painted green attract a LOT of police attention. We even had a diner tell us not to park near them, people think they serve inmates. O.O But we were dining there! Geeze. Yeah, bus is painted totally silver now. or will be once I finish a couple more spots.
Factory windows are nice but if I there had been time way back when I would have splurged to get better insulated, RV style windows put in. More work, more money, less condensation problems and less of the 'school bus' look. Which really draws more attention than I care to have.
TV mounts on the ceiling might not be as secure as you think. O.O
A freezer 5cu size is GREAT. Wouldn't ever go without in any type setup. And with a thermastat control thingy (see this board for more on that) you can use it as a fridge when need be.
Clothing and linens must be aired and rotated weekly. In a house I did this once a month. Here, they get nasty smelling fast if not rotated. Also, never put clothing items near a wall. They get wet, fast. Same for electronics.
Not having a toad is a bitch and I won't do it again. Love to drive Fran but unhooking everytime I want to go somewhere is a pain and some places I want to go are National Forest owned, which means big things like this won't fit. Get a tow setup!!!
Think that's all for now.