We are planning to buy a bus hopefully this weekend. The one I am currently looking at is a 1986 Bluebird All American with a front engine CAT 3208. It is a 15 window 40 footer
. I have been lurking here for about a year, and I am finally going to bite the bullet.
About us: My wife and I have 5 boys, ages from 5 to 15. We have camped every year that we have been married (16), mostly in a 18 ft Ford/Midas '79 motorhome (older boys in tents). The old S&S is falling apart after having been propped up and rebuilt over the years.
We have already amassed a decent supply of parts/materials from tearing apart my parents' (my childhood) camper and trolling Craigslist.
I have also laid out several possible floorplans on Google Sketchup, MS Paint, and random scraps of graph paper.
My wife has progressed from an adamant opponent, to a cautious skeptic, to somewhat interested, to on board but still not thrilled. The boys are all for it!
I first caught the skoolie bug from a friend who had a minimally converted bus that my band used to travel to shows out of town. I found myself mentally laying floor plans out in it. The fever has gotten stronger every year that we have camped in cramped, leaky quarters. Once I found this site, my fate was pretty much sealed.
(Edited to remove temp signature now that I have it in my profile)