First time posting, hoping to join the ranks of owning and building a skoolie soon but i need some help from all of you.
I'll be posting this to both reddit.com/r/skoolies and to skoolie.net
I'm currently a college student with 2 years until I graduate, been wanting to convert a skoolie for a while but usually logistics and cost have been preventative of that.
The other night found a bus on craigslist, International 3000/3800 i believe. This model, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_3000
listed to have a DT466 (Doesn't say E, so should be full mechanical i think?) and Allison transmission.
Seller want's $500 since some kids broke into the bus and stole batteries, fuses, and a few relays.
I'm not totally sure what i need to look for. The bus is within 30 minutes of my parents house and about 2 hours from my school where I live for the winter.
1. Storage : At home we live on a cul-de-sac so if the bus were painted a neutral tone (brownish, something to blend in) the neighbors might not complain since only we and another can really see the road. At school we have an auto club, which has a shop with some parking available. A local resident owns the property and donates it's use to us, in the sense that he writes off our monthly rent as a donation and we pay for utilities. I may be able to keep it here as long as it's not in the way and probably also repainted something other than "look at me everyone i'm a big bus" yellow.
2. Getting it running: It has no batteries, I would need to buy batteries and / or jump start it with a decent truck (thinking something duramax level may be able to work). What should i look for in this?
3. I would be driving the bus about 2 hours back to school. I have no CDL, experience driving anything of that size, might even be better to have a friend drive it. But is a CDL required? 2 hours is the highway time to drive from that location to school, I'm not sure if it's smart to take the bus on the interstate so it would be 3-4 on county highways.
4. What should I look for at a bare minimum to get it running? Haven't even seen the bus in person yet as the seller got back to me after I had already left my parents to head back to school for the week.
Lastly, am I being a dumbass? Been following tiny houses / skoolies / pretty much any alternative / self-sustaining / off-grid living for the past 5-6 years and am really itching to try it at this point. If so any tips for me to not be a dumbass?