Greg…in my sometimes humble opinion…
I think you should be pretty careful in what colors you choose to paint your Bus…. especially since it’s going to be your fulltime home.
I know numerous School Bus owners who painted their rigs in what they thought were Cool colors who got turned away from many campgrounds & trailer parks in Oregon. (Even in Eugene, ‘Hippy Central’)…
Campgrounds whether we like it or not, are used to catering to the more ‘usual’ type of RV. And, they’re not going to be receptive to what they consider a ‘hippy’ looking rig.
So, I’d think twice about painting a bus in ‘unusual ‘ colors…unless you think it doesn’t matter that you’d get turned away from campgrounds.
Personally, I think it should matter to you if the rigs going to be your Home…. it’s no fun to drive for miles ...pull in tired at some campground …only to be told you cant stay.
That means, if there’s no other campground in the area that will let you stay…you either have to keep driving…or find some secret spot to pull over to sleep (opening yourself to a cop knocking on your Bus door at 1 in the morning)
As far as good ‘campground & cop friendly ‘colors go…take a look at Vern & Steve’s bus…both are painted (especially Vern’s) beautifully and would have few problems with campgrounds.
Now my Buses are a different story …
I always go for the philosophy that since School Buses are already considered the Black Sheep of the RV’ing World…why not make them really stand out from the crowd.
So, I tend to use lots of exterior woodwork and such to give them that old 70’s Rolling Home look.
Knock on Wood…Most of the time people really seem to like our Bus(s)…including most cops.
All they need to do is take one look at our Bus to see that’s lots of time; effort & money went into the conversion.
They don’t walk away thinking we’re just ‘poor folks’ who cant afford a ‘Real RV’.
An added benefit has always been that Cops don’t bother us much …since our rigs always stand out, they never think were just poor folks or hippies trying to hide something.
They might think were a bit weird …but I’d much rather have them smile and shake their heads a little as the drive by …then pull me over to harass what they think is a Hippy.