Originally Posted by Roachhill
. . . Handling was excellent although the ride is a bit rough, it is a school bus after all. . . .
If you are new to heavy vehicles, you will find that they ride rough when empty, because the springs/shocks are set up to handle the maximum weight. I remember a short Dodge rack truck I drove back in '74 would make you risk the fillings in your teeth when empty, but handled like a sports car with two tons on the bed.
A full conversion should smooth out the handling, but a minimalist approach might not. Once you add your conversion materials, house batteries, propane, and put water in the tanks, see how it handles then. There was mention in a thread a while ago about someone wanting to remove some leaves from the springs for a better ride, but that work is a safety item not to be taken lightly, or to be done "hillbilly style."