Thanks for all the sound advice, this is all wonderful info! I'm taking everything I learn to the band and we'll discuss the future of the project.
I like how official the RE busses look, Also seems you have more visibility out the front. I think you folks are right on nixing the bathroom idea. Less hassle, and we could use that space to store the gear. I'm thinking we could have a storage locker on the right side near an emergency exit, using ramps and dollies we could unload all our gear in 15 minutes flat.
On another note: does anyone know somebody in LA that may have space for us to work on the conversion over the summer? We could come up with a little rent money.