I have been looking at buses for a while now and drooling at most of the conversions on here as well. My family (wife and three kids) are wanting to do more traveling and exploring in the summers each year. Why not make a sweet skoolie.
I pulled the trigger on a 2004 Thomas/Freightliner automatic with the Mercedes diesel. It has 170k mileage and was just pulled from service 6 months ago because of its age. Every thing appears to be in working order and the transportation supervisor said all the cross members were replaced last year. It's in pretty good shape considering it has spent a lot of years in western NY winters.
I am hoping to share this adventure with you all to help with insight, motivation and education. I have seen amazing buses on here and trust your experience will help me immensely.
What's one thing you would change if you had the opportunity to start over in skoolie construction?
Here's some pics
bus start - Album on Imgur