I hope you are all doing well. My name is Nate. My wife, Sylvia, and I are about to start our conversion. We almost bought a 1990 Bluebird, but we put it on pause because a medical situation came up that made us second guess our plans. But, we have decided to move forward and will start looking for another bus soon.
We have decided to convert a bus and to live in it full time with our three children. I know everyone does this differently and for different reasons. If you're curious, here are ours....
We haven't ever believed in the system that says "work 60hrs/wk for a house that you never see to house kids you don't see, because of your work." So instead of going into massive debt over a house, and not being a tight knit family, we are doing this. We don't dismiss or knock traditional home owners or people who truly enjoy a very full work week. We know that some people do. It's just not for us. This isn't to say we don't believe in work, or that we want to freeload. Just that our values are different from the traditional american way of doing things.
Our lease is up at the end of July so I should be able to get the conversion done in time to not be homeless.
(It's worth noting that I have devoted my life to "manly" things like music, loving kids, and cooking. So my knowledge base on most of these things is shallow at best. I'm a fast learner though, and believe that I can do this thing right.)
We are looking forward to learning from you all, sharing our journey with you, and maybe even (some day) sharing something worth knowing. If any of you are in SD, let us know. We'd love to chat you up over a beer or coffee or water or whatever.