Thank you for the warm welcome. Really appreciating all of the info
ElizaHasAPlan, I've already been browsing govdeals pretty extensively, but wasn't aware of the surplus site. I'll be all over that one from now on. Thanks for the blog link, too. I've been absorbing as much as I can about the rubber tramp lifestyle from various forums and blogs.
CrazyCal, I'm up in the Yosemite foothills. Very rural.
cullengw, I'm going for a shorty because it'll be easier on gas mileage and much more convenient to park. I'm not 100% closed off to the idea of a bigger bus, but there seems to be certain hurdles involved with a bus of that size.