getting ready to start shopping and take the plunge.
It's been a while since been reading and posting on the skoolie site. Around my life, the poopie really hits the fan hard here when it does. Been through some ups and downs but now everything has leveled out again and I'm resuming the bus idea. And. . . here's the big one. . .the wife has not only become encouraging but is also starting to offer her input on what we should have.
Now bus ways, we differ on what the bus should be. Make model and year aren't up for debate since she feels thats trivial stuff left up to me when it comes time to buy. But our main issue at the moment is she wants a rear engine flat front, and I want the conventional dog nose style bus. I like the idea of preserving the look of the bus minus the color and interior arrangement, but she wants something as close as possible that resembles the big highway cruiser bus conversions and class A motorhomes. Flat front, front engine seems to be out of the picture since having that big engine up front in the passenger cabin roaring away will get old fast to her. Other than price and total volume, let's hear some arguements on what type of bus is better for a conversion.
She's short, I'm 6'1" in the morning on a good day but tend to stand slightly slouched most of the time at 6 feet even. I'd love to have a double insulated roof and the same for the floor, but my patience and skills won't let me do a roof raise and I would really like to have full standing headroom on the centerline. I plan on refinishing the floor with some thin laminate flooring to not loose headroom and leave the interior ceiling in its stock trim. Even 1 inche loss in my case could be a deal breaker for full standing headroom.
Showing the wife some other conversions you all have done have really helped since she sees how beautiful this vehicles become after the work is done. I too, but she really likes the rustic knotty unstained wood interiors, has a log cabin feel to her she says. That works for me since thats the look I'm going for too.
I have lots of buses to choose from locally, pretty much everything from around 2003 and later can be easily bought from one of the area's local bus companies. So lets hear some input on which make and model is best for conversion. Me, I'm still leaning for a Bluebird Vision but I'm all ears to what people think is best for a fairly experienced RV'er but new to doing a bus conversion.
Getting ready to take the plunge and buy a bus, so please any advice offered is grealty appreciated.