Each bus is a reflection of the personalities of the owners who build and use them. These are just some examples of the personal choices each skoolie must make which determine the size and complexity of the conversion project:
How will a bus be used?
- Just tailgating at sporting events or NASCAR
- Weekend getaways
- Vacation trips transporting only people
- Vacation trips transporting special sporting equipment or motorized 'toys'
- Extended trips or stays
- Full-time residence
It seems from the blog you intend to full-time, which brings up the question, how often will you move?
Not just from the Walmart to the school and back, but off to the great beyond:
- will you stay at the school 9 months, move to one summer location and stay for 3, and then return?
- do you eventually intend expeditions to explore the country every weekend, or on every break?
How far will you go? This and the frequency of your travel may determine if fuel economy is an issue:
- staying in the city and moving from 'camp' site to 'camp' site?
- recreational camping trips of less than 100 miles each way - a cheap 6 mpg gas engine may be OK for either of these shorter distance choices
- within 500 miles of home base - maybe you want to get a 10 mpg diesel with standard gearing
- cross - country trips of 1000-6000 miles round-trip - the extra cost of a diesel with highway gears may pay off in fuel savings
How many people will be on board - this will determine what a comfortable size is:
- Just the two of us
- We're planning to have a family and will still have the bus then
- We would like to make trips with friends along - how many?
Like the old saying, "You pays your money and you makes your choice."
Good luck, and good bus hunting.