Drew - Those are definitely huge concerns for me, too. The vintage buses w/out a tag axle seem to have a higher ground clearance. But, those are also even older. The ones I'm looking at are mostly from the 40's. So... even harder to find parts. And, yeah, re-powering is going to be hugely expensive. In my mind, I've pretty much taken the vintage buses out of the running, but if the perfect one comes along, I want to stay open to it. So, that's why I kept them in the list. Soooooooooooo gorgeous, though.... *sighs* And, I'm doing this by complete choice, so aesthetics are still a huge thing for me.
Brokedown - Thanks for the link! I'm not so worried about stealth. So, I'd be cutting in windows, etc., into the box truck. Thereby, virtually killing my stealthiness. Besides, I have the worst time being subtle, anyway. LOL The stability of the sides of a box truck is a real concern. If I get into a wreck, it's gonna be a mess no matter what I choose. But, with a box truck, just doing evasive maneuvers would make me nervous unless I could find a way of really stabilizing the sides. The skoolie's ability to go over 55 mph is def a concern. But, you're right - if I did find one that was just electronically governed, that wouldn't be too bad to overcome.
I'm in Indiana, but I'd be changing my residency to one of the RV friendly states.
So....... I'm still tossed up.......