My partner and I have been talking and planning out an eventual homestead and bus-life for over a decade. We were looking to start working on a bus in about a year but our current circumstances (our lease is not going to be renewed so we are temporarily housing with a friend starting August) have sped up the process. Through the little we’ve managed to save during covid and generous help from friends and clients, we’ve put together enough that we should be able to buy a bus and get through the basic necessities of a conversion.
I’m hoping to find a bus sometime between mid-August to early-September (after we’ve relocated) so we can hopefully get a bulk of work done before the winter.
I will be in Virginia but can travel for the right offer.
From the research I’ve done, we’re looking for:
- A bus from around 2002 or older
- A transmission with a bit more power than an AT545 (I will be honest that I know little about auto mechanics but I guess I’ll be learning a lot with this chapter of life) - since we’ll be travelling a handful and boondocking
- ~9+ window length
- engine in front
- minimal rust
(Dog nose or flat in front)
We’re working with a relatively tight budget and I’m hoping to find something around $3K. (Unless you’ve already started the work and then there’s a bit more wiggle room)
If you’ve got one for sale or have any good recommendations (aside from keeping an eye on marketplace and auctions) - let me know!
Thanks for reading.