Hey everybody, just recently joined. I am looking to convert a mini bus into my own little Skoolie. So my plans are just to have a few bunk beds and some electricity/lights. No water/sewage/propane etc. I plan to use this to travel with my friends to camping music festivals and other adventures. I found a listing on FB Marketplace that I will attach HERE
(new here, only familiar with Reddit formatting) of a 2008 Chevy Express Collins bus. I donít really know what to look for or what to avoid. I know from the surface this is exactly what Iíd need to suit my Skoolie, but I donít know the under-the-hood aspects of this.
The owner says it runs well, he just doesnít need it any longer. He even offered me to use his auto body shop lift so I can bring my mechanic and take a look and test drive. So I wouldnít really think thereís much to be an issue of. He also said the only issue for it not selling is most potential buyers cannot add the bus to their personal auto insurance. Their insurance companies want to make it ďcommercialĒ but I figured it should be easier if I tell my familyís insurance company (Erie Insurance) my plans for it. Who knows.
I am just trying to make this project as cheap and easy as it can be. I donít want a clunker with a bad engine or transmission that turns into a whole separate project. I just want a reliable base to start with. I know itís not an overnight thing, but Iím sure most of you understand.
If anybody has any other advice for a total newbie, please let me know or send links to already existing posts that I should be aware of. Thank you!