So we found a bus! After much research we determined that we didn't want a short 4-window skoolie, nor a big boy like an International, so we decided to land somewhere in the middle.
Our bus is a 2012 Chevy Express shuttle bus with a Thor shell. She's packed with a Duramax diesel engine and has 120k miles. She was an NYC shuttle bus for Enterprise Car Rental at LaGuardia International Airport and got a clean bill of health from a diesel mechanic. Pretty clean chassis and body and so far we have already gutted everything that we are taking out.
The ultimate plan is to have a fixed bed in the rear, a kitchen with a stove/fridge/sink, stand up indoor shower with a self built composting toilet, solar setup with a charger/inverter, and propane tanks mounted under the bus.
At this point we are at a standstill and coming to the skoolie community for some guidance before our rough-in begins. We have a layout that we are happy with however we aren't exactly sure about our appliances/utilities. As we all know there is waaay too much information/products out there that if you don't really know what you want, making a decision is nearly impossible. Here is a brief list of the items we "think" we need. Any and all suggestions about which brands/products/types to buy would be extremely appreciated. And also if we should run them off of propane or the solar setup. I'm guessing we will rarely will have a shore power hookup so want to set this up as smart as possible. Thanks in advance!
(2) Maxxair fans - already purchased, 1 for air in, 1 for air out
refrigerator - want a stand up, 2-door unit
range - want a 2/3 burner with oven
water pump - for shower and kitchen sink
water filter - for drinking water
hot water heater
fresh water tank size - is 50 gallons too big?
grey water tank - is it absolutely necessary for sink/shower? If so what size?
heater for bus temp - going to have a 2 year old wobblin' around so can't have anything she can burn herself on
propane tank - are (2) 20lbs enough? Figured small tanks for easy fill ups.
Oh, and here's some pics of our girl...