You guys are amazing! I wasn't getting updates sent to my email for some reason, so I didn't realize so many helpful comments had been added.
I've been slowly getting all the stickers, reflective tape, and adhesive off. I'm almost done and just need to finish the huge front and back "SCHOOL BUS" stickers.
A friend came over and pulled off the stop sign and the extending arm from the bumper.
I transferred the title, kept the current registration, and insured the bus.
Next, I'm going to take it to a mechanic for a good once-over and hopefully to have him remove the heater box for me. I want to get a cost estimate on the few things I know need to be done (and any that will come as a surprise) and then figure out where to fit those repairs into my schedule.
Next, I was going to strip the walls and ceiling and then re-insulate after I finalize where all the furniture and appliances are going to go.
Now some questions!
+ It's legal to drive the bus when it's yellow in Oregon. However, I see painting it as a big, psychologically helpful step. I was going to wait until I knew what modifications I'd be making to the outside, i.e. skinning, adding storage boxes. Does it make the most sense to wait even though I'd love to get that step done?
+ I'm also trying to identify the appliances I'll buy so I can figure out my solar/generator/propane needs. Does anyone see any issues with this? The Energy Guide label says 338 kWh/year. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Avanti-5...51SS/306287250
I'm still struggling to understand the relationship between volts and amps and solar and batteries, etc, etc. Luckily I have a resource who's willing to come help me install what I need and who seems to know more than I do.
+ Silly question - once the heater box is removed and the lines are rerouted, where should they be routed to and why?
Great recommendation on getting a second seat in there ASAP. I actually want to remove the driver's seat and replace that, too.
+ Would a bench seat or dual passenger seat possibly be a better use of space? It sure looks like it, but is it legal/safe to use something marketed as a passenger seat as a driver's seat? Like these: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Transi...cDZc4#viTabs_0
Thanks a million for how welcoming and eager to help you've all been!