Beginning the hunt on the East Coast
My husband and I are excited to be jumping into our own skoolie adventure. We have been considering it for a while, and looked at a few buses a couple years ago thinking we might convert one ourselves. The time wasn't right but it's remained at the back of our minds. A few months ago we learned that my mother has got some health issues and won't be well for a while and that was really the impetus we needed to decide now is the time! We currently live in the suburbs and will continue to do so for a few years until my step-daughters age out of school and shared custody. This means we are a bit of a drive from my family's homestead and we have decided parking a skoolie at their place to live in half the week when we don't need to be in the city is the perfect solution. It will give us a low-cost second home so I can be close to my mom and we can get out of the 'burbs for at least part of the time!
This does mean we will be looking for something that is at least mostly converted as time is what we don't have. We have been scouring Craigslist, tinyhouselistings.org and this forum for a week or so in hopes of finding the perfect bus. Finding something at the right price point, within reasonable distance of us and with a good layout and our basic needs already in place is harder than we thought but we have put out a feel feelers and are anxiously awaiting to hear back from some sellers. I can already tell this forum is going to be amazing for learning what to look for in a bus as well as getting ideas and input on updates or alterations we might make once we have one!