Big family = big bus = big need for help!!
I have enjoyed reading through these forums, and I have tons of reading still ahead of me. I wanted to introduce myself and my project and see if anyone has any input or similar projects they can point me to.
My wife and I have 5 kids between 0-8 years old. I grew up taking road trips and want to take my kids on the road, but kids packed into a van like sardines tends to end poorly. I want to convert a bus into a more comfortable roadtrip-mobil,e to get us to our end destination and to be used as an RV along the way.
My dream build would be a big school bus!! I want to leave the first 4 bench seats (2 rows) but add seatbelts. That would give me seating for 9 comfortably and up to 13 if the kids brought friends. A TV would be mounted in the front on each side. Next would be a small kitchen and couch. Behind that would be a shower on one side and (composting?) toilet on the other. With such a big family both would need to be used sparingly, but the option would be there. In the back would be bunk beds on each side, then our bed in the very back.
I work 40-70 hours per week and the family drains any other free time, so this project would need to be outsourced, at least for the initial build. We aren't fancy folks so we don't need high end or designer finishes, but I would want to invest in quality for permanent systems such as electrical.
We would probably do 2 big trips a year. I can put together long weekends and get 12 days off using only a week of leave. In addition we could do shorter 4-5 day trips a few other times per year.
If anyone has seen or posted a similar build please let me know. If you know of a shop or individual in the Midwest who would do a good but affordable job on a project like this, I would love to hear about them. I don't mind hiring an individual as long as they are trustworthy and recommended. If you have advise or recommendations for a complete novice who wants to begin a massive project, any input would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing from y'all!!