Gonna buy a bus. Need help choosing between 2.
New member, first post. Hoping for some feedback. If you could provide feedback, plus the reasoning for your opinion, that'd be great.
I'm going to buy a short school bus sometime in the next couple of weeks. I am currently looking at 2, very different buses.
About me: 53, male, 6'1" tall. Will travel with a labrador and a friend or two from time to time.
What I'm going to do with the bus...
I won't be living in it full time. I will have a home base in Portland at a family member's house where I can park it, work on it, etc.
I will be making a lot of 3-4 week trips in the western states. Staying on BLM land, National Forest Land, etc. Maybe some 4-5 day trips to eastern Oregon and Gifford Pinchot in Washington. Plus an annual 3 week trip to New Orleans.
About the two buses.
Bus #1 2011 Chevy MicroBird with GM 6.6 Diesel. 115,000 miles. 5 window. Headroom is 6'3". Asking price before negotiating is $16k.
Bus #2 1997 Ford E-450 with the vaunted 7.3 PowerStroke Diesel. 149,982 miles. 6 window. Headroom 6'4". Asking price before negotiating is $8000.
With one of them, I use most of my budget but get a newer, cleaner bus. With the other, I have more of a budget to work with but get an older, slightly bigger bus that needs some basic, inexpensive work. Maybe $2-3k.
I have time and the tools to work on the conversion. If I blow my initial budget, I'll still be able to do things, just at a slower pace, as I can afford it.