I'm so new, I don't even have a bus to share with you yet. We are still camping in a Alaskan truck camper or a tent. I'm in the research/lurk stages and probably will be for a few months. When I find the right bus at the right time, I'll strike. For now, I'll be absorbing all your knowledge and ideas for my future build.
I'm 48, married, 4 kids from 12 to 29, self employed, almost a normal guy. I love to restore and build things, from clocks, to race cars, to 4x4s, to jet boats... the list goes on.
I'm looking to retire in the next 10 to 15 years. At that point the house will be sold and we will hit the road on a semi-permanent basis. The plastic and wood RVs don't really appeal to me. Too expensive, too boring, too fragile. I'm perfectly happy at the end of a dirt road in the woods, so for me, it's a bus. Not glamorous or fast, but durable. Since I will be doing all my own repairs, I'm leaning toward a traditional bus with a hood. I think y'all call it a dog nose. My engine of choice is the DT466, preferably mechanical. I'm familiar with them from a previous employment and liked them then.
I figure it will take me at least 10 years to complete the conversion. It will be usable in the first 6 months and then we will have 9.5 years of refinement and tweaking to make it perfect.
I'd like it to be a stand alone miniature home. A solar powered, self contained, boondocking machine. North in the summer, south in the winter and one end of the continent to the other.
Till next time, I'll be in the back listening and taking notes.