Hi there! I'm looking to help my partner build a bus for us to live on - right now we're in the "research research research" phase of things, and I've been checking out this forum a lot.
Y'all are a very active community! With so much useful information floating around, I'm sure I'm going to want to ask questions sooner or later - so I thought I'd introduce myself now, and maybe get to know people a bit before I go begging them for advice.
About me - I live in the PNW area, I work in bookstores, and I'm (I think) a bit on the younger side for people on this forum. Normally I spend most of my spare time chatting with friends or tussling with people in the gym; this year I've been, uh, hiking. A lot. Retail is also starting to lose interest for me, so I've been thinking about heading back to school and studying something medical - if there's any skoolie nurses or people, well, schooling from a skoolie, please drop me a line! I'm very curious as to how folk manage to work with organizations while living a more nomadic sort of life. (I'm also a pretty private person, so that's all you get about my hobbies.
Bookstore work also doesn't pay too well, so we're looking at a reallllly
DIY sort of bus design - we have maybe a scant $15k saved up between the both of us, and we'd like to have any sort of savings at all left over after all this. Scavenging from our more construction-minded friends is going to be one of our staples, I think, and I'm always thrilled to hear about people who got windfalls of some material or another during their build. We're hoping to try and buy a bus before the next year! If there's any how-to guides or really useful threads for getting oriented that people would vouch for, I'm all ears - I have a little bit of carpentry experience, and my partner used to haul around semis for a living, but that's about all we've got going for us. There's a lot of information here, so I'd appreciate any and all pointers as to where I should get started.
Thanks for being such an active community - and to those who've successfully been living on a skoolie for years now, thanks so much for sticking around to show the rest of us how it's done!
This is the first forum I've joined in nearly a decade, lol. I'm so glad to see that places like this are still around <3