Today, I took the plunge and purchased a 2000 International 3800 78 passenger bus. It has a DT466E engine and 115,000 miles. The rest of the plan is still unfolding.
My goal: convert this bus into a full-time house on wheels to travel, explore, and do those things I love the most. I'll be debt-free in ~10 months and then I plan on leaving my 9-5 job behind with a bit of savings.
To get to that ^ point, I have a ton of work to do! I'd like to use salvaged/reclaimed materials whenever possible and keep things pretty simple. Hot plate, composting toilet, shower, sink, and a rooftop deck(?!?).
I'd like to lift the roof a bit (boyfriend = 6'4"), but I have no idea where to start. I want to eventually be both on- and off-grid capable, so water tanks, water pump, solar panels [TBD...panels + battery + inverter(s) be expensive], and a wood-burning stove (good or bad idea?).
I'm really looking forward to learning from you all and contributing whatever I can to this community. Helpful criticism/feedback is appreciated and welcomed.
I think I got a good bus