I've been reading and searching through this forum for sometime now, so thanks! Some days ago I made an account, and here I am, ready to start asking questions.
About my skoolie plans (at this moment):
My wife and I got turned on to this idea just over a year ago, when we realized that we didn't want to be tied down to any one place anymore, and that we were ready to try a different rhythm in life. Our plans have evolved throughout this past year as we keep learning about all the possibilities and limitations of living in a bus, and as we design the way we want live.
Although we would love a full size bus, with all its comforts, we're thinking now that this might not well suit our current needs. By next March we want to hit the road (We're starting off from Toronto, Ontario btw). Our plan is to for a minimum of a year drive throughout out Canada, East to West, not rushed, with time to stop and stay if we want to. See nature and meet new people and communities. Go around some of States as well.. all this and back.
The point is... for about a year we will be doing a lot of driving... and a full 40' bus, loaded with all the comforts and so on, I believe would really hurt the wallet and due to size might restrict us from certain places that we would like to visit??
So right now we are thinking smaller, with the rationale being that we'll save a lot on gas and will be easier to get into back roads. (Please tell me if you have a different opinion) Hopefully one day, find a place that we like where we can buy a property and park a fuller size bus, which would be parked for at least 6 months out of the year.
Below this are the options that I have considered so far for a road trip skoolie. I would appreciate any input on how these options vary in ongoing operating costs (gas, oil, general maintenance...), reliability on the road (not breaking down), ease of repairing, safety... basically, remember I'm looking for a bus that will do a lot of driving for more than a year.
Our basic needs are the following:
I'm not concerned in up front costs, but I want to keep the operating cost down. Is there a difference between these?
- 12 MPG I would be happy with
- Don't need a luxury setup - looking to keep things lights, but we do need a big water tank to last us and solar, and a kitchen.
Van Cutaway - Wheel chair accessible
This is the smallest that I would consider.
Drives like a van (I never drove a bus)
Plenty to choose from
Easy to park anywhere
It is the smallest
Lower GVW - compromise on safety? Things will wear out faster
Lots to choose from
Quiet and easy to drive?
Don't seem sturdy enough
I see this getting stuck in a back road to a farm
Ugly and more expensive to maintain?
Short Bus (5-6 window-20' to 21') - This is what seems to be calling me, but at this point, should i just get a longer bus?
Bigger interior space
Confidence in the strength of chassis
Better suited to leave a paved surface?
All mechanical parts seems to be easily accessible
Can probably even fit a shower!
Harder to find one. They are all across the border
Eats up more gas (which could be offset by the durability of the bus??)
This post became longer than intended.
Thank you all in advance!