Originally Posted by Robin97396
The problem is your mind seems to change concerning what you really need in a bus as time goes by.
I thuink a lot of people's do... Had I not already had a bus before, I wouldnt have had a bunch of work done on my latest before i pick it up.. as id never know if I had the right bus till i got it home and started into it..
i see a lot of people buy a bus, do whatever to get it home then start conversion right away.. i think that works for those that are tiny-housing as you will know right away based on size, height etc if you got the right bus...
but those that are going to go RVing, I think would help to drive the bus around more before starting conversion... answers questions like..
1. can you drive a bus? and it is driving a bus what you expected it to be?
2. does your bus handle the type of driving you will give it and handle it acceptably?
3. did you drive your bus and discover it has a Major issue that you didnt catch at purchase.. (ie overheats after an hour) etc..
4. can you fit your bus in the places you thought you could? your favorite campground? the streets you like to drive?
many years ago I started out wanting a Long bus.. an 11 row bluebird.. and in fact took it home.. then realized I could never park it at my house as it wouldnt fit between the driveways.. and could never be backed partially into my driveway...
then discovered that parking it anywhere at a hotel was a chore. some hotels had a "around 20 foot" limit so that was out...
a long bus sounded fun but had wayyy more space then id ever use and weighed a ton.. plus was going to be a pain to A/C...
so I didnt get it.. and instead I got a short bluebird that fit about anywhere I wanted, drove more like what I wanted..
I knew what kind of bus I was looking for this time...
I realize theres little likelihood that people have a chance to take a bus home before you buy it .. but its best to find out you got the wrong bus right after you buy it and not after you convert it...
there are only a few on here doing this for the second or more time.. most everyone here is a Bus newbie and may never have even sat in the driver seat of a bus before going out and getting one..
its normal to think the needs change..
the good thing is many things about a bus can be changed.. as we have seen even the ceiling height.. people change engines, transmissions, tires, windows, lights, etc..
Yes the BEST scenerio is you buy the right bus right off the bat, build it and enjoy it forever.. but if things change, so can the bus..