I've been a lurker on and off for about a year. Found this site by accident when I was still vaguely thinking about converting a bus. The enthusiasm of the members of this site convinced me this was something I could try.
I was watching local auctions (mostly school buses) just to get a feel for prices when a local (same state) district put up 15 to 20 buses at once. The two that I thought I would want went over $5000 in a hurry (a bit over my projected budget). Checked back a couple of hours before the auction ended and found that several were still under $1000. So to make a long story shorter I put in a bid and got one for >$800. Frankly I didn't know whether to be excited or dismayed! My wife looked at me like I was nuts when I told her we were going to pick-up a school bus.
Fortunately there were no major incidents on the 70 mile drive home, but man is that sucker long. Adding a toad on the end I think will pretty much convince me I don't really want to drive much in town or especially cities except on freeways.