Hi Robin and Thank You for the welcome.
Let's see, right now my wife and I live in a 36 ft. Pace Arrow RV. We been in an RV for about 15-16 years now. I work Road Construction as a Dozer Operator in gravel pits. We basically move all over the state of ND where ever the need for gravel or hot mix (asphalt) material needs to be made.
Maybe about 4-5 months ago my wife suggested to me to consider, "let's build one the way we want it" as we've never been happy with any of the RV floor plans always to much cluttering up things.
We want to basically do the "KISS" approach, an open floor plan, no separate designated bedroom (futon next to the wall) wood stove, and a storage area in the rear for stuff, and dredging equipment as that's what I hope to do after retiring go gold prospecting and a "Skoolie" would fit SO Well into that idea of life.
From the information I've been gleaning from this site. we've decided that we're going to be looking for an 84 passenger Blue bird I'm still undecided on a FE or RE, but for sure we need the 40 ft length. I run Cat engines all day while on dozer I like the power, but know they are way to expensive when the need to fix them. While I spent a few years OTR trucking I fell in Love with the Cummins engine and prefer it with thoughts of powering a bus. I think the 8.3 will fit the bill nicely.
So for right now I just keep reading the post here, copy-paste the good ideas into a skoolie notes book and for now just keep plugging along.
think I'm getting to long-winded,
again thanks for the welcome, it feels like "home"