So, eliminating a LOT of details and misery from the story, I'll get to the point.
After years of agonising...I BOUGHT A BUS!!!
Basics: 2004 international ic school bus, 19 passenger seating capacity, DT466E engine with rear AC and wheel chair lift.
I am about to drive to the Calgary area from S Louisiana, and with this being my first bus, I'm quite a nervous wreck. I am very fortunate to have a very good, and very qualified mechanic with fleet maintenance experience, so that's take a lot of fear off my brain.
I have so many questions that are randomly floating around, and of course, they're never all there when I need them.
Random things I can think of (and they may be illogical):
I had AAA for my car, but what do I do for a bus? If I have a break down or something. Do I use my insurance company to help me?
How do I install some basic radio equipment so I have the ability to charge my phone, or use a USB? Sorry for being a basic bi#ch with these questions.
Best spots to stop along the way while avoiding spending $$ for parking and/or sleeping. I have known about the Freecampsites site for a while, but now I can actually use it. What about WalMart if necessary? Is it always best to simply check w the manager on duty?
OH! Any suggestions on getting accurate/relevant bus manual materials? Is it Navistar that I must contact?
Despite having a LOT of wandering questions and a bit of nervousness, I'm more excited than anything.
I assume from tons of research that crossing into Canada isn't a big deal, as I have insurance, a valid driver's license, and a new plate. I've also been multiple times.
I am so happy to be here, and I feel very grateful to have this forum to refer to.
Thank you for letting me ramble, and thanks for your patience!