Step 1: Educate ourselves on all things skoolie
Hello good people! We are very happy to have found this amazing forum thanks to an old friend referring us here. Thanks Luap928!
We are a married couple of over 6 years with a couple of kids not far from graduating high school and we are beginning our exit strategy from our current life here in Central Illinois. Obviously we are looking at skoolie living and couldn't be more excited about it! We don't have a bus yet but are committed to buying one in the next year.
Although we will not be posting much until we have a bus to show off and actually work on, we intend on spending a lot of time on this forum learning as much as possible. It is so inspirational to see the work all of you have put into your conversions. Seeing all those pictures and reading so many of the threads has really motivated us to do something that we never thought was possible.
After looking more closely into the process of school bus conversion and the many aspects of it we started to realize how many different techniques, skills, and ideas go into successful projects. We have a deep desire to do as much of the work as possible. That's actually one of our main motivations for doing this, something we built ourselves, that we can be proud of and call our very own. Although we don't have craftsman knowledge of essentially any aspect of conversion we both have a working knowledge of a great many things. Also, when we started looking around a bit we began to notice that we have lots of people in our lives who do have extensive experience and knowledge in many, if not all, of the individual processes involved in a conversion project. We are excited about approaching both friends and family alike, to ask for their input and assistance in this. It has long been our experience that folk will bend over backwards if they believe that they can help a friend in need when it involves them sharing their knowledge and skills.
We both have so many new ideas and information coming in every day that it's best we have some time to contemplate our limitless options to decide what best fits our wants and needs. We are looking at living in our skoolie full time and need it to be four season capable. We are beginning to form some ideas as to what we are looking for in a bus. We even pull up next to busses that meet our wants and stare at them imagining what could be. Anybody else do that? I'm sure we're not the only ones!
Thank you for reading this far and thank you for welcoming us into this community. We hope to meet and learn from many of you throughout this journey. Take care and don't forget to be good to yourselves and take care of each other, or in the immortal words of Bill and Ted; Be excellent to each other, and party on dudes!