Strongly considering living in a bus!
After getting severely ill again from toxic mold in cheap apartments, I'm considering all the alternatives. Including great big yellow ones. Life's too short to spend 50% of my income on a fancy new apartment in the hope I can avoid the black shmoo of doom.
I have zero experience with carpentry or heavy diesels, but I'm pretty handy with mechanical stuff and my craigslist-fu is strong. I've already learned a lot from reading the forums, and will be spending the rest of 2018 living in a garage to save some cash. I'm hoping $10,000 - $5,000 for a decent bus and $5,000 for conversion - will get me a well-insulated shell with HVAC, and I can install the conveniences of life as I go.
If you have any input on minimizing mildew or are travelling through south-central WI, let me know!