Originally Posted by FrizzyIzzy
I have a couple thousand saved up to buy my bus and there’s an auction near me finally. ..... My plan is to spend a summer road tripping with 3-5 friend living in my bus then use it as an Airbnb during the school year when I’m in college.
First, don't just buy what is there locally, just because it is there locally. If you do find what you are looking for locally, it is not rusted out, has a good drivetrain, etc, great! But don't count on it. Don't just get "whatever" is available.
Like Sehnsucht said, if you are just going to use it for road-trippin' with college kid friends, think about an old RV. I know kids like to destroy stuff (accidentally). But, maybe if you get a good price on a bus, do a "quickie" conversion, you would get a better vehicle for your needs as "boys". (I know how I was!). You have to make that decision. Both may need major $$$ just to keep on the road. Depends on the vehicles.
In retrospect, if I had had a real income most of my life, I would invest in land first. Then stocks. Then a bus. But I don't have that to begin with, and now my bus serves me well. The $5000 my grandmother left to me at 19 years old bought me my Klipsch and Harmon-Kardan speakers (over $2000 total), 4100 feet of premium caving rope (@$0.42/foot), a trip to go caving to Sótano de las Golondrinas in Mexico, and many dinners with margaritas with my friends - my treat in honor of my grandmother. Would I change that? No. I'm in my 50s, and don't want to "retire". I'm still a kid. Ask me again when I hit 95.