Originally Posted by buslivesmatter
I've always had my heart set on a Short School Bus, but I'm looking now at some mid size busses as well. Those of you with experience what vehicle would you recommend for a family of 4 with young children? I'd like to mostly use if for traveling, but eventually spend a year living on the bus. We don't want anything too big and are willing to sacrifice space for a smaller vehicle if it can fit our needs.
Are there other vehicles that can travel all over and fit a family of 4 that you'd recommend? My biggest things I want are a bathroom, kitchen, couches that also can be beds, and a serving window somewhere on the bus. We cook a lot of meals and when we travel places with beautiful outdoor views I'd like a serving window (similar to a food truck) to be able to give people food for meals when possible.
We have a 26' old transit/shuttle bus for our young family of 4. it's wonderful.
That said, we're only using ours as an RV during camping seasons and aren't living in it full-time.
I attached the sketchup render of our bus. I have to remember to take new pictures of the interior the next time we take the RV cover off.
My blind advice(didn't read all the posts yet) is to open up a free Sketchup account and get to drawing a floorplan to scale and figure out the size buy you'd need. It helps take the guess work out when sizing buses.
We knew what we wanted in our bus and built a generic floor plan that was 20' long by 8' wide. Once we found out bus, we just had to make slight modifications to the render/plans to fit the bus we selected. Once that was done, everything slid into place and the floorplan fit like a glove!