I am about to buy a bus also. Here is what I have collected and would love everyone's feedback.
1. My plan is to live on the skoolie for at least 3 to 5 years full time after my daughter graduates June 2017. Some boondocking but mostly staying with family and friends to help them with their stuff for a spot to part but I will be doing traveling after I get my feet wet living in the bus.
2. I want to get something 1997 or older (Mechanical). I am fairly mechanically savvy (no diesel experience) but everyone is telling me it is going to be easier and less expensive for me to cut my teeth on the mechanical engine and the electronics out of the picture for troubleshooting.
3. One thing that is really important to me, I want a shop in the back of the bus with tools and area to work on different projects. So I would like a wheelchair lift so I can load and unload things and a 250cc Ninja just to run around on when needed. Now because of the shop I am leaning towards a Flat nose with a engine in the front. The only thing that concerns me with that is maintaining it in such close space. I did talk to a bus mechanic and he said he wouldn't worry about that too much because they were made to be worked on and maintained. He said that some were made to be rebuilt right there in the bus.
Sorry if I rambled, just putting my thoughts out there.
In closing what I would like is a mechanical, flat nose with a front engine and a wheelchair lift. If anyone has any suggestions I sure would appreciate them and also if what I am wanting is screaming, "No don't do that!" let me know. lol. Thanks everyone