So, now that we know we will definitely have the money in mid-February, that takes some pressure off. I’ve got a whole list of possible buses on tap, and hopefully one of them will be the best one for us, and also close enough that we don’t have to deal with checking it out and getting it from several states away.
At first, we were going to get a school bus and convert it ourselves, but time constraints are in the way. We really need to get out of this house we hate before we have to give the landlord another $100 for a house that’s not worth $600. So, we decided getting out quick was the goal, and started looking for an already-converted skoolie. Good thing, too, because i blew out both knees and I’m wearing hinged knee braces and walking around on forearm crutches. That would make it really hard to convert a bus.
Two of our biggest challenges was that I needed an office with a door that would close, because Poppet has to be kept away from Zenni. Long story, but suddenly there was no way for them to be together without fighting. So Poppet will be with me in my office. The other thing was that I can only work from a recliner with a big screen smart-TV as a monitor (41″) due to my physical and visual issues. So I had to have a place to set that up and keep poppet. That meant we couldn’t get a bus that had no enclosed room in the back.
It’s been quite a learning experience. I now know that I need a bus with a Cummins or DT466 engine and Allison Transmission, excellent tires–based on age, more than anything, because tires can be $500 a pop. It’s preferable if the bus has been insulated, at least in the floor, since regular skoolies don’t usually have much of that.
This is the one that is first on our list, which we will be going to see Thursday. It’s ideal except for a solar system. Will have to have that installed. Can’t have everything.
Our goal is to be able to boondock full-time–be completely off-grid. That way we can go to all the beautiful serene places and have some peace and quiet, so we can write our next books, in between walking around and taking pictures.
I hope we are able to get this bus, since it’s closer than the others and has more of what we need. Fingers crossed.