The best part about a bus conversion is that once you have a good reliable running shell, everything else is just frosting on your cake.
You can buy someone else's conversion which is either a great deal or a not so great deal. This holds true for the S&S motorhomes
although a bus generally will provide a lot more of a safe and secure feeling on the road.
Find something that you can afford that isn't going to break the bank and start there. There are lots of people that will
help you figure things out even if they don't have the time or availability in person to manually help.
The only time I ever owned a real S&S motorhome was long enough to strip it for parts. With one exception of one that
was so unique that I rescued it and sold it on eBay. It was a Custom Coach Land Cruiser ( 1966 vintage ) Looked like a bus
but was built on a ford truck chassis.
My 1983 MC9 cost $7,100 from ABC bus and I selected it from a bunch of 83's and 87's that were all New Jersey Transits.
that is my record for spending on a running and driving bus shell. My first fulltime living rig was a DART RTS-04 40 foot from Delaware transit that hauled passengers in Atlanta during the Olympics.
My others include: 1964 TGH3102, 1950 PD3701, 1955 PD4501 Scenicruiser, 2- 1982 FLX Metro 870's, 1983 FLX Metro 35 foot that I used for 4 years as a mobile tool box,tow truck and hauler, 1981 RTS 102" Ex NYC Metro- now scrapped.
This is really a sickness you know?