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Old 06-02-2012, 08:57 PM   #91
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I enjoy Fran but holy crapola I'm tired of the attention a skoolie pulls. Twice now we've been investigated by the police while doing NOTHING but normal campground activities--camping, hiking, roasting marshmellows over campfires. Of course they never come up with anything. We're squeeky clean, law abiding, tax paying citizens. We don't look like hippies. We don't do drugs of any sort. Hell, I don't even have a traffic ticket on record. This bus just draws them to us. They run our plates, ask other campers and park rangers about us and once I caught one sneaking a look around the back of the bus, guess he thought we weren't home. Creepy. grrrr

Are we the only people that get this harrassment?! Seriously, considering selling her off and buying a traditional RV.
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:32 PM   #92
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We've not had any interest by the cops. We drove the bus from NC to NM without tags. Spent every night in a parking lot except for three nights (2 in Benbrook TX COE , 1 NM public park). Drove from Socorro to Roswell (about 125 miles) spent the night on the side of the road in front of a closed down store. We did that because our lights weren't working and we traveled a couple miles in the dusk/dark desperately looking for a spot on the side of the road to park. In our current location, we can be easily seen from the road. previous site we were easily seen but off the road. Now the bus is backed up to the road (wood fence between us & the road). As we passed thru Tatum (nm) on our way out here, David was in the lead in the bus towing the Jeep, I was behind him in the old Class C and Stacey was hot on my bumper in her Jeep towing the bright yellow food cart (covered with a bright yellow tarp) and Stacey blew thru a red light right if front of a cop. He just watched us and drove off down the road. We looked like modern day refugees from the "Grapes of Wrath". No interest at all.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:17 PM   #93
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Re: Fran (Sinclair) skoolie

I was always under the impression that Oregon was a somewhat laid back place and accepting of alternative ideas. Not to the extremes of California but something like a skoolie for an RV wouldn't make them batt an eye.

Anyway here's my theory....
Is this happening in a fairly local area? It could be that the state/local law enforcement has an eye out for a similar skoolie with a bad person in it. I know years ago we were stopped once by cops in GA simply because we were in a white pickup truck. They were looking for a person who was in a white pick up truck.

I was pulled over in 2007 while driving our old Class C on a back road in GA that was a main backroute to FL. Seems drug runners were using older cheap to buy RVs to transport drug, If they got chased, the drug runners simply dumped the RV.
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:10 AM   #94
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police depends on whether it is the county or the state police. after all, you can call the office and complain or visit. i also think there is adequate plumbing supplies at least in coos bay or newport, as i have bought lots of stuff while working on apartments, mobile homes, etc.
florence isnt the best place for purchases, but even eugene isnt very far,just go to the light.. turn left... if your n of town.. otherwise in a few blocks u will get a bit wet.
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I'm with Chev49 on this one... talk directly to the local branch of law enforcement that visited you and ask what's up. Very politely explain that after being 'investigated' twice, you are concerned there is something you should know. Is it the bus? Is it local ordinance? Should you be concerned that someone may solicit you for illegal purposes, and if they do, should you be concerned for your safety?

It's one thing if it's just local cops being nosey and using their authority to poke around. It's another if there is a real reason they are being snoopy and you should be concerned.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:54 PM   #96
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I haven't had much in response so far but we are daily-friendly with the rangers and camps where we visit in hopes to eventually camp host. Only response we've had so far is from one of the camp host saying the state trooper was bored and our plates "ran wrong" -- What? I'm perfectly legal, even have extra insurance geeeeeeezzze. grr Not sure I'll go that side of Oregon in a skoolie ever again. (Klamath-Chiloquin)

Lorna, we had problems after a month in the Chiloquin area with state trooper running plate and earlier this year in the Florence area with volunteer police patrol.

Had NO problems with two weeks in Eugene, even stayed at the mall there, shopped, spent too much money, saw a movie, enjoyed our time.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:01 AM   #97
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Maybe your plate is one digit off or similar to a another plate? I don't get it. We've not had any problems. That's not to say we won't. Could be we've been lucky so far. Just like we've had no problems getting the bus into private campgrounds. No one has said anything to us.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:05 AM   #98
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oregon is famous for having numbers wrong at the dmv. My bus was put in the system with one letter of the vin missing. and until i was age 64, they had my birthdate wrong from when i got my first license. as far as i am concerned, they are a bunch of idiots... and i have a couple relatives and several church friends that work for the dmv here...
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Lets see---what are the requirements to work at dmv? Oh yea, now I remember
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Got sick of the "prison bus" attention, especially from law enforcement. I hauled out the silver rustoleum paint and did huge bars of silver down the side and on the back, might do the front eventually.
Definitely never go dark green on a school bus. Every damn state seems to have that as a prison bus and Arizona uses it on theirs to transport illegal aliens.
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