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Old 10-18-2016, 10:55 AM   #71
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Christopher I ve been over the Rockies in a semi truck hauling a forty foot flatbed loaded. I ve also crossed the Canadian Rockies pulling a horse trailer with four thousand pound beasts. Granted, my ex was the driver, but know it is breathtaking and if the Colorado Rockies impress you...or scare the bejesus outta you, wait until you see/drive the Canadian Rockies. Spectacular.

I ve been working this ranch in Oregon for so long and with my Skoolie I want to just travel the US, Canada and Mexico. I m an avid hiker and kayaker and I have lots of new places to go and enjoy my sports. Freedom at last!
the rockies dont scare me from a personal or driving standpoint.. I grew up with every year our fasmily vacation was from ohio over and into the USA rockies.. in an IHC Scout II.. first one was a gasser.. second one we had was a Diesel..

there are 3 aspects that bother me about running over the rockies..

1. I am a business owner and Must be able to work every single day if needbe.. if i lose cellular Data service, i cannot Function in my work role..

2. it snows alot and unexpectedly. (I remember snow in june)... i dont believe I have the proper experience to drive a commercial bus over mountain passes on snowy or icey roads...

3. are my busses rocky capable? both have AT545;s and dont have big engines... a breakdown on flat ground near lots of cities is easy... get on truckdown.com and get a mobile repair service or get towed in, hole up in a hotel somewhere until I can source parts to fix it myself or get it fixed..
a breakdown in a remote location could mean im layed up without the ability for me to perform my work.. and that would be very bad for me...

perhaps my first move should be renting a car and traversing the rockies in a car to see exactly what it ls like now vs what it was like in the 70s and 8-s when i did it as a kid... and then make my decision whether id try it in one of my busses or not...

-Christopher
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Old 10-18-2016, 11:53 AM   #72
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this.....

I think merging ANY discussion of dating into an awesome resource such as this is a disaster waiting to happen - AND, I am single?

The best way to meet people is to show up. BTW, I know of one get-together coming up in January?
Dredman, I just read your blog and subscribed to your channel. You are exactly what my intentions are for Single Skoolies! My gosh, look at the beauty you are enjoying, the places you are seeing, the freedom you have! Some people don't mind experiencing nature alone, I m one of them, but wouldn't it be fantastic to travel the roads less traveled with others seeking the same experience? Like you I ve spent the last year getting rid of most everything. I m just done with "stuff" I want what you are having! I thought my dirt bike days were behind me but you sure can get into some cool places and cover ground on a dirt bike. Btw, if you haven't been to Glamis you must put that on your list, hundred foot razor back dunes that will blow your mind. I grew up in San Diego east county and spent many winters at Glamis.
If you or any Skoolie ever gets to Oregon, my pastures will accommodate you. Water and electric available. I can give you an itinerary for seeing all of Oregon. I ve travelled the entire state and trust me, Oregon is so beautiful, so diverse, so very many interesting places to visit if you just know where to start.
The Skoolie paloosia is very cool. I won't be ready for it next year but 2018 I ll be there.
I do have a burning question, the only problem I m facing is how to carry my kayak. I have a Hobie outback hard shell that weighs seventy pounds sans my gear. It is too awkward for me to hoist up, takes up too much space if loading in the bus. The only solution I ve come up with is to purchase a Hobie inflatable but they cost about the same as my hard shell. I do have a sea eagle inflatable for friends but once you have kayaked with a mirage drive...well let's just say I m spoiled rotten. How do you get your yak on top of the bus?
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:17 PM   #73
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the rockies dont scare me from a personal or driving standpoint.. I grew up with every year our fasmily vacation was from ohio over and into the USA rockies.. in an IHC Scout II.. first one was a gasser.. second one we had was a Diesel..

there are 3 aspects that bother me about running over the rockies..

1. I am a business owner and Must be able to work every single day if needbe.. if i lose cellular Data service, i cannot Function in my work role..

2. it snows alot and unexpectedly. (I remember snow in june)... i dont believe I have the proper experience to drive a commercial bus over mountain passes on snowy or icey roads...

3. are my busses rocky capable? both have AT545;s and dont have big engines... a breakdown on flat ground near lots of cities is easy... get on truckdown.com and get a mobile repair service or get towed in, hole up in a hotel somewhere until I can source parts to fix it myself or get it fixed..
a breakdown in a remote location could mean im layed up without the ability for me to perform my work.. and that would be very bad for me...

perhaps my first move should be renting a car and traversing the rockies in a car to see exactly what it ls like now vs what it was like in the 70s and 8-s when i did it as a kid... and then make my decision whether id try it in one of my busses or not...

-Christopher
I was told there is internet available for RVs. It makes sense with so many people rving full time now. I think one of the satellite companies offer it. Let us know what you find out.
I live in rugged Oregon mountains so this type of traveling is what I m used to. I think if this is a concern for you then your idea of doing a run via automobile is a good idea. Also check with the national weather reports. Usually you can get a ten day forecast then plan accordingly. You have two busses! Don't limit your adventures! Whenever I take a long trip I take my car or truck to the dealership and have everything inspected. When the tranny failed on my Skoolie bringing it home, I had the transmission shop do a full inspection. The only thing they found was the clearance lights did not work. Easy fix and most likely were disabled when the district disabled the flashers, stop sign, etc.
Christopher, you sound like too much fun to stick to Ohio and Florida....Go West, Young Man! (Mae West) if anyone knows who she was.
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:45 PM   #74
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If you or any Skoolie ever gets to Oregon, my pastures will accommodate you. Water and electric available. I can give you an itinerary for seeing all of Oregon. I ve travelled the entire state and trust me, Oregon is so beautiful, so diverse, so very many interesting places to visit if you just know where to start.
Aapple that sounds like a generous offer - if I had land I'd be the same way
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:34 PM   #75
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Why thank you. I see you are from Canada,eh? (See I do speak Canadian) I ve done a lot of business in Northern Alberta, Valley View to be precise. I love Canada and adore the people. Canada is high on my list to travel. I ve only been in BC and Alberta and each trip was for business. I want to travel the entire country. Just too dangled cold for me to live there but depending on how this election goes, I may be spending summers in Canada and winters in Todos Santos and the Sea of Cortez side. Lots of places to boondock on the Sea of Cortez waking up to the melodic singing of the humpback whales. Oh I can't wait!
I d like to express my sincere condolences to Canada on the recent demise of Rob Ford. Now we are back to our own fools to laugh (cry?) about and it ain't near as funny as Rob Ford was. At least he wasn't dangerous. RIP.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:57 PM   #76
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Good on you Alley Cat! My only question is why it is divided into regions? I personally would like to know what's happening with the entire community without having to click on each region. As has been mentioned this is a small but interesting group of renegades and it just seems time wasteful to segregate into regions. This is solely my humble opinion and I will abide by majority rule. Have Skoolie, will travel. Isn't that the point? Well let me clarify, it is my point.
It just felt like regions was the way to go with it.... but if y'all prefer to have it all in one forum that's perfectly ok too.... a couple of clicks is all it takes to eliminate the whole section.

Given that there will be a section for events happening, what other things would you like to see? I was thinking of at least a swap meet, general chatter, tips & tricks... but at the same time I don't want to make it a clone of this board. I want it to have its own unique flavor.

I personally think that even if the regional boards go away, it should at least be US and Canada (and Mexico, if the demand is there) in separate sections.

I'm doing this for all of us but I can't do it alone.... tell me what you want to see and I'll do what I can to get it out there.

Aapple, this was your brainchild.... tell me what you'd like to see it grow into.
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:11 PM   #77
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Har! Dr. Frankenstein had a brainchild too, now the pressure is on! I think your ideas are all good, but for me, I m still not convinced to separate the forum even by countries. I plan to travel all three countries and I will be very interested in anything and everything going on in all three. I guess I m just not into segregation, I love different cultures, people and their ideas. I so appreciate what you are doing and aside from giving birth to this....remember folks, it takes a village. I am but one voice and a newbie to boot so please for all that are interested in this come forth with suggestions to get this rolling...a pun? I ll always take it.
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:21 PM   #78
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Alley cat, I think what Dredman did, posting an event is a good idea, people with the room that can offer a resting stop for Skoolies would be good, offering pros and cons on places to travel, warnings/hazards for single travelers to be aware of is good. Letting the group know when someone has an itinerary and feels ok in inviting others also would be of interest. I ll think more on this and hopefully others will chime in.
Again, I thank you so much for all of your great efforts. People helping people is a virtue. Gratitude brings peace.
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Old 10-18-2016, 03:17 PM   #79
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Ok I've added in a few more subboards..... the regional boards are still there, I'm still not convinced that isn't the right way to go, but I'll go with whatever the majority decides on that.

Take a look and see what you think.

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Old 10-18-2016, 03:31 PM   #80
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Ok I've added in a few more subboards..... the regional boards are still there, I'm still not convinced that isn't the right way to go, but I'll go with whatever the majority decides on that.

Take a look and see what you think.

SingleSkoolies
That is awesome! Great job. As I said, I m but one voice and I am fine with majority rules. Let's hear what others would like. I am including a link that might give more ideas, win.clubexpress.com
I joined this group when I bought my travel trailer to live in while I built a new home in Prescott. But now the Skoolie bug has bitten me big time and I'm heading to Prescott to haul the trailer back and sell it. I m planning on leasing out my ranch land and hitting the road, living full time in my Psychotic Illusion (the name of my bus).

I think you did a splendid job and so fast! Much thanks and kudos, AlleyCat!
When can we start posting? Oh, is there a way to upload photos? That would be very cool especially if we get together and party with lampshades on our heads.
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