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Old 11-18-2018, 02:17 PM   #1
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We plan on traveling next year but keep hearing stories of School bus conversions being turned away or not allowed to park in their campground. I guess its because they are trying to attract the high end newer RV's and maybe associate school bus conversions with Hippies or Gypsies or some other non-sense reason. Anyone experience this prejudice while traveling. We plan on going on the backroads and primarily thru Missouri, Nebraska, South & North Dakota and Iowa...
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Old 11-18-2018, 03:25 PM   #2
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Old 11-18-2018, 03:34 PM   #3
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I dunno, there's been a few people here who've mentioned it not being a problem. I imagine skoolies might be banned at the high end campgrounds, but personally we'd rather avoid them anyway. We don't necessarily want to be camped next to people with giant outdoor televisions and whatever. We're way more inclined to boondock or camp in public lands, national forest and state campgrounds.
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when I was checking out places to spend the winter, there where parks in Florida that didn't want us, in the pan handle there was a few places that had no problem, I have emailed places in Arizona and Texas, some said ok, some wanted pictures of the bus , others was you could stay but only for a few days, most places said ok. its hit and miss, if the economy tanks, and so one is travelling , I'm sure any park would let you in.
I think if you are planning on stay in one park for a week or two I would call ahead.
We are planning on doing mostly boondocking , including Quartzsite
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Old 11-18-2018, 03:49 PM   #5
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I have been turned away from a number of private RV parks. I was traveling in a newly converted Eagle 10. It was not because it was a bus but because it was 16 years old.

I found quite a number of private parks, mostly in CA & NV, that had rules banning RVs over a certain age.

I also found a number of private parks that turned me away because of the weight of my Golden Retriever. No dogs over a certain weight.....

I have never had any issue at public parks or campgrounds.
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We plan on traveling next year but keep hearing stories of School bus conversions being turned away or not allowed to park in their campground. I guess its because they are trying to attract the high end newer RV's and maybe associate school bus conversions with Hippies or Gypsies or some other non-sense reason. Anyone experience this prejudice while traveling. We plan on going on the backroads and primarily thru Missouri, Nebraska, South & North Dakota and Iowa...

The most logical reason I can think of, aside from the obvious aesthetics and clientele concerns, is safety. Consider that a factory-built RV meets electrical, plumbing, and other health and safety codes, they have stickers certifying this. If it burns down through no fault of the campground and RV owner, there is recourse with the manufacturer. Now consider someone's homebuilt schoolie conversion, which may or may not have been built to whatever arbitrary code (and usually none at all, most of us do not have building code inspections done). Now, granted, most of us do the work properly and up to safety and codes, but not everyone does and how is a campground to know the difference? Let a schoolie burn down (and I hope it doesn't), who's accountable then?
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Old 11-18-2018, 09:07 PM   #7
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There are pre-existing threads on this. I have spent several months on the road and no major problems. But some places say no. Anything run by government doesnít discriminate, as long as they have room. Plenty of others are fine too.
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There are pre-existing threads on this. I have spent several months on the road and no major problems. But some places say no. Anything run by government doesnít discriminate, as long as they have room. Plenty of others are fine too.


I really appreciate this simplification, thank you!
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The main problem is that the people telling you those stories are probably gypsies or hippies and people actually don’t want them at the campground. if you have a nice school bus conversion that looks like an RV you will have no problem getting into a campground.
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