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Old 06-26-2009, 01:22 AM   #1
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Ever park in an RV park? Any problems w/homebrew RV's?

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I've heard that some parks discriminate against homemade RV's, or specifically against "School bus conversions" because of a "hippie stigma" or something like that, but that is just the word of commercially made RV's so i'm wondering if there's truth to it.

I'm wondering whether it will be possible to use a conventional RV park if it either looks like a school bus or shows signs of being used as a school bus (even if it's not a dognose)
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:32 PM   #2
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Re: Ever park in an RV park? Any problems w/homebrew RV's?

I suppose that depends on where you are going, I took mine to Ocean Waves Campground in Cape Hatteras last month, no issues there at all. And it seemed to be more of an attraction rather than an eye sore. I was there 3 days, and was located up near the beach so everyone going to the beach had to walk past my rig. Everyone was looking at it, several people stopped to ask me about, and I gave the nickel tour to about a dozen or so people. It went over very well actually.



The second day I was there another one came in, though this one was professionally built it didn't seem to look that dis-similar to mine (they came over and took a look at mine too).



I also had this at another place that did little more than get a lot of attention. Everyone at the park wanted a look inside. So far I have had no problems...



So far I have not had any issues, all of it has been great. I'm sure there are places out there that would turn me away, such as Outdoor Resorts which have restrictions on types of units they allow. Most campgrounds are glad to take your money and don't care what you camp in. I noticed some people camping in horse trailer one year down at Ocean Waves Campground. State Parks etc won't care either, and though I haven't tried it yet, I don't think I'll have any problems at Army Corp of Engineer campgrounds either (those places are the nicest campgrounds too)...
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Just happened to me this morning. We were turned away from an RV park in Tampa, FL because we are in a SKooLie. I really don't know if it is common, though. First time we have tried to use an RV park.
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Just happened to me this morning. We were turned away from an RV park in Tampa, FL because we are in a SKooLie. I really don't know if it is common, though. First time we have tried to use an RV park.
From what I've heard its rather common. The nicer the park, the more likely one is to be turned away I'd imagine.
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Just happened to me this morning. We were turned away from an RV park in Tampa, FL because we are in a SKooLie. I really don't know if it is common, though. First time we have tried to use an RV park.
Since your first post saying that you just got your bus only three days ago, I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that it actually is, and still looks like a school bus. I'm not surprised you got turned away, especially if it is some higher priced campground. Many of those even have age requirements, have to keep out the riff raff you know. I tend to stay in state parks, only a couple of campgrounds. The question has never come up.

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Thanks, state parks are solid advice! Have you stayed at one for more than 14 days? We are actually looking for a place to stay for a month or two while I start graduate school at USF.

and Yes, the bus is indeed yellow right now. I was trying to make a reservation for the future (August) though, and at that point the bus will be painted something lovely...doesn't sound like it would have mattered, though. (P.S. this RV park is not too swanky )
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Yeah, I'm starting to see that this may be a challenge for us. We need a place to stay for a month or two when we get to Tampa, and we are encountering lots of age restrictions and now Skoolie discrimination...damn the man!
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Thanks for the info! Your rig looks enviable!
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I don't think I'll have any problems at Army Corp of Engineer campgrounds either (those places are the nicest campgrounds too)...
We stayed at a Corps of Engineers campground last weekend in our bus.
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The hoity-toity RV parks that are against skoolies are all way overpriced anyway. And it is my understanding that KOA also has a "no skoolies allowed" policy as well as most of the fancier places. The state & national parks as well as the Corp of Engineers parks are quieter and prettier too. Lots of options besides snotty RV parks.
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