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Old 10-13-2012, 07:28 PM   #11
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Greyeagle... you encroach on the site that I have to pay $375 per month on, you will be either be "readjusting" or moving. I find it hard to believe that you would be so generous in the same situation. Especially when it happens repeatedly. The current neighbours managed to park within their site but the previous one would have parked their fifth wheel in our site if it weren't for the fact the sites are lined with telephone poles (and they tried to climb that!). Spend some time long term in a few campgrounds and then recheck your opinion. People just can't drive their RV or back them into a site! And weekenders are the worst!
Be RVin since Feb 2000, Never had a problem getting into a site, or neighbors like the ones you speak of. My slideouts were always within the site for which I paid. But you are right about one thing....
If I ever had a neighbor like you I would move....
Have a nice day..
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:11 PM   #12
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[ But you are right about one thing....
If I ever had a neighbor like you I would move.....
DITTO! But I don't think it would be a problem. I doubt that I will EVER run into anyone from these or any other forum.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:25 AM   #13
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Re: Slide outs

On the backing in
Every trip we make to arrowhead campground in UNF,N.C.(2x ayear for last 10yrs) there is always somone attempting to back in a class A or camper trailer,that doesn't know how or can't backup.
This blocks the road as we try to geta convoy of rigs out to the trails.
I have helped guide and actually backin abunch over the years.
Worst ones are the arrogant azz's who do not want help...and after a 1/2 hr decide to manuver around sothey can pull in....we always want to be there to watch they attempt to get out.it amazes me that anyone canrent something 40ft long and not have a clue...or buy and don't learn or practice the basics.
And I agree people that are on forums are not the ones who encroach or bother neighbors,it always seems to be the folks with money and no clue who are showing off their new toy to friends...
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:12 AM   #14
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I'm sorry to hear about your wife. Don't give up on the conversion.

I think slide-outs are cool...on someone else's rig. They do make a big difference on interior space. My friend full times and I can't believe how much bigger that couple of feet make. The main reason I wouldn't want one (besides the thought of driving off with it still extended ) is because it defeats the purpose of why I bought a bus, the safety of the school bus body. To put in a slide, you need to cut out structural supports. I'm sure it can be strengthened but I don't want to go through the hassle. If I wanted to look like a fancy pants RV, I would just buy the RV and be done...and broke...more broke than I am.

So when you boil it all down, I guess you can say I'm just lazy. I think I'll change my name to lazycal.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:14 AM   #15
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On backing........ in

That makes for some cheap entertainment at the campgrounds....... as long as they are not holding up traffic or doing damage to someone or something.
I retired from the military in 1991 and got my CDL's shortly there after, sure comes in handy whenever you need to back something into a spot....

The people with da money and da big motorhomes are a hazard on the road to themself and others as they zoom around in their 40fters...

Happy trails.....
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On backing........ in

That makes for some cheap entertainment at the campgrounds....... as long as they are not holding up traffic or doing damage to someone or something.
I retired from the military in 1991 and got my CDL's shortly there after, sure comes in handy whenever you need to back something into a spot....

The people with da money and da big motorhomes are a hazard on the road to themself and others as they zoom around in their 40fters...

Happy trails.....

I love watching them fly down the Grapevine on I5 at over 70mph while the trucks and myself are keeping at 35mph. Im waiting to get to the bottom ready with the popcorn expecting to see a wreck from failed brakes or a RV with brakes on fire.
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:15 AM   #17
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Lorna, thank you and congrats on your continued relationship. Enjoy it.
GreyEagle, funny you should mention the sticks and staples trying to fly: two Oct ago the wife and I were on the bike and headed south into Gainesville, Fl. It was 30min from sunset and 30min from the motel. Florida is cold in Oct and I was in a hurry. I was in the far left lane of 4 and cruising at 85mph. Imangine my surprize when a motorhome passed us...must have been doing 100mph. We caught them on the uphills, but dang he had that thing moving. So, yes they do get up to speed. I'm glad we didn't have to see him stop.
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After retiring from driving a semi over a year ago, I still have more of a problem backing without a trailer
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:11 AM   #19
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Anymore slide out ideas on how to cheaply do it. I'm gonna be living in mine in about 2 years with 2 kids and need atleast one huge slide out
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I know this is heresy (or maybe blasphemy?) but at some point you have to consider whether it's really worth all the work and expense and risk of modifying a school bus to mirror something that already exists pre-made (ie: an RV with slide-outs). It might be easier to modify an RV to fit your other needs rather than completely re-designing a bus. I mean sure, the bus is a sturdier vehicle and has other advantages, but I see plenty of RVs from the 1980s and 1990s roaming around that have not disintegrated yet and would likely end up costing you less than modifying a bus to meet your needs. I have no regrets about converting a bus, but I did not perform any major alterations like roof raise, slide-outs, etc. But even with the relatively simple conversion I've done (still not finished!) I sometimes catch myself thinking: "now why didn't I just buy an RV??", and then I reassure myself that because of x, y and z reasons it makes sense. But I think the more time and money you put into it, the more that equation starts to shift towards it being a boondoggle. Of course most of us skoolies just enjoy building stuff, so you can't take that out of the equation entirely.
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