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Old 10-29-2016, 03:26 PM   #1
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Storage Facility RV parking

There is a storage facility within walking distance of where I live and they have a 10x30 outdoor space available for $75 a month. The problem is that they do not allow any work to be done on the vehicle while it is parked there. So I am back to square one on where to work on my bus. There is no room at my house (HOA prohibits it anyway) and an affordable piece of land to store it on would be a few thousand dollars, over a hundred miles away and insecure. My only option seems to be buying an already converted bus. Even then it would be very inconvenient not to be able to do any work on it.
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Old 10-29-2016, 04:29 PM   #2
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Yeah, its never easy finding somewhere to convert a bus unless you're wealthy or have wealthy friends.
WHere to park it is the million dollar question.

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Old 10-29-2016, 05:47 PM   #3
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Nothing says you can't do the INSIDE work there.... last bus I had I took the seats out of it while it was parked on a storage facility lot... of course I did it after hours when no one was around.... if you can get 24 hour access to the facility just do the work you can when no one is around. Cutting holes in the outside, and painting, that kind of stuff might be tricky to manage... small things it probably wouldn't matter much. Heck my other bus still had the white lettering down the sides.... I stood there and spray painted the lettering black WHILE talking to the site manager about other things and nothing was ever said about it. Maybe strike up a friendship with the facility manager, it might get you a little leeway in that regard or it might not but it would be worth a try.
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Old 10-29-2016, 09:09 PM   #4
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Could you do the work at the curb outside your house or in your driveway, then take the bus back to the storage yard for the night and walk home?

It's likely to annoy your HOA but if it meets the letter of the agreement, you might choose to proceed.

I agree with AlleyCat: a six-pack, a smile, and a sincere handshake for the storage facility manager might be a very good idea.
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Old 10-29-2016, 11:50 PM   #5
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Nothing says you can't do the INSIDE work there.... last bus I had I took the seats out of it while it was parked on a storage facility lot... <snip>
Thanks for the tip. I will speak to the manager and get a copy of the lease which has all the rules and restrictions. I would imagine they are concerned about the safety of working on a vehicle that has a fuel tank since other vehicles are parked to the right and left. I could drill a hole and pierce a fuel line. Is diesel safer from that aspect than gasoline?
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Old 10-30-2016, 12:23 AM   #6
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Well strictly speaking, yes, to a degree..... gasoline's flash point is a lot lower than diesel so it won't go up quite as quickly, but once it goes it burns hotter so you still want to exercise due caution with it.
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Old 10-30-2016, 01:48 AM   #7
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You can drop a lit match in a bucket of diesel and it'll put the match out.

Gasoline is actually more difficult to ignite than you'd probably imagine too.

I recently couldn't find a striker or a functioning cigarette lighter when I was trying to do some cutting with a torch. I thought I'd just pour a little gas on the ground and shoot some sparks at it with a grinder.

No dice. I had to shoot sparks at a paper towel and get it smouldering, then use that to light the gasoline.

Sure, drilling a hole in a fuel line would suck, but it's not the end of the world. Even if you have a gas engine.
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Old 10-30-2016, 02:34 AM   #8
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I found a great place for $50/month. The manager is so nice, the thought of not being able to work on the bus didn't even occur to me.
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Yeah, its never easy finding somewhere to convert a bus unless you're wealthy or have wealthy friends.
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You can drop a lit match in a bucket of diesel and it'll put the match out.

Gasoline is actually more difficult to ignite than you'd probably imagine too.

I recently couldn't find a striker or a functioning cigarette lighter when I was trying to do some cutting with a torch. I thought I'd just pour a little gas on the ground and shoot some sparks at it with a grinder.

No dice. I had to shoot sparks at a paper towel and get it smouldering, then use that to light the gasoline.

Sure, drilling a hole in a fuel line would suck, but it's not the end of the world. Even if you have a gas engine.


Reminds me of back in the day when i smoked and couldnt find a light... out to the garage for some steel wool with a 9V batttery. That always produced a light lol
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ive got low taxes, a million dollar view and a place to work on my bus. its called country. just move out a little further.
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