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Old 10-05-2018, 09:02 AM   #21
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The problems I've seen (and dealt with) parking on grass/lawn is that where the grass grows up and touches the underside of the frame, it starts to rust faster in those areas. (I think the grass holds dew and moisture.) Get a thick enough "wall" of grass around the edge of the vehicle, and it also prevents airflow under the vehicle - holding in moisture. So what parts of a vehicle are thinner metal, and hang down low? The break lines!

It didn't happen overnight, and it's not like the grass was the only cause, but I've seen it happen once or twice before where trucks parked on grass were worse off then cars parked on pavement.

So I"d say to "fix" it, just cut the grass under the parking space first, and keep it trimmed around the edges every now and then.
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Old 10-05-2018, 10:58 AM   #22
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Not misinformed, experienced. With the exception of overgrown grass in a very humid climate I fail to see it's effect on rust. I have seen vehicles that have been sitting in the weeds for years with no ill effects. I have also seen vehicles parked on gravel rusted away. I think it has more to do with the protection of the metal and the presence of corrosives like salt than grass. However please explain how grass can enhance rust formation. Maybe there is some chemical in the grass that we haven't considered.

Grass turf isn't the only thing at play in rusting vehicles. Long term parking cannot be good on turf because of the dew forming every night, at least up here when the sun isn't as hot as other areas.
Heck mine rust in the driveway on gravel because they were not undercoated or protected every year with undercarriage oiling. A pretty hard thing to defeat totally so I don't worry about them rusting. Fix what needs to be fixed before it is a problem, ie, brake lines, rotors

Every lawnmower and lawntractor I own is rusting so what does that tell you.

I don't care to live in a desert so it is a tradeoff I guess.
Park where you want then guys, but move, drive these vehicles regularly for proper air drying.


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Old 10-05-2018, 09:14 PM   #23
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Hi all,

I am new to the skoolie world and looking to purchase a short bus. I have already converted a 1993 Chevy van, so I understand most of the issues when it comes to dealing with these old vehicles. But since I'm not familiar with buses specifically and haven't looked at very many, I wanted to get some opinions on the acceptable amount of rust underneath.

I'm looking to live full time in the bus for at least a year, possibly two, but I don't need it to last me forever. I won't be doing any cold weather stuff so hopefully it won't have to see snow again.

Bus specs:
1997 Chevy 3500 Short School Bus
Asking price: $2,150
Automatic, Gas engine
127, 000 miles
Runs well, appears mechanically sound
Current inspection - until 5/19
Exact size I'm looking for, already has the school bus lights and everything removed. It has been registered as a truck.

I am just worried about the amount of rust underneath. Any opinions are appreciated!
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