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Old 09-26-2015, 12:47 PM   #11
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The city said I couldn't park my bus on the property unless it was in a garage. I told 'em it was too tall to fit. They said too bad----so I took the redneck way out.

I jack hammered the floor out of my garage and---

{b] shoveled out 8" of dirt and---[/b]

parked the bus in the garage just like they told me to do!
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Old 09-26-2015, 01:50 PM   #12
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The city said I couldn't park my bus on the property unless it was in a garage. I told 'em it was too tall to fit. They said too bad----so I took the redneck way out.

I jack hammered the floor out of my garage and---

{b] shoveled out 8" of dirt and---[/b]

parked the bus in the garage just like they told me to do!

I love it.
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Old 09-26-2015, 02:34 PM   #13
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I used to live in waterfront neighborhood that looked like more a junk yard because so many houses had junk in their yards and driveways. For 4 days I had a friend's $250k motor home in my driveway and someone called on it claiming it was a broken down old bus. Now I live in place with a 200' driveway and I doubt anyone would ever call on me here. My bus will be back off the street far enough it won't bother anyone. But then we picked this place out just to be able to build our bus. As long as I keep the noise down I'm thinking I'll be fine.
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Old 09-26-2015, 06:53 PM   #14
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Bought a big old bus
neighbors called the city twice
my bus is still here

The key is to have your ducks in a row before bringing baby home. I checked with the city zoning dept. and my HOA. Had to extend my driveway to make it legal
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Old 09-26-2015, 10:51 PM   #15
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I had a neighbor call the laws on me once. thy told us we needed to put up a fence.the rules didnt prohibit a 10 foot tall stockade fence. good fences...
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Old 09-26-2015, 11:29 PM   #16
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The city said I couldn't park my bus on the property unless it was in a garage. I told 'em it was too tall to fit. They said too bad----so I took the redneck way out.
If you can't raise the roof, lower the floor!
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Old 09-27-2015, 12:34 AM   #17
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My Mini-Bird is the first home that I've been able to call my own for a couple of years now; I parked it on the street outside a friend's place in an uppity-yuppie suburb in a MAJOR US city while I was waiting for a replacement alternator, and then for the heat to drop under one-hundred-and-hell to put it in.

During that time, I received weekly visits from the local constable, where they rather politely reminded me that I was NOT breaking any laws, but I was annoying the HOA (read: neighbor) who was in turn annoying the constable to do something, so they came to talk to me. So they could report back that they did something about it.

I just told them the truth, that I disliked the area, and wanted to be out of their hair and the heat as quickly as possible, but that I was staying with a friend while I was waiting for my parts to get in. When the lady from the HOA came to talk to me two days after the first visit from the cops, I told her that I wasn't doing anything wrong or inappropriate, and if my presence bothered them that much, they could always pitch in some money for a broke-down ol' veteran or help me find a better way/place to get the parts I needed.

Never did hear from her again.
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Old 09-27-2015, 10:26 PM   #18
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Those are the kind of people who put the "gentry" in gentrification...aka; small minded a__holes
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Old 09-28-2015, 12:49 AM   #19
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Yes, it is. Where I am at right now is particularly full of Big Oil Engineers and the like, actual medical Professionals--not your equipment technicians, but the actual RN's and doctors, and IT supervisors. I've met a teacher here, but she is divorced with two kids, so I am sure that her ex-husband is footing her bill, the poor sap.

What I think is the worst part, though, is that almost all of the people I've met out here have no appreciation for community--at least where they live--you never see anyone outside other than jogging by themselves, or occasionally an elderly couple or a pair of snobby, kept-women. No one seems to communicate or do anything with any of their neighbors.
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Old 09-30-2015, 10:37 PM   #20
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About a week before we brought our bus home, the neighbors across the street had their son, daughter-in-law and child move in. He took interest and even offered to help me out if he sees me working out there. He had seen the bus conversions on the web and was tempted to do the same. They brought a run-down camper and three cars with them. That makes for seven in the driveway and yard. None are rusting out and seems to get used and moved around.

I think if people are willing to put up with the F-16s going by every day, they kind of widen their horizons on what they will tolerate. I have felt I am pushing it since I tarped the whole thing after the windows came out. At least they are not big ugly blue tarps.

I will be selling my house next summer, or renting it out. I think of the bus as my escape from suburbia and the south. All the hard work will pay off. Just about any ridicule I could get from the neighbors would not keep it from being 100% worth it.
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