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Old 02-25-2016, 04:51 PM   #31
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That is the game plan right now, on my way to PA via Iowa..it's the long way. Lol
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:57 PM   #32
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beret; That's bus abuse, plain and simple. All that effort and expense to purchase a bus and then get it to Co from Or. Are you sure it was kids? I'd probably suspect a jealous neighbor, but then I had some crappy neighbors in town. I had a neighbor with a BB gun that liked to put chips in all my automotive glass, and that was an adult. This seems more like a jealousy thing where someone decided to cost you a lot of money basically to take you down a notch. Of course I could be wrong, but kids are usually opportunists. This sounds like a close neighbor that knew when you were away from home.

So sorry to hear about this.
Thanks for the condolences - there were witnesses, thankfully, that were able to intervene once they realized what was happening - a group of young teenagers from a nearby neighborhood. We still haven't heard from the police about it, but we follow up every couple days.

Unfortunate all around, but we've met some skoolie rockstars through the process. We've also learned a bit about what might have thwarted this type of opportunistic vandalism. Painting wasn't a priority of mine before, but not looking like an empty yellow school bus might avoid sparking some pre-teen rage about their school they don't like. Also, the obvious one: curtains. We need to have curtains closed all the time so that our presence is more of a mystery.
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Old 02-25-2016, 05:03 PM   #33
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"We need to have curtains closed all the time so that our presence is more of a mystery."

That and a "Security Provided by Winchester" sign might help.

(Or Glock...or Remington...or Uzi...or... )
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Old 02-25-2016, 05:50 PM   #34
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I still find it amazing that bored kids will break things for entertainment. I never thought I'd see a generation gap, but that kind of values speaks of a great big fat gap. Take consolation in the fact that soon you'll be able to get in your bus and drive away while those kids are still stuck there.

I'm glad you found Public Surplus over here. That's the cheapest buses I know of, but the sad part is there's always a better bus. That's why I like to just move my furniture into a new bus with minimal modifications to the vehicle. Modular sink and cooking components along with a few file cabinets. I'm specifically looking for simplicity and a low center of gravity. I've seen a large tree fall on a school bus and not crush it so I'm a believer in maintaining the structural integrity pretty much as designed. I plan on being around a lot of trees.

I think we'll all be looking forward to your progress and success on your rig.
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:32 PM   #35
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Just remembered a great security sign on a locked gate, on a dirt road, up in the Colorado mountains.

On the gate was a standard rifle target with about a dozen rounds within an inch or so of center. All the handwritten note on it said was...

"This was from 500 yards. You are at 150."
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:40 PM   #36
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:28 PM   #37
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If you feel like coming back to oregon or figuring out a way to get a bus back without a motor, there is a fellow in Stayton or who is sling a bus without the engine for 500 bucks. He bought the bus just for the engine and is looking to b get rid of the rest quick. https://salem.craigslist.org/pts/5424293875.html

Teenagers should be committed to an asylum from ages 12 to 19....
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Old 02-26-2016, 10:08 PM   #38
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I should be in the pickup area around noon tomorrow. Ohio/Indiana state line
Right now,leave for PA around 6am
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Old 02-26-2016, 10:26 PM   #39
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Hi Skoolydoo

If you call me when you are about an hour out I'll start toward Indiana. See you then.
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Old 02-26-2016, 10:34 PM   #40
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Yea not a problem, I'm on 70 so when I cross over from WV I will call should be around 11 local time..
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