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Old 09-03-2008, 09:25 PM   #11
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Re: Parking the bus - long term camping

Has anybody tried to buy a piece of land and park their bus on it?

I was thinking of purchasing a piece of land, installing a septic system, and living in the bus full time.

What do you guys think?
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Old 09-03-2008, 11:44 PM   #12
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Re: Parking the bus - long term camping

I think that sounds like a great idea... then later on you could use the electric/water/ect. on the site for a future home or cabin or whatever. If Michigan's economy doesn't get any better soon, I may have to do the same thing.
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:05 PM   #13
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I bet there's places in northern Michigan (even about an hour north of Grand Rapids) that you could do something like that. Up around Baldwin, MI there's a lot of real old shady places people call cabins.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:29 PM   #14
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Re: Parking the bus - long term camping

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Has anybody tried to buy a piece of land and park their bus on it?

I was thinking of purchasing a piece of land, installing a septic system, and living in the bus full time.

What do you guys think?
I doubt it'd fly (be allowed) unless you bought in Alaska. Better check with zoning board prior to buying, and get it in writing, lol. Why buy? Heck, that's one of the pluses of living in a bus....no ties.

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The reason I mentioned that was because, at the time, it seemed like a good idea. Just think, you could buy a few acres, out in the sticks where nobody would bother you. The problem, as you mentioned, would be zoning laws and finding employment.

I remember reading an article in Mother's magazine, about one person that bought a piece of land, built a garage and parked his trailer in it. The trailer became part of the living space, using the rest of the garage as a living room (he even had a wood burning stove in the living room). The only problem with his design was that he didn't have a sewer hookup.

I thought that by using that idea, and installing a sewer system, you could actually set up a nice little camp.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:35 PM   #15
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I think that sounds like a great idea... then later on you could use the electric/water/ect. on the site for a future home or cabin or whatever. If Michigan's economy doesn't get any better soon, I may have to do the same thing.
Don't worry Phil, the economy always goes in cycles. Hopefully, we have seen the worse and things will be getting better.

If not, as you said, we can head for the hills and live in our buses. Just remember to stock up on toilet paper. You can use it to barter, as a napkin, as a rag, or for the purpose it was intended for.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:56 PM   #16
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Re: Parking the bus - long term camping

now this is interesting we own a half acre on lake cowichan van isle.it is zoined resedential but has a fishing cabin on it the cabin was there when we bought the place as soon as we bought it and put our stik and staple there the bylaw occifer came and began to raise hell over the land use issue since most of the lots in the area have cabins or rvs we had to fight the regional district because they were threataning to buldoze and "clean up" .had to get a lawyer and go with the grandfather clause.that was the end of that.next year our bus will be there next to the neibors bus! he has a mci that is pretty much rusted in half and cannot move on its own keep on bussin,campin,cabinin! timbuk
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Re: Parking the bus - long term camping

Actually, the "skoolground" idea isn't a bad one. If anyone's looking to invest, I live in the TX Panhandle, and land's cheap around here. I just saw three acres in Mobeetie, TX (great place for a campground) posted for $12,000.

If anyone looks at starting up that idea, I bet they could make some of their startup money back pretty quickly with memberships.
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Re: Parking the bus - long term camping

I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEMS WITH CAMPGROUNDS HERE IN WA. AND OR. NOT WANTING SKOOLIES IN THARE CAMP IT IS EATHER THE 10 YEAR THING THE BUS THING OR THE FACT THAT I CAMOED MY SKOOLIE BUT I'M THINKNG OF THE SKOOLIEGROUND IDEA THAT I READ IN HERE
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:38 AM   #19
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Hey camo-monster, how about some pictures of the paint? I've been thinking about planning a low-key bus. Maybe desert camo, navy blue, or battleship grey with black trim.

I've seen a full-height International short bus parked in the woods up by Lake Champlain painted all brown primer (probably a hunting camp) that disappears among the tree trunks. I like the idea, but would probably do SOME trim. BTW, last month it had a "For Sale - $950" sign in the window with a local phone number. I haven't been up that way lately to see if it's still there. If anyone is interested, I'll try to check (3 hours round trip, though).

These buses probably wouldn't get into snob parks, but I wouldn't want to stay in those places, anyway.
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Old 11-15-2008, 01:45 PM   #20
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Re: Parking the bus - long term camping

I might be interested in the skoolgrounds. We have 30-40 acres, 20 that can be used souly for parking. We have approx. 2 acres in organic herbs and vegetables, greenhouse, a large ampitheater and stage, a 20 acre (full grown)landscaped arboretum with a couple ponds and a50x75 rec barn (pool table,ping pong, ect.) with bar and seating. We are remodling a carriage house into an art/music studio. We also have two large sheds that house all our tools and a couple vehicles. I have even been planning a Bus Bash one summer. We are in WA, in the country about 1/2 hr. from the nearest city. But centrally located about an hour-1 1/2 hrs. from 6 major cities. Spokane-CDA, Pullman-moscow, Lewiston-Clarkston. We've got fun little towns all around us and a lot of fishing and hunting and outdoor trips. We are even forming a tour company to take people to the remote locations: Lakes, parks, scablands, waterfalls, abandoned railroads w/trestles, bridges, hard to accces lakes. Because we already own the land it wouldnt be a huge investment, but albeit, an investment I'm sure! What do you guys think it would take? Any ideas?
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