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Old 01-16-2018, 12:18 PM   #41
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It's funny but OP mentioned RV camp grounds to stay in while using their bus but no one has mentioned how difficult it can be at some RV parks because a bus is not an RV and are not always welcomed. Granted I have yet to have issues because I don't use RV camp grounds but something to be prepared for.

Good point.

I traveled 40+ states in a converted Eagle. New paint, roof raise and RV windows. I ran into several "private" RV parks/campgrounds that would not let me stay.

I found that Federal, State and County facilities that I stopped at did not care about it being a bus or about the age.
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:24 PM   #42
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Good point.

I traveled 40+ states in a converted Eagle. New paint, roof raise and RV windows. I ran into several "private" RV parks/campgrounds that would not let me stay.

I found that Federal, State and County facilities that I stopped at did not care about it being a bus or about the age.
Some of those RV Parks are like Million Dollar Ghettos anyway. I much prefer state and federal campgrounds, or boondocking on BLM land.
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:30 PM   #43
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I haven't taken any lak for being a bus, but I also avoid the places I'd expect to get it. I don't have hookups so the structured rv park doesn't make sense for me. Also I'm cheap so you'll find me at a Walmart or in a field instead.
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:50 PM   #44
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I haven't taken any lak for being a bus, but I also avoid the places I'd expect to get it. I don't have hookups so the structured rv park doesn't make sense for me. Also I'm cheap so you'll find me at a Walmart or in a field instead.
Anywhere but here, people think that I am nuts when I tell them that I lived for about 2 years (cumulative) at WalMart

The worst area's for "Bus Discrimination" I personally found were Las Vegas NV and LA/Orange Counties in CA.
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:55 PM   #45
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Anywhere but here, people think that I am nuts when I tell them that I lived for about 2 years (cumulative) at WalMart

The worst area's for "Bus Discrimination" I personally found were Las Vegas NV and LA/Orange Counties in CA.
Dude, there's parts of los Vegas you better not have a backpack!

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Old 01-27-2018, 03:48 PM   #46
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Am I correctly assuming that it is easier to find a mechanic who will work on a van cutaway shortie like an E450, rather than on a full size bus? I really like the full size ones, but the cutaway style ones just seem more available and cheaper to get.
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Old 01-27-2018, 04:11 PM   #47
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Any car mechanic should be comfortable enough working on a cutaway, it's literally just an E350 or whatever van with a shell.

Many would also work on a full size bus, but not all. I had a hell of a time in Washington asking different shops (auto repair, heavy truck repair, etc) if they'd do my AC compressors. I ended up doing them myself because my bus was either too big or too small.

Also, it matters a lot what sort of work you're trying to have done. Diesel engines are simple beasts, and most of the things you'd use a typical mechanic for are just as easy to do yourself. When you start talking about pulling cylinder heads, there are very few mechanics I'd trust to do it regardless of what platform it's on.

This is an area where diesels and gas motors differ, it's not uncommon for a gas engine in a bus to need an overhaul around 100k miles.
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Old 01-27-2018, 04:16 PM   #48
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This is an area where diesels and gas motors differ, it's not uncommon for a gas engine in a bus to need an overhaul around 100k miles.
Thanks for the info. I'm definitely going for a diesel. Just traying to figure out if cutaway or full size... And I think trouble finding help could be a dealbreaker for me, having zero knowledge about mechanics.
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Am I correctly assuming that it is easier to find a mechanic who will work on a van cutaway shortie like an E450, rather than on a full size bus? I really like the full size ones, but the cutaway style ones just seem more available and cheaper to get.
I'm not a mechanic, but I'd much rather work on a full size bus than a van. NOTHING on a van is easy to work on. I drive one.
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