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Old 12-28-2016, 04:41 PM   #11
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Our bus is a pug nose (engine is half inside and half outside) at 32' and we had an extra 3.5' porch bolted onto the frame in the back. It fit easily in two spaces, most of the time with room to spare. I don't remember ever really getting into any tight fits, and we parked in some places we probably shouldn't have tried to fit in. The mirrors and backup camera (which is permanently turned on when the headlights are on) make it super easy to get into any space and see exactly where the lines and your tires, nose, and tail are. Even with cars parked on both sides we were able to get out of regular parking lots, although sometimes it might had required a bit of manuvering. Once we even had to turn around on a one lane dirt road that was only a few inches wider than the bus' wheel base with swamp on either side. Most parking lots are big enough that they have a bunch of empty parking near the back. If it's not big enough, park next door and walk to where you're going.

Having the backup camera on while driving also virtually eliminates the blind spot and helps tremendously with switching lanes because we can see what's coming behind us. The mirror up top used for watching the kids in the back is also helpful because you can use it to see out of the first few windows on the driver's side.

If you're looking for places to camp for free you don't have to limit yourself to parking lots. We've only paid to camp for maybe a week total in the past three years. All legal camping, too, no sketchy stuff. There are a lot of Walmarts and truck stops involved, but an equal amount of free public lands to camp on that are easily accessible for vehicles under 35'.
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Old 12-28-2016, 04:46 PM   #12
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Another thing, regarding the "eyesore" problem... We painted our bus a nice solid color that doesn't make us look like crazy vagabonds. I think a lot of the buses that folks consider "eyesores" are due to the fact that the vehicle looks like it's falling apart and might not make it out of the parking lot or like it's full of drugged up freeloading hippies with a psychedelic paint scheme. I think rainbow buses look cool, but it's not as easy to fly under the radar that way, which is why my paint scheme is a bit more tame.

Then again, some people just won't like a bus because it's a bus which means you're probably not rich enough to buy a $100,000 RV. Or because the bus smells like a goat lives in it... Although I don't think anybody but us has that problem! Hehehe
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Old 12-28-2016, 04:58 PM   #13
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Mine is a 37 footer, and I've had it parked completely within just two spots. The trick, like everybody is saying, is to park at the furthest spots away from the store and try to make sure nobody parks next to you and boxes you in. Or if you feel comfortable, park in the middle of four spots that way you don't have to worry about getting parked in...
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Old 12-29-2016, 01:35 AM   #14
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Thanks for chiming in, friends!

Keeping under 35' in length does sound nice to keep my skoolie able to access more places. It's reassuring to hear that vehicles of that length (or longer) can fit into two spaces pretty comfortably!

Regarding your comments on the 'eyesore' issue, onenationundergoat, I definitely am intending to go with a more tame paint job myself. A non-obtrusive non-yellow color maybe with a white top portion. I'm also considering trying to add a reflective/high visibility pattern "trim" at roughly eye-level...

I definitely don't want to live exclusively in parking lots, they're just pretty easy to find on a whim if I need to take a break for a day or something. I don't want the kind of camper I end up with to make it especially hard to fall back on a parking lot is all.
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