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Old 07-22-2016, 06:36 AM   #11
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'Nother couple of Virginia folks? I'll buy you both coffee if you ever venture out Christiansburg way...
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:00 AM   #12
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Sounds like a whiny, nosy neighbor to me. But there is the issue of color. Many states require full removal of any & all "school bus" ID and often a change from the "official" school bus yellow.

Beyond that, it comes down to various city,local and neighborhood association rules and ordinances. Some areas are easy to live with while others are a total beotch. Definitely check the ordinances and confirm what the "official" position is.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:58 AM   #13
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That's what's funny about this, I did check the city ordinance and you are allowed to park on over size vehicle, (it lists tractor trailers as acceptable) as long as they are parked 20 feet from the curb, which I am. The police didn't say anything about the color of the bus. First cop told me the bus was over weight but could not provide the ordinance number for me. The second cop said the bus was too long "it's over 30 ft" she said. "No its not" I said. "This bus is 28 ft long, I measured it." Cop, "school buses are over 30 ft" I pointed out that my but is a short bus (the big handicap symbol in the back should have clued her in). Then she said i"It's an eye sore and people complained" Okay, well I found 14 other over size, over weight, eye sores in the three blocks around my house and if the bus has to go, they all have to go too. It's only fair.

We will be in Shipman, VA once we get everything settled here. I'd love to meet up with some other skoolies!
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Old 07-22-2016, 03:30 PM   #14
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Shipman is a pretty good hike for me but you won't be too far from Dapplecreek in Christiansburg. Good luck w/your bus and your move and keep us posted. Later, Marc
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Old 07-22-2016, 03:35 PM   #15
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The police didn't say anything about the color of the bus. First cop told me the bus was over weight but could not provide the ordinance number for me. The second cop said the bus was too long "it's over 30 ft"
This is were going in face to face with the code enforcement (what I call them) COULD help you in multiple ways. If/when you go in don't say anything about it being a bus. Just ask for the rules for parking a large vehicle in your place of residence. Ask if there is a weight restriction and anything else you can think of. Ask for it in print. Also try to get city logo or code stamp something that shows its from your city and not pulles out of a hat even business card.You could check online but if they don't keep it up to date you could get false info.

All this COULD help when if they show up again. Make copies so you can hand to who ever. If all falls in your favor and you are following all laws rules I can't see why they wouldn't tell who ever complains you are in the right and get over it.

This can also help with any tickets they have / might give for any reason. And again be cool about everything that's Gunna help a lot.

But maybe you won't have to go through all that if you are relocating the bus.

And DON'T GIVE UP ON THE SKOOLIE DREAM! It seams like there are more people who like the idea and will encourage you to keep going even want to see in.

Good luck!
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Old 07-22-2016, 04:23 PM   #16
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Thanks so much for the kind and encouraging words, living the life I've been looking for a place to put the bus in case things don't go well. I'm also looking into getting a consultation with an attorney. ...just don't completely trust the "code enforcers"
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Old 07-22-2016, 04:34 PM   #17
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I've fought with code enforcement my entire adult life.
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Old 07-22-2016, 08:39 PM   #18
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:44 PM   #19
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I am amazed at the things that I read here regarding restrictions on what you can park IN YOUR OWN DRIVEWAY.

On the street I can understand SOME of the restrictions. But in your own yard? That is nuts....

I do respect my neighbors and take effort to avoid doing anything that negatively impacts them. I don't think we need to legislate reasonable manners.

FYI: There is a 10 acre parcel down the road from me for sale for $60k. Plenty of room to park as many busses as your heart desires.
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FYI: There is a 10 acre parcel down the road from me for sale for $60k. Plenty of room to park as many busses as your heart desires.
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