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Old 07-21-2016, 10:02 PM   #1
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Only had my bus for 12 days and cops already hassling me

So I've been visited by the local gang twice now about my still-yellow beauty. They are citing me for having an abandoned vehicle (my lovely International 3800 motor coach) even though it runs great and has all appropriate tags and insurance. Is this what I should get used to for making the decision to buck convention and pursue my Skoolie dream?
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:19 PM   #2
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So I've been visited by the local gang twice now about my still-yellow beauty. They are citing me for having an abandoned vehicle (my lovely International 3800 motor coach) even though it runs great and has all appropriate tags and insurance. Is this what I should get used to for making the decision to buck convention and pursue my Skoolie dream?
Wow that sucks. My GUESS or OPINION is it sounds like you might have a neighbor calling it in if you have it sitting were people can see it. Not sure why they would cit it as abandoned though.
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:52 PM   #3
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The cops keep changing their story and can't seem to answer my questions on exactly what is and what isn't allowed. I checked the city ordinance and the only thing I could find regarding the parking of trucks and other large vehicles was I need to be 20 ft from the street (I'm probably 40 or 50 ft from the street). Guess the cops are making up the rules as they go along and that's a game I have no chance of winning. Really sucks.
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Old 07-21-2016, 11:09 PM   #4
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The cops keep changing their story and can't seem to answer my questions on exactly what is and what isn't allowed. I checked the city ordinance and the only thing I could find regarding the parking of trucks and other large vehicles was I need to be 20 ft from the street (I'm probably 40 or 50 ft from the street). Guess the cops are making up the rules as they go along and that's a game I have no chance of winning. Really sucks.
You could go to the city and go to code enforcement and ask them about it. They may have to pull the info up. At that point I'd ask for a copy of what they are saying the rules are. If the paper does not have a name on it you could ask for a stamp or something to show its from the city. Explain to them what's going on they may be able to help. Just my thoughts and what I'd do. I'd be nice about it too (not saying you wouldn't) just saying that will help too.

My 2 cents
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Old 07-21-2016, 11:28 PM   #5
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Thank you, we are just worried we are going to get hassled by the fuzz every hundred miles. It's not part of my skoolie dream. Have you been given a hard time by the police because, you know BUS, duh. Hopefully some folks have had positive experiences?
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Old 07-21-2016, 11:32 PM   #6
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only two times? I visited with the police 5 times in the first 3 weeks.

I felt afraid and so vulnerable. I admire police officers and i think they can sense that in my voice. I had all my paperwork and a lease for a private property lot i rented while i work on it. Twice i invited the officers inside to have a look.

After the 5th visit, i called the precinct and spoke with the Sgt. and shared my story. He put me on the phone with one of his officers and we got to chatting and i invited him over. Two officers came that time and checked it out.

I did get a window warning because i had not yet gotten plates, but that put fire under my butt to get those asap. lol

Hang in there. It takes people awhile to get a feel for us, and this is a pretty new thing for neighbors and with all the scary stories of meth labs and stuff they are just afraid and want to make sure.

Good luck!
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Old 07-21-2016, 11:43 PM   #7
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Thank you, we are just worried we are going to get hassled by the fuzz every hundred miles. It's not part of my skoolie dream. Have you been given a hard time by the police because, you know BUS, duh. Hopefully some folks have had positive experiences?
No I have not. We are in the county so it really doesn't matter who sees it. Iv just worked for a city for a few years. They are people like us. Doing there job and yes sometimes it sucks for us. But in those few years I learned things and can sometimes apply it to other stuff.

It should help if you can talk face to face with code enforcement. If you can get any paper work or there help that will help you a lot. My experience is the police and code enforcement will work together on things so it may just be code enforcement gets you paper or they can make a call for you.

That will be great for you if all that works.
The long drawn out part will be is if you do have a neighbor that does not like looking at your bus and keeps calling it in. That's going to be a pain.

I'd start with code enforcement see if they will help . good luck and let us know how things go
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Old 07-21-2016, 11:47 PM   #8
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Thanks Carytowncat, I appreciate the support. It's a lead a bit overwhelming to take on this project, like eating an elephant lol. Sounds like I will be spending so time "educating" the boys in blue regarding motor coaches. I also appreciate the job the police do but I'd be lying if I said they didn't still scare the crap out of me. Hopefully the west coast will be a little more chill.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:12 AM   #9
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I'm planning to go to the next city council meeting to see if they can clear things up. I want to follow the rules. You are correct about the neighbor issue, he's a bully with a gun so we're planning to move asap. My mom lives in rural VA and we can finish the bus there before we head out on our adventure. This is my dream and I'm not letting anyone take it away.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:35 AM   #10
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Sorry about your hassles-my experience has been that most cops are pretty cool as long as you are-maybe I've been lucky. Where in rural Va? Its funny because my family lived in Mentor (and Mentor on the Lake) back in the day and I'm in rural Va. My grandmom told me about moving here in a Ford Model A(could have been a T) and 2 horse-drawn wagons between the world wars. She said it took about a month total.
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