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Old 07-20-2018, 07:32 AM   #1
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Skooliepalooza III- 1/14/19-1/21/19

I found out recently that they have a Skooliepalooza meet in Arizona and they will be having their 3rd one in January 2019. Here is the site......
Skooliepalooza - a Camping & Skoolie Community Building Event

I thought it would be pretty awesome to attend one of these, but it's like 2300 miles away. I was showing the wife the map and when I panned west a little bit, I showed her Palm Springs and Aneheim is only a few hours away. She grew up in that area and has been wanting to go back to visit for a long time now.

Since we can kill 2 birds with one stone, we made it official and we are heading to Arizona to visit Skooliepalooza for a couple days and then heading west to visit her family and friends from way back. We have 2 weeks to do this and it's going to be an interesting adventure to say the least.

I know my bus is mechanically sound and will make the trip. I just need to finish up my bus in the next couple months and make sure we are good to go. Leaving NE Ohio in January could be a little sketchy, but I am sure once we get farther south, it will work out.

Anyone else been to a Skooliepalooza? Anything I need to know beforehand?I never been west of the Mississippi and this is all new to me.
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Old 07-20-2018, 09:01 AM   #2
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I found out recently that they have a Skooliepalooza meet in Arizona and they will be having their 3rd one in January 2019. Here is the site......
Skooliepalooza - a Camping & Skoolie Community Building Event

I thought it would be pretty awesome to attend one of these, but it's like 2300 miles away. I was showing the wife the map and when I panned west a little bit, I showed her Palm Springs and Aneheim is only a few hours away. She grew up in that area and has been wanting to go back to visit for a long time now.

Since we can kill 2 birds with one stone, we made it official and we are heading to Arizona to visit Skooliepalooza for a couple days and then heading west to visit her family and friends from way back. We have 2 weeks to do this and it's going to be an interesting adventure to say the least.

I know my bus is mechanically sound and will make the trip. I just need to finish up my bus in the next couple months and make sure we are good to go. Leaving NE Ohio in January could be a little sketchy, but I am sure once we get farther south, it will work out.

Anyone else been to a Skooliepalooza? Anything I need to know beforehand?I never been west of the Mississippi and this is all new to me.
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Old 07-20-2018, 09:04 AM   #3
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Skooliepalooza is awesome!! We were at the 1st and 2nd. It is an amazing group of like-minded folks who share a love of the bus life. As long as our schedules allow, we hope to make this one too. You will be glad you went!!

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Old 07-20-2018, 10:01 AM   #4
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tire chains. can you afford a delay due to road closure? I have crossed from oklahoma to california many times in my life. More than once in the winter. The road can get ugly from winter weather. The worst I have seen was one trip between oklahoma city and new mexico. average speed in a car was down to 16 mph. counted more than a hundred big rigs in the median or sides of the road. top speed was 25 mph. just no grip at all. snow packed to ice. seemed like the plow trucks could not get under it.

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Old 07-20-2018, 11:20 AM   #5
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tire chains. can you afford a delay due to road closure? I have crossed from oklahoma to california many times in my life. More than once in the winter. The road can get ugly from winter weather. The worst I have seen was one trip between oklahoma city and new mexico. average speed in a car was down to 16 mph. counted more than a hundred big rigs in the median or sides of the road. top speed was 25 mph. just no grip at all. snow packed to ice. seemed like the plow trucks could not get under it.

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Old 07-20-2018, 01:35 PM   #6
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Consider taking US54 in NM all the way to Las Cruces, then I-10 to Phoenix, then west to Quartzsite. You can also avoid Phoenix by using I-8W to Gila Bend and cut north back to I-10. Go south as early as you can and then watch the weather. I used to come out of MN down to Wichita, and then follow 54 to 10 to go to Los Angeles to avoid bad weather and bad roads. A few more miles, but 100% on time deliveries!
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I'll be seeing you there! My plan is to begin full timing around march, so I'd love to make it out for a good trial run, and in front of other skoolie owners to get tips or ideas that I wouldn't have thought of.
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I found out recently that they have a Skooliepalooza meet in Arizona and they will be having their 3rd one in January 2019. Here is the site......
Skooliepalooza - a Camping & Skoolie Community Building Event

I thought it would be pretty awesome to attend one of these, but it's like 2300 miles away. I was showing the wife the map and when I panned west a little bit, I showed her Palm Springs and Aneheim is only a few hours away. She grew up in that area and has been wanting to go back to visit for a long time now.

Since we can kill 2 birds with one stone, we made it official and we are heading to Arizona to visit Skooliepalooza for a couple days and then heading west to visit her family and friends from way back. We have 2 weeks to do this and it's going to be an interesting adventure to say the least.

I know my bus is mechanically sound and will make the trip. I just need to finish up my bus in the next couple months and make sure we are good to go. Leaving NE Ohio in January could be a little sketchy, but I am sure once we get farther south, it will work out.

Anyone else been to a Skooliepalooza? Anything I need to know beforehand?I never been west of the Mississippi and this is all new to me.
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Old 07-27-2018, 06:47 PM   #9
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This would be perfect timing for us. Can just take the month of January off and head out there. Our bus should be usable soon, and done by then.

Ashtabula Ohio? we moved an antique railroad car out of there a few years ago. It is under restoration now. Bus comes first though. I have done enough railcars that we can slow down on that a bit.

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Old 07-27-2018, 07:26 PM   #10
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Maybe several of us can meet and convoy along the way if we time it right. I am doing this on a 2 week vacation schedule. I am leaving NE Ohio on Sunday Jan 13th and will be traveling at 60 mph down 71S through Tennesee and taking 40W into Albuquerque. I don't want to go through the mountains, so making a left at Albuquerque and dropping down to I-10 into Arizona.

Hopefully get to Quartzsite on Wednesday and then spent 2 days there. We will then head into California to visit family for a few days.
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Old 07-27-2018, 08:14 PM   #11
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Depending on weather we would take 81 south to 40 through Tennessee to Arizona , getting off at Holbrook to wander down to 10 in Phoenix. Have done this a number of times. For us it is three days and about 4 hours to Phoenix. 10- 12 hours driving each day.

Dropping down to 10 sooner if there is snow .

It might be a possibility to convey.
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Old 07-27-2018, 09:10 PM   #12
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Is that route between Holbrook and Phoenix pretty flat or mountainous?
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My route out of DFW will take me on 40 as well. That would be cool to meet up en route. There's a chance I might be making a stop in Albuquerque to pick up a friend as well
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Old 07-27-2018, 09:42 PM   #14
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Mountains all the way, lots of fun to drive. You will be decending from a high of 7700ft in Heber down to phoenix which is less then a 1000 ft elevation. There are a few mountain ranges to go over though to get down to Phoenix. If you do not have a jake brake or retarder then gear down. It runs about 6%.
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I40 from Amarillo westward past Flagstaff is subject to blizzards and short closures. They get it open fairly quickly because it is so heavilly traveled, but it can still mess up a tight schedule.
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I have seen the gates along there for closing the road. I figure we will watch the weather, and if it does not look good will drop down to 10. 5 degrees and blizzards are not what I have in mind. Although I have done it. Froze my water tank too....

We want a fun trip not test our skills trip. So south we will go if need be.
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The big plus for I40 is that it goes past the Grand Canyon if you want to see it.... I10 of course allows you to see White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, and visit Mexico If you care to.
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There's an RTR Meetup right after that in Quartsite as well. Hoping to make it to both if I can find the perfect bus and get it converted on time 😊
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i want to make this trip, this year. hope it pans out.

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