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Old 01-20-2015, 12:57 PM   #1
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I am new to the site obviously and wanted to take the time to say hello to you all. I currently drive an e-350 van with a commuter bus top. It is simply a van with a fiberglass roof, it still has the van body. It is titled as a bus so I suppose I should treat it like one.
I originally bought the van for $1500 from a bus company I converted it to a camper and traveled 10000 miles in it this past summer. So you could say I caught the travel bug and want to do it a lot more.
My first goal is to build a house to park at a trailer park to simplify my life and the costs that go with it. I am considering a bus for this. I am also considering other options, but really like the construction vs cost aspect that busses offer. Plus I like the idea of giving a work vehicle a new life. These are also reasons I like vans as well.
So I will be browsing around, maybe posting here and there trying to get familiar with the site. Feel free to ask me any questions, I have many pictures and have stayed at some wonderful places.
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:10 PM   #2
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I am new to the site obviously and wanted to take the time to say hello to you all. I currently drive an e-350 van with a commuter bus top. It is simply a van with a fiberglass roof, it still has the van body. It is titled as a bus so I suppose I should treat it like one.
I originally bought the van for $1500 from a bus company I converted it to a camper and traveled 10000 miles in it this past summer. So you could say I caught the travel bug and want to do it a lot more.
My first goal is to build a house to park at a trailer park to simplify my life and the costs that go with it. I am considering a bus for this. I am also considering other options, but really like the construction vs cost aspect that busses offer. Plus I like the idea of giving a work vehicle a new life. These are also reasons I like vans as well.
So I will be browsing around, maybe posting here and there trying to get familiar with the site. Feel free to ask me any questions, I have many pictures and have stayed at some wonderful places.
Welcome!
I'm in Apopka. I actually LOVE central Fl, but am heading West hopefully later this year. I have friends in South Fl that stealth camp in their 2002 Ford E350. They have taken it as far as Washington state.
Enjoy the forum.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:56 AM   #3
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Go Darters, right? Yes I do lots of camping in Ocala NF and the state parks around the area, I love to travel. My van is pretty stealthy, but usually camp legally. I was in Washington State this summer and I loved it there and will be returning soon. I live in a nice house in a nice little city, but really want to simplify my life and become more finically free. I have been looking for a cheap way to start my house that is durable and movable and that is how I ended up here. I want to live in a skoolie and save my money for the next step.
I will be using my tax return this year to fund it so should be ready by mid to late Feb. So far I still need to find a place to live/build it. Maybe since you live a bit more in the country you know someone?
Thanks for the welcome im learning a lot so far.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:03 AM   #4
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A few of us are planning a meetup sometime soon. You should come out.
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:04 PM   #5
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I would love to.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:44 PM   #6
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I am in the Kissimmee area. Wife and I love going to the springs when we can (DeLeon and Blue). Maybe a plan for 2-3 months out so buses are ready? Mine needs a few things still. The weather and water temp should be good by then. Although, I hear that Green Swamp is a great place and it should not be crowded like the springs and overnight is not a problem there. Camping is not allowed during hunting season though.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:59 PM   #7
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:57 AM   #8
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I am in the Kissimmee area. Wife and I love going to the springs when we can (DeLeon and Blue). Maybe a plan for 2-3 months out so buses are ready? Mine needs a few things still. The weather and water temp should be good by then. Although, I hear that Green Swamp is a great place and it should not be crowded like the springs and overnight is not a problem there. Camping is not allowed during hunting season though.
I grew up in the area of Green Swamp.
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:25 AM   #9
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I am not familiar with green swamp but I have been to blue springs many times. I have a few spots that I go to in Ocala that are free so I usually go there. Honestly Florida is getting a bit tired for me, but there are a few more places I haven't seen. So do you guys live in your busses or just use it as an RV?
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:17 AM   #10
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