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Old 03-20-2015, 01:35 PM   #1
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So my name is Higgins, myself and my wife started a conversation about campers, about year ago with both of our up bringing having pop-up campers, and tents around growing up. I thought to myself, why not an RV, then, since we like to do things differently. I asked my wife what about a school bus conversion? Now, she is in school and I am in the navy, and currently deployed. We have at least a year before my wife is done, and I might be out in several months. So, looking to buy a bus and convert the bus ready to go, is something I am shooting for by the end of 2016. We are in the Hampton Roads of Virginia. We really don't like it here, and we don't know where we want to go to. So, we just want to go where ever until we find that place. Looking forward to learning about do's and dont's, tips, and making fellow skoolie friends.

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Old 03-20-2015, 02:11 PM   #2
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Where are you currently stationed?
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Old 03-20-2015, 02:34 PM   #3
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Station out of little creek, Virginia beach, but deployed to Bahrain small island in the Persian gulf. EastCoastCB, what about you, were you in?
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No I wasn't but I have friends who have served. I like travel though!
I like hearing tales of others travels as well. One buddy of mine is stationed in Hawaii and loves it, another hates every second while he's in Afghanistan. My uncle got drafted in Vietnam but somehow got lucky and was stationed in some part of Germany during the whole conflict.
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:36 PM   #5
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Former Canadian Reservist here. We fight for the same side.

Be sure to read the pages in the build threads section as you have time. There is a ton of usefull info hidden in the pages of each build thread.

I personally like the build thread section more that any other part of this site.

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hello Nat,

Same side is right, I have had some fun times with some of your boys playing in a small rugby league out here in Bahrain last year, you guys are great. I have a question for you and eastcoastCB, do you all live full-time in your Skoolie's? me and my wife are looking to take ours to the road for a bit until we find that place. So we are looking to live in it full time. How would you all do it, or recommend us to go about it, as what type/size bus, what skills would be most useful to have around a skoolie? Just how to get started in the right direction.

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I live full time in 16 feet of my fist bus body, turned into a shed. I will live here till my Four season prime is done. I moved back into my shed in September last fall when the work season slowed, and it was no longer feasible to live in the hotel anymore.
Between my passed marriage debt payments, ($5000 a month) the hotel bill, ($3600 a month) and building the bus, $2500 a month for a place in town was not possible.

I currently live extremely basic. A wood / coal stove, a queen size mattress, a few cast iron pans, and rubber made totes for my clothes, and other belongings. I use the totes like dresser drawers in a house. This keeps my stuff clean.

I shower at the gym. I have a monthly pass, it cost $62 a month.

My lights run off my Milwaukee M18 heated jacked controller. Two 12 volt MR16 120 lumen led bulbs give me a full 14 hours of run time off one 3 amp hour, M18 battery. I charge my battery's everyday at work, as they also power my hand tools and heated jacket. I also have two kerosine lanterns as back up.

I have no TV, I use my laptop at the coffee shop in the morning before I head to work. Bad weather I stay at the coffee shop all day sometimes.
This is not a bad thing, I met my new wife there, and I find a ton of work by talking with people there. It is a good watering hole.

My comfort will start when the four season prime is done.

Your skills, needs, want's, climate, budget, and location will all play a massive role in what bus you get, and how you build your bus. Bus builds often take years. We will be here to help you along.

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Are you planning on converting the bus in the Hampton Roads area? Based on what little we have seen there (husband's sister and her husband lived there for several years), converting might be a problem but living fulltime in an RV park isn't. We have stayed in both a private RV park and the county park there. Perhaps keep your eye out for an already converted that you can remodel to suit your tastes while you live in it.
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hello Nat,

Same side is right, I have had some fun times with some of your boys playing in a small rugby league out here in Bahrain last year, you guys are great. I have a question for you and eastcoastCB, do you all live full-time in your Skoolie's? me and my wife are looking to take ours to the road for a bit until we find that place. So we are looking to live in it full time. How would you all do it, or recommend us to go about it, as what type/size bus, what skills would be most useful to have around a skoolie? Just how to get started in the right direction.

Thanks advance, Higgins
I live in a house I own. My bus is parked down the road at a buddy's place who owns lots of property.
Will be living in it full time when its done though.
No particular skill set needed but you have to be willing to do a ton of work and learn a whole lot.
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Bahrain...the stories I heard about the place in 90/91...party time, our unit never made it there [crying]

there supposedly were girls and booze...major stuff we didnt have on our tanks

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