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Old 02-01-2019, 11:48 AM   #1
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Red face Hi I'm Dana from South Carolina: ReconcilingRoamer

Hi Skoolie Community.

My name is Dana and I am from Upstate South Carolina. I decided to become a soon-to-be Solo Female Skoolie Traveler (2020) earlier this month after I was blow out of the water with an earth shattering divorce at the age of 27.

Hence why my Road Name is the ReconcilingRoamer.

With living in a 216 sq ft camper for 3 years I am excited to connect pain with purpose in a skoolie. I am hoping this year will be a year of getting my finances and research in order to start a conversion as soon as my divorce is final. I am here to learn and connect so that I can (literally) get on the road to reconciliation with myself from this heartbreak so please feel free to share any skoolie advice and knowledge you can!

My plan is to share my journey through Instagram to empower other people going through the same throws of life or just spark a little wonder and belief along the way.

Thanks for in advance for the welcome and I'm so happy to be here.
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Old 02-01-2019, 12:02 PM   #2
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Old 02-01-2019, 12:07 PM   #3
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Thank you! I appreciate it!
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Old 02-01-2019, 03:42 PM   #4
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Welcome to the site Dana. Whether you are looking for advice in the purchase of a unit or in the conversion thereof you will find lots of info here from those who have gone before. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, do not be afraid to ask as there are many helpful, knowledgeable and talented people here who can help you along the way.
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Old 02-01-2019, 03:56 PM   #5
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Welcome to the group.


In order to be a full fledged member of the group you don't have to be crazy but it sure can help!


As you being your adventure figure out what you must have in your bus, what would be nice to have, and what you really don't want (I would assume space for your ex would be on the definitely what you really don't want list).


Since you have already been living in a very small space you should have a pretty good idea of what your needs and wants will be. Determining what your needs and wants will be can help determine what size the bus will need to be.



In regards to purchasing a bus, be smart and purchase a bus with all of the expensive needs and wants already in the bus. Retrofitting, repowering, and regearing can end up costing more than the purchase price of a bus with what you wanted anyway.


Regardless of how tall you are, unless you plan to do a roof raise, get a high headroom version. The extra inches can be used up in floor and ceiling insulation which will keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.


Don't pass on one bus just because another bus has newer tires. In most cases the tires will die of old age before you wear them out. There is no sense paying extra up front for something that has good tires only to have to replace them after the conversion is finished because the tires collapsed from old age.



Don't be intimidated by the size of the largest buses. Think back to anyone you have met over the years who has driven a bus. Most could hear thunder, see lightning, and cold walk and chew gum at the same time. The fact you are considering this means you are as smart and capable as any of them. And if they could drive a big bus, so can you!


Probably the most important thing to remember as you go looking to purchase a bus is make sure there is NO rust. Once the tin worm gets to eating it is a problem that will NEVER go away. You may be able to hold it at bay for a while but eventually bad rust is a cancer that will eat a bus down to the ground.


Good Luck and Happy Trails to you!


PS: The only dumb question is the question not asked!
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Old 02-01-2019, 04:13 PM   #6
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Welcome to the group.


In order to be a full fledged member of the group you don't have to be crazy but it sure can help!


Don't be intimidated by the size of the largest buses. Think back to anyone you have met over the years who has driven a bus. Most could hear thunder, see lightning, and cold walk and chew gum at the same time. The fact you are considering this means you are as smart and capable as any of them. And if they could drive a big bus, so can you!



Good Luck and Happy Trails to you!


PS: The only dumb question is the question not asked!




Yeah, none of the school bus drivers I had as a kid were rocket surgeons.....
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Old 02-03-2019, 01:38 AM   #7
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Thank you so much! My goal is to soak up as much advice and knowledge over the next few months as I get my finances straight. Thank you for being so welcoming! I appreciate it more than you know!

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Old 02-03-2019, 01:43 AM   #8
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Thank you!!!

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Welcome to the group.


In order to be a full fledged member of the group you don't have to be crazy but it sure can help!


As you being your adventure figure out what you must have in your bus, what would be nice to have, and what you really don't want (I would assume space for your ex would be on the definitely what you really don't want list).


Since you have already been living in a very small space you should have a pretty good idea of what your needs and wants will be. Determining what your needs and wants will be can help determine what size the bus will need to be.



In regards to purchasing a bus, be smart and purchase a bus with all of the expensive needs and wants already in the bus. Retrofitting, repowering, and regearing can end up costing more than the purchase price of a bus with what you wanted anyway.


Regardless of how tall you are, unless you plan to do a roof raise, get a high headroom version. The extra inches can be used up in floor and ceiling insulation which will keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.


Don't pass on one bus just because another bus has newer tires. In most cases the tires will die of old age before you wear them out. There is no sense paying extra up front for something that has good tires only to have to replace them after the conversion is finished because the tires collapsed from old age.



Don't be intimidated by the size of the largest buses. Think back to anyone you have met over the years who has driven a bus. Most could hear thunder, see lightning, and cold walk and chew gum at the same time. The fact you are considering this means you are as smart and capable as any of them. And if they could drive a big bus, so can you!


Probably the most important thing to remember as you go looking to purchase a bus is make sure there is NO rust. Once the tin worm gets to eating it is a problem that will NEVER go away. You may be able to hold it at bay for a while but eventually bad rust is a cancer that will eat a bus down to the ground.


Good Luck and Happy Trails to you!


PS: The only dumb question is the question not asked!

Ahh! This is AMAZING info! Thank you so much for sharing. You actually made me laugh out loud with the space for ex comment! 😂😂😂 I am excited to plan and learn! I am all about living in the small space and I know I will thrive there but the aspects of the actual bus are where Im uneducated..but I completely agree with you...if Im willing to learn and be open to the experience, I can do anything!!

Also, thank you for the big bus sentiment. It is a concern of mine and I am thinking I would like a 40 footer but I was a little intimidated about it. That plan might change but I really appreciate hearing that from someone in the community! Gave me a little more confidence to just go for it when the time comes around!

Thank you for being so warm and welcoming and readily willing to give advice! Youre a gem.

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Old 02-03-2019, 06:43 AM   #9
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A few feet of length can make a huge difference. We got a 32 footer for our second bus and it's an amazing space upgrade from our 24 footer. You'll get used to it quickly!
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:38 AM   #10
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Howdy Dana, and welcome!

Another thing, or few, for you to ponderificate upon is what licensing requirements SC has, and are you good to go outta the box.

Above 26,000 pounds (in most states, I believe), a non-commercial CDL is called for. Likewise, sometimes, if it has air brakes.

Insurance: Doggone it, don't dawdle this daunting deal, dear. There are considerable hoops to hop thru to get you legalized. Some are super skittish if you have a roof deck, btw...

Chances are, when you're ready to cough up more money, this time to the state, you might need to provide a certified weight ticket, post inspection, as well as some interior and exterior fotos, for the insurance, too.

There're some wonderfully helpful and experienced folx here. Two pieces of advice for you: Check the threads, first. Good bet your problem/question has been already experienced by others. And post fotos. LOTSA fotos. We are a very visually oriented bunch!

Happy trails!
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