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Old 03-03-2019, 01:36 PM   #1
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Afternoon all,

Jason from the east coast here. I've been doing tons of research trying to ready myself for the big jump into a Skoolie. Been a camper for a long time and now my wife and I are looking at upgrading to something different and original. Looking forward to tons of advice and direction from all and enjoying the site
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Old 03-03-2019, 03:15 PM   #2
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Welcome to the site and the insanity.

Not sure where you are on the east coast, but hopefully you are fairing well with the weather. If you're coming from driving an articulating vehicle (camper swivel on fifth wheel I'm assuming) then a rigid frame bus will be a bit easier, even if the total length of the bus exceeds your current vehicle combined length. Backing up will be so much easier.
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Old 03-05-2019, 07:35 PM   #3
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Welcome to the site and the insanity.

Not sure where you are on the east coast, but hopefully you are fairing well with the weather. If you're coming from driving an articulating vehicle (camper swivel on fifth wheel I'm assuming) then a rigid frame bus will be a bit easier, even if the total length of the bus exceeds your current vehicle combined length. Backing up will be so much easier.
Thanks for the reply Geminus. The weather in Mass is actually pretty forgiving so far this year. A semi mild winter.

Articulating camper..... not exactly. We're looking at jumping from our 3rd popup camper to our first Skoolie type camper. We like the idea of originality and there's really nothing more original than a Skoolie. If you line up 5 of em you will have 5 different layouts and ideas.
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:31 PM   #4
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Welcome to the site. Nothing like finding the perfect bus and ripping the thing apart to start with a clean slate of what you want.
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Old 03-06-2019, 06:05 AM   #5
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We started by tent camping, that did not last long, then a teardrop camper, had it 10+ years, then a pickup truck camper. That was a real step up with a small bathroom, no more getting up in the middle of the night getting dressed and going outside to find a bathroom.

Now we have a skoolie. Living in luxury now. You will really enjoy a skoolie. Welcome to a wonderful new world.
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Welcome to the mad house
So more of a camping and touring Skoolie than a full time living Skoolie?
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Old 03-06-2019, 07:06 AM   #7
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Our first adventure into this will be a weekend getaway/vacation skoolie. We enjoy most of our vacation time in the adirondacks during the summer. Eventually I would love to jump in fulltime but our family situation wouldn't allow us to currently do so
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Old 03-06-2019, 09:01 AM   #8
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Welcome to the site. Another New Englander here.... Looking for the right bus can take months, so be patient.
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Old 03-06-2019, 09:16 AM   #9
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Welcome to the site. Another New Englander here.... Looking for the right bus can take months, so be patient.
Or years as the case may be...

So long in fact that you may even develop a perfect a spreadsheet for tracing potential buses, have a highly efficient system for searching every known auction, dealer, and listing in the US, and be accused by coworkers of purposefully finding faults so you don't have to buy and can continue searching forever.

Welcome to the club. We need moah new englandahs on heah.

So what kind of a bus are you looking for?
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Welcome. Ahhhh, the thrill of the hunt for the right bus for your needs. This is the most important (I think) part. Think about a layout. amenities needed. how many people do you need to seat/sleep. temperature ranges will address your need for insulation, heating, cooling. engine/tranny type based on travelling needs (flat, mountainous, steep, rough roads, distances, etc.) My hunt took me 9 months. be patient and know that you are in the right spot (this forum) for a bunch of great info.
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