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Old 10-10-2017, 03:50 AM   #1
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Trying to find my way... Again...

Hi everyone!

I've read more posts on this site than probably the average Newbie Skoolie!! Over the past four months I've been INFATUATED with what first started out as wishing I could own a coach RV, to YEARNING to do a school bus conversion! I feel like a pubescent teen, in love for the first time, each time I get lost in my day dreams of hitting the road in my very own Skoolie.

A little about me... I'm a 45 y/o male, currently living in Nashville TN. I'm from the Carolinas, but moved here 5 years ago after being diagnosed with a rare GI cancer called a stromal tumor. I've been in a pharmaceutical clinical trial for most of the past 5 years, with varying degrees of success. It's not curable, and was never given the illusion it was, but hopefully possible to inhibit growth with medical treatment. I've now come to the point that I'm allowing nature and this journey to proceed, without further poisoning and assaultive procedures. What will be, will be...but I'm also not resigned to toss in the towel yet!

So why would I want to do a school bus conversion? Because I've got this draw, this indescribable emotional pull to EXPLORE and LIVE AGAIN! God, for these past years, I've not had a single vacation, let alone felt like taking even a weekend getaway trip. I've been surrounded and consumed with surviving... Forgetting the importance of LIVING. I lost my way, and I'm trying to find my way again.

Bankrupt essentially, traditional travel is just not an option. And with what I pay just for utilities and rent in my small townhome, I spend at LEAST double what most full-time RV'rs state their costs and expenses are!! I can work, do physical activities, talented with my hands, and creative, so undertaking this project isn't worrisome to me. Affording it, while having to maintain my current home rental, is the bigger problem and question.

I know what style and type of bus I want, and fantasize about the layout I'll implement, design elements I'll use, and how to accomplish all this in a timely manner. But GETTING/BUYING a used bus, the initial layout of a purchase, seems like a million miles away. I'm going to find a way, SOMEHOW, I'm just not quite sure how yet. I'm stubborn as a mule my mother used to say about me. Which in fighting this cancer has turned it to be a winning trait. The way I see it... Is that if I've come this far, fought this hard, and overcame so much...the simple "cost of purchasing" a used school bus isn't going to STOP ME! I'll figure a way!

I feel as if I know many of you, especially the more prolific members, and those who love sharing their knowledge and experience. And maybe one day I'll meet some of you on the road, at meetups, etc., which would be a great delight for me. I'll continue my reading here, and maybe posting the occasional question or request for suggestions on things. And to those who do post, answer member's questions, and share their wealth of knowledge with others... THANK YOU SO MUCH! I couldn't, and wouldn't start this journey with the confidence I've got, if it weren't for each of you.

See you in the forums, and maybe in the road! Take care, and please remember...we are not defined by what happens to us in life, but how we respond and deal with it.

- Jarrett

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Old 10-10-2017, 05:14 AM   #2
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I like your spirit! I've experienced a lot of loss and you're right. Its how you deal with it.
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:34 AM   #3
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:15 PM   #4
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EastCoastCb & Johnny Mullet - - thanks for the warm welcome, and I'll certainly buzz you EastCoastCB, whenever it is that I have wheels beneath me, and many a mile of road in front of me!

I am sure this is not strange to some here, but my nighttime dreams and visions are FILLED with design elements of a conversion, different looks I am considering, etc. It is like my "asleep brain" insists on living the life I want, before I actually CAN live that life!

I'll see ya'll around here I'm sure, and thanks again for such a warm welcome!
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:29 PM   #5
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Bro, there ain't nothin to it but to do it. Its not over till its over friend. Keep fighting.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:33 PM   #6
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Be careful the skoolie thought becomes an obsession. Just jump right in the water is nice.
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:44 AM   #7
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Be careful the skoolie thought becomes an obsession. Just jump right in the water is nice.
I think he already has the bug.

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Old 03-31-2018, 06:02 PM   #8
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I think he already has the bug.

Welcome Aboard!!
YOU WERE RIGHT! Not only did I catch the bug, I bought a bus!!

And to further show how infected I am with the bug, I'm actually living in the bus, AS I CONVERT IT. Which is a far larger bite of the apple than I had wanted to take...but life and it's circumstances forced the issue. It hasn't killed me yet!

I hope you'll look for my future posts, updates, and plethora of questions, as I am forging ahead full steam. My believe is that I'll be finished by mid spring, so long as nothing major arises.

Thanks for your comment, and taking the time to read my first post.

- Jarrett

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Old 03-31-2018, 09:29 PM   #9
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Go to your UserCP and fill out your profile. It will better enable us to answer area specific questions. You obviously don't live in the northern area of the country.
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Old 03-31-2018, 09:52 PM   #10
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