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Old 09-16-2006, 09:15 PM   #1
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Are skoolies prohibited from most campgrounds?

My dear sweet wife, while at the local farmers maket, started talking to one of the farmers about how I was planning to convert my old 76 IH Thomas. Well, as some of you all have figured out by now, the old fella cautioned my wife that "a lot" of RV Campgrounds don't allow skoolies in because of the scotch-tape and bailing wire systems they have on board. Needless to say this has sparked a negative view on my skoolie project, not that she was 100% on board to begin with, but if anyone can give me some definate examples of skoolies being turned away from any state run or privately owned RV Casmpsites, I'd like to know
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It really wouldn't be fair to lie. SOME campgrounds won't allow a skoolie. However, I have had VERY LITTLE trouble. Most campground owners are curious about what it looks like inside. At the big government runs sites, they're just happy to get business. Truth be told, you don't want the campgrounds that don't want you. They're the ones with the million dollar ooaches where the retired folks watch a campfire inside their climate controlled living room on the 63 inch plasma screen instead of coming outside and actually getting away.
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Old 09-16-2006, 11:56 PM   #3
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That's what I figured

Yeah, we looked at some of those "million dollar RVs" at a local RV show about a month or two ago... I have to say they are nice, but they're really not for us. Not to mention the price tag... Well, if we won the Power Ball...
I think we'll be happier in something we put together ourselves and not in some over-priced rolling palace. But all-in-all, I think its a statement of individuality to do a skoolie.
Anyhow, I expect to be going to the state run campgrounds mostly if not exclusively.
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Old 09-17-2006, 01:45 AM   #4
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We have travelled 15,000 km's in our bus over the last couple of years while it was in various states of conversion, and have never, yes never been turned away. Even the fancy (overly expensive) campgrounds.

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Old 09-17-2006, 09:14 AM   #5
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I also have had no problems staying at campgrounds with my skoolie. not to say that it never happens to folks, but i think the scare is mostly urban legend. People are curious about my bus, and i've found that even the folks with the really nice expensive pusher motorhomes still want to come take a look inside and see what i've done to the ol girl.

Phill and i stayed at a pretty fancy old folks place while in texas with both our buses, and his was still painted yellow. As a side note: it wa spring break, and this was a very conservative campground. Oddly enough, the loudest wildest crowd was a group of people old enough to be my grandparents! They loved our buses too!
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Old 09-17-2006, 09:21 AM   #6
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I have only been to Indiana state parks so far, no problem at all. I did change the title to RV to get an RV plate, the lady at the BMV said they can turn you away if it's not plated RV.
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Old 09-17-2006, 10:38 PM   #7
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My wife and I are planning to go to Wisconsin mostly, with a trip up to Mt Rushmore in the future... Any problems with getting accomodated up there?
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Hey I put mine together with Duct-Tape and Bailing Wire, and even Ive never been turned away. Most people think its pretty cool. Currently mine is a very weathered school bus. Still yellow, but its faded. It has "Skool Bus" painted on the front in grey spray paint, and a shiva hood ornament.

ON a serious note, all the electrical is very safe, because I used to be an electrician, and hence know what im doing.... ok ok, so maybe the speaker system is currently electrical taped together, but I swear everything else is done proper.

Then again I usually dont pull into the RV campsite, since Im not all that concerned with hookups (I dont have plumbing yet).

Some people give me that "Your a dirty hippie eye", but I just smile, and tell them Im not a dirty hippie, Im a dirtbag punkrocker.
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We stayed at the Mystic Hills Lodge which is just a little ways away from Mount Rushmore and I would recommend them to ANYONE. They were absolutely fantastic folks and the campground was beautiful.

Driving to Mt. Rushmore itself isn't bad. They have a decent highway and decent parking. While you're around, check out Jewel Cave, the Crazy Horse Monument, and some of the highways around there with the 100 year old tunnels. There's nothing like threading a bus through a 9 foot wide, 13 foot tall tunnel. I watched an MC-9 make some of them so I'm sure a bus can.

I'll try and get some directions or atleast an address to Mystic Hills Lodge. $20 something per night gets electrical hook up, water hook up, sewage hook up, wonderful showers (as far as campgrounds go anyway), and a beautiful lodge that was just finished this year with a tavern, cafe, and general store in it.
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Hey, Thanks for the heads up on Mystic Hills Lodge! Sounds great! Some of our friends went to Crazy Horse Monument and said they spent more time there than they did at Mt Rushmore... Hope to get my bus over here soon out of storage so I can start working on it...
Thanks to everyone for all the good info!
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