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Old 09-19-2011, 12:20 PM   #11
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Ask, Convert, Then Stick Around!

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Why does it seem that folks come on this forum, ask all kinds of questions about converting a bus. Then they do all the converting and post pics. Then they disappear and are never heard from again? Makes me feel so.... used!

<snip> Here, you can't really ask "how did XYZ hold up to traveling/use/time... what would you do different?". Some things that are done here are experimental and it would be nice to know if the concept held up to reality. And then there is the acceptance question everybody asks (Can a skoolie get into a commercial campground). So many unanswered questions. So much expertise gone. So sad.
More power to you, Lorna! You're a wonderful fount of knowledge, including firsthand experience with both school buses and stix-'n-staples RVs. That's great for folks like me.

I don't know how many people follow me here, those that do know I've been here for more than a year-and-a-half and still no bus. (My avatar is a just an altered photo from the web.) Depending on my personal/financial circumstances, that may happen in a month - or not for several years. In any case, I intend to stick around (keeping the username Skunky Bus) for as long as Skoolie.net is still around, or until I totally lose interest in a school-bus conversion. On second thought, the latter will happen when I'm in a persistent vegetative state or just plain dead.

I'm also a member of Classic Winnebago Motorhomes. In the slideshow on the home page, you can see my white-and-orange Minnie Winnie with me standing by the cab. Ironically, I spend more time here.

A couple weeks back someone inquired re: police harassment of Skoolies. The dearth of answers may be due to this issue Lorna is raising. Certainly one of practical relevance. I too would like to see more about skoolies in commercial campgrounds. It'd be nice if there could be on here somewhere the Skoolie equivalent to Woodall's Campground Directory. That seems like a pipe dream.

Life with a converted bus seems like it'd remain an adventure even long after you call your rig "finished" (does that really happen?). Great anecdotes are meant to be shared!

BTW, you have a very handsome bus, Browncrown. An earthtone scheme with high finish quality is a fine thing. Frank Lloyd Wright used such colors for his whole career with great success.
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:25 PM   #12
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Re: Ask, Convert, Then Stick Around!

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... It'd be nice if there could be on here somewhere the Skoolie equivalent to Woodall's Campground Directory. That seems like a pipe dream...
Don Wright's Guide to Free (and Cheap) Campgrounds Is the closest I've found to a "skoolie friendly directory". If it's listed in his books it is generally safe to assume that a skoolie conversion will be allowed in. We've used them for several years now. I will say that you need to drive a towed in before you commit the bus. Not all listings are for RV's (many are tent sites only) and you need to watch the rates. The lowest rate is what is listed prominently. That is often a senior discount... we're not seniors. And there are some campgrounds that it is very rough to get a standard RV into (like Wildcat 1 & 2) but a high riding unit like a skoolie may work. But I couldn't hardly get my 4WD Jeep up WarWoman (Warwoman Dell is listed as a freebie). At the time we had the Eagle coach... no way that could have made it into many of the campgrounds in the book.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:13 AM   #13
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Re: Ask, Convert, Then Run?

I still pop in occasionally to lurk & see what the new Skoolie people are dreaming and doing.

This past August marks 5 years of living in the bus (minus 10 months when I was motorcycling around the world). During my absence my batteries died (long story, but I sort of expected it), but since I have grid power, I use a cannibalized PC power supply to provide juice for my native 12vdc items.

My bus will be home for the foreseeable future. I'm still working out my employment situation, but in the meantime I'm living cheaply and happily in my rolling home.

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Old 09-20-2011, 12:45 PM   #14
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Good to see you around SeanF.
I followed your thread over at advrider along with gaining a ton of knowledge from your bus conversion site. Not to mention I've spent a ton of time in Flag so it was fun to read about a guy from the same-ish area. Take care.
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:13 AM   #15
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Personally I think the level of vitriol in threads like this one: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=6064&start=60 are a big part of why a lot of people don't stick around. I haven't even learned what I came here to learn and I'm thinking maybe I should look elsewhere. Do I really want to "hang around with" people who act like this?
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:30 AM   #16
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Re: Ask, Convert, Then Run?

.. loved reading your ride report over on ADV .. now go finish it .. lol ..

Welcome home btw .. that was one helluva trip ..

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I still pop in occasionally to lurk & see what the new Skoolie people are dreaming and doing.

This past August marks 5 years of living in the bus (minus 10 months when I was motorcycling around the world). During my absence my batteries died (long story, but I sort of expected it), but since I have grid power, I use a cannibalized PC power supply to provide juice for my native 12vdc items.

My bus will be home for the foreseeable future. I'm still working out my employment situation, but in the meantime I'm living cheaply and happily in my rolling home.

Cheers fellow Skoolies!
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:56 AM   #17
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Not the most recent pic of a camping, but Browncrown is still here...
I'll bet your rig was the coolest RV in that campground!
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:12 PM   #18
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Personally I think the level of vitriol in threads like this one: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=6064&start=60 are a big part of why a lot of people don't stick around. I haven't even learned what I came here to learn and I'm thinking maybe I should look elsewhere. Do I really want to "hang around with" people who act like this?
When perusing the "Everything Else" forum, I steer clear of the threads that I know will piss me off. If someone calls that "wimpy" or something in that vein, I won't rise to the bait. The skunk knows vitriol when he smells it.

Thankfully the bus-specific posts remain vitriol-free for the most part. I've found a lot of good stuff under "Conversion Discussion" and "Skoolie Conversion Projects."
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:21 AM   #19
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.. loved reading your ride report over on ADV .. now go finish it .. lol ..

Welcome home btw .. that was one helluva trip ..

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Thanks Bill...I'm on it!
I actually finished the blog (found here), but not the ADV ride report yet.
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Old 10-30-2011, 07:51 PM   #20
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Why does it seem that folks come on this forum, ask all kinds of questions about converting a bus. Then they do all the converting and post pics. Then they disappear and are never heard from again? Makes me feel so.... used! . . .
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Then you go the weirdo's without buses and have been lurking for years only to register and lurk some more :P

*still dreams buses*
I haven't been as active with my 'pre-skoolie" posts this summer as I had been for a couple of years. But I still check in every now and then. When I see someone else has stepped up and already answered a question in my areas of knowledge, I don't jump in and muddy the waters . . . .

But Lorna, since you asked the question, I noticed you had about a 5-year gap in posting here. I just checked PUX, and found you had moved on and hadn't posted there in almost 8 years. In the meantime you were probably spending time on the coach conversion site matching changes in your living arrangements, because that may have been more relevant at the time.

When I signed up at Skoolies, in response to a challenge to lurkers probably posted by Elliot Naes, I knew about you from reading the Aluminum Asylum story, and maybe reading some Escapees posts, too. I was happy when I began to see you contribute here, as you have a lot of knowledge.

In fairness, every BBS has lots of people who are active for a while and then taper off. I found this site following links starting from the Escapees BBS. I joined that site 4 years ago, in order to follow some relatives who became nomads. Once the newbies get the hang of whatever it is they are trying to understand, other things begin to be more "important' uses of their time. While the Escapees who started out traveling at the same time as my relatives were once extremely active in posting, they have now tapered off to just living the lifestyle and firing off an occasional message.
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