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Old 09-11-2011, 10:58 AM   #1
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Ask, Convert, Then Run?

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!

There is life after converting. I know they are making changes and tweaking over time. I used to post on a coach conversion site and they posted before, during and long after the conversion was "finished" (it's never finished and these guys are still posting... I registered there in Aug, 2001... same guys still on there). They had a huge knowledge base sitting there waiting to be tapped. 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.
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:49 AM   #2
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Re: Ask, Convert, Then Run?

they could be average joe's and 'ah its good enough' or just dont care anymore once the trip is said and done.
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:33 PM   #3
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Re: Ask, Convert, Then Run?

As someone who never finishes anything, which explains why I've been on this board a long time, I've seen them come and go. You get those who do bang up conversions, then disappear, and those who give up--the price of a set of new tires is enough to make a grown man piddle in his shorts.

I keep all my bus conversion sales slips in a drawer. Fortunately, I've got so many of them that I'll never get around to adding them up. Ouch.

I suppose that once you convert one, then you got to figure out what to do with it, or maybe, as they say in boat world: "there's thems that build them, and thems that sails them."
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:49 PM   #4
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Re: Ask, Convert, Then Run?

thats a good point lorna, maybe people just get board with it, move to newer projects. our plan is to finnish the bus, and do more travelling, if I can afford to, DW does some vending at trade\crafts shows\pow-wows, we would like to expand on this useing the bus, just looking to pay for some gas. I will probley allways be working on the bus, so I should be on this forum for as long as it takes.

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Old 09-12-2011, 10:56 AM   #5
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Re: Ask, Convert, Then Run?

I think unlike some other forums like Escapees, this forum is focused primarily on the build phase and not so much on the RV lifestyle that follows after the build is done. I too love to hear stories from the road and how things panned out with various aspects of a build, and I appreciate the few snippets we get. But I can see how once the build is done, there is less incentive for people to hang around since their level of interest in the build process is diminished. It would be nice though if the General Forums were more active with tales of camping, traveling, tailgating, full-timing, etc... I mean, that's the whole point of building these things, right? Although, like bus-bro said, there are some people who just like to build things...
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Old 09-12-2011, 12:25 PM   #6
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One thing those other forums have is some sort of rally, so there are people who have met each other, and then hang out on the forums. We Skoolies are spread out, younger, and I suspect most won't, or can't drive any distance. Of all the groups of recreational (including fulltiming) vehicle users, Skoolies are the most in need of an "advocacy" group.

Maybe some sort of regional camp out?
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:19 PM   #7
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My dear woman you have good thots. I hope life is good for you. I have been working/playing with buses for a long while. I do man other things but I never get tired of my BB and Crown. When one is broke, I use the other. Some folks are converts and others are for the here and now. I share when I can but enjoy reading and grinning from the replys. This place is for an education and fun. Ya cannot have too much furn. My Crown has been nearly done, several times..
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Old 09-17-2011, 01:51 PM   #8
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Not the most recent pic of a camping, but Browncrown is still here...just been real busy with work. I love the forums and enjoy reading what everyone is doing...Keep on Busin! This one is of camping in the Orange Grove, which is real close to home and is a good place to go just to get away from all the trials of life for a day or two.
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Old 09-17-2011, 05:34 PM   #9
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where's all the tree's ???? nice looking lots.and i love when we get to park next to them high dollor one's and when you have one on both side's


boy,, they get all bent out of shape
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Those are California Orange Redwood Trees
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