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Old 12-15-2010, 07:37 PM   #11
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Re: For ALL you skoolie owners......

Good idea - I'll do that.
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:46 PM   #12
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Re: For ALL you skoolie owners......

Just checked and at this time there wasn't any mention. It isn't just the single article, but the article combined with the "attitude"of some of the posters. Skoolies tend to be looked down on by the folks who have the shiny RVs... with all the problems but they tend to forget that their RV's sit at the repair shops for so much of the time. I will take a skoolie that we have converted over a sticks-n-staples RV. I find it a little disturbing that the RVing community (especially the full-timers) looks down on converted school buses, cargo vans, cargo trailer, etc yet they are looked at "differently" because they do something "different". You would think that they would understand. And here we have some one who claims that he likes skoolies yet disparages them in print. As a group, skoolie owners fight against a 40 to 50 year old "stereotype" (the Hippie bus). The "Hippie bus" stereotype is thrown out at us as an excuse for many private campgrounds to discriminate against us. "Poor workmanship" is another excuse. Yet they allow poorly built commercial RV in their parks without a second thought. As for some of the "wilder" more artistic paint jobs on the skoolies... I have seen some really UGLY abstract splashy swathes of colour,that I can only assume was chosen by a colourblind designer, on some of those big fancy RV's that has more mirrors in them than a Las Vegas whore house (not that I have any personal knowledge of Las Vegas whorehouses).... and what is the deal with their furnaces that kick on for 30 minutes, shut down for 10 and then kick back on again! They are LOUD!
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:17 PM   #13
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Re: For ALL you skoolie owners......

Same thing posted here is now on the Escapees site.
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Re: For ALL you skoolie owners......

Well, now that there is a link, I read the article. Overall, it was pretty funny and well-written. The author disparaging his own memory was the main theme, and the first skoolie put-down seemed innocent and humorous:
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soon that big-6 motor was running like - well like a big-6 motor in a 1967 bus - sort of like a cross between a cement mixer loaded with rocks and several cats fighting.
Ok, that's funny. It might even fit with some of our rigs. I make cracks about our 18-year old box truck with the DT-360, like "It will go 65 miles per hour - straight down off of a cliff." But further in, I can see where It might feel like the author was insulting to the skoolie genre, and not his mechanical aptitude or the previous owner "Bill's" conversion skills:
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(though it is a bit disconcerting when he tells me "you should sit in the front so we get more weight up here to keep the front wheels on the ground - that's a damn heavy bus".)
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There was some minor fuss over failing some inspection and getting a ticket and some muttering about 'road menace' but I put all that down to the petty jealousy of traffic cops envious of a chance to RV in such style.
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Occasionally, my wife would mention something about 'neighbors complaining' or 'rats' or 'crack-bus' - I forget just what
The author was clearly being self-depreciating, but I can see where other skoolies could feel slighted due to "guilty by association." or by imagining a Greek Chorus of stick-n-staples pilots nodding their heads in an "Amen."

Overall, I think it is kind of like an ethnic joke told about an ethnic group other than your own. It's like if Chris Rock says something people laugh, and if Don Imus says the same thing, he's fired. Not that any of that is OK, I'm just sayin' people take it differently . . .
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Re: For ALL you skoolie owners......

Wasn't a skoolie, but having driven a 1972 F-800 with gas 361FT power (said "power" being largely theoretical, especially when loaded), this:

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soon that big-6 motor was running like - well like a big-6 motor in a 1967 bus - sort of like a cross between a cement mixer loaded with rocks and several cats fighting.
...made me shoot coffee out my nose! Off a cliff was about the only way that truck would top 65...even 60MPH was about 3100RPM for that little gasser.
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