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Old 07-16-2018, 03:08 PM   #1
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Noob Question: Where wouldn't you take your Skoolie?

I'm looking at getting a 32 passenger size bus and converting it to an RV.

Question :

would you take your skoolie on back roads in National forests? Does it have the ground clearance, etc?

Have you had any nightmares in turning around or getting stuck someplace like this?

thanks in advance.
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:39 PM   #2
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My short bus got stuck on a sandy road once. Now I carry a shovel.
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:44 PM   #3
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I'm looking at getting a 32 passenger size bus and converting it to an RV.

Question :

would you take your skoolie on back roads in National forests? Does it have the ground clearance, etc?

Have you had any nightmares in turning around or getting stuck someplace like this?

thanks in advance.

I think you would have to look at the actual bus to find out. My personal bus is a flat nose, and the entry stairs hang pretty low, and there is at least 10 feet of bus that hangs out past the rear axle that could get hung up if you started climbing a big hill.


So I personally wouldn't be taking it down any 4wd trails, but I have seen some forest service roads that are accessible by standard cars if you go slow and pick your path, and something like that would be doable for me... but I would want to know if there was a place to turn around somewhere, because backing down a few miles of forest service road wouldn't be fun.
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:51 PM   #4
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My short bus got stuck on a sandy road once. Now I carry a shovel.
Ok, thanks. Thats good to know.

Short as in a van/chevy-front end type bus?

thanks.
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:54 PM   #5
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I think you would have to look at the actual bus to find out. My personal bus is a flat nose, and the entry stairs hang pretty low, and there is at least 10 feet of bus that hangs out past the rear axle that could get hung up if you started climbing a big hill.


So I personally wouldn't be taking it down any 4wd trails, but I have seen some forest service roads that are accessible by standard cars if you go slow and pick your path, and something like that would be doable for me... but I would want to know if there was a place to turn around somewhere, because backing down a few miles of forest service road wouldn't be fun.
I asked the bob at cheapRVliving this weekend on his webinar if he regretted getting rid of his cargo trailer (he only has a van now). He said no because he hated to drive 2 miles down an unknown road to find out there was no place to turn around and had to back out for two miles.

It just made me think of any problems I might encounter with a future skookie.

thanks.
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Old 07-16-2018, 04:10 PM   #6
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My worries are explained here.
Years ago, my 6 year old daughter and I went camping in Colorado. One day I decide to explore a working gold mine way up on top of a mountain. (~12K feet up). I was driving a 2003 Kia Rio (don’t laugh, it made it there and back).
Im from Illinois, so I had no experience with driving in the mountains. The gravel road hairpinned / traversed back and forth up the mountain. At some point the road turned to more of a gulley /goat trail than a road. It was almost all in first gear, babying the Kia over the ruts and rocks.
They gold mine had trucks and other equipment up there, so it was possible to make it there in something other than a Kia Rio.
On the way back down I had a car in front of me. He lost his muffler due to bottoming out. I just used 1st gear all the down to where the tree line started again and goat trail turned back to the gravel road.
There was a “traffic jam” at about 9,000 feet. Some guy in a F350/3500 with duallys pulling a HUGE fifth wheel RV up the hill had blown his transmission. He couldn’t go up and couldn’t go back down. He eventually back down the gravel road to a point where people could pass him.
That road/goat trail was the limits of anything I would ever want to do with four wheels/two wheels or walking.
I asked myself, would I feel comfortable taking a skoolie up there and back (knowing nothing about skoolies) and the answer was NO!
I really wouldn’t feel comfortable taking the Kia back there either. A Jeep Wrangler, sure..
I like to get out of trouble quicker than I got into it.
With this story in mind, how comfortable would you be driving your skoolie up there?

I found a link to the place.
http://www.billandlindaprospecting.c...-colorado.html
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Old 07-16-2018, 04:29 PM   #7
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Ok, thanks. Thats good to know.

Short as in a van/chevy-front end type bus?

thanks.
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Old 07-16-2018, 04:51 PM   #8
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Thomas Vista, see my avatar photo.
Thats just the size I was looking for. 35 passenger or so.

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Old 07-16-2018, 06:23 PM   #9
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I think my rated capacity is 35. 28 ft total length. i plan on taking it everywhere. that is why I opted for a "shorter" bus. wheelbase, approach angle and departure angle seem reasonable for where I want to drive.

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Old 07-16-2018, 08:27 PM   #10
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Same here. A shorty with plenty of ground clearance makes for more options.
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