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Old 02-17-2019, 01:49 PM   #81
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Old 05-08-2019, 03:34 PM   #82
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[QUOTE=Booyah45828;310564]

At the end of the day, your order of operations for question posts should be.

1.Search for posts that have already answered your question.
2.Start a new thread asking your question.
3.Ask one of the site team members or frequent posters your question.
4.Derail a thread with something unrelated.

I always thought we were a tolerant bunch, because some aren't familiar with forums and their etiquette, but maybe we're not ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


ME: Great post, but as a Noob I have no idea how to search posts, start a new thread, who's a site team member, and what does "derail a thread" mean?

I am super excited to have found Skoolie.net because you all have a ton of experience and willingness to share your expertise. However, I have absolutely no idea how to navigate the website, how to post, and am completely confused by your shorthand language.

So - old bus dudes - I would love some guidance on how to use the website - just point me to a string please. Cheers, Kathy
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Old 05-08-2019, 03:46 PM   #83
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At the end of the day, your order of operations for question posts should be.

1.Search for posts that have already answered your question.
2.Start a new thread asking your question.
3.Ask one of the site team members or frequent posters your question.
4.Derail a thread with something unrelated.

I always thought we were a tolerant bunch, because some aren't familiar with forums and their etiquette, but maybe we're not ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


ME: Great post, but as a Noob I have no idea how to search posts, start a new thread, who's a site team member, and what does "derail a thread" mean?

I am super excited to have found Skoolie.net because you all have a ton of experience and willingness to share your expertise. However, I have absolutely no idea how to navigate the website, how to post, and am completely confused by your shorthand language.

So - old bus dudes - I would love some guidance on how to use the website - just point me to a string please. Cheers, Kathy
If you look above to the right you will see a search bar. You can search this site from there or search in Google. Use the search for the site and ask your question there, it will bring up numerous threads on the subject here. You can read those before deciding if you need more input.
At the top left of each forum you will see a "New Thread" prompt for starting a new thread. Derailing or hijacking a thread is making posts that are off topic.
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Old 07-12-2019, 02:27 PM   #84
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Honestly as a noob this would be amazing to get even a bit of knowledge from a well established person. Personally I would appreciate the hell out of it.
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Old 09-14-2019, 03:47 AM   #85
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Might I ask which post exactly this is in response to? One of the things I've particularly liked about this community is their goodhearted tolerance of fools. Post your "intro" message in the Cummins engine forum; no problem. Run your entire build thread out of the "newbies introduce yourself forum"; no problem. Ask an uninfomed question that's been answered a hundred times elsewhere; no problem. Lots of other behavior that rubs my anal-retentive the wrong way; no problem. We do say "go read it all" quite a bit, and that gets more difficult by the day as the archives grow, but it is what it is.



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Old 09-14-2019, 04:15 AM   #86
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Whoa! Man, seeing you on here this am sure is a surprise! How you doing?
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Old 09-14-2019, 04:32 AM   #87
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Whoa! Man, seeing you on here this am sure is a surprise! How you doing?
I am alive. That is a good start I think.
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Old 09-14-2019, 05:28 AM   #88
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I am alive. That is a good start I think.
Glad you are, sir.

You should get that bus over here for the feb get-together.
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Old 10-17-2019, 08:40 PM   #89
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I would love that thread. Total newbie here and starting to look up buses and figure out what’s going to work for us and I wish there was a thread with guidance bc I don’t know anything about school buses!!!!
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:52 PM   #90
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Be realistic when deciding the size of bus to buy. This is important because:

You want a bus you can legally drive. Do you have a Class B license?

Fuel Economy. Can you afford the gas for the giant bus?

Where are you driving? Are you going to be on the open plains or in urban areas? Are you going to be able to find a parking spot for your giant bus?

Are you going to tow a Toad? If so are you going to be over size?

A small bus has some benefits like not requiring any more that a class C, better fuel economy, easier to park in parking spaces and RV parks, possibly better at driving dirt and gravel roads.

Short buses typically have engine/transmission combinations that are well suited for long haul highway driving.

Parts are easier to get and less expensive. A lot are available right out of the local parts shop.

Of course there are drawbacks to a short bus.

Because many are cutaway vans, they are harder to work on because of space limitations.

Limited space inside, underside and on top. This means much more engineering is required to make it all fit. The small bus will also shorten how long it can go without the tanks being emptied or resupplied.
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Old 10-17-2019, 10:24 PM   #91
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Be realistic when deciding the size of bus to buy. This is important because:

You want a bus you can legally drive. Do you have a Class B license?

Fuel Economy. Can you afford the gas for the giant bus?

Where are you driving? Are you going to be on the open plains or in urban areas? Are you going to be able to find a parking spot for your giant bus?

Are you going to tow a Toad? If so are you going to be over size?

A small bus has some benefits like not requiring any more that a class C, better fuel economy, easier to park in parking spaces and RV parks, possibly better at driving dirt and gravel roads.

Short buses typically have engine/transmission combinations that are well suited for long haul highway driving.

Parts are easier to get and less expensive. A lot are available right out of the local parts shop.

Of course there are drawbacks to a short bus.

Because many are cutaway vans, they are harder to work on because of space limitations.

Limited space inside, underside and on top. This means much more engineering is required to make it all fit. The small bus will also shorten how long it can go without the tanks being emptied or resupplied.
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Old 10-17-2019, 10:36 PM   #92
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I understand that constant questions being repeated over and over gets old, and annoying at times. But when I read this thread, it just makes one feel unwelcome. I am not trying to shame or anger anyone. Especially the moderators, and long time members that have given me so much advice, and helped me shape my dreams into a reality. I joined this site over 2 years ago with the intention of building a conversion from a shuttle bus. But, due to the way some posters replied, I decided to leave for a while as I focused on another project. I completed that project a few months back, and knew I was finally at the point to buy my conversion vehicle. It took me over 2 years of planning, and buying/ collecting parts, along with a lot of research. The advice many give of buy the bus before planning is logical for many. But some people(like me) dont start projects of the time and cost these large projects can be, without a lot of research and planning. I was told many times, in not so friendly ways, that my planning and collecting of parts was a bad way to go about my build. Yes, changes will always need to be made once a project like these start. But to be made to feel it is the only way, is unacceptable. Everybody in life has a way of doing things. What works for me, may not work for others. Or your(general person, nobody specific) way, may not work for me. I am glad I did so much planning and collecting of parts before buying my conversion vehicle. It allowed me to understand what and how I was going to do, long before I needed to do it. For me, it was mostly due to funds available, and other priorities in life. But after all the time invested, I can visualize every detail of my build, and plan for needed changes to floorplan, parts location, and time and cost of my build.

As to the search issues, I too have had trouble finding info I KNEW was on this site, due to seeing it before, and taking 20 mins to locate again. Running sites like these is hard work. I do not envy the site managers. people get hurt feelings, replies are read the wrong way, arguments occur, etc. It is tough. But when I see a question asked that has seen dozens of time before, I simply direct that person to said info, or move along. But snarky comments about a post or question does not just upset the one asking the question, it is read by potential new members that can feel afraid to ask something, or worse, people deciding to not want to be on a site that allows that. Should there be a sticky thread that lists potential problems and true to life experiences of bus conversions for "noobs" without a doubt. But when those very threads contain snarky posts or replies, it does more harm than good. I hope this post does not offend any one, but simply brings awareness that HOW we answer new members is just as important as the information or advice we give. I will never denigrate someone for their choice, only offer my opinions and real life experience. It is up to the reader to on how they proceed.


P.S. Bought my step van and should start a thread on it in a day or two....
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Old 10-18-2019, 03:12 AM   #93
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As to the search issues, I too have had trouble finding info I KNEW was on this site, due to seeing it before, and taking 20 mins to locate again.

There's also the occasional time when people (and or threads) disappear from the site - so it was there, at one time, but isn't anymore. One of those things that happens, albeit it rarely.
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Old 10-18-2019, 12:26 PM   #94
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I think it'd be great if you could go back through this thread and delete all the useless posts in it! That would take it back to being only one page long... You have my vote to do that! (and that includes deleting my post as well)
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