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Old 07-04-2016, 09:18 AM   #1
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Stealth skoolie?

I am considering going the Skoolie route, but would prefer to maintain a lower profile than a psychedelic paint job. Do you suppose any of these might work? I need to move family belongings across the country, and will be camping in the back along the way. I would envision using blackout curtains inside the windows for all of the following. Thoughts?

Note that a 1' x 4' magnetic sign only costs $33 or so, plus ten bucks for shipping: (http://www.stickersbanners.com/magnetic-signs.html

White paint job, with "Activity Bus" signs on the side and front, and park in school parking lots? Would probably need to leave before dawn during the school year (or earlier).

White paint job, with "Church Bus" signs on the side and front, and park behind churches? Ought to make arrangements first (I would suspect that with references of how at previous churches we left no mess a good number of pastors would play along, mid-week at least.)

Olive drab matte paint job, with a few numbers painted on the sides, and park outside National Guard armories?

White paint job and "Quarantine Transport" and park outside hospitals?

Blue paint job with a WalMart asterisk in yellow, and just stay there?

Blue paint job and "UN Detention Transport" and park outside preppers' homes? (Joke.)

OK, so maybe this won't work. But we are hoping to save some dough and renting space along the way (or being turned away from proper campgrounds) does not appeal. But comments might be intriguing...
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Old 07-04-2016, 09:47 AM   #2
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I am considering going the Skoolie route, but would prefer to maintain a lower profile than a psychedelic paint job
Haven't seen many psychedelic paint jobs on here. Any normal solid color would almost automatically not identify you as a "hippie".

Although I do like the "UN Detention Transport" idea.
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Old 07-04-2016, 10:04 AM   #3
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...Although I do like the "UN Detention Transport" idea.
Once, at a Y2K prepper event in San Diego, a pastor friend and I were waiting for someone. Just for fun he took out a pocket notepad and pretended to write down license plates of folks entering the parking lot. One fellow watched him from a distance for awhile and turned around.

Not sure if I want to tweak folks that badly, but it is an intriguing thought... That poster of Jack Nicholson comes to mind: "I know the voices in my head aren't real - but they come up with great ideas sometimes!"
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people say my bus is Prison bus colors.. though I suppose the 'DEV RANDOM' across the top gives that away.. but even though the wal-mart parking lots have signs stating "dont park here" I often see semi's and RV's parked out at the ends of the large super-center lots...

at one time wal-mart was completely RV friendly and invited people to stop... my guess is liability changed that so they put up the signs but may not actively enforce..

many pastors drive by their churches wquite often and would notice a church bus that wasnt theirs...

police acrively patrol school lots as they are vandalism targets...

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Old 07-04-2016, 10:33 AM   #5
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I have a thought.....

Make it look like an RV and hide amongst the other RV's that overnight on WalMart parking lots.

I am not the biggest fan of WalMart overall but I wont throw stones because Sam has let me sleep in his driveway for a cumulative 2-3 years. Not kidding. I have spent that many nights sleeping on WalMart parking lots all over the country.

Other than the WalMart in Plainview Texas, I have had wonderful luck staying at WalMart. Per their corporate policy, they support the RV community but it is up to each store manager to decide whether we are welcome or not. So far Plainview is the only unfriendly I have found.

I have also been welcomed at a number of Home Depot stores and enjoyed the free Internet.

I have found that reasonably polite and presentable when you go into the store and picking up an item or two for dinner while asking permission to park overnight works wonders. At non-WalMart locations I have had 90%+ success rate. Not 100% though. I have been told no a few times and had to buck up and move. BTW: At WalMart you don't really need to ask. One of our local WalMart's actually has signs for RV parking.
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Old 07-04-2016, 10:33 AM   #6
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Just a solid color or two-tone paint job and no lettering at all. For one thing, you don't to be false advertising or you'll actually be drawing unwanted attention. I've joked about matte black with NSA SURVEILLANCE VAN in large letters and 'not an' in small letters above it.

In seriousness though, like last week I kept getting passed by a fleet of blue and gray OTR buses but they had no marking on them. They had government plates so I knew it was some agency or agency-adjacent. I caught up with them at a truck stop and ends up they were the Air Force Band on their way back to Colorado Springs. They aren't allowed to actually put their identity on the bus anymore... Go figure.
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I know! Add a doughnut shop logo and park outside police stations!
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... wal-mart parking lots have signs stating "dont park here" I often see semi's and RV's parked out at the ends of the large super-center lots...
Intriguingly, ours has "No overnight semis" signs, but RVs are welcome.
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i forgot about Home Depot.. the couple that are near me also rent trucks... and parking amongst the rental trucks would be rather easy place to hide out...

one of my favorite coffee shops is near a Home depot.. and soince I love using my bus as a daily driver (for real).. I often park the bus there at Home depot for a few hours at a time and theyve never said a word to me.. (I do buy a lot of stuff for my house in there too)..

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Old 07-04-2016, 10:47 AM   #10
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RE the Walmart parking situation... I think more of it is the local parking ordinances than Walmart policy. All Walmarts have the no overnight parking signs but many don't enforce it unless compelled to by the city. If the store is on an outskirts of town or the town itself is truck friendly then they don't run off truckers or RVs. Some may also be RV friendly but not truck friendly as I've learned.

Also, Cabela's are large vehicle friendly and usually easy to get in and out of.

Sometimes Harley Davidson dealerships are truck and RV friendly.

Some parts of the country even McDonald's and other fast food joints have a limited amount of large vehicle parking although I don't think their intentions are to support overnight parking.

I would also just like to point out that even if you see trucks doing it, don't assume it's acceptable. Truckers' hours are governed by federal regulation and therefore places like Walmart or Lowe's which receive their goods in truckload delivery need to let THEIR drivers park and rest but don't want that to be carte blanche for other trucks and RVs to assume they can also. Even at truck stops, it may seem no harm for an RV to park overnight but if you look around you'll realize there's a huge shortage of truck acceptable parking nationwide. Every night every truck stop and rest area is overflowing with trucks. Trucks stops are actually cashing in on this by slowly changing more and more of their parking to paid reserve parking, so when the free spots are full trucks have no choice but to cough up for parking because they cannot legally go further to the next available safe haven. It grinds their gears when they see RVs in the free spots AND sometimes taking up two spots with their slideouts open, free camping in a space they require to keep doing their job legally. There is little worse than getting in the way of a working person.
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