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Old 06-14-2019, 07:17 PM   #1
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Why do you Skoolie?

What do you love about Skoolies?
Why have you chosen to go this route?
Why not an RV? Why not a van? Why not a hotel, or an airline ticket, or a life at home?

Is it to save money, or a great place to spend every dollar you make?
Is it to get away from it all, or to connect with others who share your vibe?
Is it to rekindle the flames of a bygone era, or to embrace the new tiny house trend?
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:26 PM   #2
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Oh, and here I thought this was going to be a tough question!
It's really quite simple:
I am a masochist.
Who enjoys bloody knuckles!
Unfortunately, I'm also a hemophiliac...
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:27 PM   #3
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*urk, gag, uncontrollable hemorrhaging*
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:30 PM   #4
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To eventually have an RV that will suit me to a "T", and be able to withstand heavy winter snow loads.
Had a Winnebago in the early 90's that didn't get snow cleared off the roof due to health concerns one winter, and had to scrap it the following spring due to heavy water damage and mold. Never going back to a crapola factory built RV...
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:33 PM   #5
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Heck, no!
That's why I opted for homegrown crapola!
(Seriously, if I'd not have been up against the timeline wall, I'd've opted for a better OS)
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Old 06-14-2019, 08:20 PM   #6
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It seemed like a fun family project. And seemed like a good challenge for my interests and skill set. Also, I thought it would be a inexpensive way to have a motorhome. Not sure if that is true...
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Old 06-14-2019, 08:45 PM   #7
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Also, I thought it would be a inexpensive way to have a motorhome. Not sure if that is true...
Does anyone understand that at the beginning? Still, I saw the price of those Sprint Winnebagos and now I think itís a bargain.


Why am I doing it?

I grew up with RVs. My father always took us somewhere in the summer in one. I always loved going on the road.

I always thought factory RVs were built of toothpicks and butt cheese.

I plan to snowbird one day, so Iím building my escape vehicle.

So why not do it myself and do it like I want it? I have the skills, tools, time.
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Old 06-14-2019, 10:15 PM   #8
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I just like driving something large and un-practical sometimes. And buses are the easiest way to get a foot in that door so I dig em.
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:05 PM   #9
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1. Durability. It's NOT made of "sticks and staples".

2. My horse can't carry much more than a bedroll and a sammich
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Old 06-15-2019, 09:56 AM   #10
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What do you love about Skoolies?
Why have you chosen to go this route?
Why not an RV? Why not a van? Why not a hotel, or an airline ticket, or a life at home?

Is it to save money, or a great place to spend every dollar you make?
Is it to get away from it all, or to connect with others who share your vibe?
Is it to rekindle the flames of a bygone era, or to embrace the new tiny house trend?

We knew we didn't want to stay where we were once Drew retired and the kids moved out, but we didn't know where we wanted to be. All of our vacations over the years were camping road trips and we'd talked about traveling more once we had the time. We met a couple on one of those trips that was full timing in their RV and that sounded perfect to us.

About 5 years before Drew was set to retire we started looking at RVs. They all seemed cheaply built, not efficient for how we wanted to live, decorated like a cheap motel room, and expensive as hell. It was discouraging. I remembered seeing pictures of a beautifully done skoolie many years ago and started researching whether it was a viable option. Turns out it was.

We bought a bus a year before he retired, spent that time building it out on the weekends. The first 6 months after his retirement we downsized and got the house sold. We moved into the bus full time on April 26, 2019 and have been incredibly happy with how it's working out.
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