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Old 02-08-2016, 01:51 PM   #1
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wow, so a couple I helped pick out a bus.....

Bombed on the Skoolie community

(disclaimer:I am not writing this to upset anyone, it is just an observation I can not understand by myself)

There is a couple here locally that think this site is stupid after I invited them here, yes I helped them pick a bus out, with the intention of building a Skoolie (they liked ours) only problems is apparently this site is poor people and hippies, we are not hippster enough

I guess I wasn't clear enough of what a Skoolie is and the reason behind buying and building one...it is a personal thought process that leads you on a journey as you cut/bend/tear/install/bleed etc...and mold your dream into an old school bus to enjoy life and friends with

SO....

Are they building a Skoolie? NO...they are building a "tiny home" I am not a fan of that scene personally.

Guess I will hit post...and then report myself

WHY?

1) First off it is driving the price of buses up, at least locally.

2) I can not wrap my head around 2 people and a couple dogs living in 280 sq feet or so, their choice tho'

They are young and are putting 40k to 50k into an old flatnose (this is not a rebuilt drive train...it is entirely on or in the old bus)

They are going green...yes..green to help the environment, they will have the roof covered in solar panels and have about 20 batteries! (the reason they wanted underbelly storage, when I heard that, I told them it will not be strong enough as it is)

custom built wood cabinets/cubby holes and a loft (roof raised) floor done in hardwood etc, outside covered in cedar type planks and plenty of insulation so the wood stove will keep it warm in the winter above 2500 ft

AND all of this supported by a composting toilet...yes..I said you mean a toilet that burns the refuse? NO a toilet that can be recycled into fertilizer for our garden.
"A garden? Ugh where?"
"We bought 15 acres and will live in "our tiny home" on it"


I don't agree...and definitely do not understand it...I just looked and said "WHY? You can build a small home and then can expand in the future a room at a time"

The response was "if it is attached to the ground we have to pay taxes on it, and we do not need building permits or inspections building a bus" (they don't want government messing with their lives)

.......I shook my head....I am not jealous...I just do not understand it

I am old I guess...just had to get this off my chest....feel free to explain to me the reasoning behind this growing thought process.
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Old 02-08-2016, 02:21 PM   #2
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Hey, bansil. I guess I'll give a shot because my goal is sorta the same, but became a little more along the way.

I plan on getting land in the future, and the cost of buying and dragging a single-wide mobile home I'm guessing would be far more than what I can build my bus for. I plan on living in the bus fulltime when I get the land (a distant dream still) while I build a cabin and shop space. My budget is the same as theirs now because I keep thinking of new stuff I want. I plan on a composting toilet so I can save the space and weight of a blackwater tank. Right now it's just me and my rescue cat, so I don't have an overcrowding issue.

I then decided that I wanted to do more with the bus than have it be a temporary home. I wanted it to become my retirement RV (in 20 years or whatever) and would like to go a little crazy with the design because... why not? I have a self-propelled 40 foot long diesel powered platform of creative opportunity ^.^

I think a bus as a living platform is a LOT safer than some of the tinyhome flatbed trailers I've seen videos of, at least when it comes to moving them around.

I do think the skoolie-tiny-home trend is only going to increase, but that's because it's becoming kinda trendy. That's good news for the community I think, because with enough of a marketplace, we all could see new offerings and ideas, products and services that would make a lot of things easier, more efficient and more comfortable. Unfortunately, used bus sellers will raise their prices to match the perceived demand.

Personally, I'd really like it if A LOT of people built skoolies so we could get RV parks that will accept us.

As for being a "green" option, HAHAHA. I'd like to think so, but really, it's a diesel powered heavy vehicle. Not so green really in my opinion.

In my thinking, even if I became homeless in the future, I'd still have my bus to live in on some old farmer's land if it came to that. I don't know about all of the government stuff, but the highways are federal, and they can take a vehicle a lot quicker and with a lot less paperwork than land if they wanted to.

I do find it strange that they would refer to this particular community as a bunch of poor people and hippies when they are trying to get the most for the least money themselves, and going green, living off the land, making a minimal environmental impact, etc, would seem to be in line with hippies since their beginning.

Oh well. They will have an "elite" schoolbus to live in I suppose. Better than everyone elses. Hope it doesn't explode from the 20 batteries they are going to get.
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Old 02-08-2016, 02:39 PM   #3
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You said it yourself, YOU'RE JUST OLD! LOL. There is a show on one of the channels, don't remember which one, that was about tiny houses. I had a hard time containing my laughter. $50-90k and you couldn't sit up in bed or had to go wash your hands in the kitchen after taking a crap because there was no sink in the bathroom. All one guy cared about was a composting toilet. HE HAD TO HAVE A COMPOSTING TOILET! His sister was disgusted.

The way I see it is what ever floats your boat is fine by me. I don't care who you sleep with, what you sleep with, the fact that you want to use human poo to fertilize your dinner salad. JUST DON'T TRY TO CHANGE THE COUNTRY INTO YOUR TWISTED VIEW OF THE WORLD. Stay in your backyard and I will stay in mine and we will call it good.
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Old 02-08-2016, 03:32 PM   #4
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I have to say.. the human manure thing is far beyond what I'm willing to do or even entertain the thought.
I know exactly the TV show crazycal mentioned. Its really a good laugh if you're hard up for entertainment.
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poor people and hippies huh? I'd like to think of myself more along the lines of a poor hillbilly... thank you very much...
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I reckon I am an Appalachian Hillbillian with front porch tendencies
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poor people and hippies huh? I'd like to think of myself more along the lines of a poor hillbilly... thank you very much...
I consider myself a poor, middle aged college student...since that's what I am right now
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poor people and hippies huh? I'd like to think of myself more along the lines of a poor hillbilly... thank you very much...
I prefer Texas Redneck myself..........
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