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Peach Camp 03-22-2017 10:52 PM

The new bus, called Pearl
 
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Robin97396 03-22-2017 11:56 PM

Welcome Peach Camp

You might get a few ideas about buses here.

Robin97396 03-23-2017 12:01 AM

Come on now. Spill it. What have you got there? Is that going to be a weekender or a live in? Diesel or gas? Taking any trips soon? Inquiring minds want to know.

Peach Camp 03-23-2017 04:41 PM

I am new to Skoolie and so many people were concerned about posting pictures I wanted to try that first. My son and his family bought a bus to convert for living in.
I just want to go camping without all the packing and worry about the weather.
I am very excited about this short bus.

FordBears 03-23-2017 09:25 PM

Welcome Peach Camp,
We too bought our bus to use as a tent on wheels. What you will find on this site is lot's of ideas. You can spend as much or as little as you want on your bus. Same with work, some have gone to the extremes as far as gutting their buses, changing the windows and doors, and raising the roof. Our plan is to keep it simple and cheap. I have picked up most of our furnishing from our local Habitat for Humanity restore and Craigslist. Also by not doing a full conversion our bus is considered a van and is registered as such, it also made it insurable.
I love our little short bus. It is easy to drive and I think it handles better than my parents big Class C motorhome. We have taken it out a couple of times and people think it is so cute. Mind you ours is still school bus yellow, for now anyway.
Sending you best wishes on your project,
Have fun with it.
Mamabear from FordBears

Robin97396 03-23-2017 11:40 PM

Peach Camp
I don't know if you've experienced the frustration of trying to attach photos here yet. There are several methods that work, but most of us upload to Photobucket and then transfer the photos to Skoolie.net into your thread.
Are you having issues with this site, like difficulty signing in? You have to set your computer to accept cookies, at least from this web site.

FordBears; it's interesting to hear you went the same path I did by registering as a van. It was the only way to get insurance. Just 20 years ago I had a bus registered as an RV with no problems. Are you going with the modular furniture idea?
I'm surprised by how many skoolies there are here in NW Oregon.

Peach Camp 03-23-2017 11:41 PM

I just want to go camping! I will use my propane stove and I have removed a couple of seats. I have a cot but am considering a hide a bed. I plan to get curtains up this week-end.
It is nice to talk to you.
Most of my friends and family have different camping arrangements. Trailer, Camper, Tent.

Robin97396 03-24-2017 01:52 AM

My family thinks camping is staying in motels and eating in restaurants, but I took them tent camping and made them cook food and sleep in a tent. They still haven't forgiven me, but they remember it as their best vacation. Go figure.

I really like this lifestyle of living in a bus, and I've been in this bus for a little over a year now. It's so cool to go places and you're still in your own home at the end of the day. You can't say you forgot to bring something because your whole house is there with you. It doesn't matter if it's raining outside because you're home. No tents or sleeping bags. No cooking over a smokey fire, unless you want to. I don't have a shower in my bus, but after the military and bathing out of a helmet for years a big bucket just doesn't seem that bad, but yes it's nice to have a membership at a fitness center for the hot tub, steam room and pool.

While you've still got the seats in your bus, if you put a piece of plywood, or several boards, across the top of the seats it makes a pretty nice countertop.
I actually went to butane for cooking when off grid. It's just a smaller and lighter setup than propane, and each can of fuel lasts about 5 or 6 hours.

Are you starting to get ideas for how you want your bus to look inside? Honestly most of us still have a one lane bowling alley right down the middle of the bus, and that doesn't allow for vastly different floor plans. It's interesting to be able to see so many builds here. I'm still curious to know what you've got in mind for your little bus build.

cadillackid 03-24-2017 12:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Robin97396 (Post 192647)
My family thinks camping is staying in motels and eating in restaurants, but I took them tent camping and made them cook food and sleep in a tent. They still haven't forgiven me, but they remember it as their best vacation. Go figure.

I really like this lifestyle of living in a bus, and I've been in this bus for a little over a year now. It's so cool to go places and you're still in your own home at the end of the day. You can't say you forgot to bring something because your whole house is there with you. It doesn't matter if it's raining outside because you're home. No tents or sleeping bags. No cooking over a smokey fire, unless you want to. I don't have a shower in my bus, but after the military and bathing out of a helmet for years a big bucket just doesn't seem that bad, but yes it's nice to have a membership at a fitness center for the hot tub, steam room and pool.

While you've still got the seats in your bus, if you put a piece of plywood, or several boards, across the top of the seats it makes a pretty nice countertop.
I actually went to butane for cooking when off grid. It's just a smaller and lighter setup than propane, and each can of fuel lasts about 5 or 6 hours.

Are you starting to get ideas for how you want your bus to look inside? Honestly most of us still have a one lane bowling alley right down the middle of the bus, and that doesn't allow for vastly different floor plans. It's interesting to be able to see so many builds here. I'm still curious to know what you've got in mind for your little bus build.

I am with the family.. I tried tent camping.. yeah thats not happening again soon.. im perfectly happy to park the bus in the hampton inn parking lot while i sleep in the hotel room...

-Christopher

Robin97396 03-24-2017 01:09 PM

There's nothing wrong with what you're doing. You're a lot more business oriented with your rig and don't have time to start a fire so you can have coffee and breakfast. You're not sight seeing so much either.
I was taking my family to secluded locations, like Hell's Canyon. It's an hour and a half drive, or more, to find a restaurant from where we went.
I agree with casting out the camping tent. I don't like sleeping on the ground. If I remember correctly you don't really have a bed in your bus, but you mentioned a cot.
I have a craftmatic in my bus as well as cooking facilities. My purpose for this bus was to avoid restaurants and hotels/motels.
I prefer making my own food and coffee rather than having some disgruntled minimum wage worker make my food and drink. I also don't like sleeping in a "public" bed. I get disgusted by the level of housekeeping in most inns. Do you take a blacklight flashlight with you in the inns? I'm usually grossed out by the remote control alone.
Yeah, all this from a guy that bathes out of a bucket.


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