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Old 04-21-2017, 12:09 PM   #41
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Your link doesn't seem to work.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:10 PM   #42
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I noticed that too. BUT it lead me to some YouTube vids, that I had not seen, so I consider it a win.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:50 PM   #43
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Seems awfully quiet around here lately.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:52 PM   #44
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I pulled the link from my account earlier so it was the internal one for me to make changes.
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:44 PM   #45
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Registered it in VT today. $240 between tax, reg, and title fee.

Time to get working on it! After Tuesday because I'm away this weekend...
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Old 05-01-2017, 01:44 PM   #46
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Short vacation check-in. Rented a van to stay in.

Its a big white Ford Transit. Overall not bad, nicer than my skoolie on the highway and easier to park (midtown Atlanta) I'm not sold on it completely even with a short bus the amount of space I have is pretty great.

Would be best for some weekend trips but the skoolie is better for a longer living arrangement.

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Old 05-01-2017, 02:49 PM   #47
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One of the big reasons people are gravitating toward van conversions for full timing is that they can be in cognitive vs an RV or a school bus, white cargo vans don't look out of place parked anywhere.. they are everywhere.. for the person trying to do the ultra minimalist nomad lifestyle they like cargo vans..
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Old 05-01-2017, 03:15 PM   #48
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I agree. Nobody notices a white van. They're used primarily commercially everywhere.

People don't notice yellow school buses that much either, but after we paint them it seems that we qualify as hippies in most people's eyes. There's always parking problems. It is nice to take your living room with you everywhere you go, but there's a cost that's financial and limiting in where you can park.
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Old 05-01-2017, 04:02 PM   #49
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yellow school busses arent noticed when they are out driving around... but they are if they are out of place.. ie a yellow school bus fully marked sitting in a shopping center parking lot at 3am is out of place..

at 2PM on a tuesday nah no one noticves a yellow school bus...

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Old 05-01-2017, 05:28 PM   #50
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So true. An out of place yellow school bus does raise eyebrows.
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Old 05-01-2017, 06:50 PM   #51
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I ran into a snag in trying to park even the van at certain places here in Georgia. Part of it had to do with the rental. I was limited by 50 miles per day. This didn't give me a lot of chance to drive around searching for for spots to park.

I had some hope for a Wal-Mart for one night at least. I pulled towards the outer section of the lot not too far from a pickup with a small trailer (truck doors open / trailer closed). I went inside to grab a pillow and sleeping bag. When I came back out and was just sitting in the van the security guard I saw parked at the front of the store had pulled up to the truck. A couple minutes go by and the truck and family load up and leave. A minute later a police car pulls up and chats with the security guard.

Now I'm not too far away but all doors closed on the van. I could have gotten away with being there for a bit but not overnight. So I headed out to my destination for the next day. It was more in the country and I took a few minutes looking for a spot. Actually passed by what could have been a good spot, land for sale off a rural highway. It was up a slightly roughed in path and could have parked back on the lot as the edges were wooded. I ended up finding a gas station that had some semis parked in the back of the large lot. No signs of activity from the trucks so they may have just been parked there for local drivers instead at their own homes. I waited until the station closed and the 30 minutes after until the employee turned out the lights and left, before heading to bed.

Now if I had some more miles at my disposal (like in my own bus) I could have driven around more looking for a place or driven to a posted "safe" Wal-Mart or free camping spot. Or even a campsite I had researched that would have been $15 a night. The penalty charge for overage was $.59 a mile, returned it this morning with 11 miles to spare.
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Old 11-24-2017, 06:38 PM   #52
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A lots been going on since May. Not as much as I'd like to have done on the bus, but it's gaining momentum now.

Replacement floor down for the living area. Built a bed frame Wednesday

Broke a rear window Thursday.

Finishing the bed frame and storage underneath in the next few days.

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Old 01-17-2018, 07:17 PM   #53
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Haven't done much lately, finished the bed and now have to work on the under bed storage and cabinet. Then the back "garage" area, then adding an extra seat up front
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