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Old 04-04-2021, 12:22 PM   #1
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Greetings from NC (newbie in the RTP area )

Hello All -

Diving in to say hello. So grateful for this resource and community - been rooting around the site for a while now! Invaluable-holistic insights in the many posts on the platform. For me, owning a skoolie (planning for fulltime travel over the next 2 years) has been a relentless, all-consuming pursuit for the past 2 years.
Last July, amidst COVID surreal-ness, I got "#27" from our local county public school bus depot. Life being life soon afterwards, circumstances led to going from having a $5k budget to $0 for the conversion. Isn't that just the way LOL. But those relentless thoughts of skoolie-life persisted and have led to innovative, creative, inventive ideas/ways for undertaking my conversion. Many thanks to Skoolie.net, YouTube university, upcycling existing furniture, network of nomadic spirits, big box stores plus DIY souls everywhere!!! I am waiting for warm-ish weather to resume demo tasks. Cheers all for your guidance and sharing experiences, knowledge, expertise, insights - very much appreciated! I am learning about heavy duty diesel engines, mechanical parts, solar install, boondocking, minimalism, waste management, building materials.

Current state: 80% excited; 20% "what in the world am I getting into?"

Looking forward to participating on the platform.

Gearing up to use an angle grinder for the 1st time (22 seats = 66 bolt-screw thingies) - holy cow!!!!!!!

ps. Still learning my way around the Skoolie.net platform... Shout-out to NC-based skoolie folks, are there any other newbies out there? Anyone close to the RTP/Triangle area?

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Old 04-04-2021, 02:12 PM   #2
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welcome from the beach.
my second bus came from wake forest.
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Old 04-04-2021, 02:23 PM   #3
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Hello and welcome to the madness.
Your 80%/20% split is just about right, keep it there and you'll do just fine.
Keep a fire extinguisher and a water bucket/damp rag close by at all times when you fire up that grinder, you might just need it.(some of us can say that from experience).
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Old 04-06-2021, 02:57 PM   #4
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Hello and welcome to the madness.
Your 80%/20% split is just about right, keep it there and you'll do just fine.
Keep a fire extinguisher and a water bucket/damp rag close by at all times when you fire up that grinder, you might just need it.(some of us can say that from experience).
Cheers

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Cheers for the heads-up Oscar1. Very interesting times ahead lol.
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Old 04-06-2021, 03:06 PM   #5
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welcome from the beach.
my second bus came from wake forest.
Hiya Jolly Roger. WF was my old stomping ground back in the day (it has changed a lot :>). I got #27 from Wake County. Travel plans will see me at the beach - OBX, Plymouth, Cedar Island...). Do you still have your 2nd bus? Did you get it from the school district/dealer?
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no it came from a private seller that was a member on here
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