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Old 07-27-2019, 12:39 PM   #21
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There was a near new Peterbuilt in the local tow yard after tangling with a bull moose at 60mph.

You could kinda tell what it used to be....

SDS can be a bitch........

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Old 07-31-2019, 07:42 PM   #22
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From what I’ve read those Winnie’s are pretty good. I’ve had 3 Chevy vans now and that’s a decent year. I like my old 1995 G30 and my 2002 Express van but they don’t drive like a 2003 which was a new generation of Express vans.
To me seems like a lot of investment for three months. Why not do a year and three months? It takes a lot of time to learn how I like to RV and to travel and go places takes time. But you know yourself and your circumstances better than anyone else.
Im a solar technician and have large custom systems on all my vans but the off-the-shelf systems like goal zero are very convenient. My experience is it is difficult to get compensated for a nice custom solar energy system when you go to sell.
Happy camping.
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Old 08-01-2019, 06:15 AM   #23
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Congrats on your decision. It is hard to beat a product that has been developed over years and years by hundreds of engineers. For specific missions or just for the joy of tinkering it might be fun to build a DIY rv.
Have a great journey.

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Old 08-02-2019, 12:22 AM   #24
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Near where i live in CT, the fire department responds to a car accident on the interstate. Something had traveled through the center of the car. Like a missle .Lengthwise. Went between the driver and passenger, hitting the sides of both but they survived. The two surviors had no idea what hit them.
Thinking it was a motorcycle, the fire department went looking for it and found a dead moose further up the road.
Police determined it charged the car and ran at full speed and hit the car headon.
It died, but it tore thourgh the center of the car , out the other end and kept going before it died.
Moose are not nice things to hit
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Old 08-02-2019, 10:45 AM   #25
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Near where i live in CT, the fire department responds to a car accident on the interstate. Something had traveled through the center of the car. Like a missle .Lengthwise. Went between the driver and passenger, hitting the sides of both but they survived. The two surviors had no idea what hit them.
Thinking it was a motorcycle, the fire department went looking for it and found a dead moose further up the road.
Police determined it charged the car and ran at full speed and hit the car headon.
It died, but it tore thourgh the center of the car , out the other end and kept going before it died.
Moose are not nice things to hit
I have been accused at times as being 'The Master of Understatement' - I hereby pass the crown on to you ! -
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Old 10-08-2019, 11:47 PM   #26
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So I realized I haven't updated in a while -



So far, so good.

Camping has been fun, and I haven't found any serious problems with the rig yet.
(This is after 4 long weekends with a 200-mile round trip.)


The biggest takeaway I think I have right now is that I'm glad I didn't jump right in to a skoolie - since I'm still constantly changing my mind and thinking about what-ifs, but it can stay in my head since my rig is built, and I'm not about to go tearing down walls.


I'll get a more detailed update with pictures this weekend (hopefully.)





Only took 500 skoolie posts to get camping!

(Yay 500th post!)
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:48 AM   #27
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LOL ... slow learner!


Congratulations on hitting the 500 mark.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:07 AM   #28
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Iím doing something similar. I bought my present school bus and took out the seats getting ready to convert. Then bought a Motorhome so now I can take my time converting the bus. Iím glad I did as the conversion ideas and materials keeps evolving. Yesterday I found some very interesting materials at a surplus yard. The bus is also useful for storage for a this year while I reorganize. Iíve read a lot of people buy a bus and use it to move lol.
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