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Old 08-17-2015, 06:38 PM   #1
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Rejected by an RV park

I was really excited to stay in an RV park here in Austin. Called them up and they don't allow skoolies to stay. I had been warned about some parks doing this. What gives? Do they just assume skoolies are busted up hunks of junk? Is it a safety issue with them being home built and potential fire hazards? To reject someone sight unseen is just a big bag of BS. My skoolie is nicer than some conventional RVs they have in there. What a joke.

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Old 08-17-2015, 06:44 PM   #2
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I have been told by our local DMV (SAAQ in québec Canada) that some RV parks only allow NFPA 1192 approved RVs.

NFPA 1192: Standard on Recreational Vehicles

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Sucks, but the modern, safe, clean world is catching up to the DIY.
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:45 PM   #3
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Its like the insurance companies. They reject them on principle. You touched on some of the many reasons why parks often don't allow bus conversions very well.
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I have been told by our local DMV (SAAQ in québec Canada) that some RV parks only allow NFPA 1192 approved RVs.

NFPA 1192: Standard on Recreational Vehicles

Sucks, but the modern, safe, clean world is catching up to the DIY.
When it comes to emergency exits, and depending on how it's built, odds are our conversions have much more than any commercially available RV
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:48 PM   #5
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Probably true.

But all that nice plywood could burn reaaaly nice. I might look into using fireretardant presswood when it's time.
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:52 PM   #6
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I've planned on keeping all 5 window exits (relocating a couple) plus the roof hatches.

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But all that nice plywood could burn reaaaly nice. I might look into using fireretardant presswood when it's time.
But then, so do commercially built RVs-



Our buses, with the exception of the shuttle conversions (sorry guys), are steel construction.
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:54 PM   #7
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Its like the insurance companies. They reject them on principle. You touched on some of the many reasons why parks often don't allow bus conversions very well.
Because of those who do slipshod work, those of us who want a quality product (at a 10th the cost of a stick & staple Class A) are made to suffer.
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:04 PM   #8
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Because of those who do slipshod work, those of us who want a quality product (at a 10th the cost of a stick & staple Class A) are made to suffer.
That's always the case.

The stupidity of the many always falls back on the few who intended to do it right....
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I some of the rv parks think that skoolies are rolling meth labs,
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:03 PM   #10
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I some of the rv parks think that skoolies are rolling meth labs,
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Aren't they?!
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:21 AM   #11
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I some of the rv parks think that skoolies are rolling meth labs,
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Did someone say rolling meth lab?
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:23 AM   #12
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My wife's uncle just built an RV park. They've got a no skoolie rule, but said I could stay there. Not sure if I'd want to. 90% of the reason I go camping is to have a camp fire, and they don't have any fire rings.
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:31 AM   #13
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Being the exception to the rule is not a good reason to stay there. I'd say no thanks unless they can justify the rule and explain how they inspect the "rvs" that come in for meeting their standards that are assumed to be not met by skoolies.
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:22 AM   #14
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They don't inspect anything. If it looks ugly they reserve the right to turn people away. Insurance is cheaper if they have the no skoolie rule. They also have a no guns rule because of insurance. I didn't ask, but I'd be willing to bet that insurance is the reason for no fire rings too.
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I think the age rule is probably driven by insurance as well. The assumption being that the older it is, the more likely it is to have been repaired by an amateur. The assumption is that something with the RVIA sticker on it had to undergo some sort of quality control and was put together by professionals. Not people like me learning how to wire stuff up on the internet.
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Old 08-18-2015, 11:40 AM   #16
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RV parks can suck my tailpipe

My bus is safer in EVERY way over a traditional RV. My wiring is better, I have multiple emergency exits, fire extinguishers, a steel body, and no generator to blow up.

All I can say is em! If I had the money I'd get some land and make a place for skoolie and tiny home owners to come and stay. It would be a private club--NO RV's ALLOWED--and if you didn't make it yourself, you better keep truckin!
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Old 08-18-2015, 11:58 AM   #17
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At the end of the day, it's a private business. I don't like it. I'll just spent my dollars somewhere else.
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:20 PM   #18
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At the end of the day, it's a private business. I don't like it. I'll just spent my dollars somewhere else.
Which is definitely why On the Road | Travel, Trips, Camp Sites, Tailgates is a good idea for shaming those who won't accept our bucks, and praising those who do
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:26 PM   #19
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My personal policy is don't ask about skoolies, don't volunteer that it is a skoolie, and have a backup plan in case they ask me to move along (if I'm not staying long, they might just let it slide because it's perceived to be easier than opening a confrontation). But most of the time I'll probably try to avoid campgrounds anyway; for me the point of going out is to have more nature and less neighbor. Campgrounds usually seem to be packed pretty tight.
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:41 PM   #20
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This is why I'm so hard on the people here that slap together piles of $hit for bus conversions.

The more pile of $hit conversions that get built, the more All skoolies will get rejected from the campgrounds.

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