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Old 10-03-2012, 08:03 AM   #1
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How's This for Close Quarters?

We're currently in New Hampshire "Leaf Peeping". The owner of the park where we're staying told us that we'd be seeing a big tourist bus pull in soon. It seems that this bus with 20 German tourist come over every year for the changing of colors.

Sure enough, the beast pulled in... 20 German tourists piled out... the bay doors opened revealing kitchen and camp supplies... and everyone began to chip in to cook supper. After eating they all teamed to clean up. The next morning they broke camp and were back on the road.

I've never seen anything like it but it was fun to watch. We were sure glad that we had the spaciousness of our coach and didn't have to fit into one of those bunks!
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How many people were in that bus? Are those small windows sleeping berths? What an experience. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:15 AM   #3
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How many people were in that bus? Are those small windows sleeping berths? What an experience. Thanks for sharing.
It was like a clown car and 20 people piled out of there and all headed for the restrooms at the same time.

YES, those small windows are sleeping berths!

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Some more pics.
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Thanks Dirk. Those are really wild. I was glad to see the photo of the inside sleeping quarters. It looks like they sleep "north/south" rather than side to side as I was assuming. I think there was one curb side slide with stairs leading up into the coach through it.

I don't think I'll be trading for one anytime soon.

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First I've heard of these in the US, but VERY COMMON in Europe. Vacation on the cheep.
Edit, I forgot to add, all those little windows are the individual sleeping quarters.
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Did you ask the owner about exceeding the person per site count it did they get 5 sites?
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Did you ask the owner about exceeding the person per site count it did they get 5 sites?
I actually wondered about that but it was the CG owner who told me they were coming so I guess they're good with it. They weren't exactly all young folks either so I had to wonder about nature calls during the night.

Quite a sight.

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I actually wondered about that but it was the CG owner who told me they were coming so I guess they're good with it. They weren't exactly all young folks either so I had to wonder about nature calls during the night.

Quite a sight.

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We saw one in Washington State this summer. The KOA manager told us the bus came from Canada. They only stopped at campgrounds every 3 or 4 nights so the guests could take a shower! No hookups, no on board toilets and no water storage. This goes way beyond boondocking in my opinion!
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That was in the KOA in Lexington VA when we were there earlier this summer for college visit with our son for VMI.
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I saw a bus like this in Yellowstone. They called it a 'coffin bus'!
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We saw one of those over 30 years ago in the same color in Canada when we were heading North up the Alcan. And they were Germans too!
They talked and joked and laughed SOOOOOO much! Lots of booze and food led to a nice, big fire that night and then they disappeared pretty early the next morning.
We talked about them long after they left.
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I've encountered outfits similar to this for many years. First saw re-powered British double decker buses used for this in 1979 in a KOA near Mt. Rushmore. If was full of tourists from all over Europe, about 8 languages represented. The downstairs was all kitchen, upstairs seats and bunks. I saw it and a few more rigs that summer in Banff National Park in Alberta. Since then, they seem to be using modified buses with the bunks in across the width like RickO's. They actually enter the bunk compartments from doors on the gutter side of the bus by walking on platforms that extend from the side when stopped. The kitchen equipment was on big slides that came out from the luggage compartments. In Yellowstone and Grand Canyon I've seen groups traveling in 15 passenger vans with huge canvas covered luggage racks on top. They use tents for sleeping. Again, about 10-14 passengers, each from different countries. Fascinating folks to chat with and share ideas.
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