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Old 05-02-2023, 03:59 PM   #1
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"Camping" in on-going conversion - Is it okay?

Hello all - First post, but I've been browsing through the bus related forums for the past couple months trying to figure out how crazy I am. I usually find someone who's already done it successfully, but I haven't found much about this.

I'm planning on going full-time RV for my next duty station. I'm also strongly considering an older (read affordable) Prevost or MCI. Either picking up one in-progress for a steal, or a gutted one and "camping" in it as I convert it.

I have the tools, experience, and ability to build and (mostly) maintain the bus myself, so I'm not worried about the actual successful execution of my plan.

The sticking point is if this is utter taboo in the community, particularly of long-term parks. I guess I could consider a mobile home park which would likely have lower standards, but an actual RV park would be what makes the "camping" portion work, i.e. showers, toilets, etc. while I work on those.
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Some RV parks have rules against "maintenance" while in a site. I've stayed at a few with those rules, and for the most part they are enforced, albeit unevenly. My personal opinion is that I wouldn't want to be next to a renovation project.

That said, I expect you can find parks that will allow you to do what you want.
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Old 05-02-2023, 07:19 PM   #3
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Mark - Thanks for the term "maintenance" as I expect it may be better received than outright construction. I had planned to section off a living section and a working section inside the bus during overhaul and do as much work as possible inside, but I imagine that will still be loud enough for generator hours.
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Old 05-30-2023, 07:18 PM   #4
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You used the term "duty station" are you active military? If so many others live in a RV at the base famcamp. In fact, TDY has priority.
It's been my experience when an RV parks says no working on RV's they mean oil changes, mechanical work to the chassis, or other exterior work.
IMO what happens inside your RV is your business-well as long as its legal.
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Old 07-25-2023, 04:59 AM   #5
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Older post but I do want to add something. Firstly, if you go with a "coach" like a MCI or Prevost over a "bus" like a Bluebird you're going to find your parts are an order of magnitude more costly. It will seem like a fine idea initially but the maintenance will eat you alive. Something like a Bluebird will get you 80% of the way there at 20% of the cost.

As for working on it, just rent an RV space from a local.
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