Often in my inbox, people ask if we have ever been turned away from a campground due to our bus. They want to know, “Is it hard to find a campground that will accept a converted school bus?” Skoolie in a private campground, can it happen?
Are school bus conversions allowed in a private campground?
First of all, it is not a bus. It is a motor home!
Second, private campgrounds can turn away anyone.
Skoolie in a private campground, Our Story
The Next Morning
I got the kids up early. Now, early for us is 8:00 am. We sat outside for breakfast and walked around the campground. Yes, I was like a Momma duck with all the ducklings in a row. The kids laughed and played for about an hour and we went back to the bus. This early morning walk was just to give the management an opportunity to say we were disruptive and ask us to leave. Come on now, it wouldn’t have been fair if we just hid in the bus would it?
Tips When Arriving at a Private Campground in a
Skoolie Motorhome That Looks Like a Bus.
#1. Make a reservation online
Before you click the final payment option, be sure to read the fine print.
Pro Tip: Only make a reservation for 2 days. This way if you are not allowed to stay you will not have lost an extreme amount of money.
Make sure the campground/RV park does not have an age restriction on the motorhome. Usually, there are not school bus restrictions, but if the bus exceeds the age restriction you are O-U-T OUT!
#2 Be respectful no matter where you stay
Pay attention to the quiet hours and keep your young kids on a short leash if you know what I mean. Oh, and don’t let them trespass in other sites. I will not go any further on this topic. Totally, for another post.
#3 Remember: Look at your title – It is a MOTORHOME – not a bus
Always, always, did I say ALWAYS, refer to your bus as a motorhome.
#4 Be confident, cordial, and calm
Once you arrive at the campground, confidently get off your motorhome and sign in at the office. You own a motorhome and have done nothing wrong. Hold your head high and go register for your spot like anyone else. DO NOT ask if they allow school bus conversions! Register, get the parking pass, and set up your site.
Most of all be cordial. My Grandma always told me, “You will get more flies with honey instead of a pile of crap.” Be polite, make small talk, and smile.
If questioned about your “motorhome’, remain calm.
Breathe, then ask (with a smile) why you can not stay in the park. Show them your title if need be.
Remember, do not cause a seen. Ask if there is anything you can do so that you are allowed to stay or exit politely.
If asked to leave do so in a calm manner, then let me know in the comments below.
I will start a list of campgrounds that DO NOT allow Skoolie owners.
Like I said in the beginning, we have only had an issue one time. For the most part, we have found that people truly love the idea of converting a school bus and want to get on our bus for a tour.
We hope that you have safe travels and fun in your motor home. Oh, and by the way, if you are traveling to the coast of South Carolina, we have a place for you at Skoolie Beach. Email me for more details.
Let’s continue this conversation over in our Facebook Group. Join me and we can talk more about Skoolies in private campgrounds.