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Old 06-27-2012
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I thought I'd take a cue from B.Nyhof and introduce myself. I am Jim Foster, a 20-year active duty Navy officer in the U.S. Navy Security Forces (NSF). I am married to the love of my life, Debbie, and we have two dogs, "Hannah" and "Stanley." Together, we are the Fosterpack.

We have always wanted (but never owned) a motor coach. Originally, we were looking at just getting something inexpensive, but the more I researched, the more I became interested in buses. The more I researched buses, the more I became convinced that a BB was the way to go.

Being on active duty means a lot of time away from home (family), but as I near the possibility of retirement, the reality of a great deal more time to be spent with my family comes into focus. With that, comes the even more burning desire to take the plunge and become a BB owner.

Plans right now are to take the next couple of years to save a little, look a lot, and read even more, so when the time comes to buy, we will be ready. However, should that deal of a lifetime present itself, we may have to act. We are, however, trying to avoid buying on an impulse. Initially, our Bird would be used for weekend getaways to the nearby beach areas, with plans to spread our wings a little further once I am retired.

I am glad I found this site, as everyone here seems to enjoy a great deal of camaraderie, something I rarely see outside of the military and law enforcement. There is also a treasure trove of useful information on this site, particularly for prospective owners. Thanks to all within this group for what you do and for the care and concern you show to other members. With any luck, we will soon be BB owners and may see some of you in the future somewhere in our great nation.

Sincerely,
The Fosterpack
(Jim, Debbie, "Hannah", and "Stanley")
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Welcome to the zoo,its a fun place to hang out!
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Welcome Jim. You are doing it right; read, read, read. You will get to know the guys and some gals; who knows what regarding what. You will get to know the coaches; which have which advantages/disadvantages at it applies to you and your budget, your predicted use, and your mechanic skills/tools/facilities. You will get to know who does brisket, who does cookies, who has publically-viewed cracks, who has patience, who has no patience, who knows something, and who doesn't sometimes but thankfully tries to help anyway. You are right about one thing; camraderie is the key. And the forum's civility police do a great job of keeping the emotions in check and to a low enough level that the group doesn't implode. It is not only an interesting social forum, but a necessary and emmensely worthwhile one for those of us that flat out could not own one without the help of the group. Just a lot of good folks here that I sure appreciate. Again, welcome aboard.
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Welcome to the Fosterpack. You won't regret a BB decision nor a WOG decision.
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Hi Jim and Debbie and the kids yes I believe they are just like kids We actually have a few of our WOG members who are still on active duty that own their 'Birds and a few of them live fulltime in them. One of them in particular chiefburg was stationed just south of you at Port Hueneme, he helped me out a lot a few years ago when I needed some mechanical issues addressed while I was staying at the FamCamp at Point Magu NAS.

We also have quite a few retired military here on the WOG, some of who like myself live fulltime in their 'Birds.
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Wow, thanks for all the replies. John, I know the Port Hueneme area well. I was stationed three years at Hueneme and three years at Mugu. Mugu is a great spot. I can hardly wait to be an actual BB owner, but you all have made me feel at home, despite the fact that I am currently without a bus; much appreciated.

And yes, our dogs ARE our kids.

Jim
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Hey Fosterpack:

Best group of folks you've ever seen. We can be "brutal" sometimes and show no mercy, especially when when you get suckered into a loaded question - like a comment on how to "reset your fuel guage", or when Randy fell off a cliff in Alaska and there were some comments about getting a Medi-Alert or "Help me, I've fallen and can't get up". Lot of laughs, fun but mostly a lot of help for "newbies" and veterans alike.

We have a big Rally (RATS) in Pine Mt. Georgia in October - a week long event. Check it out. There are facilities there for folks that don't have a motorhome. If you are able, come and learn about our group and our majestic 'birds.

Good to be able to "pipe you aboard".
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We have always wanted (but never owned) a motor coach. Originally, we were looking at just getting something inexpensive, but the more I researched, the more I became interested in buses. The more I researched buses, the more I became convinced that a BB was the way to go.

However, should that deal of a lifetime present itself, we may have to act. We are, however, trying to avoid buying on an impulse.

Jim,
We could be twins. You are repeating my exact story here. Researched nearly 2 years, found a coach that I could not pass up, didn't have all the funds available, jumped right in anyway, no regrets

I'm sure you will find the right coach for the Fosterpack
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