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Old 02-11-2010, 08:05 PM   #41
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yeah I called their regular car division. I called GMAC though after i called progressive. They said Im probably going to get dropped by progressive so I dont know anymore. The lady I talked to from GMAC said they had numerous customers that came to them after being dropped by progressive for bus conversions.
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Old 02-11-2010, 08:19 PM   #42
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Ok, this is all starting to make more sense now. Perhaps it's the regular Progressive division that is dropping these school bus camper conversions because they shouldn't be insuring them to begin with (you'd think they'd know by now not to take on new customers if they have no intentions of keeping them). I've been with Progressive Commercial since last October, and so far, so good. My friend has been with Progressive Commercial for years, and no problems. Did you end up getting a quote from GMAC? I didn't even try getting a quote through them... I kind of wish I knew about this forum back when I was shopping for insurance.
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Having heard the runaround Progressive gives people, I opted to go with GMAC. The price is about twice what I was quoted from Progressive, and I was completely honest w/ both about the status of my bus. It's titled and registered as an antique bus, and the only way in which I stretched the truth was in the anticipated mileage it would be driven (less than 2k per year, which really may not be far from the truth. Anyhow, the amount is 640/year for the basic no frills required coverage through GMAC. Progressive quoted me at $350. I heard that, and was tempted, but smelled a rat.
I wonder how much the amount will change if I decide to register it as an R.V.?(if I ever do)
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Old 02-14-2010, 06:45 PM   #44
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The foam has a plastic coating on one side and metal foil on the other, so I figure it will be good for sound, Today we got alot accomplished. I caulked all the windows and seat bolt holes. Removed the stop sign and stop bar on the front bumper. I bought some insulation styrofoam for the floor and got wood paneling for the walls. Painted under the chair rail, and put locks on the rear and side doors. The wood panels are just set in place.
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:44 PM   #45
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Bus windows still in place? Keep screwdriver handy and just remove one.
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:28 PM   #46
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I'm planning on leaving one of the emergency exit windows on each side of my bus. I also had that thought, that if you have a lock hasp, some prankster could easily lock you in by shoving a screwdriver or whatever in there.
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:09 PM   #47
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Well I hadnt thought about it but I figure Im good with a roof exit, 2 emergency exit doors, 2 emergency exit windows, the front door which cant be locked from the outside, plus all the other windows. haha so yeah Im good.

Got the wood paneling on one side of the bus done today and I got all the firring strips on the other side done. I also got a dinette table that colapses into a bed.
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Just a safety second, make sure you have an alternative way out of your bus whenever you put a padlock hasp on your doors. People have been locked in worse places by vandals ....
We had a similar setup on a broken class a door. When inside, the latch was folded back to lock into another D ring so nothing could lock the door on us from the outside.
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We had a similar setup on a broken class a door. When inside, the latch was folded back to lock into another D ring so nothing could lock the door on us from the outside.
That is exactly how my bus is currently set up on the front door. When it is unlocked, the padlock is used to lock the latch open, and when it is locked the padlock is used to lock it closed. Let me see if I have a pic.....



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Old 02-16-2010, 06:30 PM   #50
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I called back progressive just now, apparently they dont insure conversion. The agent said it is an unexceptable risk and that they just dont do it. He said the guy I spoke with last week must have not checked his guidlines because they simply dont insure anything that used to be a school bus.
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