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Old 04-05-2006, 07:36 PM   #1
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It begins!

Last month, an old high school friend of mine was telling me about the 1982 Thomas pusher he picked up at the Texas A&M auction for $1400. He was pretty proud of the deal, body in good shape, engine with less than 40k on a full top and bottom overhaul and less than 9k on a rebuilt transmission. He had planned to put a ramp on the side and make it into a toy hauler to take his son dirtbike riding. Then he got to thinking about the cost of diesel and figured it would be cheaper to motel it.

About the same time, I finally relented to my wife's desires to move back to the Tampa area to be with her family, but only if I could keep my job in Orlando. We figured out some numbers and any kind of apartment or second home was out of the question, so when I saw all the RV parks in this area, I asked Bill offhand about the bus. "Sure, come get it for what I paid for it." was the answer. I wet myself.

Anyway, I've bought my ticket to fly to College Station, TX next month and drive the bus back to Florida and I can't wait to get going with the project. Sites like this one and many of the project sites will keep me going for the next four weeks trying to get my project planned out. I work for a wholesale flooring company, so I'm going with either a hardwood or a laminate flooring, depending on what shows up in the closeouts over the next few weeks. I also had planned to use a low weight short pile carpet (almost like a heavy felt) for the walls, ceiling, and interior furnishings unless I can get a compelling reason not to. I've done an aircraft interior and a van with the stuff and it holds up well and covers a multitude of sins.

Anyway, I'm starting to ramble. Can't wait to get started! Thanks to all of you for this great site and all the info here.
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:29 PM   #2
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congrates. on your new bus. this is probably the best site going for ideas, top notch work and good people. i read it daily. what i like about this site is it isnt just about one brand of bus but all skoolies.well enough rambelling, the sun is out in oregon and im working on my bus. good luck.
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:47 PM   #3
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Congratulations! Welcome to the board.

I commuted for a couple of years, working in one town weekdays, and coming home weekends. I was living in a 22 foot poptop daysailer. Believe me, a bus has much more room!

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Old 04-05-2006, 09:58 PM   #4
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Sounds like you're getting a great deal and it looks like you don't even have to paint it. That will save you a lot of time & money. Welcome to the site & good luck.

Oh I also agree that this is the best site for skoolie stuff, I'm a member of that yahoo skoolie groups thing but I cant figure out how to navagate it. I also read the posts on here daily.
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Old 04-05-2006, 10:45 PM   #5
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Welcome to the site, hope you like your bus.
I have #17 of the same batch ...
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Old 04-07-2006, 12:18 PM   #6
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Insurance and Registration

I started the process of calling around the various state offices today to get the title converted to a Florida RV Title from the original Texas title. I was amazed how how easy it seems to be. I started with the local tag office who said I needed to speak to someone at the state with an RV Manufacturers inspection. The inspector was much more knowledgable and said all I needed to do was obtain and follow Procedure TL-13

Because my bus has less than three axles, it cannot be defined as a Private Motor Coach, but instead is a Motor Home. It must also not exceed the size limitations set out in s. 316.515 of the state motor vehicle code. No problem there. Also, since the vehicle is out of state, I'll need to follow Procedure TL-10.

Basically, for now, I'll be applying for a "title only", so I will need an affidavit stating that the vehicle is in dead storage (my driveway) and will remain in dead storage until it is fully registered. And here's the good part. In the case of an individual converting their own vehicle and requesting the identity changed on the title to register and license it as a recreational vehicle, I need to submit an affidavit saying it has been converted to the extent to include one of the afforementioned items. They give a nice little sample affidavit:

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This is to certify that I, ________________, owner of a (year)______,
(make)___________, (VIN)_____________, hereby request the vehicle be
classified as a recreational vehicle for the following reason:

( ) Installed 110 volt electrical wiring
( ) Installed LP gas piping
( ) Installed plumbing system
Can it really be that easy? Are there any Florida Skoolies on the list that can tell me if I'm overlooking something? If not, then on to GMAC for insurance!
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Old 04-07-2006, 12:22 PM   #7
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That's how easy it is in Iowa and many other states.
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Old 04-08-2006, 12:27 AM   #8
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That sounds right. I have talked with several people from FL that said it was the easiest part of the conversion.

We might move to Washington state and I am not looking forward to that can of worms. Washington is supposed to be a pain to deal with.
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Old 04-08-2006, 10:08 AM   #9
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What happens if you retitle your bus as an RV and then move to another state. Do you just re-register when your plates expire, or do you have to go through the whole process again?
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Old 04-08-2006, 10:35 AM   #10
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hey brad, i might be wrong but it would seem to me that the dirty work of having your bus retitled as a rv would be done. i know most states give a guy 30 days to re-register the plates and tags but i dont see why you would have to do the title over. i mean most people dont carry there title around any how. heck, a title is a title. who the heck is washington state to question it what part of washington state might you move to ??? i live right on the columbia river boardering washington. I-5 freeway is only 25 miles from me. well thats my 2 cents worth
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