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Old 05-05-2017, 03:15 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone,

Aside from my one intro,Ive been lurking on here for quite a while. However, my boyfriend and I finally had the oppurtunity to go for it and buy a bus! We have named it La Extraña Cosa (the strange thing)as it sounds a little bit like a pirate ship and goes well with the theme of everything with the bus. We're planning on going with a steampunk theme.
Anyways, its a 2001 Thomas Mvp-er with a caterpillar 3126 and an Allison MD3060 transmission. Its a 84 pass and its a beast! We got it for 2,000 at auction and drove it to our location 3 hours away with no issues so i feel like we did good at least as of right now! We will be blogging our entire process as well as creating a youtube channel as well. Its definitely going to be a lengthy but interesting process as my boyfriend will also be using the bus to coincide with his work as well since he is a traveling tattoo artist.
Our blog is here: laextranacosa.wordpress.com (it still needs a lot of work, i just created it) but we are on day 2 and have almost all the seats out which is great! Ill be adding more photos to the blog and showing the work were doing.
Thanks everyone for the abundance of information and hopefully well be able to provide some information to others and be able to help as well!


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I think half of FL is living in a bus.
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Old 05-05-2017, 03:41 PM   #4
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Sure seems that way! Lots of Florida Skoolies on here! Daytona Beach will be our home base as we like to call it and it's where we're working on the bus to get the basics down and register it as an RV, then the BF is going to bring it up to Missouri where he has been guest tattooing. He's going to be able to park it right behind the tattoo shop while he works more on it! Still a bit confused on the registering it to a MH (not RV technically I guess) but reading as much as I can to get figure it out.
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Sure seems that way! Lots of Florida Skoolies on here! Daytona Beach will be our home base as we like to call it and it's where we're working on the bus to get the basics down and register it as an RV, then the BF is going to bring it up to Missouri where he has been guest tattooing. He's going to be able to park it right behind the tattoo shop while he works more on it! Still a bit confused on the registering it to a MH (not RV technically I guess) but reading as much as I can to get figure it out.
All it takes to make it an "RV" is a piece of paper turned in to the local tag office. Section 13-10 page 5 I think. Its an affidavit. You fill it in and boom- you'r bus is titled and registered as an RV.
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All it takes to make it an "RV" is a piece of paper turned in to the local tag office. Section 13-10 page 5 I think. Its an affidavit. You fill it in and boom- you'r bus is titled and registered as an RV.
Yeah i have the vin verification form, the affidavit and the tl13 form (i think thats what it is) but the affidavit says we did all these things to convert it and we havent yet and even if we go ahead with the affidavit and they dont check it in person the next problem is insurance. He wants to drive it up to missouri so its got to be insured and obviously insurance would need to see photos of it converted to insure it, so thats the thing im wondering about. He wants to get it up to Missouri as soon as possible too.

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Yeah i have the vin verification form, the affidavit and the tl13 form (i think thats what it is) but the affidavit says we did all these things to convert it and we havent yet and even if we go ahead with the affidavit and they dont check it in person the next problem is insurance. He wants to drive it up to missouri so its got to be insured and obviously insurance would need to see photos of it converted to insure it, so thats the thing im wondering about. He wants to get it up to Missouri as soon as possible too.

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NO- get a commercial policy for private use, fill out that affidavit, and no one is gonna be looking for you I promise. the affadavit says you only have to do ONE of the three. I'd just check all three boxes anyhow.
The affadavit is essentially their way of NOT having to go and inspect the vehicle. there also won't be any inspections if you insure it commercial for private use.
Call a local agent, not progressive directly. The local agent is your buffer and your key to keeping insurance.
If you do this- I promise you it will work just fine.
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All it takes to make it an "RV" is a piece of paper turned in to the local tag office. Section 13-10 page 5 I think. Its an affidavit. You fill it in and boom- you'r bus is titled and registered as an RV.
I just did this myself today. took maybe a half hour of my day.
NEVER tell the ins co that you're converting the bus. Tell em its for private use.
Once its converted, call up good sam and they'll insure it once they've inspected it.
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NO- get a commercial policy for private use, fill out that affidavit, and no one is gonna be looking for you I promise. the affadavit says you only have to do ONE of the three. I'd just check all three boxes anyhow.
The affadavit is essentially their way of NOT having to go and inspect the vehicle. there also won't be any inspections if you insure it commercial for private use.
Call a local agent, not progressive directly. The local agent is your buffer and your key to keeping insurance.
If you do this- I promise you it will work just fine.
But if its under a commercial policy wont they see the title registered as a Mh and raise a red flag? Or contradict itself? That was what i was wondering as well. Thanks for all the useful information though! Reading so much of it all at once tends to get things jumbled around on my end and i tend to get a tad confused.

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But if its under a commercial policy wont they see the title registered as a Mh and raise a red flag? Or contradict itself? That was what i was wondering as well. Thanks for all the useful information though! Reading so much of it all at once tends to get things jumbled around on my end and i tend to get a tad confused.

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They DON"T care what its titled as, I JUST went through all this, I'm on my third bus in FL. Just today I had my local agent call progressive to make sure they'd still cover me and keep my policy the same if the title and registration were changed. The agent said they spoke and that its fine, as long as my stated intended use for the bus stays the same- mobile storage, kayak hauling, hardware store trips etc. Heck I could still make alterations, they just want their money. It will always look like a bus, so they're insuring my BUS. Even if the title says RV or MH, its always gonna look like a bus.
Do what you feel is best, but I've not found any better way than what I'm trying to tell you.
The insurance and registration have nothing to do with one another. Tell the insurance agent that you haven't done any work on the bus other than remove seats. You can have seating for up to 14.
You want my agent's #?
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