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Old 12-09-2009, 08:02 PM   #1
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texas rv requirements

anyone out there know what the requirements are for the state of texas to register a bus conversion as an rv?

we've been able to register as an rv - but as far as state inspection goes - the guys at the station refuse to inspect us because they feel like they would be lying to the government if they called our bus conversion an rv. just trying to cover our tracks and be mostly legal.

and for those other texas skoolies - I wouldn't mind chatting about being a skoolie in texas - and what your set up looks like and where you are. we will be travelling around the state of texas next summer in coordination with the texas hunger initiative, so we might end up in the same neighborhood.

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Old 12-09-2009, 08:57 PM   #2
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Re: texas rv requirements

That's BS. Go to a different station. I'm in Texas and had no trouble whatsoever. If you're calling your bus a conversion, then that's what it is. Who the hell are they to dispute. They're entering an area where they have no business, passing judgment on your deal. Hell, your bus is probably safer than an "official" RV. I'm in Abilene for the next month and then off to Brenham for 6 months. Good luck.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:07 PM   #3
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That's BS. Go to a different station. I'm in Texas and had no trouble whatsoever. If you're calling your bus a conversion, then that's what it is. Who the hell are they to dispute. They're entering an area where they have no business, passing judgment on your deal. Hell, your bus is probably safer than an "official" RV. I'm in Abilene for the next month and then off to Brenham for 6 months. Good luck.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:29 PM   #4
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Re: texas rv requirements

Here is how it went for me in Texas. Very easy, no problems:
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:00 AM   #5
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Re: texas rv requirements

i havnt started the legal aspect of my conversion yet but if sumone says no i will probably just go down the street
we are in west texas ... amarillo to be specific , and we plan on touring this summer also

in my experience with getting cars inspected that were not up to code i just keep asking until sumone says yes normally for a 30 dollar dont ask dont tell fee
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:17 AM   #6
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Re: texas rv requirements

I've been digging around trying to find requirements for rvs in the state of texas - but haven't been able to find anything online - and the people in the offices aren't very much help either. I've told them straight forward that we're converting a school bus to an rv and nobody's ever heard of it - so they go ask their supervisor who asks somebody else and then I just get tossed through the system.

still looking for those rv specifications that make us somewhat legit.

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Old 12-11-2009, 10:40 AM   #7
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Re: texas rv requirements

Below is the information I previously compiled by searching the archives on this forum. It comes from several different Skoolie.net members, though I didn't always reference the source of each tidbit:

Texas bus licensing

I think the confusion in Texas stems from the difference between a class B license and a class B CDL. From what I have read (not an expert, but I pulled this off of the DPS site), you do need a Class B license if the GVWR is over 26,000, but not a class B CDL.

From the SC Code of Laws
(J) (6) "Motor home" means a vehicular unit designed to provide temporary living quarters built into and an integral part of or permanently attached to a self-propelled motor vehicle chassis.

(J) (10) "Recreational vehicle" means a self-propelled or towed vehicle that is equipped to serve as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or travel purposes, and is used solely as a family/personal conveyance.

That's all I could find in the state code about what defines a motor home / recreational vehicle.

Greetings,

Basically the same for Texas, but a couple of added requirements:

It must have seating for less than 15.

If you have more than 15, it is still a private bus and not a motorhome and you need a minimum chaufeurs license or CDL.

They rent 15 passenger vans to take places, and I wondered why they only allowed that many, now I know.

You must have a certified weight certificate and pictures of your conversion when you apply for a motorhome title change.

Oh yeah, you must have liability insurance!!!
by Vern1 on Thu May 13, 2004 5:35 am
Greetings,
OK, I just went thru the whole process here in Texas.
To get the title changed from a Private Bus to Motorhome in Texas, you need to take the following to the TXDOT title office:
1. Your insurance card for the bus.
2. Your old license plates from the bus.
3. Pictures of your conversion - I took 2 outside and 3 inside, they kept 1 inside and 1 outside.
4. A certified weight certificate showing empty weight.
5. Your old title so they can change it to Motorhome.
6. Money.........ALWAYS MONEY!!!!
When you get thru, you get regular passenger car plates and a new title.
Mine says "MH" in the type category.

To drive a Motorhome in Texas, the TXDOT office told me:
1. If it weighs less than 26000 gross, you can drive it with a regular drivers license - EVEN IF IT HAS AIR BRAKES.
2. If it weighs more than 26000 gross you need a CDL-B. I don't know what the "B" stands for, but will look it up.

They inspect the vehicle basically to the same as a passenger car with added requirements for marker lights, reflectors, etc. due to length. When I got mine inspected, the inspector "rode shotgun" while I drove around the block and back to the inspection station.

Start with your insurance, it's required all the way thru the process and seems to make things work smoother if you already have the card in hand.

Hope this helps!

by system-f on Wed Oct 13, 2004 10:27 am
I just called the Texas DPS since I am rather curious about this. The Bus I am looking at is over 26,000 GROSS...or it's designed for that. The DPS said over 26k and I would have to have a class B CDL..under 26k they are not sure and are going to get back to me.



This is from the Texas DPS web site:
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Texas Commercial Driver License Information

All drivers who operate a commercial motor vehicle will be required to have a CDL. To determine the class of CDL, refer to section "Different Classes of CDL’s".

The law does provide provisions for some exemptions, using the CDL 2, Exemption form required. If the driver meets one or more of the criteria listed on the following page, he/she will not be required to have a CDL. However, the driver will be required to have a Class A, B, or C Non-CDL License.

Exemptions:

A vehicle that is controlled and operated by a farmer; and used to transport agricultural products, farm machinery, or farm supplies to or from a farm; and not used in the operations of a common or contract motor carrier; and used within 150 air miles of the person’s farm.

A Fire-fighting or emergency vehicle necessary to the preservation of life or property or the execution of emergency governmental functions, whether operated by an employee of a political subdivision or by a volunteer fire-fighter.

A recreational vehicle that is driven for personal use.

A military vehicle, when operated for military purposes by military personnel.

A vehicle that is owned, leased, or controlled by an air carrier, as defined by Texas Trans. Code (TRC) section 21.155.

A vehicle used exclusively to transport cotton modules or cotton burrs.
NOTE: You will need to complete the CDL-2 form, take and pass the A&B rules written exam, and pass a driving test in a representative vehicle of that class

Different Classes of CDL’s

Class A: Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the gross vehicle weight rating of the vehicle or vehicles towed exceeds 10,000 pounds.

Class B: Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, any one of those vehicles towing a vehicle that does not exceed 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, and any vehicle designed to transport 24 passengers or more, including the driver.

Class C: Any single vehicle or combination of vehicles that is not a Class A or Class B if the vehicle is: 1) designed to transport 16 to 23 passengers including the driver; or 2) used in the transportation of hazardous materials that require the vehicle to be placarded under 49 CFR, part 172, Subpart F.

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So, at over 26,000 pounds you will need a Class B endorsement on your regular driver's license but not a CDL which is only necessary (by Federal Law) for Commercial vehicles. Some States do require an Air Brake endorsement on a regular license for air brake-equipped vehicles but again it's not a CDL.

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Old 12-12-2009, 12:03 PM   #8
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thanks for all your research, smitty.
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