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Old 02-09-2015, 11:51 AM   #21
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Thought hard on this one issue, but between the structural strength of a school bus and the extra ground clearance for going WAY off road, I had to go with a skoolie. My wife was not (is not) happy with my decision. I told her in 10 years we'll get an other one, and it will be more her style. Probably a ready made RV. YUCK
Make sure you include her in the design and layout of the interior and remind her that a commercial motorhome will not be customized to her exact desires. After a few reminders that she "can't get that on a ready-made RV," she'll come around.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:37 PM   #22
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In regards to 2-speed rear ends, whomever told you that the high end was 1:1 was ill informed.

Most 2-speeds had high side in the 5.5:1 range and the low side in the 7:1 or 8:1 ratio.

Brownie (auxilliary) transmissions come in many different ratios and speeds. The most common is either a 2-speed with direct and overdrive or direct and underdrive. The next most common are 3-speeds with under, direct, and overdrive.

The problem with brownies and 2-speed rear ends is they don't work very well with automatic transmissions.

I know of one school district that ordered their buses with 2-speed rear ends. The switch to change ranges was in the engine compartment so that the only time the rear end speed could be changed was while the bus was standing still. The gearing limited the low side to a top speed of about 45 MPH and the high side to a top speed of about 65 MPH.

With the advent of engines with a lot more than 210 HP the need for a hill climbing gear seat is really not necessary.
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:33 PM   #23
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Went to register the bus as an RV today. I was told that it can't be done, "if the title says it's a bus, it has to stay the same".

Now I know others in Georgia have re-registered their buses as RVs, can anyone help me find the information to show the local tag office? The said they would do it if I did the foot work but they didn't think it was allowed. Time to educate them.
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:39 PM   #24
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Not at all trying to discourage you- but I have heard that Georgia is VERY tricky.
Try another office is what I think.
you'd be surprised at the different answers and reactions I've gotten from different offices or even employees.
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Old 02-21-2015, 12:41 AM   #25
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Good idea on trying another office. The place where we bought our bus was willing to go with us to his local office and deal with people he knows, but we didn't need any help. Again, let me check with Hubby in the AM and find out what town and county we bought ours at.....maybe you could go there and try.

we got ours at Wades junk yard but I don't think their listed as such....I think they are located in Alto, Georgia not faar from here and you

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Old 02-21-2015, 02:46 PM   #26
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I go to Wades often (I live just across the river from there), and am friends with Walter (the owner) so maybe I will talk to him next week. The weather is putting everything on hold.

I also though you had to go to the office in the county you live in, if not then that opens up other possibilities.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:03 PM   #27
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Walter is who we dealt with and who offered to help us so I guess you can go anywhere to get tags.

What does your insurance card have the bus listed as? Hubby said we also brought that with us when we went. Our title says:
MAKE -BLUE BIRD
YEAR- 1992
TYPE OF BODY -MOTOR HOME
MODEL- MOTOR HOME

and insurance says:
YEAR-1992
MAKE-BLUEBIRD
MODEL-BUS CONVERSION.

The difference being that we had to get insurance before we could get tags and we didn't have a clue what the DMV was going to call her.
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:17 AM   #28
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I don't have insurance yet. I was just trying to get her retitled, no tag or insurance until after the conversion is complete and she's ready to hit the road.
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Old 02-23-2015, 09:01 AM   #29
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The DMV is a state office so you can go to any one in the state to take care of the title transfer. If you have to pay property taxes like we do here in SC (extortion) then you have to go to the county office to pay those before you can get your tag. Here's what happened when I did mine 9I called the main DMV office even before purchasing the bus to find out the process.

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Went to the DMV today. WHen I walked up to the counter I told the lady I wanted to title my bus as an RV. She asked if I had it inspected and I asked where do I get that done and how do I do it without a tag of some sort? She began writing down a phone number for the state DMV office and I told her I had already talked to them before the purchase to find out if it was possible. at that she went to talk with her supervisor. When she got back she said no problem. She just needed my license, a receipt for the sale, the title and a form 400. She gave me a form 400, a pen and directed me to the counter to fill out my paperwork. Once done I returned to the counter and things went pretty smoothly. There was one thing a bit different on the original title though in that the title says the make was Genesis. I had always thought the model was a Genesis and the Make was AmTrans. The title will read Genesis make and model. So it will be titled a Genesis, Genesis Motorhome in the state of SC. $148.75 later and in 2 weeks the title should be mailed to me. Gonna wait until I put it on the road to get the tags for it. Anyhow, pretty painless after a few strange looks from the people at the counter. That hurdle is now over with!!
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:41 PM   #30
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We got insurance first cause we thought it was a requirement. Maybe we're wrong but I thought that your insurance company has links to the DMV and if you cancel your insurance you'll be getting a letter from the DMV canceling your tags until you can show proof of insurance.
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