The White Elephant
With two of my best friends (risky!) I am the proud owner of a diesel 1981 International Harvester Blue Bird school bus. We bought the bus from a camp for mentally challenged kids in Santa Cruz, CA. They were using it, with a commercial license, just once a year to go to the Sierras, so the bus is in great shape, with only 30,000 miles.
We took on the project about a year ago with the intention of turning the bus into a living space and mobile artist's open studio. Since then, life has taken its many turns, so we are moving pretty slowly along. We've cleared out the interior, in preparation for the carpentry. The California DMV gave us a new title for the vehicle, registering it as an automobile with a motor home body type (MH) and vehicle type "17J" and license type "11". They did this, even though we hadn't finished the conversion.
Now I've been trying to get insurance, which we need before we can renew our (now late) registration. I've been denied by one state farm agent and two all state agents, each giving me a different explanation for why it's impossible for them to even submit the application through their system.
I'm here now, hoping that some of the experienced folks on this forum can lend me a hand, sharing the wisdom or experiences they've gathered in this frustrating process.
We're still thrilled to own this beauty and are so excited for the conversion to move forward!
Thank you in advance.