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Old 06-07-2009, 05:12 PM   #21
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Old 06-07-2009, 05:22 PM   #22
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Congratulations on your pending purchase. I hope everything goes smoothly. You're way ahead of the game having the seats already removed.

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Old 06-07-2009, 09:00 PM   #23
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I've been alternating between elation and buyer's remorse. But once I get this home, I'm sure everything will work out just fine. There's a lot of background emotional baggage I was carrying around that was making this into a super big deal. But today I gained perspective again and now an look at it like "just another car purchase".

I'm sending the balance to the guy tomorrow. I think I'll use FedEx to make sure we both get a tracking number (so I KNOW he gets the money), and to ensure it is signed for at delivery. I'll probably include a self-addressed, return box for the keys and title. That way I can go ahead and get this thing insured, tagged and on the road as soon as possible. Still may not be able to get up there before the 20th, but at least I'll actually own the thing outright.

Guess it's on to making sure at least one of the dozen floor plans I've fiddled with so far can fit inside this thing.
SO much to DO! So LITTLE time to do it within.
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hey CONGRATULAtIONS to your purchase. Looking forward to a well documented conversion
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Old 06-15-2009, 06:44 PM   #25
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(doin' da happy dance)... Received the keys and title in the mail Saturday! WOO HOO!

Called GMAC Insurance and they'll cover me for $550/year. That's a bit more than I was expecting, but no biggie. Went to DMV today to get the title registered in my name and ended up walking out after standing in line for a half hour just to GET A TICKET to then wait to be called. I figure I'll go back tomorrow... but this time have a book to read to pass the time. Nothing worse than sitting with NOTHING to do and no way to be creative while waiting for a elusive number to be called.

Friday after work, Mom will ferry me up to Front Royal where we'll spend the night, pick up the bus Saturday morning, hopefully take a little time to play tourist in the local caverns, then take our time driving home Saturday & Sunday.

I'm getting impatient. Don't know why. I'll have to wait even longer to make a couple more paychecks before I can really get started on anything. But at least I'll have the bus in my possession.
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I'm getting impatient. Don't know why. I'll have to wait even longer to make a couple more paychecks before I can really get started on anything. But at least I'll have the bus in my possession.
Ahh, but once you have the bus, you can sit in it and look at the space and plan. There is so much planning you can do when it is in front of you. You can attack it with a tape measure, and figure out what will and won't work for you. You can put tape down on the floors to get ideas for where things will go. So much fun to be had without spending a penny. Except perhaps on the beverage of choice of course.

Congratulations, and good luck at the DMV. I've been lucky here with my DMV visits. I spend more time standing at the window than waiting.

It's really a good feeling to finally put those tags on your bus and know you're legal and won't be hassled by any cops.

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Old 06-18-2009, 08:02 AM   #27
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Grrrr. This has been an extremely frustrating week!

Monday: I went to the local DMV and waited in the ticket line for forty minutes before giving up. I figured if after forty mintues I was barely half way to the ticket station, then how much longer was I going to have to wait to be called to the service window?!? So, I went home and looked up the other DMV offices in the area. There was a "service station" right down the road from where I worked... Perfect!

Tuesday: I went to the DMV service station down the street from work. The DMV website said they could handle vehicle registrations, just not license renewals. No one was in the lobby. Good sign. I get up to the window and the lady is rather perplexed by the title since she's never seen a bus title before. Neither have I, so I have no idea what's missing. She looks it over... starts putting info into the computer... turns the title over and says I must have the odometer reading. Uh... okay, lemme make a call. I try to reach the original owner, but he's not answering his phone. No biggie, I'll just email him and try again tomorrow....

Wednesday: Got the odometer reading from the previous owner, have already filled out the paperwork, and am good to go! Um, no. Once more, the lady at the service window has problems with entering the data on the title. She calls over another lady to help, and together, they figure out what to enter for a bus. I can't register it as an RV yet because there's nothing inside yet to qualify as an RV. But they finished processing the title, filled out the DMV section on the back, then passed me on to the "pay here" window. The lady at that station was happy to help me. She looked at the title, started entering information, grabbed a couple of tags (ALRIGHT! ) then... Um... this is a BUS? She looked a little confused and called another lady over to help. Behind the silly piece of plexiglass they put over the window to "protect" the people behind the counter, I could only barely catch a few words they were saying. Exemptions? Class A? Do you have any other paperwork with me? Paperwork? I ask... No. Only the title. The nice lady at the other station said that was all that was needed. Phone calls are made as one side of the office tries explain what's going on to the other side of the office. More people start to gather around the computers in an effort to get this thing processed. Heads shake, fingers point, and confused faces abound.

Thursday: The short point to this long ramble... I'm going to have to sit through the hell that is a "full service" DMV. The "service station" doesn't carry bus tags and they can't give me regular ones even though the bus is NOT commercial and does NOT have seating for more than 5 people (including the driver). I MUST get this done today since I'll be leaving tomorow to pick the silly thing up.

And then when I get it home, I'll have to park it in the driveway until I can find yet another place to keep it since the SECOND spot I was going to rent was taken this week.

Why does this have to be so damned difficult?!?!?!
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Yeah, TygerCub, it can seem like a rite of passage trying to get your title & tags but hang tough, dude, you'll get those plates and pass your initiation!

Then you can sip your dargeeling in the shade while the poor stick-n-staple folks look wistfully your way!
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:52 PM   #29
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My Faux Pas!

...and my sincere apologies, TygerCub! (...dudETTE...)

(Thanks for straightening me out there, Vanguy67!)
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Find out if you can get a temporary tag, and avoid the title transfer stuff for now? Just to insure it & drive it home.

Good luck, hang in there
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