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Old 05-21-2019, 05:53 PM   #1
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Hi, we are almost done with our conversion just having trouble finalizing the electrical wiring and running the propane lines from the propane tank (bus runs on propane) to the stove and water heater. Have reached out to companies, contractors etc and after a few bad experiences with some people off craigslist (because it seems licensed contractors don't want to work on conversions) we are so frustrated and really need help.

Are there any conversion companies in California, even AZ that would be able to help us? Or a conversion expert contractor with proven track record?

Thank you so much for any leads!
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:10 PM   #2
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Hi, we are almost done with our conversion just having trouble finalizing the electrical wiring and running the propane lines from the propane tank (bus runs on propane) to the stove and water heater. Have reached out to companies, contractors etc and after a few bad experiences with some people off craigslist (because it seems licensed contractors don't want to work on conversions) we are so frustrated and really need help.

Are there any conversion companies in California, even AZ that would be able to help us? Or a conversion expert contractor with proven track record?

Thank you so much for any leads!
I'd suggest checking with your nearest trailer sales place and ask for a reference - I know there are at least two qualified technicians in my area that are willing to make house calls to service the furnace in our trailers - I got their name that way - problem being I'm a couple 1000 miles from you, but the idea might work for you too
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:13 PM   #3
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That is one aspect of converting a bus into a Maison that tends to trip up a lot of folks, not being able to do the work needed by yourself.
While many components that go into a build don't necessarily require licensed contractors or mechanics to install, hiring the right individual to do the work correctly the first time can be a challenge.

You are doing the right thing in seeking out a qualified plumber to install your propane lines due to the critical nature of this work being potentially life or death!

Sorry I can't help but best of luck to you.
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Old 05-25-2019, 02:06 PM   #4
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I have a couple of questions...

Does your helper need to be a licensed plumber or electrician? Will your coach conversion need to pass some sort of inspection?

The reason that I ask is that I have run into a number of similar problems - especially with my plumbing. I have taken that attitude that, come hell or high water, I will learn how to do the work myself. It's not brain surgery. There are dozens of YouTube videos that will teach you how to handle all sorts of tasks.

I'm in the southern Kentucky/northern Tennessee area. There are no such inspections in either state. I can do anything I want for both plumbing and electrical. But one problem I had is that when I bought my Prevost, Tennessee wanted to charge sales tax on what they said the coach was worth. They do that here and it doesn't matter what I tell them I paid for it, even I can prove it. I only paid $6,000 for the bus but Tennessee said that it was worth $50,000. They wanted a whopping $4,875 for sales tax. That would actually total my Prevost. So, I got around that by starting an LLC in Montana and then registering the coach in the name of the LLC. I now have a Montana tag on the bus. It cost me a grand total of $800.

If you are having problems getting the bus to pass inspection, you might consider talking to the folks in Montana.
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Old 05-25-2019, 03:20 PM   #5
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I have a couple of questions...

Does your helper need to be a licensed plumber or electrician? Will your coach conversion need to pass some sort of inspection?

The reason that I ask is that I have run into a number of similar problems - especially with my plumbing. I have taken that attitude that, come hell or high water, I will learn how to do the work myself. It's not brain surgery. There are dozens of YouTube videos that will teach you how to handle all sorts of tasks.

I'm in the southern Kentucky/northern Tennessee area. There are no such inspections in either state. I can do anything I want for both plumbing and electrical. But one problem I had is that when I bought my Prevost, Tennessee wanted to charge sales tax on what they said the coach was worth. They do that here and it doesn't matter what I tell them I paid for it, even I can prove it. I only paid $6,000 for the bus but Tennessee said that it was worth $50,000. They wanted a whopping $4,875 for sales tax. That would actually total my Prevost. So, I got around that by starting an LLC in Montana and then registering the coach in the name of the LLC. I now have a Montana tag on the bus. It cost me a grand total of $800.

If you are having problems getting the bus to pass inspection, you might consider talking to the folks in Montana.
Will Mt. issue registrations to non residents?
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Old 05-25-2019, 06:31 PM   #6
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Will Mt. issue registrations to non residents?
They do not issue a license plate for a vehicle to a non-resident. The system works this way. You start a small business on paper - an LLC in Montana. Anyone in the world can open a business there so, this works for anyone and everyone and in every place in the world. That's what LLCs are - Limited Liability Companies. Then when you license your vehicle, your Montana LLC stands in as the owner of the vehicle.

I even ran into another unexpected plus to this system. My Prevost is a 1998. Because it's over ten years old, my license plate says: "Perm" on it meaning that it is forever. Montana does not require buses or RVs older than ten years old to have to renew every year. There will be a small fee to renew the LLC each year - $49 I think - but it's less than I would pay to renew my vehicle license in TN.

If I ever decide to sell my Prevost, all I have to do is sell the LLC to the buyer. The bus will keep the same license and nothing has to change.

This begs the question: "Why Montana?"

Tennessee has a whopping 9.75% sales tax. Even Kentucky has 6% sales tax but Montana does not have any sales tax.

Tennessee has no vehicle inspections except in Davidson County (Nashville) and Shelby County. (Memphis) In those two counties, it's only an emissions test. I'm not completely certain if Kentucky does have some sort of rather rigid safety inspections. I stated in my previous post that I thought they didn't. But I could be wrong. Montana has no vehicle inspection of any kind. So if they're not interested in brake linings, mufflers, cracked windows and such, they're certainly not going to worry over the plumbing in the bathroom sink. So this is yet another plus to having an LLC in Montana.

Finally, I live within a mile of the TN/KY state line. I have six acres about 35 miles up into KY and I'm planning on moving there. When I take the bus, I will not have to re-license it in KY.

I'm putting the vital information here for anyone that might want to do this like I did.

All Day $49 Montana Reg Agent LLC
1001 S Main St STE 49
Kalispell, MT 59901
T: 406-552-0004
E: info@49dollarmontanaregisteredagent.com
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Old 05-25-2019, 07:12 PM   #7
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They do not issue a license plate for a vehicle to a non-resident. The system works this way. You start a small business on paper - an LLC in Montana. Anyone in the world can open a business there so, this works for anyone and everyone and in every place in the world. That's what LLCs are - Limited Liability Companies. Then when you license your vehicle, your Montana LLC stands in as the owner of the vehicle.

I even ran into another unexpected plus to this system. My Prevost is a 1998. Because it's over ten years old, my license plate says: "Perm" on it meaning that it is forever. Montana does not require buses or RVs older than ten years old to have to renew every year. There will be a small fee to renew the LLC each year - $49 I think - but it's less than I would pay to renew my vehicle license in TN.

If I ever decide to sell my Prevost, all I have to do is sell the LLC to the buyer. The bus will keep the same license and nothing has to change.

This begs the question: "Why Montana?"

Tennessee has a whopping 9.75% sales tax. Even Kentucky has 6% sales tax but Montana does not have any sales tax.

Tennessee has no vehicle inspections except in Davidson County (Nashville) and Shelby County. (Memphis) In those two counties, it's only an emissions test. I'm not completely certain if Kentucky does have some sort of rather rigid safety inspections. I stated in my previous post that I thought they didn't. But I could be wrong. Montana has no vehicle inspection of any kind. So if they're not interested in brake linings, mufflers, cracked windows and such, they're certainly not going to worry over the plumbing in the bathroom sink. So this is yet another plus to having an LLC in Montana.

Finally, I live within a mile of the TN/KY state line. I have six acres about 35 miles up into KY and I'm planning on moving there. When I take the bus, I will not have to re-license it in KY.

I'm putting the vital information here for anyone that might want to do this like I did.

All Day $49 Montana Reg Agent LLC
1001 S Main St STE 49
Kalispell, MT 59901
T: 406-552-0004
E: info@49dollarmontanaregisteredagent.com
W: www.49dollarmontanaregisteredagent.com
Hey, can I use your LLC, I'll pay half the yearly fee? Now to check if my plate is available there. There's lots of states with license plates that look really cool and then some that just suck. I wouldn't mind having a BIG SKY plate on my bus. Colo plates are cool.
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Old 05-25-2019, 08:34 PM   #8
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have you found your help?

I am likely going to be in the sun valley area in a few days....


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