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Old 10-03-2016, 05:22 PM   #1
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A question for Texas Skoolies

What is the process of registering a school bus as an RV in Texas? Is there an official checklist that is available to review? I am having a hard time tracking that information down.
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:49 PM   #2
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I did find this from the website, seems to be the most complete information i found, just not sure if it holds up in practice:

Used trucks, truck tractors, and buses, which have been reconstructed or converted to contain living quarters to meet the definition of a motor home, should be titled as a motor home and registered with passenger plates. Title applications on these vehicles should be supported by both interior and exterior photographs, a certified weight certificate verifying the gross weight, and a Rebuilt Vehicle Statement, Form VTR-61, explaining the alteration. The make, year model, and VIN must be the same as that shown on the title covering the truck, truck-tractor, or bus. Living Quarter.

Occupations Code Section 2301.002 (21) defines a motor home as:

“Motor home” means a motor vehicle that is designed to provide temporary living quarters and that:

(A) is built on a motor vehicle chassis as an integral part of or a permanent
attachment to the chassis; and
(B) contains at least four of the following independent life support systems
that are permanently installed and designed to be removed only for
repair or replacement and that meet the standards of the American
National Standards Institute, Standards for Recreational Vehicles:
(i) a cooking facility with an on-board fuel source;
(ii) a gas or electric refrigerator;
(iii) a toilet with exterior evacuation;
(iv) a heating or air conditioning system with an on-board power or fuel
source separate from the vehicle engine;
(v) a potable water supply system that includes at least a sink, a faucet,
and a water tank with an exterior service supply connection; or
(vi) a 110-125 volt electric power supply.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:29 AM   #3
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When i registered mine the tax office asked if it was staying a bus or changing, i went with bus. I called a few companies and no one would insure it as an rv unless it was pro conversion so they knew it complied with rv code.
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:29 AM   #4
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I had to sign a affidavit saying it was rebuilt to get the title transferred to an RV title. No big deal. No inspection, no questions, nothing. I have Progressive insurance through a local broker.
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Old 10-04-2016, 12:53 PM   #5
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I registered mine as a private bus, which it is I suppose....
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Old 10-04-2016, 01:19 PM   #6
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to get the TEMP tag for my latest bus in Tx I just had to state I was going to run it "UnLaden" or for private use only , and they issued me the tag without a DOT number..

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Old 10-04-2016, 08:28 PM   #7
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Wish I could help Justin, my bus came with a title listed as a Motorhome when I bought it.
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:50 PM   #8
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Wish I could help Justin, my bus came with a title listed as a Motorhome when I bought it.
I noticed that on the BGA website, its a great perk that they do that!
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:00 PM   #9
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I noticed that on the BGA website, its a great perk that they do that!
Well, to be totally honest it's a paid for perk, but well worth the money spent so I did not have to do it myself in Texas and one less thing to worry about.
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:08 PM   #10
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Well, to be totally honest it's a paid for perk, but well worth the money spent so I did not have to do it myself in Texas and one less thing to worry about.

+1 i used that feature too..

on my new bus though ive learned so much that in ohio anyway its a cinch to do.. but i didnt know at the time and didnt want to screw it up when i got dev so i gladly paid for that service...

when i got DEV I was looking to go from no bus to travelling very quickly.. and having perks like that made it a cinch and my mission was accomplished.. I made all the summer trips I had planned to make and have been making trips since.. (t othe tune of 9000 miles in 5 months)..

I found for Ohio that several calls to the DMV and nice long conversations helped clarify and make it easy to change the vehicle type in a title.. also in Ohio a vehicle can be titled one way and registered another based on its purpose and cofiguration.. Ohio is one state that uses COnfigured vehicle vs designed vehicle.. so taking seats out of a bus reduces capacity therefore negating need for CDL if you are below 26k GVWR..

when I was reading the Texas websites it looked like things there were pretty straightforward also.. alot of it has to do with how much time you have and how many phones you are willing to ring to get the skinny..

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