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Old 12-09-2015, 11:26 AM   #21
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I think some of your questions have been answered on this thread already. But here are some quick facts for you.

To drive a newly purchased vehicle home, all you need is the bill of sale and title and insurance and you can drive a vehicle that day, temporarily.

If you are going to continue driving the vehicle after that day, you will need to get temporary tags. To do so, you will need the VIN number and proof of insurance. Present those two items at the DMV for your county of residence, and you will be able to get temporary tags for the bus.

If the bus has a gross vehicle weight rating of over 26 thousand pounds, you will need a CDL to drive legally, no matter if it has the seats or not, until you have successfully converted the bus to a motor home and had it retitled as such.

You will only need an emissions test if you are registering the bus in a county that required them.

You will also need a VIN inspection if the bus was purchased out of state, or if you are attempting to alter the designation on the title of the bus from bus to Motorhome.

If you are altering the designation on the title of the bus from bus to motor home, you will also need a weight slip from a certified scale, like the kind you would find at a truck stop.

A lot of people, myself included, do not worry about having a CDL for the purposes of driving a bus home and just pray to the good Lord above that things will work out alright. Generally they do

At all times, it is strongly advised to have insurance coverage of some sort.

If you can call the clerk and recorders office or DMV office in your county of residence It's what we pay our tax money for
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:32 AM   #22
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I can vouch for all the above. Just got my custom plates last month and also I'm in arapahoe county.

I did change my title to a motor home, the only additional thing you WILL need is the statement of fact listing 4 of the 6 items needed to consider the vehicle an RV. Keep that form as basic and simple as possible, do not go into detail and KISS!

Cost me about 600 bucks. The emissions was a pain in my a$$ because I could not find a heavy duty diesel emissions place 1) big enough for the bus and 2) open on the weekends. Ended up talking a day off.

When u get your weight slip it must be from a certified scale. Sante FE sand and gravel will do it for $10 if I remember right, but their lot can get tight. If your closer to the Rock you can go to the landscape place by murdochs on Sante FE and highlands ranch pkwy.

I know the insurance thing is always tricky...we have progressive commercial and once it's complete we will look into actual RV insurance. I remember talking to GMAC insurance and they wanted proof the conversion was done "professionally", so we plan to use our LLC.

Other than that, it really blows having to license it the way we do with all the steps. I wish I could get one of the Montana lifetime plates...no emissions, no weight, no, well, registration again.

Btw, curb weight was 19k lbs....f'ing excise tax. They charge me more because I will wear the roads more....the only thing this bus is wearing down is the ground its parked on!
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Old 02-20-2016, 04:50 PM   #23
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the rules are vague but its easier than it looks.

i forget exactly, but you need to sign an affidavit stating that you have converted to a rv. it needed to have like ~~ 5 of 8 things on a list they have... i dont remember exactly.
they vehicle likely needs a vin check but no one checks the vehicle for the rv modifications, you just swear that its done.
find the rules.....
then go apply for plates, fill out the affidavit with your rv modifications and pay the fee.
State farm insured mine with out issue
Are you also in colorado ?
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Old 02-20-2016, 04:57 PM   #24
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Old 02-20-2016, 05:07 PM   #25
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Old 03-02-2016, 12:17 AM   #26
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I live in northern Colorado in Weld County. The area around Greeley does require emissions. I live just outside that area.

Just bought a 1992 Ward. I am starting the process now. Anyone have a good insurance lead? My car is on Progressive and that was a non-starter.
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Old 03-02-2016, 12:22 AM   #27
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I have mine insured as a bus and once it is complete we will get AIS insurance.
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Old 03-09-2016, 05:12 PM   #28
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I have mine insured as a bus and once it is complete we will get AIS insurance.
I ended up going with AIS for bus and will switch it to RV when the conversion completes.
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:14 PM   #29
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Just bought my skoolie and I'm seeking info on getting it registered. The dmv website is crap and some of the stuff on here for colorado is almost a decade old. Anyone have any recent experience with this. On a side note if anyone has insurance questions I have the number for a guy at National general insurance. They were very helpful and got my policy set up right away, just message me for the info.


Do you have insurance info for colorado to insure a short school bus for personal use?
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:28 PM   #30
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Just bought my skoolie and I'm seeking info on getting it registered. The dmv website is crap and some of the stuff on here for colorado is almost a decade old. Anyone have any recent experience with this. On a side note if anyone has insurance questions I have the number for a guy at National general insurance. They were very helpful and got my policy set up right away, just message me for the info.
I already tried to insure with national general, and they turned me down.

Maybe your guy there can help me?
Thanks for any help.

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