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Old 03-02-2014, 12:03 AM   #1
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Colorado Registration questions and insurance.

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.
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:49 PM   #2
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Re: Colorado Registration questions and insurance.

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
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:44 PM   #3
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Ya, didn't think there'd be much to it. Just not looking forward to talking with dmv people. The insurance company was super easy to work with, they just want to see that the seats are removed first thing to keep the policy valid. Then I just have to show progression on the conversion.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:24 PM   #4
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Re: Colorado Registration questions and insurance.

I registered by my bus as an RV last September in Arapahoe county. I didnt have any problems (besides the sticker shock of $867 to register ) getting my bus registered as an RV, and get plates. I do, however, have a few tips for you:

1. ALWAYS refer to your vehicle as a motorhome (in the presence of any kind of government official). You are registering a MOTORHOME, not a bus.
2. Be polite, but not overly so.
4. Dress nicely - not saying you need to wear a tie, but you will definitely get more resistance if you look like a dreaded hippie trying to register his bus.
3. Have all your paperwork in order when you get there, you dont want ANY reason for them to take a second glance at you. Title and Bill of Sale are required, BOTH need to be signed and dated by the seller you bought it from. You will also need a VIN check from a local dealership (FREE at GO dealerships!) if the vehicle is from out of state.
4. I assume your conversion isnt done (as mine wasnt when i needed to register it as an RV) - if they ask, and they did ask me, your bus meets all the requirements to be classified as an RV:
-dedicated sleeping area
-Running water
-Cooking area
-Bathroom / waste system
-120v electrical system

The lady behind the counter simply asked me if the vehicle had everything listed above, she didnt actually go out to the vehicle and check. To be classified as an RV in Colorado you need to meet 4 of the 6 requirements (5 listed above, i cant remember the other one off the top of my head). I called the Arapahoe county DMV and they were very helpful in finding the needed requirements - i imagine your county DMV will be just as helpful.

As far as insurance goes, i highly recommend National General - that's the only place i could actually get insurance for my bus conversion. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, dont get insurance from Progressive - they took my money and then promptly cancelled my policy two weeks later, and then took an additional 4 weeks to get my money back - PRORATED, ofcourse for the two weeks of coverage they provided me - read: screwed me out of. F@ck those guys. I would also recommend that you get the RV package from AAA. I called and talked to their customer service and made sure that a bus conversion would be covered under the policy, and they are. It's $179 for a year, but the benefits will pay for themselves if you have to use it even once.

Best of luck. Post lots of pics of your progress - we all love to live vicariously through each other's projects.
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Re: Colorado Registration questions and insurance.

Good Sam has a good towing service too.
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Good info enthe0gen, thanks
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Dang. $867 for registration? Did you buy it privately or from a dealer/auction? I had to pay taxes at the auction when I bought mine, hoping it'll be a little more reasonable.
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my first time Colorado registration was around $200, each years since the plates are about $150.
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what about CO emission tests? can skoolies with mechanical 466s pass?
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charlesM has described the emmissions on another thread. if i recall that was $110, im not on the front range in the emssions area, so i've never done that, but you will need to.
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