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Old 08-28-2008, 02:22 PM   #1
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Getting Legal

Reading around the forum. It seems maybe that smaller inverters are the way to go ... especially in a more simple and cost effective apporach.
I need to get my B600 titled and registered with oregon asap... my insurance wont insure untill I get a food cooking and bed in it with "some" seats removed...

Need my skoolie accomplising these feats..above
1. Simple Kitchen (microwave only for now?), Stereo nothing fancy,TV and DVD or such (nothing fancy)
Will a simple small inverter afford me these luxuries?

1a. I will get house batteries later... just need to get this thing registered asap.


1b. inverter: http://www.tripplite.com/en/products/mo ... delID=3610
Claims: Maintains PWM sine wave output voltage of 115 V AC (+/- 8 V AC)
Cost: about $80.00

1c. I have already old house microwave ( 13.3 amp) , mini fridge (1.5 amp).....

Bus has 2 goup 31 batteries.... ( 12v?)

Just need some advice to get me schoolie "Legal" so the real fun can begin... ( got permission from the wife! )
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:46 PM   #2
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Re: Getting Legal

For what it's worth I run my electrical off a pair of 700 watt inverters. Thought I could use one larger one I do get by, but you're going to have to balance the loads. You'll be fine with a TV, stereo, some lights (fluorescent), etc on that unit, but adding a dorm fridge MIGHT push it to the limits when it surges depending entirely on the loads of everything. I know at lower battery voltages mine has surged the compressor on and the momentary voltage drop was enough to reset me PS2.

As for the microwave...it's going to be a mighty small microwave at 700 watts, but it's doable. Does your state specifically say the cooking appliance must be permanent (Minnesota does)? If they aren't specific then just put in a little propane campstove. Just try and make it look somewhat legit...a hose or copper instead of pounds (even if it leads to nowhere ) and put it on a solid looking table of some sort. Leaving it in the original packaging in a corner probably isn't going to impress anyone.
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Old 08-28-2008, 10:21 PM   #3
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Re: Getting Legal

Thanks Smitty
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State Says: "To qualify for motor home registration, the vehicle must be designed, reconstructed, or permanently altered to provide facilities for human habitation (permanent sleeping and cooking facilities). Permanently mounted campers on pickup or truck frames must be registered as motor homes."

State Farms said put a cot and a hot plate in there and remove "some" seats...
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Appearances are everything, my friend. Make it look legit, get your tags and insurance, and then do what you want. You aren't going to have to deal with an inspection, are you?
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Old 08-29-2008, 01:20 PM   #5
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Ill have to do some more research.... State Farms covers everything for me.. biz,home,auto,life....hrm....

Visual Inspection by State Farms maybe picture, DMV... dosnt care as long as the paperwork says so.
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Re: Getting Legal

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Ill have to do some more research.... State Farms covers everything for me.. biz,home,auto,life....hrm....
They did me too, for 30+ years, including business liability, Muscle Cars,Harleys, Jeeps, Corvettes, Boats......covering is one thing, paying claims is another.........

Smitty
I've read a lot of negative feedback on State Farm yet I've had nothing but great luck and service with my agent, save for trying to sell me life insurance constantly. It was never an issue getting a claim paid. Is it an agent, adjuster, corporate....issue?
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Old 08-30-2008, 01:12 AM   #7
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what did you all pay for a policy on your Skoolie... and what kind of coverage? Where should i shop then.
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Re: Getting Legal

Hey Smitty, if they owe you this money per the policy why is it so hard for you to get it? Seems a lawyer could sue them in court and be done with it? What is their reason for not paying? That's probably easy for me to say, being that I'm not in your position, I'm just saying from an outsider looking at the situation that's what I don't understand. I know you have a post about this somewhere, but I can't seem to find it...

Anyway, have you seen Sicko? (Michael Moore documentary) It's about the health insurance mess in this country, and it seems most if not all insurance companies weasel out of paying claims, even if it means someone will loose their life. Pretty scary stuff.
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I paid ~$140 for one year of coverage on my bus including emergency roadside assistance from State Farm.

*edit* Aside from the emergency roadside assistance I have no frills insurance that meets the basic requirements. I believe it is a $25k/$50k liability policy along with the no fault requirements in Minnesota. It's the same coverage the rest of my junkers get.
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