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Old 01-09-2016, 08:34 AM   #1
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All Insurance companies to drop Skoolies? Possible?

We all know getting insurance isn't like getting insurance on a regular vehicle or standard RV. Seems national general (maybe a few others?) is bout the only insurance company willing to insure us. But this comes with a little catch, you must complete the conversion first. I have no issue with that. Its what i read on AIS that concerns me.


From AIS Insurance website:
With underwriting guidelines being tightened to keep losses in check, insurance companies are avoiding certain types of risk. One of the most well-known risks that most specialty RV insurance providers avoid is the school bus conversion. Very few insurance companies will insure this type of vehicle.

What prevents all companies from soon avoiding certain types of risk because they deem its to risky? Im beginning to feel investing months of labor and thousands of dollars into our skoolie may not be a good idea anymore.
We have been dropped after being told we were "good to go". Ive read it here and its happening with multiple providers. I don't believe there are any grandfather clauses to protect us for coverage. With only a couple of providers left, what if they too decide it's to Risky and drop you?
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:24 AM   #2
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I worry about this too.
I think its a fairly valid concern.
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Old 01-10-2016, 10:54 PM   #3
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terrible

So, is everyone insuring through the national general insurance agency only? That's hard to believe that a school bus conversion is such a risk; I never hear of them being in horrible, catastrophic accidents. Maybe I'm so new to this that I'm not seeing the big risk/cost or pay out for insurance agencies.

Does anyone else have advice or experience on this? I'm still going through with my conversion this coming summer and into next fall....with hopes that the insurance agency (any decent insurance agency) will be there when I need it.

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Old 01-10-2016, 11:43 PM   #4
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So, is everyone insuring through the national general insurance agency only? That's hard to believe that a school bus conversion is such a risk; I never hear of them being in horrible, catastrophic accidents. Maybe I'm so new to this that I'm not seeing the big risk/cost or pay out for insurance agencies.

Does anyone else have advice or experience on this? I'm still going through with my conversion this coming summer and into next fall....with hopes that the insurance agency (any decent insurance agency) will be there when I need it.

My conspiracy theory?...

The RV industry big wigs are lining the pockets of insurance big wigs on the golf coarse... more skoolies = less RV sales... again, just a silly conspiracy theory.

National General seems to be the only provider doing it correctly. They get pictures and make an intelligent decision and make a profit. There are more and more skoolies it seems... for a insurance company to not see the $$ in this would be silly... DONE CORRECTLY THESE ARE 100% SAFE. ITS A SCHOOL BUS. School buses are build and designed to be SAFE. They carry our children. Like i said, Nat. General seems to understand not EVERYONE builds a top heavy bus. They see the pics and see that the conversion weight distribution is correct, AND that you are not going to use the bus as a cargo van instead of a rv(different and often more costly) Their Gain.
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Unfortunately, every state's insurance regulations are different. Nat Gen doesn't insure in New Jersey, where I'm located. That means I'll need to talk to an agent about a non-commercial commercial vehicle policy as I get closer towards completion and on the road.

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My conspiracy theory?...

The RV industry big wigs are lining the pockets of insurance big wigs on the golf coarse... more skoolies = less RV sales... again, just a silly conspiracy theory.
Your conspiracy theory probably has some validity. Because that's pretty much how business is done. Of course the next step would be the RV bigwigs lobbying Congress to have the NHTSA ban skoolies all together.
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Old 01-11-2016, 08:29 AM   #6
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I spoke with a guy from Good Sam and he said that some people are getting denied after investing 20k in their bus. Im seeing people raising roofs on here, i could only image how it will be to insure them.
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Old 01-11-2016, 08:57 AM   #7
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My local ins office has kept me legal for over a year now. They dont care what I do with the bus, they just want my money.
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agreed....

my insurance company happily takes my money.

the construction 4 years i had liability only. ($50/yr)
last year i bumped up to full coverage. (250/month)

my insurance company never questioned or looked.

i bet insurance companies pay way more out on stolen hondas than any claim on a skoolie.


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Old 01-11-2016, 10:18 AM   #9
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may i ask your provider? I need insurance so I can get this baby on the road

and i bet your right on the hondas
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Maybe this is dumb in some people's eyes, but I'm not going to worry about it. I'm rolling with the thought that someone will be there to take my money and insure it when I get to the point of needing it. This forum seems like an invaluable resource for helping each other out with important issues such as this. Does anyone (other than turf) care to share how much they pay per month for insurance? And turf, did yours go up because of the kind of work you invested into it or was it simply based on the fact that you got more coverage?

Lastly, what kind of coverage does one need before driving it off the lot and taking it across state lines (if needed) to get working on it? For example, as far as insurance goes, what should I consider before I take my checkbook and go buy my first school bus? And will coverage change as improvements are made (as conversion occurs)?

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!
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