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Old 12-03-2014, 07:29 PM   #11
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Re: Bringing a bus to MA

Food for thought….

I know there are a lot of transporting services….. usually dealers…. but they can have it insured under a dealer policy and probably tagged as such just to get it there.

I think this would be cheaper than a tow but maybe harder to find someone who can do this….

Just a thought.
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Re: Bringing a bus to MA

So I have valid tags on the bus right now and can drive it into Massachusetts, I was wondering more about registration, vehicle inspections etc., as they probably differ vastly in Massachusetts vs. Florida which was very relaxed about the whole process. If anybody has already registered a bus in MA, some help would be greatly appreciated.

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So I have valid tags on the bus right now and can drive it into Massachusetts, I was wondering more about registration, vehicle inspections etc., as they probably differ vastly in Massachusetts vs. Florida which was very relaxed about the whole process. If anybody has already registered a bus in MA, some help would be greatly appreciated.

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This is an old thread - but in case it's still helpful to someone (the entire registration / mass-a-ma-chusetts thing was a stressful part for me) - I recently was able to register a 25,500 pound 6 window Saf-T-Liner (Freightliner FS65) here as a generic commercial vehicle. The key was hydraulic service brakes (air parking brake was ok) and being under CDL 26,001. The other condition that made the person at the DMV very happy was "removal of all traffic control devices." It also must not say school, or childrens, or multimega amber alert anywhere on the vehicle.

As far as achieving the RV (or "autohome") status - I wanted to try that, but they came back with a list of things the bus would have to have. I think it was a 6 out of 8 type of situation. I wish I had asked for a copy but at that point I just wanted to get out of there with plates before they changed their mind.

Some of the other little caveats - in general commercial registration is expensive here. Anything over 10,000 lbs is automatically commercial in the 'Commonwealth'.
Registration is a flat fee and then by weight something like $20 per thousand pounds. They also hit you with a rather steep "new commercial" plate fee.
Lastly unlike passenger plates you pay for a year (maybe there is a half year option too), but if you get your bus in November, you are essentially paying for at least 1/2 of the year that's almost over. In January you get to pay again. There is a general Massachusetts theme going on here in case you haven't noti$ed yet.

Anyway I hope that's helpful. Still looking for a good mechanic and a solid parking situation out here in the Pioneer Valley. Best luck. In general it's ok here once you get used to the unique paperwork flavorings.
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This is an old thread - but in case it's still helpful to someone (the entire registration / mass-a-ma-chusetts thing was a stressful part for me) - I recently was able to register a 25,500 pound 6 window Saf-T-Liner (Freightliner FS65) here as a generic commercial vehicle. The key was hydraulic service brakes (air parking brake was ok) and being under CDL 26,001. The other condition that made the person at the DMV very happy was "removal of all traffic control devices." It also must not say school, or childrens, or multimega amber alert anywhere on the vehicle.

As far as achieving the RV (or "autohome") status - I wanted to try that, but they came back with a list of things the bus would have to have. I think it was a 6 out of 8 type of situation. I wish I had asked for a copy but at that point I just wanted to get out of there with plates before they changed their mind.

Some of the other little caveats - in general commercial registration is expensive here. Anything over 10,000 lbs is automatically commercial in the 'Commonwealth'.
Registration is a flat fee and then by weight something like $20 per thousand pounds. They also hit you with a rather steep "new commercial" plate fee.
Lastly unlike passenger plates you pay for a year (maybe there is a half year option too), but if you get your bus in November, you are essentially paying for at least 1/2 of the year that's almost over. In January you get to pay again. There is a general Massachusetts theme going on here in case you haven't noti$ed yet.

Anyway I hope that's helpful. Still looking for a good mechanic and a solid parking situation out here in the Pioneer Valley. Best luck. In general it's ok here once you get used to the unique paperwork flavorings.
Hi,

I just purchased a 35 foot IC school bus to convert into an RV. I'm also in the pioneer valley. i need to register and insure it. Who do you use for insurance, and have you been able to title yours as an auto home?
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