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Old 02-23-2016, 10:11 PM   #1
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Buying a bus and driving it home

Hi folks, I am new to the conversion world and planning to get started asap. My question is about buying a bus, most likely in another state, and driving it back home to CO. Does anyone have any experience/resources for me that will tell me if its legal to buy a bus and drive it without a conversion back home? I am aware of all the things I will have to do when I get it back to get it titled and licensed as an RV but I am just wondering about the trip back. Do I need someone with a CDL just to drive it home? Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-24-2016, 03:24 AM   #2
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I'm not sure about CO laws, but PA mandates you have a none commercial class B permit or license. in my state the permit is $5.
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Old 02-24-2016, 04:29 AM   #3
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Read my thread "Heavy Fuel". I answer all of your questions.
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Old 02-24-2016, 07:39 AM   #5
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IDK, man.... If I lived in the great state of Colorado I'd never see the need to outsource a bus. They have some of the best school buses out there!

Worst case scenario- living in CO but buying a bus in the midwest or Michigan.
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Old 02-24-2016, 02:00 PM   #6
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IDK, man.... If I lived in the great state of Colorado I'd never see the need to outsource a bus. They have some of the best school buses out there!

Worst case scenario- living in CO but buying a bus in the midwest or Michigan.
Werd. I went to CO for mine. Granted it was a CA bus originally... but whatevs.
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Make sure the markings are blacked out, get in it, drive, and DON'T do anything that'll get you the attention of Five Oh
Like the troopers will actually SEE a big, yellow vehicle driving along at a rather sedate speed.

Usually, when you do buy the bus, you'll have drive-off tags issued by the seller. If they're not, I suggest that you get some temp tags from YOUR DMV before you get your new toy. And, while you're there, ask if you need a CDL. Chances are that you won't, but ask anyway.

A few words of advice about air brakes:
  1. Watch your air pressure - CLOSELY. A buzzer WILL sound if the pressure drops too low.
  2. Air brakes are twitchy. Gentle pressure on the pedal far in advance will keep you from doing a Windshield Taste Test.

One final caveat: You are now driving a VERY LONG building. Keep your eyes on the mirrors when you go around corners.

Have fun with your new toy.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:28 PM   #8
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That's good to hear, I haven't found any auctions in CO or seen any for sale in CO on the auction site I have been visiting. Where did you find yours/places I should be looking? Th
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check with your insurance agent.

the primary policy on my car, and a recent bill of sale is all i needed to bring my bus home to colorado from arizona.

here is a local auction to watch

http://www.rollerauction.com/home.as...ming#&panel1-2
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