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Old 06-09-2019, 02:12 PM   #1
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I have recently purchased a 1997 ford e150 Collins short bus and am trying to get it registered in Ca. I have it gutted out but nothing else done. They say I have to register it as a Commercial vehicle even though it's not for hire and private use till I can get it converted over. Is there any way around that so I doubt have to pay the 400 for weight charges and not limited on parking restrictions, thanks for your help
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Old 06-09-2019, 02:19 PM   #2
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Are you importing from out of state?

With a vehicle less than 14001 GVWR you don’t need to retitle as a Motor Home. I also have conflicting insurance information that leaves me wondering if it’s advisable to change the title to MH. National General says they don’t care about the vehicle title designation. Good Sam says it CANNOT be retitled as a MH to get insurance through them (though I think Good Sam IS National General (!)

If your vehicle is more than 14001 GVWR and is not CARB compliant, that will compel you to change the title to MH in order to register.
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Old 06-09-2019, 02:30 PM   #3
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Register it as an RV in Vermont by mail then take your VT paperwork for your "RV" to California DMV and have it transferred to CA.

VT is most happy to register your vehicle even though you have never set foot in the state. They will register it as an RV if you simply put "RV" on the application.
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Old 06-09-2019, 03:02 PM   #4
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Out of state vehicles have to be inspected by the DMV in Ca. before they can be registered soooooooo?
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Out of state vehicles have to be inspected by the DMV in Ca. before they can be registered soooooooo?
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If registered and titled as RV/MH in VT and one "moves" to CA and tries to register their fully designated/titled MH, would CA throw away the titled MH designation and reclassify it as something else???
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Old 06-09-2019, 03:17 PM   #6
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If registered and titled as RV/MH in VT and one "moves" to CA and tries to register their fully designated/titled MH, would CA throw away the titled MH designation and reclassify it as something else???

Well, an empty bus sure looks a lot like a box truck - which would look like you were trying to skirt the regulations for a vehicle over the weight of a CDL, commercial registration fees, license fees, and smog regulations (because I believe motorhomes are exempt.) So yes, I could see them denying the transfer of registration. If it looked like a motorhome, or was vaguely converted, it would probably go through.
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Old 06-09-2019, 03:45 PM   #7
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I think state reciprocity says no, but the Cali is its own world, might even require ongoing inspections?
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Old 06-09-2019, 04:49 PM   #8
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Register it as an RV in Vermont by mail then take your VT paperwork for your "RV" to California DMV and have it transferred to CA.

VT is most happy to register your vehicle even though you have never set foot in the state. They will register it as an RV if you simply put "RV" on the application.
Vt. makes a killing on collecting sales tax for items never purchased in the state.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:15 PM   #9
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Out of state vehicles have to be inspected by the DMV in Ca. before they can be registered soooooooo?
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That sucks.....

I have itchy feet and have moved a lot.... I have move to SoCal three times. Each time I had to register my vehicles. I had to go through smog check on cars, no inspection on RV's

If it has changed to the point that all vehicles coming into California from out of state require additional inspection including RV's that would be a pain and pretty much kill the VT thing for CA residents.

I am glad to be out of CA. It was bad enough when I lived there and it sounds like it has gotten quite a bit worse.
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Old 06-09-2019, 07:39 PM   #10
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I read the requirements for a motor home in CA a while back. The wording was something like must have 3 of the 4 following items: Sink, Stove, Toilet, Fridge. (sure about 3 of 4, but not the actual items)
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