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Old 03-08-2018, 10:56 AM   #1
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Can you reg as a van? (Washington State)

We are looking at getting a 5-6 window bus. We will not be having any electrical, water, cooking etc. it will basically be a bed, counter/drawers, an area for a bucket potty and a "couch".
The plan is just to have something to explore around and camp in that isn't a tent (due to rain, mist, etc)
So my question is, would we be able to register as a van since it will no longer be a bus and will not be an RV either.
Any info would be helpful...every thing I see pertains to making the bus into an RV with full amenities.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:15 PM   #2
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I have not seen that done. Doesn't mean that it can't.

If you register as an RV you tabs will be similar or cheaper than a van.

I have two "RV's" in my driveway that I am remodeling. They are both gutted at the moment.
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:50 PM   #3
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WA state can be a real PITA when it comes to finding someone who can walk you through what you can and cannot do in regards to title, registration, and licensing.

My suggestion is to go to one of the private companies that do nothing but licensing.

TWIN CITY LICENSING (in Lewis County Mall)
151 NE Hampe Way
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-6689
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

BETTER WEIGH MFG., INC
168 Foster Creek Rd.
Toledo, WA 98591-9406
(360) 864-6800
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

TIMBER TOWN LICENSING (in Morton DOL building)
346 State Route 7
Morton, WA 98356
(360) 496-5001
Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cowlitz County, WA - Official Website - Subagents
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:54 PM   #4
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I used the one in Snohomish for the two that I am working on now.

No hassle. No inspection. Fill out the paperwork. Pay the fees. Done.
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Old 03-08-2018, 04:21 PM   #5
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If not mistaken, bus and van are two different vehicle classifications, and I'm assuming the gvwr comes into play with the difference. You own a bus, not a van. Its just not a commercially driven bus. I dont know the exact definitions of bus or van are though, or if that would vary by state. That's my thinking anyway. I wouldn't think you would be able to register it as a van.
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Old 03-08-2018, 04:39 PM   #6
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If not mistaken, bus and van are two different vehicle classifications, and I'm assuming the gvwr comes into play with the difference. You own a bus, not a van. Its just not a commercially driven bus. I dont know the exact definitions of bus or van are though, or if that would vary by state. That's my thinking anyway. I wouldn't think you would be able to register it as a van.
One of the buses that I have is a "cutaway" that is built on a van chassis. I think that is where the idea of it being a van comes from.

I have seen at least one member that has managed to get their cutaway registered as a van. However, they were not in Washington.

I am not sure that I see much advantage in Washington for registering as a van vs. RV.

Tags for my 40' Bluebird (RV) and the 5 window Thomas cutaway (RV) are both cheaper than my pickup.
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