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Old 07-13-2012, 05:38 AM   #11
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Re: Insurance in Oregon

yeah... it takes at least 10 min to enter your vin numbers, etc online here in oregon...
new mexico is much better as the aliens in rosewell do it for ya...
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:35 PM   #12
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Re: Insurance in Oregon

I just got insurance today from GMAC, called the 1-888 number yesterday, spoke with a rep, he called back today to get the VIN, then called back again to process the payment and email my insurance card. Very reasonable rates ($125 for 6 months, would have been better yet if I didn't have a ticket on my record!) and good service.

Now for the DMV next week....not looking forward to this after the hassle I had getting a trip permit.

I'd say to call GMAC back and give it another try.

Is your bus already converted? I wonder if that's the problem--I just told the rep that I got the bus a couple of weeks ago, there were only 2 seats left in it, he asked how much it cost, what I intended to use it for, and got the process started.
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:56 PM   #13
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Re: Insurance in Oregon

I am a brand new bus owner (YEAH) and I am looking to get insured and All-State turned me down, and Progressive quoted $150/yr for "Bodily Injury Property Damage" and $415 for "Comprehensive". I have yet to looking into GMAC, but I have a few basic questions.
My bus is custom built and has a woodstove and a home crafted (but solid and safe) solar system. I doubt any company, if they knew about the stove or electrical set up, would insure it. If I had comprehensive coverage and I ever needed to cash in on my insurance (say . . . bus damage of some sort) would they want to inspect the bus and potentially see the woodstove and electrical and attempt to void my coverage? If that were the case, there would be no point in getting comprehensive coverage, and I should try to save a few hundred bucks annually by going for the bare basic $150/yr purely for the purpose of legality so i can move the bus now and then.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this. .. .
Also, I saw a comment about having the DMV inspect it. Are you sure they will expect/require this(?), cause I have a feeling they might not want to register it as an RV if they were to see it (it does look very bussy, not like an RV). Trying to think through this thoroughly so there are as few hiccups as possible while i go through all this rigamarole of getting this thing legal.
Any advice is very helpful!!
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:25 PM   #14
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Re: Insurance in Oregon

you need to post what state you are in, as not all of them require dmv or smog inspections...
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:30 PM   #15
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Re: Insurance in Oregon

I'm in Oregon.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:43 PM   #16
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Re: Insurance in Oregon

For insurance call gmac and tell them you have a whatever year the bus was converted bus conversion, and give them the vin number. they will figure out the cost.
they will also look up the vin and match it with the mfr.
as far as oregon dmv inspections, i have converted 3 busses in oregon, and never had one inspected, except the vin number of one that came from misssouri so that the vin number matched the title. All you do if the bus is already registered in oregon is to go to the dmv and tell them you want bus changed from a commercial school bus to an rv. all the person at the counter will do is ask you the bus length, so that they can properly add the amount for the license, as it goes by length. they are not interested in what is inside, but to be legal it has to have the minimum for an RV which you already have.

I have not added my solar panels yet, but my wood stove works very well.
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Old 07-19-2016, 01:16 AM   #17
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Insurance in Oregon

I'm in Western Oregon and I have a possible deal on a recently retired school bus coming up. I've heard scary things about insurance. A web search turned up this forum so I thought I should join.

Since finding this forum I found a webpage that says Progressive no longer insures school bus conversions.

https://www.progressive.com/rv/bus-c...ssa-insurance/

Does anyone have any comments or suggestions about the current situation with insuring school bus conversions in Oregon?

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Old 07-19-2016, 10:37 AM   #18
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I insured my last bus through Miller Insurance in Lake Oswego. Not sure if they are still a player but it may be worth a shot.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:51 AM   #19
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Thanks, I am quite a way from Lake Oswego, but it's good to know it's still possible to insure a school bus conversion in this state.
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Old 07-19-2016, 01:58 PM   #20
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Insurance in Oregon

Well I've answered my own question from other threads on this forum and some more searching on the web.

I can see there are several potential methods for getting insurance, so I have decided to go ahead and get that bus.

This looks like a great forum with lots of useful info, and I am sure I will be back.
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