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Old 04-13-2014, 11:52 AM   #1
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Insurance/ license Alberta Canada

Hello,
I was planning on a 93 Bluebird but found a 84 MCI MC9 8v71 3 axle for my off grid conversion. It is in Seattle, WA, I will fly down and drive it home. I am told that I can drive it with my class five and my air Q endorsement and do not need to upgrade to a class 3 since it will be personal use RV. I have also been told I need a class three no matter what because it has three axles. I believe if I can find insurance to cover it as RV that if I get pulled over I would be fine, even though all the seats will still be in until I get it home. Without the RV insurance it would probably depend on the mood of the officer if I am allowed to drive on. My current insurance covers transport of a purchased vehicle but it is for my pick up not a RV.

Anyone with experience in Alberta?

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Old 04-16-2014, 04:38 PM   #2
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Re: Insurance/ licence Alberta Canada

Go talk to the DMV.

It is to my understanding you will need the class three only till you remove the commercial registration. After you register it as privet, you only need a class 5 as long as you have under 10 passengers.

Please update this thread on your journey. I would love to know how the border crossing, ect all works out.

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Old 04-17-2014, 09:08 PM   #3
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Re: Insurance/ licence Alberta Canada

I have an Alberta license and the regulation states three axles for a recreational vehicle with a class 5 is fine. I did speak with someone at the Registry, our DMV, and they said because the bus would be used for personal use only I would be legal to drive it. I am still concerned at how an officer will interpret it. I can't register it until I insure it but I am still trying to find someone to insure it as a RV. So far everyone wants the conversion complete in order to insure as RV/motorhome. I could get commercial insurance but it is expensive and then I would have to register it as commercial bus. Then I would have to have a class three to drive it.

The Plan:
My current auto insurance will cover for transport of the bus while I am driving, and I will get temp tags from the seller in Washington. The border should be set up and should not be an issue. Once I get it here they require an out of country and out of province inspection. As long as those go well it will be in the system and I can park it and then get the insurance and registration once the conversion is complete. I can also keep looking into other options for coverage during the conversion. That is the plan for now.

I will go ahead and get my class 3 this summer if I can free up some time anyway. I will keep making calls and searching for more options and am waiting for some return calls also from potential insurers.
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:34 AM   #4
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Re: Insurance/ license Alberta Canada

In MB there is no maximum GVW on RV's. I found out this by chance when I went to take the written part of the class 3, didn't even need an air endorsement as I found a bus with hydrolic breaks. The only thing that will get me is that if I tow a trailer, that will still be limited to 4050kg beceause of my class 5 licence.
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Old 12-16-2016, 07:44 PM   #5
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Insurance

How did you end up getting the bus back?
I'm looking into making a skoolie but can't find a company that will insure it. Who did you get and are they outrageously expensive?
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Old 12-24-2016, 08:42 AM   #6
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I am also looking at buying a used school bus. Nobody wants to inure them. This is the reply I got from my insurance agent after I inquired and sent photos of the vehicle.

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Unfortunately we only have a high risk market for modified bus coverage. Even if you are not driving it, they charge for the Liability all year round. The quote below is for Liability coverage only. No fire or theft.

Also, anything inside including tools would not be covered under the Bus Insurance. You would have to add the coverage to the Commercial policy or a Floater on your personal home policy.



I am sure there are Insurance Companies that offer way better coverage and better price, you may have to look elsewhere, as the quote for $1,000,000 Liability only is $6,646. (probably more than the bus is worth) Sorry."

If anyone knows of a reasonable insurer, it would be appreciated!
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Old 12-24-2016, 02:05 PM   #7
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Tell your insurance broker to stick it up their ass and shop around. Also pull your other policies from them.

Get an appraisal and take photos so the new company doesn't think the bus is the stereotypical junk they expect. Please keep us posted.
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:37 PM   #8
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I am also looking at buying a used school bus. Nobody wants to inure them. This is the reply I got from my insurance agent after I inquired and sent photos of the vehicle.

" HI there,



Unfortunately we only have a high risk market for modified bus coverage. Even if you are not driving it, they charge for the Liability all year round. The quote below is for Liability coverage only. No fire or theft.

Also, anything inside including tools would not be covered under the Bus Insurance. You would have to add the coverage to the Commercial policy or a Floater on your personal home policy.



I am sure there are Insurance Companies that offer way better coverage and better price, you may have to look elsewhere, as the quote for $1,000,000 Liability only is $6,646. (probably more than the bus is worth) Sorry."

If anyone knows of a reasonable insurer, it would be appreciated!
Here is a quote I got for insurance, I think it's called Aviva.
Quote they gave me was if I had an appraised value of $15,000, full
coverage would be around $500/year. They require conversion to be complete
and appraised.

Still looking for insurance to cover me to pick up a bus I want in the
states and bring to Alberta. Any luck anyone?
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Old 02-02-2017, 02:36 AM   #9
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I'm in the same boat! haha
Just bought a bus in the US.

PLEASE keep updating if anybody has any luck

Good info so far!
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Old 02-02-2017, 10:06 AM   #10
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They'll provide coverage through a company called Nordic while the bus is
being converted. Though it's a little higher than if it was completed, mine
is $1600/year, when the conversion is complete it'll be more like $500-$600
depending on appraised value.
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