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Old 04-22-2017, 07:31 PM   #11
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every state is different... progressive you always have to call to actually purchase the policy... when i did both my busses.. (by the way one has a Motorhome title, the other is original Bus title).. they showed them as "International 380".. never asked any more.. but she knew it was a Bus.. in my case both of my busses still have some seats.. the only thing she asked was "is it a bus staying a bus?" of course i answered trithfully YES.. since really they both are Busses..

that was a year ago, i got my renewal already and sent it in so they didnt cancel me..
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Old 04-22-2017, 07:54 PM   #12
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Interesting that AIS has a dedicated bus conversion page. Although they're pretty negative about school bus conversions specifically...

"With underwriting guidelines being tightened to keep losses in check, insurance companies are avoiding certain types of risk. One of the most well-known risks that most specialty RV insurance providers avoid is the school bus conversion. Very few insurance companies will insure this type of vehicle. The main reason cited for this is the axle of a school bus is generally a narrower axle than that of a regular bus. Thus, when the additional weight of the conversion is added, it can result in a top-heavy vehicle, which is more susceptible to rollover accidents. Historically, more serious accidents have occurred to school bus conversions as compared to regular bus conversions-enough that many companies are no longer willing to accept this risk."

Translation: we may be able to help you, but get ready to pay $$$$$$$$$$$

link: https://www.aisinsurance.com/product...ersion.aspx#t3
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Old 04-22-2017, 10:33 PM   #13
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Disclaimer: I'm in Indiana.

I went online to Progressive Commercial to look for a policy and they quoted me about $630/yr for a policy very much like the policies I have on my cars (100/300/100, etc.). In fact Progressive Commercial didn't discount it very much for basic coverage (25/50/25, etc. - about $560/yr). Be aware, there was two or three places where I selected "for private use" during the Q&A session!

Once I take possession of the bus (I'm having it delivered - really long story), purchase the policy, and receive all the materials, I'll post a quick writeup of what I did.
Not trying to be a downer but don't be surprised if you get a cancellation letter in a couple weeks if you did it all online. Hopefully not, but that's been the collective experience.
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Old 04-22-2017, 10:38 PM   #14
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Well we'd all better start getting coaches then, so we're that extra 3" wider that makes us safe and keeps us from a flippin over like a tubleweed.
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Old 04-22-2017, 10:42 PM   #15
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But they will insure this without blinking...
Because it has such a wide wheel base


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Old 06-29-2018, 07:35 AM   #16
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All I can suggest is going through their online portal and see if they will quote a policy that way. If you can wait a day or two I'll put up some instructions.
Would you still be willing to post instructions? Assuming this has all worked out for you?

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Old 06-29-2018, 12:17 PM   #17
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Would you still be willing to post instructions? Assuming this has all worked out for you?

Thanks, Bill

Wow, that was a year ago for me now.... It did work out for me - well Progressive Commercial hasn't canceled me yet. However, at my one-year renewal they dropped the amounts down, but also dropped the amount I was paying. I've wondered if they accepted me because my bus had already been insured by them (the seller I got the bus from had it insured through them).



I'll make a note and see what I can do this weekend.....
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Old 06-29-2018, 12:56 PM   #18
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Thanks that would be awesome. I have been turned down twice already, sigh...
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Old 06-29-2018, 02:22 PM   #19
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y'all gettin me nervous

I wonder how it is all going to go? I mean 1954 ford..... title does say "bus"

last registered in 1971.......

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Old 06-29-2018, 02:33 PM   #20
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Might try somebody like Hagerty, that does classic and restored cars. It would qualify by age. My $.02
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