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Old 11-25-2017, 02:41 PM   #1
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I recently bought an 80-percent converted Skoolie in Washington State that has had the title converted to a motor home (MH). I live (own a house), file taxes and reside in Pennsylvania. I'm going to be working part-time in Northern California and bought the bus partly to be my home away from home. Once I move the bus from Washington to California I don't plan to drive it much, if at all, through winter. I'm trying to figure out the fastest and cheapest way to get it registered and down the road. Should I title and/or register the bus in Washington, California or PA? Can I do any legwork in advance of going out to move the bus (less than 2 weeks from now is the plan)? Can I get a temporary tag and figure out the details later. Any advice is appreciated. It's about a 600-mile drive point to point.
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Old 11-25-2017, 02:49 PM   #2
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... insurance

... and I forgot to mention insurance. In PA you can't register your vehicle without proof of current insurance.
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Old 11-25-2017, 03:25 PM   #3
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without a washington or CA address, i think the easiest will be PA.

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Old 11-25-2017, 04:13 PM   #4
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Yeah, the address is the problem. Usually you can only register a vehicle in the state that issued your license.
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Old 11-25-2017, 07:58 PM   #5
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theres those guys doing the Vermont thing somewhow without a vermont address..

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Old 11-27-2017, 08:39 AM   #6
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How many places require a bus to go through inspection as part of getting the tags? I've been wondering about that. It would be hard to get a PA inspection done on a bus in CA or WA.

As CK points out, there's always the VT dance-around.
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How many places require a bus to go through inspection as part of getting the tags? I've been wondering about that. It would be hard to get a PA inspection done on a bus in CA or WA.

As CK points out, there's always the VT dance-around.
Very few. Most states want a physical VIN# check when you "import" from another state, but OK didn't even want that when I brought a motorcycle back from Texas. The rules say they should check, but the Tag Office didn't bother.

Some require an inspection to change vehicle type, others simply want an affidavit.

It's hard to say there are general rules, just check with your Tag Office or DMV what your state wants.
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Old 03-14-2018, 01:05 AM   #8
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Very few. Most states want a physical VIN# check when you "import" from another state, but OK didn't even want that when I brought a motorcycle back from Texas. The rules say they should check, but the Tag Office didn't bother.

Some require an inspection to change vehicle type, others simply want an affidavit.

It's hard to say there are general rules, just check with your Tag Office or DMV what your state wants.
NV requires a VIN check but I had that done where I live and the registered the bus 2 hours away. I did not lie about anything but I did give some general answers about motor homes so that I would be classed as a Motorhome. I still can't get insurance that way because they check with pics and stuff and I'm in an accident if it doesn't match you are in trouble. She did not ask me about all the different requirements since it was already registered as a MH in Oregon.

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You should call the DMV and ask them these questions. All I know about California is its radical emissions standards. It may be more difficult if it's newer than 2003.
Usually you have 30 days if you have insurance to register it anywhere. It might as well be where you're moving rather than changing it once when you get there.
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When I read the title I thought this was going in a different direction, lol
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