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Old 01-14-2015, 05:56 PM   #1
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LF Insurance input, ONTARIO, Canada

Insurance in Canada seems a bit more challenging than those reporting from the US. I understand there are ING, and GMAC and Good Sam. We don't have those options. Moving on....

For those who have secured insurance here in Canada, please shed some light.

The issue stands while it remains a bus, to transport home:
- As a titled bus, it must be commercial
- Commercial insurance can't be temporary, and costs $4,500 a year. To cancel, you forfeit 25%. Meaning temporary insurance would be $1200, and have to be paid in full and then refunded. So that's 3 months of insurance to cover the max 10 day Temporary transit permit from MTO.


There appears to be a few options once it is titled as an RV (I see State Farm mentioned, and WayFare, Echelon General, however would LOVE for people to chime in and share options for others), but what options exist to just get it home?

Equally, the driver's licensing. As a motorhome, not an issue...it's a G. But as a bus, my insurance company spewed me such contradictory information, claiming the need for an F. The vendor was emphatic there was a way to do it with a G, (was it if the bus is vacant?). If anyone has insight, I'd love it.

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Old 01-14-2015, 06:57 PM   #2
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man, this is getting complicated, you can drive a full size bus with a G if there is no passengers and its under 11000kgs check it out on the mto website. I work at a school and some times have to bring the bus into the shop and I have a G so I did check with mto. Insurance is a big pain!! Im with Allstate. Are you trying to get insurance just to move it and do the conversion? If its not far what about just towing it to where you are going to do the work on it then get the insurance as a RV?
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Old 01-14-2015, 07:52 PM   #3
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Thank you!!!

You have hit the nail on the head with the licensing. There IS this mysterious statement somewhere with the MTO about empty buses and the G license. I just need to dig it up and try not to be smug as I present it to my insurance company. Your insight is the same as the vendors...now I just have to dig on the MTO site.

I suspect the only option is to tow it home and then convert. Or toss in a potty, heater, Generator and ice box when I go pick it up and call it an RV from day one ;)

I appreciate the lead for insurance as well. Once it's titled an RV I suspect things will be a wee bit smoother.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:27 PM   #4
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I'd advise to change the title to an RV as soon as possible. It'll make life easier for getting insurance and a safety. Changing the title can also be a pain in the arse, though. The trick is to find a ServiceOntario with knowledgeable staff (good luck!). I was living in Ottawa when I was working out those details and the huge downtown ServiceOntario with 30 desks was useless. I ended up biking further south to a suburb and the lady had it done in 10 minutes.

Essentially, you have to vouch that the bus is no longer going to be used as a bus and that it has 3 or 4 RV type things; such as a cook top, toilet, bed, fresh water tank, sewer tank, etc. In my case they gave me a blank piece of paper and made me write something about declaring the bus an RV and not a bus and signing at the bottom. It seemed incredibly unofficial, but they stamped it, filed it away and gave me the new ownership.
My bus at the time had none of the above mentioned items permanently installed, but I did have a portable marine pooper, a camping cookstove, and a mattress so I didn't feel too bad about the ordeal.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:29 PM   #5
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Oh, and as for insurance, RSA Group will insure damn well anything if you're willing to pay. http://www.rsagroup.ca/. I used them to get things going, but eventually cancelled because it was $130 a month. For an RV?!? Yowsers..
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:35 PM   #6
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Thanks Jazty! I'm grateful for your reply.

I had heard this stories where things can just happen! I know what I am doing tomorrow...off to a rural ServiceOntario to get an RV title.

We have the marine pooper, the fridge, the power source, the heater, and a futon...you assured me that's enough to have the guts to try

Question, when you say blank piece of paper, do you mean a blank form or your write your own statement? I'd like to look official-ish if I'm not walking in with glossy prints of a complete interior.

"In my case they gave me a blank piece of paper and made me write something about declaring the bus an RV and not a bus and signing at the bottom. It seemed incredibly unofficial, but they stamped it, filed it away and gave me the new ownership."

After cancelling the initial insurance, could I ask who you went with in the end?
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We have the marine pooper, the fridge, the power source, the heater, and a futon...you assured me that's enough to have the guts to try
Sounds good to me!

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Question, when you say blank piece of paper, do you mean a blank form or your write your own statement? I'd like to look official-ish if I'm not walking in with glossy prints of a complete interior.
The lady walked over to the printer, opened the tray and pulled out a blank piece of paper and handed it to me. Strange? I thought so! She essentially said, "Just write that it's now an RV and has some of these things". I did my best to throw in as much legal speak as I could into the declaration, but it was nothing fancy.

I'd like to hear gbstewart's experience with this. Was it similar for you?

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After cancelling the initial insurance, could I ask who you went with in the end?
I haven't re-insured it yet, actually, so I haven't been driving it... much. A drive here and there on empty backroads or to get it from worksite to worksite. A big trip is looming, though, so I'm back in the same boat as you. I'll be calling Allstate this week.
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:31 AM   #8
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Ok, this is how I did, I bought the bus from the company that does the bus service for the area, and it came with a safety check, I got all the paper work for the bus , then I went to my insurance company at the time and they charged me $1200.00 for the first year and I had to have it converted in that time frame. So now I had the pink card, the ownership and the safety check.
I went to the MTO and told them I was converting it into a RV, she made a couple of calls, then just registered the owner ship in my name as a motor home , and said I had 90 days to change 60 % of the color . I slapped my plates on and drove home.
Then after the year was almost up the insurance called me and said I needed to get a appraisal to show it was done, which I did. Now in the eyes of the insurance it was a RV. I later changed insurance company and got a better price, keep in mind I have 3 vehicles and 2 houses insured with them.
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Then after the year was almost up the insurance called me and said I needed to get a appraisal to show it was done, which I did. Now in the eyes of the insurance it was a RV.
Where did you go for an appraisal to prove it was an RV? Just a typical auto appraisal shop?
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Where did you go for an appraisal to prove it was an RV? Just a typical auto appraisal shop?
It was a company that checks out your car if you are in a crash, he came from an other town and went to my house and took pictures of my bus, and I had to pay about $150.00 for it. I'm sure the insurance company has some one on speed dial. BTW my insurance is $220.00 a year
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