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Old 11-15-2005, 11:48 AM   #1
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Hey Chuckie,
I'm in Licking, MO, 35 miles south of Rolla. Where are you?
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Old 08-28-2006, 12:02 PM   #2
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Having just gone through my inspection a few months ago I think I can add some details to this discussion that apply to Mo: Part I) Call and get an appointment FIRST, they are 6 weeks out most of the time, no it won't be tomorrow. Remember to get a temporary travel tag before the day of your appointment to get to and from the inspection process, you will get a ticket if you don't. You will be inspected by the Mo Highway Patrol at one of their inspection stations (there are quite a few) for your compliance within their guidelines of: additional electrical system, running water with TOILET (shower is not necessary) , SINK, a place to SIT AND EAT, COOK, SLEEP etc. I figured they would crawl all over it and look at my wiring, gas lines etc but they don't care if it burns to the ground, they're not technicians, it's just gotta have this stuff to pass. Really they are just keeping you from throwing a mattress, a 5 gallon bucket and an old countertop and sink in it and calling it an RV. Remember each officer will zero in on different things so this is just a generalization. PART II) you will go to the DMV in Jeff City and you will be GRILLED by them in a whole different way! They will cover the paperwork end of things like: surrendering your old title, where you got the stuff to do the conversion, major expendatures, appliances, etc. and you better have receipts for all these with SN's ( to deter theft). If you have most of the stuff given to you then you better have an "affidavit of gift" receipt notorized with SN or you will be considered a thief. A junk yard receipt, new purchase receipt, receipt from a buddy or SOMETHING to prove where it came from is a MUST. Also bring pictures of your appliances and conversion to surrender because they will want some to put in your new DMV file . Part III) After you jump through all these hoops they will mail a new DMV ID tag to the MO Highway Patrol so you can go back to them again in a week or so and let them install it. No they don't trust you to install it yourself but it will only take a few minutes for them to do so and you don't need an appointment this time. By now you have received your new title in the mail and you can go to your local license bureau and get your RV tages. It will be titled as a re-constructed vehicle with the year of construction as the year of the vehicle like they do with homebuilt motorcycles, trailers, dune buggies etc. My '76 is now a 2006 re-constructed Recreational Vehicle. You will need the usual crap to get your plates: insurance, inspection, taxes etc. Now your insurance is dirty cheap, you have no weight limits, anyone with a license can drive, no stopping at most state weigh stations, and most important it is your home on wheels, you can pack legally and national search and seizure laws apply, tell the Gestapo to stay the f#@$ out without probable cause!!! sportyrick!
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Old 08-28-2006, 08:01 PM   #3
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I don't know just what you're packing, but I like the way you're thinking. I have nothing to hide from the police, but they always seem to think I do Just as clarification...I'm not sure about other states, but I'm SURE they're the same as Minnesota...If you are driving an RV, it is a motor vehicle and motor vehicle search and seizure rules apply meaning they need reasonable suspicion to do a PBT or other test. They then need probable cause (failing a field sobriety test, but passing the PBT for example) to search the vehicle. They CAN NOT legally ask to search the vehicle as this is an example of entrapment per precident in this state....a case of darned of you do, darned if you don't. It is certainly something to take note of if they ask....Basically, if they want to search it, they have to just tell you that and explain why. Get it all documented (videotape is good), even if you have NOTHING to hide. Can you tell that a very close family friend of mine is a public defender who deals with this stuff all the time?

As for when you're parked....then the vehicle is the same as a house and they will need a search warrant unless there is a blatent violation of the law. Basically, close the curtains before you start stroking the barrel of your M-60.

Check with your locality, but these rules seem like the kind of thing that would apply anywhere thanks so a Supreme Court decision somewhere along the way.
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Old 07-29-2007, 12:16 AM   #4
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Re: MO rules on RV conversion

man I can't wait to go through that paticular sort of lovin ( not ) but I am really glad to hear from someone in mo tell me what I am up against.
My situation might be a harder than yours because i bOUght a 50 model and I'm in the process of justt getting a title now then I will have to go through the screw mill again. I want to change the deminsions of the coachwork as well, can you give me height width length regs. as well
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Old 07-29-2007, 12:19 AM   #5
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oh buy the way I am not doing any mods to the bus until I have a legitamate title in my hands with my name on it
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:37 AM   #6
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Re: MO rules on RV conversion

I am new to this procedure, but I have worked with school buses before, so I know a few things. I was not aware of what all was required to retitle the bus, and all that good stuff. Joining this site has proven extremely useful, and once I do get my bus and start the process, I will document the before, during, and after. I know this will be alot of work, but it will be worth it. I could just buy an RV, but I want to know what I am getting, and this way, I will be able to use my own ideas, not those of some one else. I am hoping to get my bus soon, and have it completed by summer. Just give me some time, and wait for the pictures coming in the future.
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:01 PM   #7
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Re: MO rules on RV conversion

Questions.For SPORTYRICK. or anyone else.
1.running water with TOILET (shower is not necessary) . Are you saying that i need a Flush toilet? Can i use a Composting toilet?

2.you will go to the DMV in Jeff City and you will be GRILLED by them in a whole different way!
Will i actually have to go to Jefferson City or can i go elsewhere?

Thanks for looking.
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:13 PM   #8
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conversion law updates

Thanks for this post. I was wondering if anyone has gone through this recently. The original post is from 06 so I didn't know if things had changed much.

I'm also wondering if anyone knows about moving from state to state. For instance, would I need to meet different specs if I got the conversion licensed here in MO as an rv, then moved to a different state. or is it once an rv always an rv type thing?
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I can assist here. Just converted 40ft Blue Bird Transit thru the MO system and when you get done they change the vin numbers ON THE bus to Special RV conversion vin number, the Highway Patrol removes the old on the bus and puts on the new, and it comes with a new title, so it is legal in any other state as an RV.
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I can assist here. Just converted 40ft Blue Bird Transit thru the MO system and when you get done they change the vin numbers ON THE bus to Special RV conversion vin number, the Highway Patrol removes the old on the bus and puts on the new, and it comes with a new title, so it is legal in any other state as an RV.
Sounds like a great system to me and one that actually makes sense.
Bravo M-O.
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