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Old 02-01-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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Moving to New York, will title and inspection be easy?

Hi all,

Right now I am in New Jersey, and my skoolie is successfully titled/registered as a motorhome with the DMV. I'm eventually moving to NY and am wondering if getting the vehicle registered in another state will be another headache, ie trying to satisfy New York's definition of a 'motorhome', or whether the NJ title (as a Class A Motorhome) will be enough to just get the motorhome classified title.

New Jersey only requires a permanent stove (propane in my case), beds, and a sink. I got those in, but there's no toilet, no waste water tank (just a 5 gallon bucket for proper disposal), no "official" electric, yet (just a bunch of loose batteries and an inverter, tucked into a corner). I'd like to move without having to do a bunch more work to please the motor vehicles.

Also, what happens on vehicle inspection? Do they care about the inside of the motorhome? Ie. if I have a bunch of weird things like electrical wires and a 5 gallon sawdust bucket as a toilet, and a woodstove with a chimney stack through the roof, etc?

is it easy or may I need to jump through more hoops.

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Old 02-01-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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Re: Moving to New York, will title and inspection be easy?

I'm only guessing here, but I think if you title says RV, then all you have to do is transfer it to the new state. That's how it works in Indiana.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:25 PM   #3
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Re: Moving to New York, will title and inspection be easy?

If it's already titled as a motorhome, I think you'll be fine.

That said, don't go to mentioning that you're converting it, or that it's not all done.

I got some hassle getting my bus re-titled here. I ended up getting it titled as a 'house on wheels' because, I was told by the DMV, that the only way they'll retitle as a 'motorhome' is if it has been 'professionally converted'.
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Re: Moving to New York, will title and inspection be easy?

Repeat after me...

It's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV, it's an RV.

NEVER use the following words in any type of context: "school bus", "bus", "converted", "self-converted", "home conversion" or "incomplete". In other words shut up. Pretend you have a very sore throat and talk as little as possible. As far as that goes, pop a menthol laden cough drop in your mouth and whisper to the clerk "I'm sorry but I can't talk very loud, I have a sore throat."
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