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Old 08-04-2018, 08:45 AM   #1
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New Mexico (NM) Registration Question

I've been going round and round via email with a couple employees at the state mvd about what is required to be installed in a retired school bus so it can be registered as an RV. I asked, does it need a bed, a toilet, a sink or just my word that I'll be using it to sleep and camp in? They have no clue! They send me docs pertaining to rebuilding a vehicle from salvage or home building one from scratch.? Does anyone know the "RV" requirements for NM?
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Old 08-04-2018, 11:13 AM   #2
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All I have found online the MVD site is:
Vehicle Procedures Manual - NM Motor Vehicle Division

It doesn't speak at all to conversion.

Hopefully we have NM members that can share their experience.

If not, you may consider going the VT route. Get it titled as an RV then take your VT RV title back to NM.

Another member from IL (?) posted success using this method.

Good luck.
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Old 08-04-2018, 11:52 AM   #3
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Thanks PNW_Steve. I'm hoping someone with NM MVD experience will chime in as well. VT is 4,800 miles round trip and that's not going to happen.
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Thanks PNW_Steve. I'm hoping someone with NM MVD experience will chime in as well. VT is 4,800 miles round trip and that's not going to happen.
VT titling and registration can be done by mail. A number of members here have had good success getting a VT RV title with no hassles.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f18/ho...ion-15292.html




Regarding NM:

I have been searching the board for NM info and it is pretty slim and dated.

Do we have any other New Mexico members who have been down this road?
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Thanks PNW_Steve. I'm hoping someone with NM MVD experience will chime in as well. VT is 4,800 miles round trip and that's not going to happen.
I think Vermont registration can be handled through the mail.
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Any updates I am trying to figure out what I need to do in NM. Or did you go through VT
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I'm in a holding pattern until I have all my ducks in a row. Still no new info that would make me move forward with a purchase.
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I thought I would share. When I was at mvd office I asked them about changing my coach’s title to a rv title and what they told me is as long as it is a New Mexico title already they will just switch it over when I transfer it. I will update when finished my other dealings with New Mexico mvd do not give me confidence it will be this easy but maybe
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Old 05-25-2019, 02:26 PM   #9
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I thought I would share. When I was at mvd office I asked them about changing my coach’s title to a rv title and what they told me is as long as it is a New Mexico title already they will just switch it over when I transfer it. I will update when finished my other dealings with New Mexico mvd do not give me confidence it will be this easy but maybe
If it's not converted why would you change the title to RV? Your insurance will probably not insure it because they will want conversion verification.

Can I change my Corvette title to say it's a School Bus?
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I've been going round and round via email with a couple employees at the state mvd about what is required to be installed in a retired school bus so it can be registered as an RV. I asked, does it need a bed, a toilet, a sink or just my word that I'll be using it to sleep and camp in? They have no clue! They send me docs pertaining to rebuilding a vehicle from salvage or home building one from scratch.? Does anyone know the "RV" requirements for NM?
The requirements are pretty much the same in every state. Seems it is less important to DMV than it is with the insurance companies. The 6 requirements are listed below, you only need to have any 4 of the 6 at your discretion to qualify it as an RV.


Cooking appliance with onboard fuel source
Gas or electric fridge
Toilet with exterior evac
Heat/AC with power other than engine
Potable (drinkable) water supply
110v power supply
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