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Old 03-24-2015, 01:02 PM   #21
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Just a little tip that I have found after looking at license requirements in several states.

Buried deep in the CDL requirements is a listing of EXEMPTIONS. Look for the EXEMPTIONS page to see if you qualify as an EXEMPTION. It will NOT be in the first few paragraphs either.
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:52 AM   #22
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well, we went yesterday to the tag office and got a tag. We left the title as bus so to get a tag we needed a business insurance policy at ~$500/year for liability.

I learned several things in talking to various NC tag offices yesterday morning:
1. transferring out of state titles to NC does not incur a late fee (!)
2. our out of state transfer (since we got a tag at the same time) came with a 1 year inspection waiver (I wasn't sure this would happen since I suspected our bus would require a different type of vehicle inspection)...just a title transfer does not require liability insurance but will trigger an inspection when you go back for the tag.
3. a GA title does not have a location for a notary seal so it did not need to be notarized...however, the title application for NC does need a seal and the DMV will do the notary for $5 or $6 for 2 signatures.
4.our new insurance binder (this claim lacks thorough investigation at this point) will insure our bus as an RV (with the accompanying drop in premium of half) regardless of the titled type if their criteria for RV is met...

next step is getting the non-CDL class B -P license for two and then we'll see more about this insurance deal.

We got the insurance through an independent agent for a regional insurance group...it was a bit slower (less computer automated at the office) but saved us about $700/yr over Farm Bureau prices so I consider it time well spent! Our policy set-up took about an hour.

The link for the documents you'd need to just retitle in NC are here: www.ncdot.gov/dmv/vehicle/title/transfer/
if you want to retitle and get a tag at the same time, go here:
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:41 PM   #23
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Seroflorus, This is all super helpful information, as I have just bought a bus in Raleigh, NC. I'm trying to sort all this out right now. What is the insurance company you're using? Thanks.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:59 PM   #24
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Seroflorus, This is all super helpful information, as I have just bought a bus in Raleigh, NC. I'm trying to sort all this out right now. What is the insurance company you're using? Thanks.
I am in swansboro,n.c. And nationwide had no problem insuring mine! We have been with them for over 10 yrs but they didn't even question it ? Talked to the local office told them what we were doing and we were insured at TAX value. I think we pay 11-12 a month. Can't register as an RV until I have met the requirement's but why if I am registered for a lot less? The only change I have dealt with in the last 4-yrs is originally I only did normal vehicle inspection but the last two I have had to full DOT but I have (advanced vehicle maitenance out of Wilmington) a truck maitenance company that works on all of the company's truck's that I work for and we have met. They know me so for inspection they won't fail me (yet) just make comment's on the report and say owner will fix? But that Meen's next year inspection time! They need to see that I have made an effort to address the issue's! Some are minor that any truck on the road will have? Not enough to fail but they will document it in a heartbeat! Just to show the DOT they know what they are looking at and that they are doing there job as DOT inspector's
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Old 06-02-2015, 05:20 PM   #25
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I am in swansboro,n.c. And nationwide had no problem insuring mine! We have been with them for over 10 yrs but they didn't even question it ? Talked to the local office told them what we were doing and we were insured at TAX value. I think we pay 11-12 a month. Can't register as an RV until I have met the requirement's but why if I am registered for a lot less? The only change I have dealt with in the last 4-yrs is originally I only did normal vehicle inspection but the last two I have had to full DOT but I have (advanced vehicle maitenance out of Wilmington) a truck maitenance company that works on all of the company's truck's that I work for and we have met. They know me so for inspection they won't fail me (yet) just make comment's on the report and say owner will fix? But that Meen's next year inspection time! They need to see that I have made an effort to address the issue's! Some are minor that any truck on the road will have? Not enough to fail but they will document it in a heartbeat! Just to show the DOT they know what they are looking at and that they are doing there job as DOT inspector's
Jolly Roger, Thanks for the great information. Actually, I already use Nationwide, but they told me it would be over 60 bucks a month, because it had to be commercial insurance instead of regular auto insurance. Can you tell me a little more about your policy so I can go back to them with more specific requests?

What is the difference between a regular inspection and the "full DOT inspection" that you are talking about?

Also, my online research indicates you can reduce the weight limit of your vehicle on your title by filling out form MVR-618. Has anyone had experience doing this? Then-- is the 26,001 weight requirement for Class B driver's license based on the manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) printed on the plate above the driver's seat or is it based on the weight limit on the title?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:30 PM   #26
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Our policy is with Atlantic Casualty Insurance Co. 30/60/25 (state minimum is enough until we're ready to roll). The certificate lists the 'producer' as:
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Goldsboro, NC 27534

Our bus is over the 26,001 GVWR limit so our current policy is a business policy. When we finish the conversion, I will have it retitled and the insurance rate will drop...then go right back up b/c there's no way I'm traveling with minimum insurance...not with these crazy drivers (and you know big vehicles need more stopping distance...meaning a bigger gap for crazy drivers to jump into and there goes my stopping distance). Not so much concerned about who'll win the on-road wrestling match as concerned about crazy driver blaming me.

I'm glad to hear that chain insurance companies are taking on conversions again...I understood they were thin on the ground for a while. Also, it sounds like I need to call Nationwide; $132/yr doesn't sound like business rates and since I'm not a business...'course it would go right back up for the reason (among others) mentioned above.

On the inspection thing...my bus would technically be class A and I read on an RV forum here http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/ind...?topic=40426.0 and/or here http://www.busconversions.com/bbs/in...ic=934.15;wap2 that RV inspections 'needed to happen' in a garage that the bus could drive into...I also heard there's one in Raleigh. Howard RV is in Wilmington (an excuse for a quick run to the beach?) and also one in Hendersonville (not Howard) which would be a good reason to hit the mountains too.

Here's a link to the Howard RV pdf outlining what is included in the NC annual RV vehicle safety inspection: http://www.hrvc.com/console/files/NC...2011.15.12.pdf I haven't done a bus inspection yet so I don't know how they differ but I assume the RV one is simpler.

If your bus is a behemoth of the road like ours and you decide to leave it titled as a bus, you may need a CDL (apparently depends on weight and title)...if so, DON'T remove anything until you've passed the driving test...you need a complete bus to take the bus driving test and no seats is a deal breaker. Also, the CDL class B test costs $30 but the non-CDL class B (for the newly retitled house car) is free.

Hi Moderator(s)...two of the three links here did not function properly when using the hotlink button in post editor. the format printed "initial open bracket URL="http//:whateverthelinkis"][/URL final close bracket" and displayed nothing...faulty something until I took out the = and the set of coded quotation marks.
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Old 12-30-2016, 08:21 PM   #27
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Newby caught in Confusion!!

I have been a school bus enthusiast my entire life. I live in NC and have found the perfect bus to do a conversion on. It is currently registered as a bus. My problem is finding a company to buy insurance from. If I go the commercial route I need to list a CDL qualified operator. For me to get a CDL I need a bus for the driving test.... To get insurance as an RV it needs to be completed... Does anyone in North Carolina have any suggestions?? HELP
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Old 12-30-2016, 09:13 PM   #28
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My bus is registered and insured in north Caroline as a school bus for 14$ a month and I do not plan on re-registering it as an RV because of the extra money once re titled.
Depending on the area/county you live in and the bus you have/want to buy is the problematic factor?
I bought mine from my local (28584) district and had no problem with any of it ? My insurance is through nationwide. But I have been with them for along time.
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Hi all. New to the site and love what I have seen so far. We are military and currently stationed in NC. We are in the research phase of jumping into the converted bus life. I read on another thread about a company that sells busses (in FL) and will retitle them as an RV (for a fee) when you purchase a bus from them. Does anyone know if this RV title would be accepted as such in NC?


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You DON"T have to go and overpay for a bus at that dealer to get it titled as an RV. Its a SIMPLE affadavit that takes ten seconds to fill out. Doesn't cost anything. If they are charging a fee for this designation change on TOP of their huge dealer prices then that's just really sad. Charging the customer for something that's free.
BGA is the company. They technically break the law by falsely stating that the vehicle has the minimum amount of RV specific modifications. Its just a way of trying to make you feel like paying their exorbitant prices is worth it.
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