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Old 01-15-2015, 02:30 PM   #1
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Question Oklahoma - Bus Conversion Requirements

Hello all! I have been perusing the forum for a while now. It took me a while to decide for sure that a skoolie was the "RV" for me. Now that I have I was wondering if anyone from Oklahoma has gone through the process.

I was told to fill out a Body change affidavit and then send that and the title in. They would then decide if anything further would need to be done. Such as an inspection, pictures, etc. This is all I got from contacting the Oklahoma Tax Commission Motor Vehicles Division on the requirements.

The term, "recreational vehicle", shall include only a vehicle which is permanently constructed and equipped with living quarters, having its own sleeping and kitchen facilities, toilet facilities, including permanently affixed water tanks, holding tanks and toilet, which is propelled by a motor installed thereon and not towed by another motor vehicle but shall not include any vehicle of the so called "camper" type from which such living facilities are removable.

Not much to go on as far as specifics. She really couldn't give me a definite yes or no on a compost toilet.

It is just me and two dogs. I don't require much as I am trying to live a more simple lifestyle. Now my questions are:
* living quarters - can a simple chair be considered "living quarters" if not what are they are referring too?
* sleeping area - if I just put a mattress on the floor would that suffice?
* water & holding tanks & toilet - I was hoping to use a compost toilet so only adding a water and gray water tank thus eliminating the black tank. Would that be permanent enough?
* kitchen facilities - refrigerator, sink is a definite but would an induction plate and a microwave work in place of a stove or would I need a stove. I am assuming the plate would not be permanent enough?

Any tips on what you installed or didn't install in order to get your title changed to RV would be a great help. I am not real mechanically incline so the less I have to do the better off the skoolie would be until I can get the money to have it done that is. I really just want to keep it as simple as I can.

I do plan to profession have solar installed but above that I would prefer to do most of the other work myself or at least as cheap as possible.

One final question in regards to drivers license for Oklahoma. Did you need to get a CDL or an endorsement for air brakes (if the bus had them). I have read that RV's do NOT require any but just want to make sure that skoolie that are considered RV's do not as well.
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Old 01-19-2015, 06:18 PM   #2
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starting out as well

I am in Oklahoma and we'll and just starting out. So I am definitely interested in what you find out as well!
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Old 02-27-2015, 04:37 PM   #3
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Same here! Good to know.
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Old 07-17-2015, 03:23 AM   #4
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so as far as the body change when i talk to them a few years ago. they said have to have bath room kitchen bedroom living room holding tanks and a way to charge batteries other than the motor and have to have at least 4 of the five you are porbly going to have to do more than a hot plate i am fixing on doing my paper work for the body change on myine. also as long as it is still titled as a school bus you will be requraide to have a class b cdl with air braks school bus and pasanger endorments.
i got a job at a school system that would pay to train me to get my licens and if your just driving in ok and get the tidal changed to rv you will be ok to drive in oklahoma with a regurar class d but i heird that other stat will requaire a cdl and will get you as you dirve in to there state and make you have to pay some one to drive or will tow it if you dont have the cdl.
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Old 07-18-2015, 02:40 AM   #7
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http://www.ok.gov/tax/documents/701-9.pdf this is the paper that is need to change the title yeah there is a few of us in oklahoma
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http://www.ok.gov/tax/documents/701-9.pdf this is the paper that is need to change the title yeah there is a few of us in oklahoma
awesome, it's going in the save pile
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Old 07-18-2015, 03:47 PM   #9
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Someone who works for the fine state of Oklahoma knows exactly what their minimum thresholds are. In NC they are called "license and theft" division...they are the law enforcement section of our honorable DMV, not to be confused with the law enforcement of our honorable county sheriff or our honorable state trooper.

Anyway, I called them and got my marching orders from the horse's mouth. I also took some print outs (including lovable loo) of exactly what I wanted to use to meet their 4 of 6. My suggestion is contact whichever office would do an inspection if one were required and see what they say.
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Just purchased a school bus in OK and this is what I was told

According to DPS, my current license is fine for me to drive the bus because it is titled as a van and it weighs less than 26,000 lbs. If I wish to transport children other than those "in my own household" then I would be required to obtain a passenger endorsement and/or a Class B license. According to the OK Tax Commission, the bus is properly titled and registered.

According to Lt. Wilson at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol 918/627-0440:

The bus cannot be used for hire or to transport children under the age of 18 outside of my own household without the passenger endorsement on my license unless the parent/guardian of the child is also a passenger.

3 point harness seat belts are only required for persons driving or traveling in the front of the bus and for children requiring booster seats

The name of the school district must be removed/blacked out--No other changes to the color or even "school bus" required

The stop sign must be covered/painted over or removed from the sign-arm

All other equipment required for any moving vehicle (e.g., break lights, turn signals, headlights, horn, windshield wipers) must be in working condition
The vehicle must be properly registered and insured and must have personal (not commercial) tags

I insured mine with Progressive insurance. I think I saw somewhere that GMAC also will cover them.
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