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Old 08-17-2017, 08:39 PM   #21
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"Cmon, show the goods. We wanna see your bus ! Start your own thread and post some pics.

Sometimes Insurance companies change their mind after granting policy on titled bus. Best of luck !
Pics coming soon! It's going to be a very slow conversion for me as I travel A LOT for work.

I went with Progressive's Commercial Policy inside of the individual route and from what I've read they won't drop you if you have a commercial policy. Here's to hoping anyways.
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:41 PM   #22
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You can register and title a bus in PA as a station wagon! I just did it in march
WHAT!? Seriously? Do you have a link where I can research this more, or do you just go to title place and tell them you want to register your station wagon???
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:56 AM   #23
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WHAT!? Seriously? Do you have a link where I can research this more, or do you just go to title place and tell them you want to register your station wagon???
Yes seriously! Titled and registered as SW for $36 a year. I called the notary the day before I bought the bus to get a price and I was like ' I'm buying a bus to convert and I wanted to know' she cut me off and said 'your bus, or your station wagon?' I was like uhmm my station wagon? She laughed and said ok, $36 plus taxes.
It was super easy. No link or anything sorry.
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:57 AM   #24
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Pics coming soon! It's going to be a very slow conversion for me as I travel A LOT for work.

I went with Progressive's Commercial Policy inside of the individual route and from what I've read they won't drop you if you have a commercial policy. Here's to hoping anyways.
I also have progerssive commercial for 6 months now, no problems. Where are you at in PA? We're up in Hazleton by wilkes barre scranton
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:16 AM   #25
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I also have progerssive commercial for 6 months now, no problems. Where are you at in PA? We're up in Hazleton by wilkes barre scranton
I live in Pittsburgh but I work primarily in the Lancaster or Baltimore area for now.

Would you mind divulging which notary you used? I'm definitely willing to travel for a great service like that. Feel free to email me, baja79@hotmail.com

Also, did you have any issues getting it inspected with Station Wagon registration?
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Old 08-18-2017, 04:05 PM   #26
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I live in Pittsburgh but I work primarily in the Lancaster or Baltimore area for now.

Would you mind divulging which notary you used? I'm definitely willing to travel for a great service like that. Feel free to email me, baja79@hotmail.com

Also, did you have any issues getting it inspected with Station Wagon registration?
It was ron's notary on Alter st in hazleton, pa. I havent got her inspected yet, but I did ask my regular guy if he could do it since it was basically registered as a car. Sadly he said no, because it weighed over 18K or some amount it would need to go to a truck station, and referred me to a friend of his. I don't see it being any issue.
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Old 09-10-2017, 12:03 AM   #27
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about to do the same thing in the same area Help!

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I just bought a 29FTR. It came to my mostly converted already.

Once I knew I was going to purchase it I got the VIN and called progressive commercial. Most insurance companies won't touch a converted school bus. I bought this bus for my touring band, we will probably only tour in it 1 to 3 times per year. So I basically said I'd only be using it a few times a year, and the rest of the time it would be stored in a lot. They did ask me if I'd be sleeping in it. I told them no. They ended up insuring it for about $40 a month limited liability.

When I bought it I drove it straight to an auto tag place.It was def a lot of hassle but in the end they registered it as an omni bus. My registration will be the normal $36 a year. At first they registered it by the weight which came out to over $500! I protested a bit, and thats when the questions started. What will I be using it for, is it a motor home, am I positive I won't be transporting children or senior citizens, all that jazz. I basically had to assure them I was not using it as a commercial vehicle. I also had to write a letter to Harrisburg saying that as well. They charge me $9 per seat in the bus. They came out and looked at it. Since most of the seats were already taken out I only paid for 4 seats.

So in the end it all worked out. it's def work to get things going but its worth it and a great learning experience. Next I have to get it inspected which I'm sure will be a whole new set of trouble!!!

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Hi! I just got a 72 passenger as well and we took all but 2 seats out. I want to do what you described. I am a singer and plan on touring too! I was hoping you might be able to tell me who you went through and their contact information? Given I live in the same area as you it would be a huge help to know where to go where they know how to do that. I would greatly appreciate it. Hoping your bus is doing well! Jynx
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Old 09-10-2017, 12:11 AM   #28
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what did they call it???

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Yes seriously! Titled and registered as SW for $36 a year. I called the notary the day before I bought the bus to get a price and I was like ' I'm buying a bus to convert and I wanted to know' she cut me off and said 'your bus, or your station wagon?' I was like uhmm my station wagon? She laughed and said ok, $36 plus taxes.
It was super easy. No link or anything sorry.

do you know how they had to do the title or the name of what they call what they did to register it / title it as a station wagon??? I am set to re-title and register this week and I need help!
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Old 09-10-2017, 06:56 AM   #29
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Hi! I just got a 72 passenger as well and we took all but 2 seats out. I want to do what you described. I am a singer and plan on touring too! I was hoping you might be able to tell me who you went through and their contact information? Given I live in the same area as you it would be a huge help to know where to go where they know how to do that. I would greatly appreciate it. Hoping your bus is doing well! Jynx
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Hey there! Heads up, another member from PA was touring with their band and got pulled over in PA, cops said they needed a CDL since they were a band, gave em a list of over 10 tickets, and impounded the bus. Just a warning! Our state sucks!! I was gonna message you too Tyler(Im James Allen Jr. on FB) and let you know to be careful! If you get pulled over tell em your traveling with friends, not a band!!
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Old 09-10-2017, 06:57 AM   #30
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do you know how they had to do the title or the name of what they call what they did to register it / title it as a station wagon??? I am set to re-title and register this week and I need help!
There was nothing special done at all, she just listed the body type as SW instead of bus.
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