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Old 02-21-2017, 11:50 PM   #21
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Oh and about the smog? It's smog exempt once it's a Motorhome? Is this because its a diesel? Any changes due to scrubbers?
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Old 02-22-2017, 11:46 AM   #22
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The only reason you might need to go to the CHP is if a vin verification was required. You can simplify the bus to motor home process by having a licensed vin verifier verify that your bus has been permanently modified to be a motor home. DMV will accept this verification and change the title.

Carefully re-read all the posts in this thread. The answers to your registration questions are clearly spelled out. When you talk to DMV or CHP tell them what they want to hear----Motor Home. DO NOT TALK ABOUT YOUR BUS--it AIN'T a bus anymore unless you say it is. One other bit of advice. If one DMV office proves to be uncooperative thank them very kindly and go to another office and don't be afraid to ask to talk with the manager.
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How does California handle temporary tags for a bus bought there, but going out of state? I have my eyes on a couple, out there, and want to drive one of them back home. Thanx
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Old 02-22-2017, 02:41 PM   #24
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How does California handle temporary tags for a bus bought there, but going out of state? I have my eyes on a couple, out there, and want to drive one of them back home. Thanx
my home state of Florida issued a 30 temp. (with proof of insurance) for the bus I bought in Alabama.

So maybe your home state does the same way?
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Old 02-22-2017, 05:26 PM   #25
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Sorry.... I am being a little slow....

I looked at that page and don't see mention of RV exemption?? Can someone (using small words..) point it out to me?

I have an E450 diesel 25 pass cutaway that is currently registered as an RV in WA and it will be moving to CA later this year.

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Old 02-22-2017, 06:28 PM   #26
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Sorry.... I am being a little slow....

I looked at that page and don't see mention of RV exemption?? Can someone (using small words..) point it out to me?

I have an E450 diesel 25 pass cutaway that is currently registered as an RV in WA and it will be moving to CA later this year.

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Type in RV / Motorhome in search box on the C.A.R.B site & some things come up
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https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/trucks.../motorhome.htm
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:41 PM   #28
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The only reason you might need to go to the CHP is if a vin verification was required. You can simplify the bus to motor home process by having a licensed vin verifier verify that your bus has been permanently modified to be a motor home. DMV will accept this verification and change the title.

Carefully re-read all the posts in this thread. The answers to your registration questions are clearly spelled out. When you talk to DMV or CHP tell them what they want to hear----Motor Home. DO NOT TALK ABOUT YOUR BUS--it AIN'T a bus anymore unless you say it is. One other bit of advice. If one DMV office proves to be uncooperative thank them very kindly and go to another office and don't be afraid to ask to talk with the manager.
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Every vehicle I ever brought into the state then registered had to have CHP or Sheriff dept verify vin number, that's a total of 3
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Old 02-22-2017, 09:02 PM   #29
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With all due respect, a licensed vin verifier can do all that. I had for a number of years, ownership in a used vehicle operation and with the exception of registering a theft recovery in Ca, we were never required to have DMV or CHP look at our vehicles. Last year I did a motor home conversion on a 40' MCI bus and used a vin verifier to complete the paper work required by DMV to change the type of vehicle from bus to motor home. That isn't to say one can't choose to go to DMV or CHP----. Lots of ways to skin a cat.
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Ok... The way I am reading that info is that motorhomes are exempt from having to retrofit DPF and exempt from the related reporting requirement.

As far as I can find so far it looks like diesel motorhomes over 14,500 lbs GVRW may be exempt from testing.

Unfortunately the E450 has a GVRW of 14,050lbs.

As far as I can tell we are going to have to do the emissions two step. I was getting my hopes up that we could avoid it as I would love the see the EGR & cooler disappear.

I got to thinking about it and I have not had to deal with emissions testing since 1994. Oh well....
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Awesome, thanks for all the info!
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Chevy 2002 G3500 Express Shortie Conversion

In a similar situation ... buying an out of state shortie which is already converted, and titled as MH... it has a foot pump sink, wood stove, sleeping quarters, portable stove, microwave, and solar power supply ... do I need a toilet?

I was going to an auto registrar to help with the paperwork and VIN verification. I will need to get a Smog check as well.

Its in my best interest to register it as a personal auto.... if its insured as a commercial vehicle does that complicate things? Can i have commercial insurance and register it as an auto?

I dont know the GVW post mod - do i need to get it weighed?

If i DO need a toilet - can i just put a porcelain pot from the junk yard in the back corner and call it a day? or a compost toilet?

Feeling a bit overwhelmed but dead set on this rig! Might just move...
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:06 PM   #33
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In a similar situation ... buying an out of state shortie which is already converted, and titled as MH... it has a foot pump sink, wood stove, sleeping quarters, portable stove, microwave, and solar power supply ... do I need a toilet?

I was going to an auto registrar to help with the paperwork and VIN verification. I will need to get a Smog check as well.

Its in my best interest to register it as a personal auto.... if its insured as a commercial vehicle does that complicate things? Can i have commercial insurance and register it as an auto?

I dont know the GVW post mod - do i need to get it weighed?

If i DO need a toilet - can i just put a porcelain pot from the junk yard in the back corner and call it a day? or a compost toilet?

Feeling a bit overwhelmed but dead set on this rig! Might just move...
You will need a toilet if thereís an inspection. Id put a portapot in there and then Iíd call a VIN verifier service and pay the $125 or whatever it is.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:32 AM   #34
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In a similar situation ... buying an out of state shortie which is already converted, and titled as MH... it has a foot pump sink, wood stove, sleeping quarters, portable stove, microwave, and solar power supply ... do I need a toilet?

I was going to an auto registrar to help with the paperwork and VIN verification. I will need to get a Smog check as well.

Its in my best interest to register it as a personal auto.... if its insured as a commercial vehicle does that complicate things? Can i have commercial insurance and register it as an auto?

I dont know the GVW post mod - do i need to get it weighed?

If i DO need a toilet - can i just put a porcelain pot from the junk yard in the back corner and call it a day? or a compost toilet?

Feeling a bit overwhelmed but dead set on this rig! Might just move...
It's been many years since I titled and registered a vehicle in California. It used to be that if it was titled in another state as a motor home instead another state you could title it in California as a motor home by simply doing the paperwork at DMV.

Has that changed?
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It's been many years since I titled and registered a vehicle in California. It used to be that if it was titled in another state as a motor home instead another state you could title it in California as a motor home by simply doing the paperwork at DMV.

Has that changed?
I donít think so. It probably will be inspected though, so it depends on how savvy the person inspecting is.

And maybe some discussion about which DMV office to go to. For instance, the Bay Area would be tougher than, say, Visalia.
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