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Old 08-04-2017, 05:01 PM   #1
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Title to RV in Washington state

I just came back from doing face time at DOL and WA State Patrol (WSP) and after getting a whole lot of wrong information, the WSP officer contacted the head of the VIN dept. and now I got the info, should it help anyone else. New rule is no you do not need it inspected by Labor and Insurance. No you do not need it inspected by WSP. What you need is to get it weighed then type up a letter stating that you have met the requirement for an RV (in this state it just says lodging, cooking and sewage disposal) and DO NOT SIGN it until you go to register it at DOL as they want you to do it in front of them. Then presto it is an RV (though haven't done this yet but here is hoping). Now have to figure out insurance, no one seems to want to return my calls on that one, so if anyone in WA state has found an insurer, please let me know.
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:02 PM   #2
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I just registered mine as an rv in Seattle. It was super easy, didn't even need a letter. Any luck with the insurance? I'm looking into it today
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:27 PM   #3
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Wow you didn't even need weight? Both King Co. So I wonder why different. Haven't tried for RV insurance yet as they want pictures of comple RV and I am just ripping up flooring.
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:54 PM   #4
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I just registered mine as an rv in Seattle. It was super easy, didn't even need a letter. Any luck with the insurance? I'm looking into it today
Same here. Two buses in WA so far.

The first licensing place I went to started talking about WSP inspection and I left. I went to the next place down the road and hand no problem.

From what I have gathered, it does look like some of the offices are operating on outdated info and asking folks to jump through unneeded hoops.
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:01 PM   #5
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I know the lady at the licensing agency I use, so it sometimes streamlines stuff. I just got insured through a local State Farm agent, didn't seem like an issue for them. I now am waiting to see what the underwriters have to say. I'll update when I get a confirmation
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:33 PM   #6
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I know the lady at the licensing agency I use, so it sometimes streamlines stuff. I just got insured through a local State Farm agent, didn't seem like an issue for them. I now am waiting to see what the underwriters have to say. I'll update when I get a confirmation
I have had buses insured with State Farm off & on for 16 years. They have treated me well so far.
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:55 PM   #7
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I have had buses insured with State Farm off & on for 16 years. They have treated me well so far.
Good to know! Where in the PNW are you? I'm in West Seattle
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:58 PM   #8
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Good to know! Where in the PNW are you? I'm in West Seattle
I just moved from Granite Falls to Dayton.

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Old 09-06-2017, 06:24 PM   #9
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I was told State Farm was good - did you mention school bus conversion or just say RV? I also read they want pictures and have their own ideas of what an RV is so that one has to be almost done. Be curious to know how it goes. I have commercial insurance now, but technically void as soon as I took out the seats so can't really drive the thing yet.
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It was just as easy in FL. I did have issues running into getting insurance. Most companies stoped the conversation when I mention bus conversion. Allstate did insure it but I had to take it to one of their offices so they could take pictures of it. They were really curious about the project and were looking forward to seeing the completed project.
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