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Old 01-05-2012, 12:17 PM   #51
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Re: Typical RV License Requirements

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RE: Bus to RV registration requirements Washington State.

This is the info WA State 'Equipment Division' sent me today, thought I would share:


From: Equipment

January 4, 2012

This is in response to your inquiry.

Below is the RCW Definition of a motor home. In order to be licensed as a motor home it must meet these qualification.


RCW 46.04.305

Motor homes.

"Motor homes" means motor vehicles originally designed, reconstructed, or permanently altered to provide facilities for human habitation, which include lodging and cooking or sewage disposal, and is enclosed within a solid body shell with the vehicle, but excludes a camper or like unit constructed separately and affixed to a motor vehicle.

Once the conversion is complete contact the Department of Licensing for title change and registration.

At that time DOL will determine if an inspection is required. If it is requires, you can find information regarding the inspection and a list of our inspection locations on our Web site at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/traveler/vinspect.htm.

Hopefully this provides the information and clarification you needed. If you have additional questions about the licensing and reclassification of the vehicle please feel free to contact DOL directly at (360) 902-0122 or titles@dol.wa.gov.



Thank you for your inquiry.

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:52 AM   #52
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I bought my bookmobile in Tennessee and paid $10 for a temporary registration to drive it from Clarksville to home in Ocala, FL. It had already been titled as a motorhome (MH) in TN, so I didn't have to change the type of registration. I called USAA (they insure my Jeep) and had them add the RV to my coverage. USAA contracts their motorhome policies out to Progressive and the new coverage cost me $600 for a year of full coverage with $500 deductible.

Once I got it to Florida, the DMV only needed to verify the VIN (because it was being titled from another state), so I had to take the vehicle to the DMV office where they could look at the VIN plate. (They also would have sent a police officer to my home to verify the numbers if I wasn't able or willing to bring the bus to the DMV office.)

Title fees are based on weight. I paid $834.15 for a FL title, tag, and registration. Registration renewal is $71.85 per year.

This state is a killer with fees and taxes. I had to pay over $20 extra to use my credit card to pay the initial DMV fees.
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:49 PM   #53
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Ohio RV License Requirements

i sent a email to the Ohio dmv and this is what they told me that you need:

- Permanent cold storage
- Cooking facility
- Permanent sleeping area
- Remove 8-way systems (lights) and lettering
- Register vehicle as RV
- CDL license is not required

According to the Ohio Revise Code (ORC 4501.11)

However I heard that this is not 100% accurate. does anyone know for sure?
and do you have to change the coulor of the bus too?
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I am glad I live in tn,I would hate to feel everyone elses pain with this
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:02 PM   #55
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Hey guys.
Many thanks to all of you pioneers and trailblazers that are providing such useful info to us Skooln00bs.

I am getting ready to go to several auctions with cash in hand to buy a bus and start the conversion process. I have one question about the items required to qualify the vehicle as a "recreational vehicle". If I take a normally portable item and "fix" it to the floor or wall so that tools would be required for removal, do you think that would "get'r dun"? What I specifically have planned is:
1. Take out most of the seats, leaving 2 or 3 benches, possibly re-arranged.
2. Remove school bus specific equipment, i.e. stop sign, top lights, etc. if still installed at purchase.
3. Paint exterior with cheap paint (usually find several gallons that were mixed for a customer who ended up not liking it or something so I get it CHEAP) and rollers.
4. Throw a mattress on floor in back. (sleeping arrangement)
5. Attach metal table to floor with coleman camp stove affixed to it. (cooking arrangement)
6. Affix camping porta-potty on pedastal to floor in back with curtains. (toilet arrangement)
7. 5 gallon plastic water container with hand pump attached to cooking table with basin and spigot attached to side of table. (fresh water supply installed)
8. 2.5Kw genset attached to rear on welded frame with wiring inside for small dorm fridge. (power, 110v wiring, chilled food storage).

I already own most of this stuff, so my cash outlay should be pretty small to start. I plan on starting full-timing in this by early next year and doing more permanent modifications/installations as we go, when cash and time to do the work coincide. Does this sound like a reasonable plan to y'all. I am in Texas so I appreciate all of the info already posted.

I eventually will have fully self-contained unit with solar panels, charge controller, battery storage, inverter and all that good stuff. I have quite a bit of fabrication experience with wood and sheetmetal, and some friends that weld. Professionally I do electronics, computer, and simulation work. I have some interesting ideas that may end up as posts here someday, including a DIY charge controller for solar panels to charge batteries that uses common parts and average hobbyist soldering skills.
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Re: Typical RV License Requirements

As far as make/model of your bus.
I have an International 3700, thomas/navistar is listed as the manufacturer, it is on an International 3000 chassis,
GMAC could not find the 3700 in their system but they could find the 3000 in their system,

I use GMAC, if they wont insure you via the phone try going to an office of GMAC or some other insurance company and just tell them the manufacturer and the chassis type, dont mention the school bus aspect. Call center employees dont get large bonuses and must follow the rules, if you talk to an actual agent you may be able to get them to force the issue since it is a policy they personally benefit from.

Mine has a Ford 7.3 diesel engine, none of the auto parts stores can find the 3700 in their system but they can find the Int. 3000 for some parts, the 7.3 has been a standard ford engine for 25 years, when I go for parts I just say I have a 1990 ford F350, for most engine parts it is sufficient.
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Good Sam was very helpful, if you do your own conversion they will sell you liability only, I just signed up my 88 Crown cost me $236.00 a year
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I recently bought a 21' shuttle bus to convert to an rv for traveling with family and friends. It's rated for 16 passengers (which requires a CDL as a bus). I was under the impression from reading the forums that once it's registered as an RV (in Florida) we wouldnt need a CDL to drive it. Today they told me that they title it simiilar to a salvage vehicle (assembled from parts, or something), but it would keep the same passenger rating and still need a CDL driver. Can anyone tell me if I just spoke with someone that doesnt know what they're doing, or did I misunderstand what we're allowed to do with this bus?
Thanks for whatever knowledge or experience you can share. I don't want to screw this up.
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I recently bought a 21' shuttle bus to convert to an rv for traveling with family and friends. It's rated for 16 passengers (which requires a CDL as a bus). I was under the impression from reading the forums that once it's registered as an RV (in Florida) we wouldnt need a CDL to drive it. Today they told me that they title it simiilar to a salvage vehicle (assembled from parts, or something), but it would keep the same passenger rating and still need a CDL driver. Can anyone tell me if I just spoke with someone that doesnt know what they're doing, or did I misunderstand what we're allowed to do with this bus?
Thanks for whatever knowledge or experience you can share. I don't want to screw this up.
(This is the third time Iíve written about your predicament. )

I donít know how much of this thread youíve read, but I did post the contents of the required conversion affidavit in an earlier post:

Quote:
As far as the RV conversion paperwork, all that's required is an affidavit in the following format (sorry, no link on this one. I donít know if the DMV web site has this part publicly available, but the good people at the Ocala office were able to print me a copy of the requirements, quoted here):

[quote:5evav9qx]F. Conversion Affidavit:

In the case of an individual converting their own vehicle and requesting to have the identity changed on the title in order to have it registered and licensed as a recreational vehicle, the customer must submit an affidavit to the tax collector. The affidavit must certify that the unit has been converted to the extent to include one of the aforementioned items to qualify it as a recreational vehicle.

EXAMPLE:

This is to certify that I, ______________, owner of a (Year) __________, (Make)_______, (VIN) ___________________, hereby request the vehicle be classified as recreational vehicle for the following reason:

( ) Installed 110 volt electrical wiring
( ) Installed LP gas piping
( ) Installed plumbing system
You have to check at least one of the three requirements, but that's all. No pictures or inspection is necessary. Just supply the affidavit to the title agency and they will issue a new title with the RV classification.[/quote:5evav9qx]

I believe you can just type that up on your own and submit it with the title request.

I didnít remember this in my email, but it appears that you only need one of the three requirements to title it as a motorhome. Of course, you could just say youíve done this and submit the form, but that would be dishonest. In my mind it would suffice to plug a small inverter into a 12-volt source and then youíd fulfill the requirements for 110VAC electrical wiring.
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Great bump for info


(edited because my "secretary while I was cooking dinner" didn't exactly input the data required

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