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Old 12-06-2007, 09:23 PM   #1
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Rules about riding in a RV/converted bus?

My family and I are planning a long trip to my in-laws. So far, we have only used our bus on short trips. Our seats have seat belts so the current rules for our kids is to always be seated and wearing your seat belts.I have been looking around the authority's web sites to review what the law is, but I can not find anything that applies to my questions. Does everyone ride in their RV in much the same rules as you would a regular passenger car? People that I have talked to have stories of lounging in the RVs while going down the road. Is this legal? I know I bring up some pretty stupid questions but I have never traveled in an RV before.
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Old 12-07-2007, 12:01 AM   #2
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Re: Rules about riding in a RV/converted bus?

As I read it in our state regulations no seatbelts are required if the manufacturer didn't put them in the RV. Since I am the manufacturer...

At the same time I know plenty of people have put seatbelts in and I think that's a good idea. I just didn't have a means of doing that with my couch that was very feasible.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:51 PM   #3
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Re: Rules about riding in a RV/converted bus?


How about you walk into an RV dealer and look thru some of the inventory? Wear clean clothes and comb your hair, and talk friendly and upbeat, and they will let you look all you want. I seem to remember seat belts on forward facing seats near the front, but not on "living room furniture" further back.
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:31 AM   #4
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Re: Rules about riding in a RV/converted bus?

Train, I have been cruzin the skoolie network continuously for the last two months and have yet to see one stupid question from anyone, including you. I have learned something from every question asked and answered. Please, keep them comming??
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:42 PM   #5
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Re: Rules about riding in a RV/converted bus?

Maybe it is different from state-state but in Iowa you do not need to be wearing a seatbelt unless you are the driver or sitting in a seat next to the driver if you have one (not even the driver if the bus is older than 1972ish, mine is and does not have seatbelts, even for the driver.)
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:58 PM   #6
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Re: Rules about riding in a RV/converted bus?

i just looked it up and the michigan statutes are interesting....

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(3) Each operator and front seat passenger of a motor vehicle operated on a street or highway in this state shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt except as follows:
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257.710b Safety belts; bolts and brackets.

Sec. 710b.

A private passenger vehicle manufactured after January 1, 1965 shall not be offered for sale in this state unless the vehicle is equipped with safety belts for the use of the driver and 1 other front seat passenger. All safety belts and bolts and brackets used in the installation of the safety belts shall meet the minimum specifications of the society of automotive engineers as prescribed on April 1, 1963. This section shall not apply to trucks, buses, hearses, motorcycles, or mopeds.
does that mean that in a semi truck, pickup truck, bus or hearse you don't have to wear a seatbelt?

under the section 257.710d Child restraint system required; exceptions; violation as civil infraction; points; abstract; exemption by rules; alternate means of protection.

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(3) This section does not apply if the motor vehicle being driven is a bus, school bus, taxicab, moped, motorcycle, or other motor vehicle not required to be equipped with safety belts under federal law or regulations.
so you can breast feed your kid while going down the road? otherwise they have to be in a carseat, that's odd. Also doesn't apply to a bus, school bus, etc

and the last one i ran across

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(1) This section does not apply to an operator or passenger of any of the following:

(a) A motor vehicle manufactured before January 1, 1965.

(b) A bus.

(c) A motorcycle.

(d) A moped.

(e) A motor vehicle if the operator or passenger possesses a written verification from a physician that the operator or passenger is unable to wear a safety belt for physical or medical reasons.

(f) A motor vehicle that is not required to be equipped with safety belts under federal law.

(g) A commercial or United States postal service vehicle that makes frequent stops for the purpose of pickup or delivery of goods or services.

(h) A motor vehicle operated by a rural carrier of the United States postal service while serving his or her rural postal route.

(2) This section does not apply to a passenger of a school bus.
and i found this link here: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/safet ... 8581_7.pdf
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Re: Rules about riding in a RV/converted bus?

I think according to those laws a person driving and someone in an adjacent seat (if you have one) would need to be wearing a belt. The bus exception does not apply unless you have registered the bus as a private bus (which I believe a few of you Michiganians have). Unfortunately you can't have all the benefits of RV tags without some of the regulations as well.
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I put a couple seat belts on my couches in case someone was nervous about their precious little kid getting thrown sideways out of the front window. Otherwise no one will put them on anyway while traveling down the interstate.....what fun is that? I plan on my 10th Christmas trip in a couple weeks with at least 20 people and no one ever puts their seat belt on. We walk around, visit, eat, drink, go to the bathroom, and I do the same if I am not driving, that's the fun of it, free to roam. Just be sure you build your RV w/o any sharp corners or edges, curtain rod holders (use magnets), or anything that will warrant a travel delay by going to the local hospital for stitches. We did get stopped by the cops one time when my niece mooned a car behind us through the rear door.....a cop was the next car back....pulled us over and wanted the person who did the deed.....she finally fessed up, the female cop was smiling the whole while and asked if we were a choral group or what, my niece said everyone on the bus had the same last name and it was a Christmas trip.....FUN. I have a picture in my album.
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As far as I can tell any behind the front seats do not need them, but what about child safety seats?
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