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Old 08-22-2012, 02:22 PM   #171
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I'm being picked to death by petty Bureaucrats!

Back in December when I bought this beast I transferred my bus title and had the fine folks at the Michigan Secretary of State office (DMV) designate it as a motor home. At the time, the yearly registration fee was going to be $37. In July when it came time to renew the registration I get a letter telling me that I've been undercharged and the new registration fee will be $537. A fairly lengthy visit to the DMV got the problem sorted out but now the registration fee is $47/year. Reasonable enough.

Fast forward to Friday and ANOTHER letter arrives telling me that my registration and plates will be suspended if I don't cough up another $490 bucks. So back I go AGAIN to the DMV and endure ANOTHER lengthy wait. The girl behind the counter was very helpful but I could see she was getting a bit ticked off trying to get the main office to accept the change from commercial bus to motor home. FINALLY she (apparently) gets the thing straightened out and tells me that my new registration fee will be $27.

It gives me no confidence at all seeing my local government in action and I won't be surprised at all to get another letter in a month or two.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:06 PM   #172
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Kinda makes you want to move doesn't it! NM DMV (Or rather the dyslexic MVD) is a PITA too. I'll be glad when we can register everything in Livingston (TX) where they understand about RV's
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:03 PM   #173
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Bet they don't anymore! It used to be said "if you can, do--if you can't, teach" Nowadays that axiom reads "if you can, do---if you can't, seek employment at the DMV

I know it's no laughing matter-- I ALWAYS get pissed off when I go to the DMV.

Roach, keep fighting for that $27 ?? rate --make us proud!
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:55 AM   #174
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Credit where credit's due, the folks at the DMV have been pretty helpful. It's the nameless, faceless fools in Lansing that are causing the snafus. The less I have to deal with The Powers That Be, the better I like it.
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:12 AM   #175
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Your lucky.
Where I am I get charged 745.00 a year and it went up from last year and will go up next year.
They hate any thing that is an RV or a "skoolie" here in Hawaii..
I came across a really really nice MC8 "bus" for 1,800.00; but they would only register it as a bus and that was the deal killer; $3,000 registration per year.. Another 3,000.00 for insurance.. PER YEAR..
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:09 AM   #176
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Your lucky.
Where I am I get charged 745.00 a year and it went up from last year and will go up next year.
They hate any thing that is an RV or a "skoolie" here in Hawaii..
I came across a really really nice MC8 "bus" for 1,800.00; but they would only register it as a bus and that was the deal killer; $3,000 registration per year.. Another 3,000.00 for insurance.. PER YEAR..
OUCH!!!!
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:20 PM   #177
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Getting ready for another trip up north this weekend so I took Roachie out for a quick spin to charge the batteries and stretch it's legs. On the way home some bonehead pulled into my lane and jumped on his brakes to make a left turn. Naturally, i jumped on mine too. Hard. The brakes on this E-450 are impressive! They actually feel stronger than my van's brakes. The horn worked admirably well also.

Got the water heater installed. First I cut a distressingly large hole in the side of the bus. I've cut big holes in my vans over the years but it never gets any easier. The woodworker's creed is "measure twice, cut once" but on these occasions I measure a half dozen times then take a deep breath and carefully start cutting.



Next, the heater goes in and gets sealed up and screwed down. I used some of Lorna's favorite Henry stuff to seal the flanges. Very sticky stuff.



Here's the heater from the inside all plumbed in and mostly wired up. The furnace will mount above it.



Finally, here's the kitchen cabinet with the sink installed. The cutout is for the cooktop/oven. The end panel has both AC and DC outlets for a Dometic Coolfreeze powered cooler which we haven't pulled the trigger on yet and the panel is removable for access to the furnace, oven and water heater. Plumbing is all hooked up but I haven't tested it yet.



It's starting to feel a bit like home.
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Great progress. I always come back to the flooring, shower stall and nibbled bed corner--all just exactly right. Have fun on your run and post pics! Jack
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Great progress. I always come back to the flooring, shower stall and nibbled bed corner--all just exactly right. Have fun on your run and post pics! Jack
Thanx for the kind words, but if it's "exactly right" it isn't because of some awesome master plan of mine. A lot of stuff is where it is because it didn't fit where I originally wanted it to go. There's an awful lot of "plan B" here and even some plan C, D and E in spots.
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:53 AM   #180
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I usually go to plan "X" before something finally fits together...
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