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Old 03-06-2015, 11:08 PM   #381
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As I understand it, a CDL is for those who are driving commercially like a school bus or a community shuttle bus. As a private van you'd be exempt. Once your van is titled as a motorhome your standard driver's license is fine.

If your van was originally titled as a commercial vehicle you'll need to get it re-titled as a private vehicle or a motor home depending on how you want to use it. Registration fees are way higher for commercial vehicles.

I was able to get liability only insurance from National General for $520 a year.
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Old 03-07-2015, 05:50 PM   #382
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I just finished this thread and wanted to say thanks fr all the detals and pictures. Your bus looks great and you did a phenomenal job on it!

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Old 03-08-2015, 09:25 PM   #383
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Thanx Jeff! I had lots of help from forum members.
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Old 04-13-2015, 02:09 PM   #384
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We did a few upgrades this spring. One, because I wasn't paying attention while backing Roachie into its parking spot. Here's the new side view mirror that replaces the old one that got busted up when I brushed past my lawn trailer. I like it way better than the original.



The other upgrades were a new set of tires and new ball joints & tie rod ends. As they say, "It's a Grand Old Bus." A grand for tires and a grand for the front end fix.
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:12 PM   #385
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Dude spring just started here, you CrayCray???...
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Old 04-13-2015, 05:32 PM   #386
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Well, yes, Bansil, I am a bit craycray (I own a bus, don't I?), but what does spring have to do with it? ;)
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:17 PM   #387
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You got a link for those mirrors?

I need to replace mine with something I can more backwards to get it out of my blind spot, or should say it creates a huge one right side is fine driver side sucks though
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:37 PM   #388
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The one I got is made by Lucerix and the mirror style is called "eurostyle". Rosco makes similar mirrors and they often show up on ebay.
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Think of it the way I do Roachie-you won't have to do the front end again in your lifetime.
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:03 AM   #390
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Think of it the way I do Roachie-you won't have to do the front end again in your lifetime.
When I was at the repair shop one of the guys there said a friend of his had a 7.3L Powerstroke with 750,000 miles on it. We put 4000 to 5000 miles a year on ours so I figure the engine is good for about 140 years. I may have to re-do the front end in another 20 years so I've got plenty of time to save up for the bill.
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