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Old 09-15-2019, 12:21 PM   #1
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Turning a truck into an RV

Does anyone know how you can legally turn an F450 flatbed into an RV? Is it the same process as turning a bus into an RV?
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:24 PM   #2
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If you build a box with 4 of the 6 requirements, I don't see why it would be any different.
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:27 PM   #3
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Bed, kitchen, toilet, what are the others?
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Hi,

I got to ask, why do you care if it’s an RV in anyone’s eyes? If it’s what you want, isn’t that good enough?

Of course I know there are possible legal and insurance reasons TO do it. I also think there are reasons to do it and not tell anyone what you have.

Just curious.
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Does anyone know how you can legally turn an F450 flatbed into an RV? Is it the same process as turning a bus into an RV?
Rules and process vary by state.

We don't know where you are.

We can tell you how it works in Georgia but it may well not apply in your state.

Here in WA, you can build the equivalent of a class C on an F450 chassis and title it as an RV.

If you build a "box" with your living space that can be detached from the F450 flatbed like a truck camper it will need to be titled and registered separately.
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The other question is why? As long as it's not truck in in CA, you don't pay commercial fees and can get insurance. The reason skoolies are going through all this nonsense is because of insurance.
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The other question is why? As long as it's not truck in in CA, you don't pay commercial fees and can insurance. The reason schools are going through all this nonsense is because of insurance
In CA also to be able to register your pre 2010 vehicle in excess of 14001 GVWR you’ll need that MH title
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In CA also to be able to register your pre 2010 vehicle in excess of 14001 GVWR you’ll need that MH title
You are correct about the 14000 GVW number. Used to be 14050 lb. I just looked online and they changed it.
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Biggest issue is the frame of the box you build. I would suggest finding a box to swap with the flatbed and reinforcing that. I can see building from the flatbed up but it would be more expensive than starting with a decent box. Refrigerated boxes already have insulation also. You would only need to frame up for cabinets and such.


I have been hunting for a deal on a Tatra myself to build and expedition truck. Plan is to start with a refrigerated box and build out from there. If not fab up Steel frame and I will vacuum bag panels to install.


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Old 10-08-2019, 08:16 PM   #12
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I did a F700 by adding a 24 foot U-Haul box and all the stuff it take to make it a RV.
It depends on the state that issues the title what the requirements are.

I OHIO it is quite simple, Ohio revised code 4501.01 defines a motor home as "(b) "Motor home" means a self-propelled recreational vehicle that has no fifth wheel and is constructed with permanently installed facilities for cold storage, cooking and consuming of food, and for sleeping."

Best part is that (In OHIO) NO Inspection is required.
On my vehicle it helps keep cops from asking for a CDL cause my chassis is over 26K GVWR (even though i have a CDL)

A F-450 should not have any of these concerns.
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The other question is why? As long as it's not truck in in CA, you don't pay commercial fees and can get insurance. The reason skoolies are going through all this nonsense is because of insurance.
I bought a truck with no bed on it. I had intended to put a flatbed on it. Then I talked to my insurance agent. If I put anything but a factory bed on it they consider it commercial and my rates go way up. I suspect that you may run into a similar issue. If you register it as an RV your insurance rates may be significantly lower.

I didn't see where you are but some states if the "camper" portion is removable from the truck it. must be regi$tered separately.
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