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Old 02-14-2016, 03:52 PM   #1
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Hello from Kingston Ontario

Hi all, just bought a short school bus with a wheelchair door and lift that I'm planning to convert into a camper. Ideas I'm tossing around include a slide out from the wheelchair door, or using it as access to an outdoor cooking area or using the working wheelchair lift and back 5 ft as a storage area/garage for a Vespa. Anyone have any other ideas??

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Most school bus wheelchair lifts have a weight capacity of 750-1000 lbs.

Make your decision based on that sort of limitation.
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welcome fellow Canadian , can't really help you with the wheel chair lift, good to see some one else from Ontario, make sure you can get insurance and registered before you start sinking money into it.
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Welcome --- A number of folks either delete the (heavy) chair lift to gain some interior space or use it to hoist their scooters or motorcycles into their buses. As long as you stay within the units weight limits it will be fine.
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welcome fellow Canadian , can't really help you with the wheel chair lift, good to see some one else from Ontario, make sure you can get insurance and registered before you start sinking money into it.
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May I ask how you got things sorted it with your own? I'm getting a really hard time from my own insurance company myself.
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Most school bus wheelchair lifts have a weight capacity of 750-1000 lbs.

Make your decision based on that sort of limitation.
Thanks. Yes I'm thinking maybe even a dirt bike instead!!
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May I ask how you got things sorted it with your own? I'm getting a really hard time from my own insurance company myself.
I had to have most of the conversion finished, water, bathroom, heat, kitchen, then they sent some one over to inspect it, I had it registered as a rv all ready, I got lucky there, small town MTO just put it as a rv even before I got the seats out!!!, get the safety check before you start, you can still transfer it into your name while you do the conversion, it will be hard to get a Ontario safety if you wait. go to the MTO web site, there is a list of what you need in it to consider it a RV. i'm with allstate insurance but now they say the no longer insure skoolies, i'm grandfathered in, the co-operators list converted buses on there site.
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Perfect. Thanks! I'll try the cooperators tomorrow.
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I had to have most of the conversion finished, water, bathroom, heat, kitchen, then they sent some one over to inspect it, I had it registered as a rv all ready, I got lucky there, small town MTO just put it as a rv even before I got the seats out!!!, get the safety check before you start, you can still transfer it into your name while you do the conversion, it will be hard to get a Ontario safety if you wait. go to the MTO web site, there is a list of what you need in it to consider it a RV. i'm with allstate insurance but now they say the no longer insure skoolies, i'm grandfathered in, the co-operators list converted buses on there site.
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I just went and looked (I was curious to compare with Quebec's SAAQ laws) and I can't say the MTO's site is very well made.

Where the hell is that list? I searched for "motorhome licence" "rebuilt motorhome" etc... nothing!

They say you need that safety certification, but no link to it...
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After I had mine painted I had an e test and safety done, went to the ministry to get it put in my name. Showed the lady behind the counter a pic and she asked me "do you have 4 of the 6 criteria needed to make it a Motor Home"?...paused for a second and said yes, I have 5 of the 6. [there all in a shed or the garage]...but I do have them. So she gave me a new ownership with green as the colour and MH instead of bus. Now my insurance company wants an appraisal before they will insure it.....did it in Brampton....on my way home, don't live there.


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