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Old 03-23-2017, 06:12 PM   #31
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Congrats! We just bought a bus too. 1997 Blue Bird. Since you are in Ohio, I am wondering what you had to do to drive it home. We bought ours in Michigan and driving back home to Ohio. Planning to drive it home Friday. Our driver has a CDL, but wondering what else we need to do? Insurance, temp tag? Thanks for any info.
We did get temporary tags, which was a bit stressful. Lots of phone calls to Columbus and tense moments, but we were able to obtain tag for getting it home... in Ohio, unless you're using the vehicle for commercial purposes you can legally drive it without a CDL. So besides the insurance, we were legal. I think it helped we weren't driving between state lines... I'd call both BMVs! Good luck!
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:20 PM   #32
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when I got my dealer bus of course the dealer issued a temp tage in florida... my second one which was from texas.. texas had a way online to make a temp tag or trip permit and porint out...


you may check the state you bought it in and see.. it may be very easy to get a tag for it there.. possibly online..

when I called the DMV in ohio.. they stated technically you need a CDL to drive it ifits Fitted seating is more than 15, or if it is GVWR over 26k.. however I havent heard of anyone being stopped... and there are plenty of school busses running around ohio... esop near Cbus for buckeye games.. and they have lots of seats many times..

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Old 03-23-2017, 06:34 PM   #33
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Yeah, maybe if it's still titled as a bus, there's no exceptions, but my Motor Vehicle Laws handbook says 'the law exempts these categories from the CDL: A vehicle that is operated for non-business purposes'. Maybe the title matters, but the handbook doesn't indicated that a bus is necessarily for business purposes, so at the very least you've got a good argument lol Again, maybe state-to-state is different, but they never asked to see our CDLs or anything
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:51 PM   #34
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my first one is a RV title.. my red one, they asked very few questions... in fact they just looked at both of them long enough to verify the VIN on the bus matches the VIN on the title... even the one titled as RV they neve checked to see that I qualified for the ohio RV.. like having a bed, frig, stove... the guy even said "neat Bus!"..

the second one I reg'd with all the school lights and everything still on it.. still said 'SCHOOL BUS'.. the guy asked how many seats.. i said '14'.. he never questrioned it.. and it is registered as a bus becvause thats whats on the title.. but stated I dont need a DOT number unless i want to hire it out in any way.. and said because its under 16 seats it doesnt need a CDL..

they were more interested in getting me done and out the door than they were looking up any regulations or such.
but thats how the DMV on south High in columbus is.. they move people through there..

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Old 03-23-2017, 07:44 PM   #35
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Thanks! Yeah, I'm sure our timeline and budget is going to be WAY off! The generator is being delivered today so we can finally get started!! I can't wait to gut it and really see what we're working with!! Good luck with your conversion, it sounds like you've made a lot of progress!!
Awsome about the generator! Good luck and be sure to post pictures

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Old 03-23-2017, 07:50 PM   #36
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Is it ever easy to underestimate build time! Especially when working alone. I also thought I'd be cruising the highways and byways this past summer, but 18 months later I'm still working on it. Probably this summer.
This summer for me too... and if I'm not done, I'll finish it up on the road. As long as I have all of my major stuff done like insulation, plumbing, electric etc, there's no reason to stick around I'm 6 months in and getting real antsy.

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Old 03-23-2017, 10:26 PM   #37
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Yeah, I've been looking at the same scenery for a very long time. I got rid of my car and have been using this "26' van" as my daily driver. This bus does seem to love getting on the highway even if we do get a long line of traffic behind us from going the speed limit.

Doing one of these buses as a project is a long row to hoe. It's amazingly slow without that extra hand once in a while. The insulation is already paying me back in warmth and I nearly have the interior completed.

tobeamiss; I'm curious to know if you carry towing insurance. I was thinking of trying to find a tow service for the first year out on the road. It's expensive but getting towed once would be more expensive.
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tobeamiss; I'm curious to know if you carry towing insurance. I was thinking of trying to find a tow service for the first year out on the road. It's expensive but getting towed once would be more expensive.
No I don't right now but I will definitely need it....At least for my major trip south. Well actually for the first year on the road because I plan to travel and see the sights first before I go stationary

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