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Old 11-08-2017, 02:32 PM   #1
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Just got a 65' articulated Muni bus

Hi!

I am trying to register 65' articulated muni bus as an rv in the state of ca.
Does anyone know if this is possible? Are there other states where it is more likely to happen?

Brief history: I used to convert shipping containers into tiny houses and started several off-grid villages in my community. I recently left the company I co-founded and am now trying to get a performance art/ caravan adventure off the ground with a handful of intrepid friends.

Any thoughts and advice welcome for this here can of worms!

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Old 11-08-2017, 02:55 PM   #2
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That's a brave choice.
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That's a brave choice.
Very well said.

I wish you luck, OP. You're venturing into uncharted waters. You're a pioneer!

There's always been talk of someone doing this, so please put up some pics when you can!!!

The only thing that will top this would be if someone finds or builds a DOUBLE DECKER ARTICULATED BUS!
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Hi!

I am trying to register 65' articulated muni bus as an rv in the state of ca.


Any thoughts and advice welcome for this here can of worms!
Oh, I like you already. Most people are intimidated by 40' of bus, so what's an extra 25' with a slinky in the middle??

It will be easier to register in California if you can get the bus assigned a Gender.

Welcome. And she did.

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not sure about california but some states have a 45 foot maximum for any RV or motorhome..
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not sure about california but some states have a 45 foot maximum for any RV or motorhome..
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I see a bus...and a trailer. Just need lic plates.
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That bus-and-trailer situation is gonna cause a problem at the Quick Emissions Inspection place -- there's no emissions test requirement for trailers, so that's easy, but the problem is there's no place to put the sniffer probe on the bus end of it. There's no exhaust pipe in that part! Maybe the front end is electric-only?

How does the propulsion work on those rigs anyway? Is the driven axle the middle or the rear? (or both??)
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if its articulated they may consider it permanently attached and a single vehicle..
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Yeah, you're right, the whole thing is a single (not combination) vehicle. I was just playing with the bus-and-trailer concept a little.

To OP: Is there a reason why it has to be registered as an RV? Private individuals can own and operate vehicles that are titled as a bus. Being in California, I can imagine that the recent CARB rules now going into effect for on- and off-road diesel engines might apply to a bus but not to an RV. Is that the main reason? As I recall, those CARB rules apply even to vehicles with out-of-state registration operating in CA.
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Yeah, you're right, the whole thing is a single (not combination) vehicle. I was just playing with the bus-and-trailer concept a little.

To OP: Is there a reason why it has to be registered as an RV? Private individuals can own and operate vehicles that are titled as a bus. Being in California, I can imagine that the recent CARB rules now going into effect for on- and off-road diesel engines might apply to a bus but not to an RV. Is that the main reason? As I recall, those CARB rules apply even to vehicles with out-of-state registration operating in CA.
CARB rules apply only to vehicles purchased and used in Cali.You cannot get around this by buying out of state because the rules apply to any vehicle with under 7500 miles on the odometer.

Reciprocity means that a vehicle is covered by the state it is registered in. It can be legally driven in any state.

There may be different rules for commercial vehicles.
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