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Old 07-30-2015, 12:05 PM   #1
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New to skoolies, also in NC!

Hey y'all, my love and I just bought a school bus to convert into our new tiny home! Its very exciting as we have been looking into tiny houses and this school bus just fell into our laps. For only $1000! Its a 1984 International with a Thomas body. I think its around 30 ft, 8 widows anyway. 345 5.7lt v8 auto trans. It was only used for field trips so its only got 111,000 on it. I know it wont be great on gas but we don't plan on moving it around often. Also the guy we bought it from already removed the seats, sold them, and installed insulation in the walls! Just wanted to introduce ourselves. We have found so much amazing info in the forums and love the community here! Thank you all in advance!
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:19 PM   #2
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:23 PM   #3
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Welcome! I'm from NC too. We're having a lot of trouble getting insurance because of living in NC though so be aware that you may need to change your registration to somewhere like South Dakota unless you go for a commercial policy and a CDL. Looking forward to seeing your conversion!
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:05 PM   #4
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Welcome.
I live down south NC around the beaches (swansboro) and have never had an insurance issue. I have had nationwide for 20 years and 5 years ago they had no problem insuring a school bus knowing it is being changed to a camper/rv.
15$ a year plus inspection
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Old 07-30-2015, 04:54 PM   #5
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Thanks Jolly Roger! Its funny you replied because I have your thread open in my browser and I was planning on using it once I got to that. Thanks again =)
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:22 AM   #6
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Jolly Roger, which agency did you use? Any way I could contact them since they're used to the procedure? I've heard the only way to get through with Nationwide is if you've had a policy with them for a long time. I've love to avoid having to move my registration to SD because they charge $350 a year in registration fees!
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:59 PM   #7
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Jolly Roger, which agency did you use? Any way I could contact them since they're used to the procedure? I've heard the only way to get through with Nationwide is if you've had a policy with them for a long time. I've love to avoid having to move my registration to SD because they charge $350 a year in registration fees!
We use Beth Velthoven insurance out of swansboro.
The phone number is 910-326-3041.
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onenation....I'm in NC also, greensboro/burlington area and I just got mine insured, NO QUESTIONS ASKED through progressive. I filled all the information out online, insured it as a non-professional bus conversion. It's RV insurance includes comprehensive and collision and vacation insurance. Had to pay a down payment and then $32.99 a month or something like that
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Old 08-04-2015, 09:26 AM   #9
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By the way, Congrats on the purchase FreeRoad, awesome price seems like a steal. Welcome to the site.
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onenation....I'm in NC also, greensboro/burlington area and I just got mine insured, NO QUESTIONS ASKED through progressive. I filled all the information out online, insured it as a non-professional bus conversion. It's RV insurance includes comprehensive and collision and vacation insurance. Had to pay a down payment and then $32.99 a month or something like that
Watch for the cancellation notice.
Once Progressive finds out its converted at all they will have nothing to do with it. I think a few folks have gotten excited then let down by this recently.
Best of luck to you, maybe you slip through the cracks...

I'm pretty sure it says right on their website "we do NOT insure converted school buses". They should get their IT guys to take care of this as its not nice to tease.
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