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Old 02-27-2018, 12:18 PM   #1
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Tips for getting Skoolie home

So I believe I have found the right bus for my Skoolie project. I just face one challenge, getting it home safely. The bus is about 5 hrs away from where I live in Florida. And the person selling wants to sell it this week (even though it’s been posted on Craigslist for 2 months now, I feel like it’s a sales tactic). The person selling said it’s registration is expired. I’ve done some research, and some people say you can a temp tag and registration to drive home with. That’s probably the best option for me. Because once I get it home it will be sitting for a bit to be converted.

-So to anyone who has advice or experience on the subject (especially dealing with Florida) I would be so grateful!

-And I thought about starting another thread for this topic, but any advice on driving and handling a bus? The biggest car I’ve driven is a Nissan Pathfinder and I know a bus is way different. But I’ll need to start learning somehow if I plan to live in my Skoolie FT.

Thank you!
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Old 02-27-2018, 12:23 PM   #2
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So I believe I have found the right bus for my Skoolie project. I just face one challenge, getting it home safely. The bus is about 5 hrs away from where I live in Florida. And the person selling wants to sell it this week (even though itís been posted on Craigslist for 2 months now, I feel like itís a sales tactic). The person selling said itís registration is expired. Iíve done some research, and some people say you can a temp tag and registration to drive home with. Thatís probably the best option for me. Because once I get it home it will be sitting for a bit to be converted.

-So to anyone who has advice or experience on the subject (especially dealing with Florida) I would be so grateful!

-And I thought about starting another thread for this topic, but any advice on driving and handling a bus? The biggest car Iíve driven is a Nissan Pathfinder and I know a bus is way different. But Iíll need to start learning somehow if I plan to live in my Skoolie FT.

Thank you!
Be careful and check with the selling state. They might not give you a temp tag until the back-fees are paid if the registration has expired.

Your home state won't care.
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Old 02-27-2018, 12:27 PM   #3
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What state are you buying it from? Ga. allows you to drive on the BOS for 7 days. State Farm covers the purchased vehicle for those 7 days on your auto policy.
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Old 02-27-2018, 02:25 PM   #4
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Iím buying it in Florida. I guess Iím mostly concerned with just getting it home. What is the process I need to go through? Do I need insurance to get it registered? Which insurance companies will insure it for a day or two?
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Old 02-27-2018, 02:40 PM   #5
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Iím buying it in Florida. I guess Iím mostly concerned with just getting it home. What is the process I need to go through? Do I need insurance to get it registered? Which insurance companies will insure it for a day or two?
So you live in Fla. where you are purchasing the bus? Just about every state will require insurance to register it, every state will require you to have insurance to operate it on the roadways. Who will insure it for a day or two? No one. But you will be able to purchase a plan you make payments on after paying a couple months up front and then canceling. Your existing auto policy may cover you in a newly purchased vehicle for a short time at purchase.
Fill out your profile so we know who you are and where you're from to better handle your questions.
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Old 02-27-2018, 03:27 PM   #6
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First if the seller wants to get rid of the bus this week, he's ready to give a serious discount. This guy has been to cheap to maintain registration on the bus. Makes you wonder what else has been deferred.

If you go ahead and buy this bus, please have the seller take you for a drive and explain how to deal with city driving. I know you won't have any trouble on the freeways.

Did you buy this bus already? We're pretty good at evaluating buses if you can put the pics and information online.
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Old 02-27-2018, 05:27 PM   #7
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:03 PM   #9
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Well now Iíve found buses closer to where I live in Tampa at a dealership. So would driving 2 hours without registering or having insurance be the worst idea? Iíve read all the forums about people trying to get insurance for their Skoolie pre and post renovation. And Iím feeling apprehensive now about everything because of the insurance.
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:17 PM   #10
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Well now Iíve found buses closer to where I live in Tampa at a dealership. So would driving 2 hours without registering or having insurance be the worst idea? Iíve read all the forums about people trying to get insurance for their Skoolie pre and post renovation. And Iím feeling apprehensive now about everything because of the insurance.
Here's my thoughts, for what it's worth.... 1) you don't say how big your bus is, but check with FL DMV to see whether you need a CDL to drive solo in a privately owned school bus (it isn't an RV, yet). 2) check with your insurance company to verify that you would be covered on the drive home with your bus. Some do, but my Allstate said that since I had no commercial vehicles on my policy I wouldn't be covered so I had to get my commercial for private use policy before the drive home. You certainly don't want to have anything happen and not be covered. Asking forgiveness might get you out of a ticket, but won't help much in a lawsuit.
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Well now Iíve found buses closer to where I live in Tampa at a dealership. So would driving 2 hours without registering or having insurance be the worst idea? Iíve read all the forums about people trying to get insurance for their Skoolie pre and post renovation. And Iím feeling apprehensive now about everything because of the insurance.
This might seem a bit preachy, but no one should ever drive a vehicle on the road without insurance.

You are not just risking your own financial future, but other people's as well.

Everyone who has a Skoolie managed to get insurance, and so can you.

You do not need any kind of CDL to drive it while it is still a bus, but Florida might impose weight restrictions on what you can drive on your regular license, you'll have to check.

If they do you might need a Non-Commercial Class B adding to your license. This is nowhere near as important as insurance. Licensing and registration are simply a personal choice that you would most likely get away with if you are driving a big yellow bus in a sensible manner.
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