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Old 02-21-2018, 12:11 AM   #1
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We Finally Pulled The Trigger

A big Pacific Northwest shout out to all the skoolie owners and armchair enthusiast waiting to get bit by the bug. My wife and I finally pulled the trigger on our first bus last weekend a 1995 Bluebird tc/2000 with 114,000 miles on it.

Tires are great, fires right up and purrs like a kitten. Hoping to transform it into the ultimate camping mobile for our family. Looking for ideas from rooftop deck to basic electrical and plumbing but starting with seat removal and tearing out the floor as there is a few soft spots. Any idea what is under the plywood floor on a 1995 bluebird? Also we are wondering if the ceiling really needs to be re-insulated? Picking the bus up this weekend and hoping to get started.

All of you have been an inspiration. Thanks for all the post.
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Old 02-21-2018, 12:34 AM   #2
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Welcome and glad to see more NW skoolie owners.
Nice choice on a mechanical engine. They’re getting harder to find.
It’s likely there is metal sheeting under the plywood floor. Sometimes it’s a little less than metal sheeting. It’s a surprise at times, but almost certainly rusty sheet steel.
You’re going to have fun with this build, at least part of the time.
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:18 AM   #3
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Old 02-21-2018, 09:36 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input. Looking forward to getting our hands dirty. Hope to see ya around.
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Old 03-01-2018, 02:12 PM   #5
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Good Afternoon. Hoping you may be able to give me some insight into where to get insurance for my bus conversion. Apparently Allstate won't insure me with it? Any guidance would be appreciated.

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Good Afternoon. Hoping you may be able to give me some insight into where to get insurance for my bus conversion. Apparently Allstate won't insure me with it? Any guidance would be appreciated.

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Welcome to the site Travis! I'd recommend checking out the Titling and Insurance Section. There is a lot of discussion and experience in there. The TL/DR would be to go to an independent insurance broker and tell them you need a commercial for personal use policy. Don't mention school buses. Don't tell them it's being converted.
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Old 03-01-2018, 04:16 PM   #7
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That sounds just right.

One thing I might add is do not apply for RV plates at this point. If you get RV plates you'll likely need to show that it has RV type facilities, which it does not have yet, in order to get RV insurance. It's not an RV yet and it's not a truck. Truck licensing is expensive. Regular car type plates are easy and legal, depending on your state.
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Old 03-01-2018, 04:21 PM   #8
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Welcome,

I have registered two buses in WA in the last two years and not had to show the conversion.

I titled and registered them immediately as RV's.

Take a minute and fill out your profile so we know where you are and bus details

Best wishes on your journey!
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Old 03-01-2018, 04:34 PM   #9
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Maybe you've got one of those trustworthy faces?

I've heard numerous times that people had to show evidence of the facilities in their bus before they could get RV insurance.

Here I can't get RV plates unless I have the required number of facilities and systems on my bus. And yes I know others are able to get RV plates even before the seats are removed.
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Maybe you've got one of those trustworthy faces?

I've heard numerous times that people had to show evidence of the facilities in their bus before they could get RV insurance.

Here I can't get RV plates unless I have the required number of facilities and systems on my bus. And yes I know others are able to get RV plates even before the seats are removed.
Insurance is usually tougher on the details than the DMV. Once you leave DMV they are pretty much through with you. Insurance has a more personal relationship with you.
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