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Old 07-20-2015, 04:05 PM   #11
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Please don't take this hard, I mean no offense-
But why not figure all of this out before buying one?

Try getting ahold of Scooter, he's in NJ.

Where's the fun in that?
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Old 07-20-2015, 06:03 PM   #12
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Just drive it. I brought mine down from Maine sans CDL. As long as you:
  1. Drive Defensive
  2. Drive Carefully
  3. Keep to the Right
  4. Remember that it swings wide turning
  5. Don't attract the attention of the Cops
  6. DRIVE DEFENSIVELY
You'll be fine; it'll also allow you to get familiar with driving a bus; particularly a 40 footer. If you do have a friend with a CDL, have him do the ride along inside, this way if you do get pulled over, he can explain that he's doing "driver training".

Things to also remember- New Jersey is special about insurance; most companies that insure skoolies don't in New Jersey. You may have to talk to a commercial insurance provider.

The things that the Special Vehicles Unit will be looking for are:
[*]Remove most seats from the bus
In order for the bus to be converted to an RV, the customer must make the following modifications to the vehicle:
  1. Remove emergency lights including the side mounted stop sign
  2. Repaint the exterior of the vehicle (Cannot remain any shade of yellow)
  3. Install a permanent bed or sleep sofa
  4. Install a permanent sink or bar sink (Must be in working order)
  5. Install a permanent stove or microwave

As well as (when flipping the title from bus to RV):
• Color photographs
o Exterior photos must completely/clearly show all 4 sides of the vehicle. of the interior and exterior after the conversion.
o Interior photos must completely/ show the bed, stove/microwave and sink.
• Pencil tracing or photograph clearly showing the complete VIN plate
• Certified weight slip for the converted motor vehicle.

And, welcome to the insanity.
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Old 07-20-2015, 06:05 PM   #13
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Old 07-20-2015, 06:46 PM   #14
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I think i got it figured out to get it home, Progressive may insure it as a bus with seats intact under a commerical policy under my business name. I do not know if i will then need a CDL, but i will have my buddy (CDL holder with me) in case of trouble ( thanks for the advise on trianing). Does anyone know if i would need to stop at the highway weigh station in MD or DE on my way home?
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Old 07-20-2015, 07:21 PM   #15
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get in there and "drive it like you stole it"



edit:
On second thought.... I looked up your particular bus.
There definately is a learning curve with steering... you're in front of the turning wheels! (You're actually hanging out there in an intersection before the wheels get in the intersection)


something like this.



might wanna find an empty parking lot to practice a little bit, it used to feel weird to me when my feet are almost the most forward thing while turning.

VW vans always freaked me out, and I'd be pulling my feet back

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1. Calll your state and see if they have a 10 day transit tag ( or something similar) if not put big piece of paper in back window saying in transit

2. Insurance- if you don't have State Farm it is time to look. We have Stae Farm and I think we pay like 300/year for insurance ( liability only- they will insure for replacement but have through a bunch of hoops.

3. Make sure belts and brakes are ok before you leave

We drove from Oregon to Michigan with NO PLATES- just in transit in back window- was still school bus yellow.

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Old 07-22-2015, 06:44 PM   #17
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On second thought.... I looked up your particular bus.
There definately is a learning curve with steering... you're in front of the turning wheels! (You're actually hanging out there in an intersection before the wheels get in the intersection)
What learning curve? I was driving a GSA flatnose with 5 minutes of instrumentation familiarity. Just remember that you *are* in front of the wheels, stop when you (the driver) are in line with the pole if you're first. And remember to make *wide* right turns. I forgot about that, and took out the stop sign *and* light pole at the apartment complex I was living at last year, prior to moving it to its new home.

If they won't let you have the tag, have a couple of "IN TRANSIT" signs made up, ready to go. I drove mine back from Maine with the Wisconsin Apportioned Tags (that were on it when driven to Maine from NL)
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:04 AM   #18
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Got insurance commercial, hopefully I can get a temp in transit plates in MD DMV, and we have a driver who has a CDL. It seems we have to stop at the weigh stations in MD and probably DE as we will be taking I95. Measured my driveway and i think the bus will fit by a foot or two, otherwise we may have someone with a field to store/work on it for a low cost. Scooter thanks for the help!
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Awesome.
I have never been to MD but in a yellow school bus there shouldnt be any real need to stop for weigh stations or ag inspection.
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I'm guessing the most common "first-timer" error piloting a 40 footer is keeping up with the overhang in the rear. A typical 40' BB has about 12' hanging out behind the tires and during a 90* turn, that makes for quite a bit of swing.

As noted,if you can find a parking lot, ten minutes of practice, including backing up and parallel parking will give you a little more comfort/advantage.
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