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Old 04-15-2019, 05:53 AM   #1
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Finally Bought A Bus!!!!!

Well not just any bus, but a 1980 Crown Supercoach, Turbo 6-71 and a 5 speed Fuller. I am flying out to Oregon in the morning to pick it up.

Its been over a year in the making and and it finally came to a head last night. I have been dealing with this seller for a while now, probably 2 months at least, he had another Crown that I wanted but he sold to a local buyer before I could get out there. I have been trying to get info about this one for weeks. He finally came through with some pictures and info, and we agreed on a price and away I go.

I am super nervous right now. Haven't been on a plane in over 30 years, and the last time I flew, both my eardrums exploded.

I have less than 24hrs to pack and plan for this trip, got to deal with insurance co, probably going to get a commercial policy just for the drive home. I think he has it registered as a commercial truck right now so I will be doing the VT swap ASAP.

Already found his local DMV for a trip permit, they are about 20 mins from his town so I got lucky there.

I am still trying to get 1 day off from work, I was scheduled for Fri-Sat day and Sun-Mon night. Got Friday and Monday no problem, and it looks like Saturday will be covered too, but finding someone to do a swap on Easter isn't easy.

Haven't really even thought about the route home, probably going to just start heading east and see where it takes me.

Wish me luck, I will try to keep you all posted on the trip and get some pictures loaded when I get some time.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:17 AM   #2
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Not too many Crowns east of the Mississippi.
Good luck, man!

I HATE flying. Its not the actual flying I hate, its the confinement with all the other passengers. I wish there were cannabis-friendly flights. Then I'd probably travel a whole lot lol.
Post lots of pics and be safe out there on the road.
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:04 AM   #3
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Thanks CB! Only 2 or 3 Crowns that I know of east of the Mississippi, soon to be another.

Just got the insurance all set for the ride home, my regular agent (Allstate) that I use for auto and home said no, so I ended up getting a commercial policy for my side business (Plumbing & Heating) through progressive commercial. $913 for the year, I made a $83 payment to get it active and I will cancel and reinsure as RV once I get it home.

Already have the VT registration paperwork filled out, going to make copies of the bill of sale and old title tomorrow when I get them and mail it out from Oregon. Get that ball rolling ASAP.

Talked to the seller about the drive home, I guess there is still a lot of snow falling in UT & WY & ID and he told me it comes with a set of chains, and the factory sanders are full of sand and ready to go! I had no idea it had sanders!! Maybe there will be a factory Jake brake too
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:27 AM   #4
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Thanks CB! Only 2 or 3 Crowns that I know of east of the Mississippi, soon to be another.

Just got the insurance all set for the ride home, my regular agent (Allstate) that I use for auto and home said no, so I ended up getting a commercial policy for my side business (Plumbing & Heating) through progressive commercial. $913 for the year, I made a $83 payment to get it active and I will cancel and reinsure as RV once I get it home.

Already have the VT registration paperwork filled out, going to make copies of the bill of sale and old title tomorrow when I get them and mail it out from Oregon. Get that ball rolling ASAP.

Talked to the seller about the drive home, I guess there is still a lot of snow falling in UT & WY & ID and he told me it comes with a set of chains, and the factory sanders are full of sand and ready to go! I had no idea it had sanders!! Maybe there will be a factory Jake brake too
You realize you may not be able to insure it as an RV until the conversion is complete. If you tell them on the phone it's an RV and they give you a policy, when it's time for a claim you will have no valid insurance. I had trouble getting insurance on the new bus. Kelly directed me to Allstate and they had no problem writing a policy.
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:39 PM   #5
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Where in Oregon is the bus? That'll be a fun drive home. Best start to the trip is I84 east. the passes are all clear. There is a large long pass outside of Pendelton, OR as you head to La Grande. It is called cabbage hill. it is clear (no snow) but a long grade.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:48 PM   #6
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Where in Oregon is the bus? That'll be a fun drive home. Best start to the trip is I84 east. the passes are all clear. There is a large long pass outside of Pendelton, OR as you head to La Grande. It is called cabbage hill. it is clear (no snow) but a long grade.
Its just outside of Salem, which is about an hour south of Portland.

I think Portland is the furthest city away from me (in highway miles) in the continental US and this a a bit west of there.

I haven't had a chance yet to check the highway reports, so im glad to hear its clear.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:51 PM   #7
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You realize you may not be able to insure it as an RV until the conversion is complete. If you tell them on the phone it's an RV and they give you a policy, when it's time for a claim you will have no valid insurance. I had trouble getting insurance on the new bus. Kelly directed me to Allstate and they had no problem writing a policy.
If its registered as an RV in VT then they should have no issues writing the policy for an RV regardless of conversion status right?

I will probably keep the commercial coverage until I get the plates and reg from VT so there is no lapse in coverage.

I'm sure I will want to drive it this summer while the conversion is in progress.

What kind of policy did you get from Allstate? Commercial? Commercial for private use? I couldn't get my agent on the phone today due to a power outage from some bad thunderstorms so I had to deal with one from a few towns away and she said Allstate wouldn't cover anything with a GVWR over 12k
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I HATE flying. Its not the actual flying I hate, its the confinement with all the other passengers. I wish there were cannabis-friendly flights. Then I'd probably travel a whole lot lol.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:58 PM   #9
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Think edibles!!!
I have heard they work wonders for that sort of anxiety.

maybe I'll pick some up out there and put them in with the fireworks the guys at work want me to get
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You realize you may not be able to insure it as an RV until the conversion is complete. If you tell them on the phone it's an RV and they give you a policy, when it's time for a claim you will have no valid insurance. I had trouble getting insurance on the new bus. Kelly directed me to Allstate and they had no problem writing a policy.
You've really got me thinking here, what makes it an RV in the eyes of an insurance company? If it is registered/titled as an RV then that should be the end of it right, regardless of the status of the interior?

What if you had a sticks and staples RV and you were rehabbing it and stripped it down to a shell, is it still an RV?

I know I need to get all the rest of the seats out of mine ASAP so I don't have any issues with insurance or DOT and my lack of a chauffeurs endorsement on my CDL.
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