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Old 08-02-2018, 03:53 PM   #1
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My bad if this has been discussed multiple times before, however I checked for threads that were relevant but couldn't find any that answered my questions....

I just put the first down-payment on my Skoolie and will be picking it up by the end of August (this month) beginning of September (next month) so I'm a total noobie and please go easy on me if this seems like a stupid set of questions!!

I live in the New England area and still have almost everything (car, and license) registered in NH because I travel between homes up there and MA a lot. (Purchasing the Bus itself from CT, about 2-3 hours away.) My friends who live in MA will be giving me a space to convert the bus itself but I need to be able to drive it there.

My questions are mainly about getting the Bus inspected and legal to drive.



1.) If an inspection is required, how long do I have after purchase?


2.) Anyone have suggestions on where I go to get an inspection on a Bus? I checked a few websites for trucks and RVs but none of them mentioned Buses...



3.) Will regular temporary plates work for driving it from CT to NH? ( My father happens to be a truck driver and has a CDL license. An A license not an S but I think we can swing that if we were pulled over... Honest "mistake." ;) )



4.) Is an inspection required to register the Skoolie?? (I looked on the NH DMV website and they mentioned NOTHING.)



Any information, even links to different past threads, is extremely helpful. I'm not made of money and am trying to do this as easily but inexpensively as possible. If you have suggestions on shops that do really good work and aren't hella picky on details for stickers, let me know those too.



Thanks!
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:07 PM   #2
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Hello!



My bad if this has been discussed multiple times before, however I checked for threads that were relevant but couldn't find any that answered my questions....

I just put the first down-payment on my Skoolie and will be picking it up by the end of August (this month) beginning of September (next month) so I'm a total noobie and please go easy on me if this seems like a stupid set of questions!!

I live in the New England area and still have almost everything (car, and license) registered in NH because I travel between homes up there and MA a lot. (Purchasing the Bus itself from CT, about 2-3 hours away.) My friends who live in MA will be giving me a space to convert the bus itself but I need to be able to drive it there.

My questions are mainly about getting the Bus inspected and legal to drive.



1.) If an inspection is required, how long do I have after purchase?


2.) Anyone have suggestions on where I go to get an inspection on a Bus? I checked a few websites for trucks and RVs but none of them mentioned Buses...



3.) Will regular temporary plates work for driving it from CT to NH? ( My father happens to be a truck driver and has a CDL license. An A license not an S but I think we can swing that if we were pulled over... Honest "mistake." ;) )



4.) Is an inspection required to register the Skoolie?? (I looked on the NH DMV website and they mentioned NOTHING.)



Any information, even links to different past threads, is extremely helpful. I'm not made of money and am trying to do this as easily but inexpensively as possible. If you have suggestions on shops that do really good work and aren't hella picky on details for stickers, let me know those too.



Thanks!
Rules vary by state, but
1) no inspection is necessary when purchasing a bus except the inspection you want to make to make sure it is a viable platform.

2) Not needed

3)Temporary plates are recommended and can be purchased from your state before hand if you have all the info, or from the state of purchase when you pick the bus up. Most states do not require a CDL to drive a decommissioned bus used for personal use.

4) you will not usually need to have the bus inspected to register it.


You will need insurance on it, your insurance may cover you under the existing policy in any vehicle purchase you make for a short period of time.
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:05 PM   #3
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I know in Virginia ALL motor vehicles including buses and motorhomes require a state safety inspection once a year. Failing to do so can get you a ticket, but does not effect getting or keeping tags/registration.

My guess is if your state has state inspection for cars it will be needed for the bus too. Your state DMV should be able to answer that.
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Rules vary by state, but
1) no inspection is necessary when purchasing a bus except the inspection you want to make to make sure it is a viable platform.

2) Not needed

3)Temporary plates are recommended and can be purchased from your state before hand if you have all the info, or from the state of purchase when you pick the bus up. Most states do not require a CDL to drive a decommissioned bus used for personal use.

4) you will not usually need to have the bus inspected to register it.


You will need insurance on it, your insurance may cover you under the existing policy in any vehicle purchase you make for a short period of time.
In FL I'm not able to get a temp tag for an out of state purchase and have yet to find a state that will issue me one where I'm buying the bus. So all of mine have come home with no tag. Except Texas. They let you print your own!
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:37 PM   #5
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In FL I'm not able to get a temp tag for an out of state purchase and have yet to find a state that will issue me one where I'm buying the bus. So all of mine have come home with no tag. Except Texas. They let you print your own!
You must be the exception. I find it hard to believe you can't get a temp tag in any state in the union. You have to have a way to legally get out of each state with a new purchase.
Of course it helps if it's not a weekend. Ga. certainly issues temp tags. Just tell the truth Charlie, you never made an attempt to get the temp tag and didn't care about driving it home without.
I'm spoiled here in Dawson County, no inspections on vehicles for safety or emissions on any year vehicle.
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I know in Virginia ALL motor vehicles including buses and motorhomes require a state safety inspection once a year. Failing to do so can get you a ticket, but does not effect getting or keeping tags/registration.

My guess is if your state has state inspection for cars it will be needed for the bus too. Your state DMV should be able to answer that.
I was guessing the same thing, unfortunately... especially since they tend to put RVs under the regular state inspection rules. However I'll give the DMV a call just to be sure on the matter. If I can save myself the cost of taking it there and whatever the charge for a bus.

Issue is, I did (brief, yes) a search for somewhere I can take a bus to be inspected and most places said nothing over a ton or never mentioned buses... Guess I'll be calling tons of shops lol.
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You must be the exception. I find it hard to believe you can't get a temp tag in any state in the union. You have to have a way to legally get out of each state with a new purchase.
Of course it helps if it's not a weekend. Ga. certainly issues temp tags. Just tell the truth Charlie, you never made an attempt to get the temp tag and didn't care about driving it home without.
I'm spoiled here in Dawson County, no inspections on vehicles for safety or emissions on any year vehicle.
Dude - I'm super paranoid and smoke a LOT. I've made every attempt to get temp tags. If you'd been on here any amount of time prior to your 5000 posts in a few months you'd probably have seen all my attempts at getting temp tags.
Don't come calling me a liar.
KY won't issue temp tags, either. Nor Colorado.
Trust me- the whole country doesn't operate like your corner of GA.

I have ZERO reason to lie. I'm 100% real and have PLENTY of folks on here who actually KNOW me.
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Old 08-03-2018, 06:55 AM   #8
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Rules vary by state, but
1) no inspection is necessary when purchasing a bus except the inspection you want to make to make sure it is a viable platform.
I will have to call the DMV about this one I think.... I really want to avoid giving them any information but I want to stay legal and safe, so I'll have to give in this time it seems haha.


However I checked on the website some more and ended up in the department of safety's website for NH. They said a CDL is only required if the bus seats more than 16 passengers for commercial use. Once I get the seats out I should be fine! And even better off once its registered as an RV.
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In Virginia I have to take the bus to a place that will do big trucks. The rule here is that whatever vehicle you are inspecting has to fit into the inspection bay. So at 34ft for mine that limits me a lot for places to get it inspected.
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In Virginia I have to take the bus to a place that will do big trucks. The rule here is that whatever vehicle you are inspecting has to fit into the inspection bay. So at 34ft for mine that limits me a lot for places to get it inspected.
Good to know! I checked for some more places in NH and might have found one... I'm still going to call and double check they would be open a skoolie...
However they do a lot of government inspections and I hope they'll take it easy on me seeing as a lot of the features will be coming off once I can get to work on it.
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