Hey Guys, I just finally bought my bus, looking for advice/tips/tricks on WHERE/HOW to register it.
The bus is currently in Colorado, its a regular, full size, conventional, school bus. 2004 year built. I am going to get it professionally converted in the North East this winter. So will be driving it from Colorado to NY area and was thinking it might be the right time to get it registered along the way.
I will not be living in ANY particular state for more than 6 months in the next year. So I would be willing to look at changing states of residency to make things easy (and hopefully get rid of CA or NY state income tax). Which is another question, do I NEED to change residency to register in any particular state or can I just register it there?
My research says Texas or SD are best for full-timers in terms of taxes and ease of being a nomadic resident, but I dont know about the whole ease of registering and operating a house on wheels over time.
From what I read, SD doesnt allow yellow buses for private ownership, so I would need to paint it before I go there, which is a huge hassle because I wasnt gong to paint until later in the year and dont want to paint it twice. Texas doesn't care, but requires physical inspections periodically, which will be a hassle down the road.
Does anyone have any experience with this or these states? Or recommend any other states for their ease of registration, maintenance of that registration and any tax other benefits of being registered in that state?