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Old 04-17-2017, 05:57 PM   #61
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Hot dang, there's a lot of you folks down in FL.
Yeah, its fairly easy to do the school bus thing here. The only thing that sucks are our buses AND their prices!

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Old 04-17-2017, 06:24 PM   #62
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FL has been a long time hippie choice. It's easily more comfortable temperature wise than up north. There's seafood and stuff to eat. Maybe some monkey meat, fruit and the occasional alligator for fibre. But it's sinking.
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Old 04-17-2017, 06:41 PM   #63
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FL has been a long time hippie choice. It's easily more comfortable temperature wise than up north. There's seafood and stuff to eat. Maybe some monkey meat, fruit and the occasional alligator for fibre. But it's sinking.
They just tell yall its sinking so we don't get even MORE folks moving here!
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Old 04-17-2017, 07:03 PM   #64
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There's an awful lot of people moving from the east coast to the west coast too. It's a different atmosphere here socially, not to mention less humid. Besides, we have nice buses.

You've probably looked at those future maps showing flooding. Actually most of Oregon gets covered with water if those maps are true. Funny how those soothsayers never give dates.

That's why I'm building the floating bus. I need a conning tower and periscope.
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Old 04-17-2017, 07:17 PM   #65
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There's an awful lot of people moving from the east coast to the west coast too. It's a different atmosphere here socially, not to mention less humid. Besides, we have nice buses.

You've probably looked at those future maps showing flooding. Actually most of Oregon gets covered with water if those maps are true. Funny how those soothsayers never give dates.

That's why I'm building the floating bus. I need a conning tower and periscope.
Even if the ocean levels rise a hundred feet, I'm still ok this far inland, and my property value will likely quadruple!
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Old 04-17-2017, 07:50 PM   #66
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If you plan it right you should be able to end up with new beachfront property.

My place could end up being part of a dam reservour, or in my case a damn reservour. It's to feed water to the Willamette Valley. For the greater good.
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Old 04-19-2017, 03:15 PM   #67
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If you need insurance, we had luck with Good Sam. Here is the agent's email.

Bethany.Chan@ngic.com

She was very helpful. We did have to supply photos of the bus, outside & inside. We got RV insurance, just liability, for $785 a year.
Not the cheapest I've seen but we could afford it and were happy to get it on the road.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:24 AM   #68
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There's an awful lot of people moving from the east coast to the west coast too. It's a different atmosphere here socially, not to mention less humid. Besides, we have nice buses.

You've probably looked at those future maps showing flooding. Actually most of Oregon gets covered with water if those maps are true. Funny how those soothsayers never give dates.

That's why I'm building the floating bus. I need a conning tower and periscope.
i seriously want to build a barge that is large enough to grow a garden and drive the bus on as well and spend a year or so on the mississippi river
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:29 AM   #69
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Build a barge? It would be much easier to buy an old barge, kind of like buying an old bus instead of building one from scratch.

I also had a fantasy about having a house on a barge with a garden and yard many years ago. I'm actually not very nautical minded.
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Old 04-21-2017, 12:53 PM   #70
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Build a barge? It would be much easier to buy an old barge, kind of like buying an old bus instead of building one from scratch.

I also had a fantasy about having a house on a barge with a garden and yard many years ago. I'm actually not very nautical minded.
i love building things but buying it is also a great idea i am not nautical minded at all but figure that from chi town to nola on the mississippi cant be to difficult
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Old 06-04-2017, 11:19 AM   #71
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So I just got back from the Orange County Tax Office in Downtown Orlando (on Jackson). I worked with Raymond for half an hour. He was confused at first but went out of his way to lookup the appropriate info in DMV forms TL-13 and TL-10 when I brought them up. So, if you're in Orlando, we have someone here that knows his stuff now. He actually said he was glad to learn how to do something new and different! The only thing I was missing was a weight slip. I was issued a 10 day temporary tag though which means I CAN FINALLY DRIVE MY BUS HOME!!!

So, here is what you should bring.

  • Vin/Odometer Verification Form (notarized)
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    Proof of Insurance
    Conversion Affidavit
    Drivers License
    Weight Slip
    Patience (optional but recommended)
    $$$
Helpful links:
TL-10 http://www3.flhsmv.gov/DMV/Proc/TL/TL-10.PDF
TL-13 http://www3.flhsmv.gov/DMV/Proc/TL/TL-13.PDF
VIN and ODO verification http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/forms/btr/82042.pdf
Weight Slip Affidavit http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/forms/BTR/82105.pdf
Conversion Affidavit - There is sample wording in TL-13 page 5

Hope this helps!

Thanks for the information. Who did you go through for your insurance if you dont mind me asking?

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Old 04-23-2018, 02:08 PM   #72
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I am finding out quickly that this is a pain. I tried my local agent and they cant get a commercial for private use policy in Florida. I tried Chars number. She doesnt work there anymore but I left them my info, and a fellow named Mike is supposed to get back with me.
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Old 04-24-2018, 11:14 PM   #73
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I got his name wrong but Mark got me a quote for $295 a year! It's only good for a 100 mile radius but thats fine until I finish the conversion. Hopefully getting my title and tag tomorrow.
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Old 10-11-2018, 05:06 PM   #74
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Additional note: If you own an old Florida tag, you can save over $200 by using it on your RV. I did not know this, but overheard something about it on my first visit. I took an old plate from a van that I sold back in 2008 off my garage wall and, sure enough, they gave me a credit for it. Who knew?
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Ah, that's what I wanted to see. Would an old car plate work also, do you know? An obsolete plate?


Actually for our last out-of-state car we were unable to find an old plate but the DMV person was able to give us a good discount anyway because of our status in the system. Not sure what that status was, but we had many vehicles previously registered in Florida.
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:37 PM   #75
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Ah, that's what I wanted to see. Would an old car plate work also, do you know? An obsolete plate?


Actually for our last out-of-state car we were unable to find an old plate but the DMV person was able to give us a good discount anyway because of our status in the system. Not sure what that status was, but we had many vehicles previously registered in Florida.
When you don't need a plate anymore you turn it in within a set amount of time for a "tag credit". Can't use old obsolete plates. Wish I could I've got pile of em!
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:19 AM   #76
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Yeah, that's the new rule. But I think they can look up your old vehicles and possibly transfer over an old tag or create a replacement tag (with new number) for pre-existing tag.



Anyway, if this might apply to anyone registering in Florida, talk to the DMV and see what they can do for you. It never hurts to ask. Usually.
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So I just got back from the Orange County Tax Office in Downtown Orlando (on Jackson). I worked with Raymond for half an hour. He was confused at first but went out of his way to lookup the appropriate info in DMV forms TL-13 and TL-10 when I brought them up. So, if you're in Orlando, we have someone here that knows his stuff now. He actually said he was glad to learn how to do something new and different! The only thing I was missing was a weight slip. I was issued a 10 day temporary tag though which means I CAN FINALLY DRIVE MY BUS HOME!!!

So, here is what you should bring.
  • Vin/Odometer Verification Form (notarized)
    Title
    Proof of Insurance
    Conversion Affidavit
    Drivers License
    Weight Slip
    Patience (optional but recommended)
    $$$

Helpful links:
TL-10 http://www3.flhsmv.gov/DMV/Proc/TL/TL-10.PDF
TL-13 http://www3.flhsmv.gov/DMV/Proc/TL/TL-13.PDF
VIN and ODO verification http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/forms/btr/82042.pdf
Weight Slip Affidavit http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/forms/BTR/82105.pdf
Conversion Affidavit - There is sample wording in TL-13 page 5

Hope this helps!

I just spoke with the Lee County Tax Collector's office and she told me that they cannot register an unconverted school bus as an RV until it has been fully converted and inspected by the "Palmetto Inspection Branch".

With that said, in order for me to get a temporary registration to go to Mississippi to pick up my bus, she said I needed the following:
1) Title
2) Driver's License/ID
3) Florida Insurance Policy with the VIN for the bus on it. She said they didn't require a specific type (Commercial, RV, etc), that all they need is something with the VIN on it.
4) Notarized VIN verification http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/forms/btr/82042.pdf
5) Weight Certification http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/forms/BTR/82105.pdf

Once the bus is fully converted, they can inspect it and then issue an RV designated title and registration.
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Old 04-26-2019, 02:11 AM   #78
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That is interesting ... registration and titling in Florida does not require inspection but registering it as an RV does? Something is amiss here.
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Old 08-29-2019, 07:23 AM   #79
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Are there many people here in the state whose Florida Progressive insurance policy was cancelled?

I had one through Blanchard Insurance who were recommended here on several occasions in different threads. But now that it's canceled the agent I dealt with, Andy, is pretty much brushing my repeated requests to find me another policy off.

What insurance company/broker/agent are you using now in case your Progressive policy was also canceled?
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Are there many people here in the state whose Florida Progressive insurance policy was cancelled?

I had one through Blanchard Insurance who were recommended here on several occasions in different threads. But now that it's canceled the agent I dealt with, Andy, is pretty much brushing my repeated requests to find me another policy off.

What insurance company/broker/agent are you using now in case your Progressive policy was also canceled?
Oh wow, no more Blanchard?
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