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Old 08-14-2018, 01:28 PM   #61
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As soon as its done we are FTing and changing our state of residence..not that it does me any good now.
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:50 AM   #62
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I finally got Allstate through my agent. All the other major carriers would not cover a converted school bus. Allstate just required my agent to take pics after the conversion and I had insurance after a week. It's a little pricey, but I have full coverage including towing coverage. Good Sam was another option. However, Good Sam was 70.00 cheaper, but they were only liability so going with Allstate was a no-brainer.
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:49 AM   #63
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I finally got Allstate through my agent. All the other major carriers would not cover a converted school bus. Allstate just required my agent to take pics after the conversion and I had insurance after a week. It's a little pricey, but I have full coverage including towing coverage. Good Sam was another option. However, Good Sam was 70.00 cheaper, but they were only liability so going with Allstate was a no-brainer.
Depends on the state you are in.

In Ohio..... My Allstate agent tells me Allstate will not cover a school bus conversion. ( and in Ohio it's easy to get title converted to motor home which my buses always are. So I'm never trying to insure a school bus).

As a long time client of Allstate who has "most" of their vehicles and home with them (I have several cars & trucks with them)... It seems strange to me they will do this for you.

I inquired about motor home insurance and they said NO SCHOOL BUS CONVERSIONS!

Had to do my bus with Grange. Do my classic cars with Hagerty. Use to use State farm for that stuff but they stopped doing a bus and got too pricey on the classics so I switched off.

But as has been stated here many times before. It depends on the state you are in.

I also suggest using a good agent rather than going online or calling insurance companies directly . The independent agents seem best for this as they deal with multiple insurance companies.

As with anything or anyone... You will find that some agents are very helpful & some are worthless. Find the good ones.
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:01 AM   #64
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Depends on the state you are in.

In Ohio..... My Allstate agent tells me Allstate will not cover a school bus conversion. ( and in Ohio it's easy to get title converted to motor home which my buses always are. So I'm never trying to insure a school bus).

As a long time client of Allstate who has "most" of their vehicles and home with them (I have several cars & trucks with them)... It seems strange to me they will do this for you.

I inquired about motor home insurance and they said NO SCHOOL BUS CONVERSIONS!

Had to do my bus with Grange. Do my classic cars with Hagerty. Use to use State farm for that stuff but they stopped doing a bus and got too pricey on the classics so I switched off.

But as has been stated here many times before. It depends on the state you are in.

I also suggest using a good agent rather than going online or calling insurance companies directly . The independent agents seem best for this as they deal with multiple insurance companies.

As with anything or anyone... You will find that some agents are very helpful & some are worthless. Find the good ones.
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:55 PM   #65
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Need your help . Who did you get to finally insure your bus ? Mine is already registered as a motorhome and has all the seat tore out and floor down . So it wouldn't even work as a bus . I tried auto owners and they cancelled me .
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Old 03-07-2019, 01:37 PM   #66
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I also have state farm, but I'm still registered as a truck.
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Old 03-07-2019, 04:29 PM   #68
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I also have state farm, but I'm still registered as a truck.
As an insurance agent... I would warn you to be careful with this type of policy. It leaves big wide open doors for your insurance company to deny any claim.
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Old 03-07-2019, 04:39 PM   #69
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what kind of insurance denials have tou experienced?
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Old 03-07-2019, 04:41 PM   #70
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I went through American family. It was suoer easy and my bus wasnt even finished when I insured it. Although I had it registered as an RV so that might have been the key. I sent them the vin number and emailed them a few pics. I got full coverage and my ins is only 40 bucks a month
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what kind of insurance denials have tou experienced?
Whenever the vehicle is not as described the insurer can deny a payout. Even if it were simply a truck but highly customized or equipped... the insurance company could deny a claim based just on that. I legit policy for that bus (an RV policy written at stated value) is the safest option and would likely not cost you much more if any from what you are currently paying.
Keep in mind even a best case policy like I mentioned above has some gray area in it.. with a diy skoolie the best you can do is keep the risks of non pay out to a very minimum.
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Old 03-07-2019, 07:06 PM   #72
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Whenever the vehicle is not as described the insurer can deny a payout. Even if it were simply a truck but highly customized or equipped... the insurance company could deny a claim based just on that. I legit policy for that bus (an RV policy written at stated value) is the safest option and would likely not cost you much more if any from what you are currently paying.
Keep in mind even a best case policy like I mentioned above has some gray area in it.. with a diy skoolie the best you can do is keep the risks of non pay out to a very minimum.
This is my concern when I hear people say " I just went in DMV, told them it was an RV now,( even though the seats are still in and it's a school bus), and they issue me title and registration as an RV". I'd be real concerned when the insurance company checks out your claim and find the vehicle is not as described.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:19 AM   #73
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This is my concern when I hear people say " I just went in DMV, told them it was an RV now,( even though the seats are still in and it's a school bus), and they issue me title and registration as an RV". I'd be real concerned when the insurance company checks out your claim and find the vehicle is not as described.

Agreed. When the DMV does register it as an RV, however, that is a legally endorsed document that WILL hold up in court. The insurance company may not like it and may drop the policy if they feel they didn't fully understand what they had signed up for, but it will pay out. I can't speak for all insurance companies that would write a bus as an RV, but my company is knowingly aware and fine with bus conversions in TN/GA.

The limitation in states is due to the restrictions of the state insurance commission in each state. Many states have much much tougher restrictions for such policies and that's why most insurers decide that in those states writing skoolie policies isn't worth it to the company to offer. Fortunately in TN/Ga and I believe TX, its a worthwhile line of business to a few extra companies to take on. Sadly, most of the companies that write skoolie policies want pictures showing completion or near completion on the conversion. Liberty, thankfully for me/us does not ask for proof... nor do they ask any questions about the current state of progress.
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:56 AM   #74
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Agreed. When the DMV does register it as an RV, however, that is a legally endorsed document that WILL hold up in court. The insurance company may not like it and may drop the policy if they feel they didn't fully understand what they had signed up for, but it will pay out. I can't speak for all insurance companies that would write a bus as an RV, but my company is knowingly aware and fine with bus conversions in TN/GA.

The limitation in states is due to the restrictions of the state insurance commission in each state. Many states have much much tougher restrictions for such policies and that's why most insurers decide that in those states writing skoolie policies isn't worth it to the company to offer. Fortunately in TN/Ga and I believe TX, its a worthwhile line of business to a few extra companies to take on. Sadly, most of the companies that write skoolie policies want pictures showing completion or near completion on the conversion. Liberty, thankfully for me/us does not ask for proof... nor do they ask any questions about the current state of progress.
I don't find it sad at all that they require pics so everyone is on the same page when it comes time to file a claim. My concern is DMV making changes to paperwork incorrectly stating what it is, insurance should turn you down if the paperwork does not match the vehicle requirements.
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I don't find it sad at all that they require pics so everyone is on the same page when it comes time to file a claim. My concern is DMV making changes to paperwork incorrectly stating what it is, insurance should turn you down if the paperwork does not match the vehicle requirements.
I had a problem because my bus was parked in my own yard. City has a "no buses at all on private property" ordinance. Motorhomes are allowed.
I called my insurance co and told them my problem. City won't let me park it in town if the title says "BU". Insurance said its totally fine to change title to MH.
Its your stated purpose that determines what your insurance thinks.
This was with Progressive, in Florida, and done through a brick and mortar insurance agent's office. YMMV.
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. Insurance said its totally fine to change title to MH.
Its your stated purpose that determines what your insurance thinks.
Imagine that.....,
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