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Old 05-17-2019, 11:05 PM   #21
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What about just doing the bare minimum to get the RV title? Futon, portable toilet, butane stove, wash basin and then after you get your insurance, you “remodel”?
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Old 05-18-2019, 05:59 AM   #22
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What about just doing the bare minimum to get the RV title? Futon, portable toilet, butane stove, wash basin and then after you get your insurance, you ďremodelĒ?
As I understand it, this doesn't really work in PA - they have inspectors that know what a slapped-together van-dwelling interior looks like and they won't approve it. In particular they apparently don't accept the portable toilets - you need either a plumbed one or a real composting toilet like a Nature's Head.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:34 AM   #23
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As I understand it, this doesn't really work in PA - they have inspectors that know what a slapped-together van-dwelling interior looks like and they won't approve it. In particular they apparently don't accept the portable toilets - you need either a plumbed one or a real composting toilet like a Nature's Head.
Well it sounds like it sucks to be you.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:17 PM   #24
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I have the same problem with insurance. I have a progressive commercial policy that covers me until I modify. Although National General told me they donít care what the vehicle designation is on the title, they wonít insure until itís converted. The rep at National General said that it needs to have a bed, stove, sink, bathroom. So Iím going to do what I can like paint and a few mechanicals, get all the parts together and park the thing til itís done.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:30 PM   #25
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apparently there will be no problems for me to insure a conversion when the time comes - I can get a permit with insurance to move it home, then once the necessary items are in place and the 'Motor Home' is inspected, registering it as a motor home, the license and insurance are straight forward
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:35 PM   #26
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Problems come from when the bus needs to be driven around, even interstate, to get various shops to do pro-level work.

Or you just want to take the kids camping for a couple weeks, but the full RV style conversion just isn't ready for inspection yet.

To me, that's what the VT rego idea is best used for. . .
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:01 PM   #27
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I have the same problem with insurance. I have a progressive commercial policy that covers me until I modify. Although National General told me they donít care what the vehicle designation is on the title, they wonít insure until itís converted. The rep at National General said that it needs to have a bed, stove, sink, bathroom. So Iím going to do what I can like paint and a few mechanicals, get all the parts together and park the thing til itís done.
Hey Danjo, go to the UserCP and fill out your profile so we know where you're at and bus info. It makes it easier to answer your questions.
Pretty much everywhere has the same requirements for converting a bus to an RV. You are only required to have 4 of the 6 to meet RV requirements.

Cooking appliance with onboard fuel source
Gas or electric fridge
Toilet with exterior evac
Heat/AC with power other than engine
Potable (drinkable) water supply
110v power supply
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:27 PM   #28
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Problems come from when the bus needs to be driven around, even interstate, to get various shops to do pro-level work.

Or you just want to take the kids camping for a couple weeks, but the full RV style conversion just isn't ready for inspection yet.

To me, that's what the VT rego idea is best used for. . .
the way it's done here, once a safety check is done, a vehicle can be registered and licensed within the law - if it's still a bus, then it's a bus - if it needs to get to a facility for inspection or repair, you can get a permit to do that - the permit comes with insurance for the time the permit is good for - when the time comes to register it as a motorhome, take it in for inspection using a permit - if it passes inspection, it will be licensed and insured as a motor home - it's strict but straight forward
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Old 05-18-2019, 05:57 PM   #29
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Sure but how reasonable that process is, or even allowed at all within the regs, varies enormously from state to state.

For myself, my legal domicile residence can be anywhere I like, even change several times per year, so it makes sense to just use whatever jurisdiction makes my life easier.

Registering my boat for example works best using Colorado, no need to actually go there myself, much less trailer the boat there which would cost thousands.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:08 PM   #30
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Speaking of weird laws, I was answering someones question on whether vanity tags in Ill. cost more. I found you could have a regular tag, a personal tag, or a vanity tag.
A personal tag consists of numbers and letters, a vanity tag contains 3 numbers only, or 1-7 letters. So explain to me why a vanity tag should cost more than a personal tag? They are both custom stamped with the same amount of labor.

Standard renewal is $101 ( for all autos?), personal renewal is $108, and vanity renewal is $114.

BCKTLST would be $114, BKTLST1 would be $108.
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:21 PM   #31
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It's a money-making scheme for the government, what's wrong with that?

They can charge whatever they like, if you think it's too dear find another way to express your vanity.
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:37 PM   #32
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What happens when I try and register my 15yo bus in a state that requires a title for any 25yo or newer. I can now never register that vehicle in that state.
I agree with the "tell them you are transferring your registered MH to Pa." The OP said the conversion needed to be inspected, but at this point we are not talking about a conversion, we are talking about a registered RV or MH.
You take the VT transferable registration that says MH to your motor vehicle department and your state will issue a title that says MH. 50 states, 50 different rules and regulations but each will honor the other. I understand that PA as well as some other states will require an inspection of a conversion before they will authorize changing the title to MH from bus, VT does not have such a requirement so this is a work around to circumvent those states that do for those of you who choose to take advantage of it. It really is quite simple, register in VT, ask them to issue registration as a MH, then take that registration to your state and they will issue a title or what ever legal document their regulations state as a MH and not require an inspection since the previous state, in this case VT, already says it is a MH.

Slightly different scenario, I bought a utility trailer from Lowes, came with a title from the manufacturer. My state does not require a title for trailers weighing less than 400 lbs, they only issue transferable registrations which is what they issued me and shredded the title. Does this mean I can't register this trailer in another state that issues a title to trailers weighing less than 400 lbs if I move there. No, they take my states transferable registration and issue me a title.
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:48 PM   #33
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You take the VT transferable registration that says MH to your motor vehicle department and your state will issue a title that says MH. 50 states, 50 different rules and regulations but each will honor the other. I understand that PA as well as some other states will require an inspection of a conversion before they will authorize changing the title to MH from bus, VT does not have such a requirement so this is a work around to circumvent those states that do for those of you who choose to take advantage of it. It really is quite simple, register in VT, ask them to issue registration as a MH, then take that registration to your state and they will issue a title or what ever legal document their regulations state as a MH and not require an inspection since the previous state, in this case VT, already says it is a MH.

Slightly different scenario, I bought a utility trailer from Lowes, came with a title from the manufacturer. My state does not require a title for trailers weighing less than 400 lbs, they only issue transferable registrations which is what they issued me and shredded the title. Does this mean I can't register this trailer in another state that issues a title to trailers weighing less than 400 lbs if I move there. No, they take my states transferable registration and issue me a title.

Well said!
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Old 05-22-2019, 04:52 PM   #34
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Hereís what I did
1st I moved to Vermont

I asked our agent for the insurance. They wasted a whole day and couldnít figure it out.
I called Progressive. I told them I wanted a commercial policy for personal/private use.. included I said the ďbusĒ was as no longer a bus because I had removed the seats. I also reregistered it as a Frieghtliner truck until the conversion was completed. As long as it doesnít have seats, or air brakes or a semi style manual transmission I donít need a CDL, although I do have one
Cost was $300 a year
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Old 05-24-2019, 12:49 PM   #35
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we ran into the same problem in La. we could register it as a bus and have to have CDL - b. or wait til it's finished and register it as Motor home. so we didn't register it at all. just did a bill of sale at the notary and turned in the old plates. parked at the house while retro fitting so don't need insurance. Son and GF don't have permanent address so they will have to use ours for title and insurance.
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Hi. Just bought my first bus and was denied insurance today in NY. Can I register in VT without INS? Seems to be the place everyone is going. Saw a couple people do that, get a policy just to transport and then re-register in their own state after, or just leave it reg in vt.. Dang, just want to make a camper
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Hi. Just bought my first bus and was denied insurance today in NY. Can I register in VT without INS? Seems to be the place everyone is going. Saw a couple people do that, get a policy just to transport and then re-register in their own state after, or just leave it reg in vt.. Dang, just want to make a camper
Vermont has insurance/financial responsibility law similar to most states. They do not require that you show proof of insurance in order to register it.

However, you will need insurance to get it home.

Check with your insurance carrier for your auto insurance. Many insurance companies offer immediate coverage on vehicle purchases.

Mine offers two weeks automatic coverage.

Because I was dealing with an unusual vehicle I emailed my agent and asked: " I am purchasing a vehicle VIN#224456677788 and need to verify that automatic coverage will be in effect for 14 days?"

My agent responded with a confirmation of coverage. I carried my insurance card from my truck and a copy of the emails as proof of insurance.

I have done this twice recently and had no issues.

Good luck.
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Old 05-24-2019, 03:03 PM   #38
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As happy as I was not having to deal with ANY of the issues many run into at DMV, it looks like I as well will be registering in Vt. Only because my tag is available there and not here.
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If you weren't playing the system, you'd have registered it in PA. even though it cost more.
Instead, you're trying a work around of some sticking point in DMV laws where you reside in order to drive your bus.
While it might be legal, it's unethical and could be troublesome for you IF you were ever in an "at fault" motor vehicle accident in it.
But good luck doing what you're trying to do...
If it's legal then it's not unethical...
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