registered and insured in Utah.. whew!
We picked our 1991 Blue Bird out of the classifieds about two weeks ago. I did my homework before buying to get some idea about licensing cost and insurance. I found a local Progressive agent who said he thought he could do a school bus, but not a school bus conversion. But just for good measure he called Progressive to be sure. He came back and reported that they'd do it, and a couple days later we bought the bus. Then I called him back to buy the policy. Uh-oh.
Apparently the scoop with them is that they will cover a school bus, but only so long as it remains a bus. At present the only kind of conversion they'll take is a coach conversion, like a greyhound -- no skoolies. I turned to GMAC and found almost the opposite: they won't insure a school bus until AFTER it is converted.
So I guess that's the plan: Progressive until we add sleeping facilities, and GMAC after that time. At least Progressive's rate was pretty good (mid-$400/yr including comprehensive and collision).
Thank goodness the safety and emissions inspections went well and the state DMV licensing and registration were easy. And a big thanks to those here who shared their experience and knowledge. Finding insurance was probably my biggest concern about diving into this project.