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Old 12-05-2016, 02:49 PM   #1
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Shortie Insurance Questions


Just purchased a GMC Vandura 3500 Short bus! My boyfriend and I started working to rip out the seats and floor. Soon we will be moving to another city and are totally lost on insurance/registration. Could use some advice, please!

1. The title is already stating "body type: VN" (van). So even though the bus looks like a school bus can I register and get insurance with it as a van?

2. If I do go with van, what are the problems with this? Higher insurance? (perks however are that you can park anywhere?)

3. Is it easier to switch from Vn (van) to RV? (vs bus to RV)

4. Should I stick with van or struggle with getting it RV status?

I am a total newbie to this kind of thing so thanks in advance...

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Old 12-05-2016, 05:15 PM   #2
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Keep the van listing on the title, insurance will be cheaper, plates will be cheaper most places
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Old 12-06-2016, 06:34 AM   #3
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I switched from van to rv because the insurance was cheaper. I had to sign paper work stating that I had installed a bed ,toilet, sink, table. every state is different. Call your local title, license , dmv.
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Old 12-18-2016, 07:58 AM   #4
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Were there any initial charges to change to rv from van?
I'm in California
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Old 12-18-2016, 06:18 PM   #5
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I am in Tennessee and when I registered the bus I told them what I was doing and they classed it as VN. On my insurance TN Farmers Mutual they wrote it as a commercial vehicle UNTIL the build is complete at which time they will move it to an RV policy which will make it cheaper. Good luck!
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Old 12-19-2016, 09:39 AM   #6
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Farmers wont touch mine as an RV. Had to go "commercial" even though its registered as an RV

I can't find anyone to insure it as an RV.
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Old 12-19-2016, 11:45 AM   #7
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When I was looking for insurance I got it thru Good Sam (National General) first thing they said was if it was a van chassis then no way would they insure it.
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Old 12-19-2016, 09:33 PM   #8
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My wife did our insurance online with progressive. Didnt add it to our existing just made its own conversion to motor home policy, i believe. $125 / yr. She did list its value at $2k, which is about what we have in it.

Jeep, bus, repeat.
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