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Old 03-31-2016, 08:14 PM   #301
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Then the liability should be reflected in the price rather than denying insurance to bus owners. It doesn't make sense, but you'll notice they will sell you a commercial policy at certain insurance firms. I will only take a commercial policy as a last resort to keep this bus legal. That doesn't make sense to try to commercialize a privately owned vehicle.
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:28 PM   #302
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:16 PM   #303
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Seems to me with the flex and vibration of a bus IKEA would be a bad choice,, my 2c
Let's see if the couch falls apart ;)
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Old 04-05-2016, 11:40 AM   #304
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Then the liability should be reflected in the price rather than denying insurance to bus owners. It doesn't make sense, but you'll notice they will sell you a commercial policy at certain insurance firms. I will only take a commercial policy as a last resort to keep this bus legal. That doesn't make sense to try to commercialize a privately owned vehicle.
lol no worries, and yes i completely agree....what gets me is an ins company would insure a 'rice cooker racer' home brew pumping 1K HPs out of a 4-banger, but not a skoolie...
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Old 04-05-2016, 08:48 PM   #305
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Old 04-05-2016, 09:37 PM   #306
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What was mentioned to me by an insurance rep was the thought that we might be using buses in a commercial way, either to haul people or for moving freight. All of us? With hundreds of buses being sold across the country every month, I to wonder where they are all going. With that same train of thought Chevy vans and pickups could also be required to buy a commercial policy even as a privately owned vehicle.

You've got to admit, if you're living in a bus that makes housing pretty cheap. Some like myself don't change the title to motor home. I think the insurance companies are just trying to squeeze more money from us. If it's hard to get insurance we won't complain at any price when we do get it.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:31 AM   #307
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Paperwork never ends!

I'm hoping this will have a good outcome...

Using this info:
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f18/ty...html#post47428 (Thanks a million, @PDBerske!!!!)

I'm going to the Broward tag&title closest to the house this saturday (i called, thery're open on sat) with affidavit, current title, registration, my DL, and bus/RV insurance card in hand...not to forget $$$...and i'm hoping in a few hours (or by next mon-tue!) i'll have the beast legal 100%!

As always, keeping fingers and toes crossed...

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Old 04-07-2016, 09:34 AM   #308
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As long as you have money, the affidavit, and insurance you'll be A-OK.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:34 AM   #309
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I'm down in Miami Dade and I need to do the same thing so I will be watching this with interest!
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:48 AM   #310
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As long as you have money, the affidavit, and insurance you'll be A-OK.
Roger that! I think a kidney sold on the black market should suffice for funds...

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I'm down in Miami Dade and I need to do the same thing so I will be watching this with interest!
Yep! I'll let you guys know how it goes!

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Old 04-08-2016, 02:45 PM   #311
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AH! So close, can't believe i'm excited to go to a title&tax office!
On a different note....Me thinks this will be the perfect opportunity to finish that mobile arcade station i wanted to build...you know, for the kids...
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:47 AM   #312
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OK, here we go! Currently waiting at the title&tag office with all official documentation, receipt for all I bought, picture of the bed....wish me luck!

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Old 04-09-2016, 10:23 AM   #313
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So far, so good....the only document I'm missing is the actual receipt for the bus itself. The lady said that shouldn't matter, everything is under my name...title on hand ;)
I'll still have to wait until Monday, when state offices actually pick up the phone -_-
Knocking on wood, should be OK!
Note: as the clerk checked the VIN, it actually comes up as a "truck", not a bus. The title most likely says " BU" because the guy I bought it from submitted for it that way.

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Old 04-11-2016, 03:43 PM   #314
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...new title+reg was received by the title office!!!!

Wifey will pick it up tomorrow!
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:18 PM   #315
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...new title+reg was received by the title office!!!!

Wifey will pick it up tomorrow!
Congratulations!
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:24 PM   #316
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my biggest thing is how each state handles it differently.. and if driving my bus in one state am I requied to meet that states rules? or my state's rules?

for instance in ohio if your bus has less than 15 Passenger SEATS its non CDL.. yet in michigan they expressely state that removing seats does not reduce capacity and its DESIGN capacity they go on.. so if im reigatered in ohio and Driving in michigan and get stopped .. am I busted because I have SEATS for 15 in a Bus DESIGNED for 30?

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my biggest thing is how each state handles it differently.. and if driving my bus in one state am I requied to meet that states rules? or my state's rules?

for instance in ohio if your bus has less than 15 Passenger SEATS its non CDL.. yet in michigan they expressely state that removing seats does not reduce capacity and its DESIGN capacity they go on.. so if im reigatered in ohio and Driving in michigan and get stopped .. am I busted because I have SEATS for 15 in a Bus DESIGNED for 30?

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I've thought about the exact same thing....that is why I am reluctant in taking the bus outside FL. At least until I have more concrete info.

By logic, after a bus is converted, it does not have seating for 15, 30, etc....any longer...hell, my bus will barely (and safely) seat 4! Driver included!

Most RVs have seats for what...8...10...? Are they counting the shitter, too?!?

But we all know law enforcement and logic don't always go hand in hand...lol

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I've thought about the exact same thing....that is why I am reluctant in taking the bus outside FL. At least until I have more concrete info.

By logic, after a bus is converted, it does not have seating for 15, 30, etc....any longer...hell, my bus will barely (and safely) seat 4! Driver included!

But we all know law enforcement and logic don't always go hand in hand...lol

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my bus will likely always have seats for 10 or 12 as i plan to use it for outtings with friends where we all want to ride together .. but some states i think even require some type of RV license if you have air brakes.. and some states are tougher than others..

Ohio spouts off all kinds of laws about conversion requirements and paint colors etc.. yet there are plenty of empty or "seated" Yellow busses running around tagged as RV's ... I see them all the time.. esp in smaller town areas or on the freeways between small towns.. many people that live in the country use skoolies to drive around... and even go to farmer's markets.. more often than not I see them tagged as RV's and not as farm trucks... and I know they dont meet the technical RV requirements of the state

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You should give them a stern talking to next time you see an agricultural RV.
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I've thought about the exact same thing....that is why I am reluctant in taking the bus outside FL. At least until I have more concrete info.

By logic, after a bus is converted, it does not have seating for 15, 30, etc....any longer...hell, my bus will barely (and safely) seat 4! Driver included!

Most RVs have seats for what...8...10...? Are they counting the shitter, too?!?

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