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CanadianFramelines 03-09-2012 02:13 AM

Registering in British Columbia
Hello everyone!

First post on here. I like your forums, lots of great information!

However, though I've found people in BC outfitting their skoolies and talking about going to register through ICBC, I've not seen anyone post who actually got through and what that involved. I'm in a bit of a pickle right now as the guy who was letting me park my bus on his land was evicted recently, so I'm running on (very expensive) temp tags, and I'd like to see if I can get RV plates. The conversion is in progress, so not complete, but I've got a bed, a sink, a stove, a furnace, and 110 VAC, so that's above the number of required items. I've done the wiring and plumbing myself but I've got a propane guy to do the gas so there's a cert there.

Still, a little nervous (I always am about inspections).

Anyone go through this? How closely do they look? Know a good place in the Lower Mainland to take the ol' girl?

Many thanks!

Canadian Framelines

chev49 03-09-2012 09:35 AM

Re: Registering in British Columbia
you should just be able to register it in Wa, and bus already meets requirements of Rv. Oregon, too. and there is tons of blm parks, in pac northwest.

Stuff 03-09-2012 10:41 AM

Re: Registering in British Columbia
when i brought mine home i got the week long temp tag for $75 as private bus not for passenger service.

if its anything like SGI in SK only declare seating for about 5 people. SGI had a conipsh*** when i said 16 seats in mine...

CanadianFramelines 03-09-2012 11:36 AM

Re: Registering in British Columbia
Thanks guys. I've also considered trying to register in Alberta as I understand their process is less strict as well, and then I wouldn't have to deal with the whole cross-border issue (don't know how troublesome that is but I'm not exactly itching to find out).

The other question I mean to ask above but forgot last night was: anyone ever do the "U-Bilt" vehicle registration through ICBC? That one is reeeeally hard to find info on.

CanadianFramelines 03-28-2012 12:40 AM

Re: Registering in British Columbia
The BC regs final update:

Finally had to bite the bullet and go for the commercial inspection. It was good, they found a couple issues I hadn't been aware of, but on the whole I would have rather not. Still, I now have a year decal in which to convert to an RV, get that past inspection, and then never have to do annuals again.

Here's the scoop: if your GVW is over 5,500 kg in British Columbia, you must either register as an RV or as a commercial vehicle. There are no other choices. And if you do go for the commercial reg, make certain you tell them the vehicle is unladen and is for pleasure only.

But as a bonus, vehicles of that class don't have to do AirCare!

Stuff 03-28-2012 09:54 AM

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hey nice find!! i know in sask i can haul around upto 15 people anywhere anyhow i want. the problems start if anyone gives me money/compensation for doing so. then its "illegal"... but if i rent the bus out its 100% legal... yay stupid laws lol.

chev49 03-28-2012 10:08 AM

Re: Registering in British Columbia
So.... what if you rent out the bus to illegals?..... :lol:

CanadianFramelines 03-28-2012 02:39 PM

Re: Registering in British Columbia

Originally Posted by Stuff
i know in sask i can haul around upto 15 people anywhere anyhow i want. the problems start if anyone gives me money/compensation for doing so.

Yeah my understanding of BC is that you shouldn't have more than ten, and not for pay either. Pretty similar. Rentals, eh? I wonder if that works here too? Oh well, I'm not exactly itching to test my luck with ICBC anytime soon...

scoolienewbie 04-16-2019 12:01 AM

hello all!
I have a quick question. When all of you registered your bus conversion in BC, did any of you have your propane system (fridge, cooktop, furnace, etc) inspected by a licensed "rv gas inspector" and get the official BC safety authority sticker for the window? I have noticed a lot of highly illegal propane appliance installations on Youtube and am wondering how people in BC got around that.

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