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We want to buy a retired school bus and use it for personal use. How?

Author : coolio

Submitted : 2018-01-09 12:21:56    Popularity:     

Tags: retired  buy  school  personal  bus  

We are in Pa, and moving to Az. We are looking at a '97 E350 powerstroke, 17 seater school bus. We need to figure out how to insure and register, with temp tags, to move it across the country. Once in Az, we will be converting it to a camper. We canno

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i hope you plan to do 100% boondocking. only the nastiest of campgrounds will let you stay there because your electrical, plumbing,and propane systems likely won't be certified and possibly burn/blow up their campground. the same goes with cops or places like walmart parking lots and truck stops. if they are paying attention or have any common sense unless your conversion looks absolutely beautiful some will think you are just trying to find a way to live like bums. even something like emptying you dump tanks can be a problem if you aren't allowed in campgrounds. or are you planning to just use public restrooms? or go to the bathroom on the side of the road? and don't get caught dumping your waste-if caught they might bring out a hazmat team for the 10 gallons of poopee you dumped on the ground at it cost you thousands.
buy a regular motorhome unless you are convinced you can survive on the BLM and federal land that allows long term boondocking.

It should register as a truck. Not sure about insurance.

DMV won't help because they have no say in it and they're not in that business. You'd need to talk to your local insurance agent.

Buy a membership with AAA and let them handle it. For such a long trip, if might be helpful to have an auto club available.

I'd talk to the DMV

Stay in PA, we don't need another rotting school bus sitting in the desert in AZ. We have enough already.

I suggest you hold off.
Move to your destination and buy there. https://www.bestbussales.com/bbs/inventory/?ppc_keyword=used%20buses%20and%20coaches%20for%20sale&gclid=CjwKCAjwgvfOBRB7EiwAeP7ehgmKuvzM2qvJ_8CJvIRLZ-P1VLTDHuhRWLeh0EE1Z6W5KVrLkLqMzhoCVmwQAvD_BwE
Less risk of a major breakdown during the trip.
You would really need a proper survey of the used vehicle to ensure a safe trip. although stripping out the seats might allow you move your furniture yourself.
In my state, it would be a simple vehicle sale. If it did not have permanent installation of a Head and/or Galley it would register as either Commercial, Bus or Combo plates. Once the proper fittings were added it could be registered as a RV.
1. Total Inspection.
2. It has to be repainted as it Cannot be painted "Chrome" yellow (School Bus yellow).
3. Removal of the "Stop" lights and if equipped the "Stop sign".
Some states have two kinds of RV registrations.
Site to Site (only on the road to get from one place to another camping ground, mostly parked), and Roaming (always on the road traveling).



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