Choosing a Bus for Conversion, Tag, Title & Legal – How We Did It

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion

As we have been sharing our journey in converting our 1996 MCI D3 Coach Bus we have been asked a lot of the same questions from people who are considering a bus conversion themselves. We did a lot of research on buses prior to picking our Coach Bus so we thought we’d make a resource video and answer these FAQ.

In this video we discuss:

  • The Pros and Cons of School Buses and Coach Buses

  • How to get Legal (registration and insurance)

  • Driving and Safety in a Coach Bus

  • Demolition: The first steps to get your bus ready for your build

The Pros and Cons of School Buses and Coach Buses

There’s a lot to consider when choosing your dream bus, I highly recommend you do a lot of research before you purchase a bus but we hope this video will help you consider some of the basics of which kind of bus is right for you.

How to get Legal (registration and insurance)

Here are some helpful links with regards to getting your bus legal that we talk about in the video:

Register your bus as an RV in Vermont

CA DMV RV Registration

Driving and Safety in a Coach Bus

View the Pre-Trip Inspection Video here

Download the Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist we created to use before we drive the bus anywhere

Demolition: The first steps to get your bus ready for your build

Often people burn out after the demolition and give up on their bus conversion. If you can find a bus that someone has already taken down to the bare bones I would highly recommend you consider buying it, or at the very least with the seats removed. The demolition is tough and having gone through the process we can understand why so many people give up at this stage. 

Knowing your limits and capabilities is important when taking on such a venture. Our demolition was exhausting but it did not break us. Watch our series of demolition videos here to get a taste of what a coach bus demolition looks like:

Full Playlist of Bus Demolition - Season 2 

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About the Author

Mela and Don are sharing their journey as they make conscious decisions to live a more healthy, environmentally friendly life together.

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