Getting A Wisconsin Mobile Home Title For A Converted School Bus
If you’re looking to get a Wisconsin Mobile Home Title for your converted school bus, then this story is for you. Meghan & David Post successfully got their Skoolie, Gus The Bus, titled, registered, and insured in Wisconsin as a motorhome / RV in 2020.
The story of Gus The Bus going from an old school bus to a tiny home on wheels will hopefully inspire you and help you get your bus titled so that you can hit the road sooner!
Getting a Wisconsin mobile home title for a converted school bus is easier than most may think…
While every school bus conversion to a motor home or a recreational vehicle may vary from state to state, and even country to country, one thing we’ve started to notice is that the process is similar.
In this article, we’re featuring Meghan & David Post from Wisconsin who are sharing their Skoolie Title Story. Their Skoolie is named Gus The Bus!
DISCLAIMER: Everyone's situation is different. Laws for titling and registering a school bus as a motorhome vary from country to country, state to state, province to province and even city to city. Also, laws, rules and regulations can change without notice. What works for someone in one place, may not be the same for someone else. Use this Skoolie Title Story as a guide to give you the language you need and to get you going. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to verify what's current in your area. This article is for entertainment purposes only and should not be substituted for legal advice. Please consult your local title and registration governmental agency for current processes & procedures.
How To Title & Register A Converted School Bus To A Motor Home In Wisconsin
To get to the bottom of it, we asked Meghan & David some questions to see what was the process in Wisconsin to switch the title from an old school bus into a motor home title. The result is their tiny home on wheels. Here’s what they had to say…
What first intrigued you about building a Skoolie?
I (Meghan) was inspired by @midwestwanderers skoolie and was lost in a rabbit hole of Pinterest and Instagram inspirations!!
When did you acquire your Skoolie?
Where did y’all buy your school bus?
We bought our bus from Craigslist!
What components did you need to install to meet the Wisconsin mobile home title requirements to go from school bus to RV?
The only two requirements was that it was painted a different color than school bus yellow, as well as the signage and flashing lights that come on with the stop sign was removed from the outside.
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Did you get your school bus titled as a motorhome/RV in Wisconsin before or after conversion?
We completed our conversion before going through the motorhome title and registration process.
What were the steps required to register & title your school bus as a motorhome / RV in Wisconsin?
- After researching our state’s requirements, we printed out the MV1-2 form, as well as the MV2103 School Bus Conversion Record sheet.
- A sheriff inspected our conversion and signed off on the MV2103 form.
- Sent in paperwork to WI DMV. Due to COVID, things are taking much longer, and we are still waiting on our plates.
So let us get this straight, you got your temporary license plate BEFORE registering as a motorhome while waiting for the metal plates to arrive?
This question has a fully loaded answer. We left Wisconsin to drive our converted bus to Illinois to further wait out COVID-19. We attempted to JUST get temporary plates in Wisconsin and register the bus in Arkansas, but the Wisconsin DMV told us we needed to pay the troll tolls 🙂
We ended up registering the bus AFTER receiving our temp plate (we drove to IL road legal with the temp). Once the WI DMV caught on to our plan, they ensured us that we were not doing things legally, and needed to fully register the bus as an RV in WI (even though we were in IL at this point).
When you bought your school bus, how did you get it from the seller’s lot to your conversion location?
Great question!! We bought insurance from Progressive to get our school bus from KY to IL. Kentucky seemed waaaayyy more lenient than IL for this request for a temporary plate. Since the previous owner blacked out the school district name on the side of the bus, we then successfully passed a DMV inspection to take our bus up north. Our Progressive insurance policy was the cheapest policy and more so gave us peace of mind while traveling up north.
What was your Wisconsin skoolie insurance process AND what kind of RV policy did you need?
To drive our bus, the previous owner did some legal work including blacking out the name of the school district on the side. We took advice from the Skoolie Nation Facebook group and went with Progressive.
Skoolie Nation has helped us so much and we are so grateful! Once our bus was converted, we went with All-State, after much research and many let downs (including failing at getting back our previous policy with Progressive). We pay ~$1,200/ year for full coverage!
Do you live in your Skoolie full-time?
Yes, I’m full-time Skoolie Life!
What’s one piece of wisdom you’d like to give people who are considering converting a school bus into a Skoolie that you wish you knew before you got started?
There are so many things to say, but fellow skoolie friends told us this and it stuck-KEEP GOING! You’re might get burnt out, let down, and frustrated, but take a breath and keep going!
What do you think your superpower is (or would be) in a Skoolie build?
I love using my creativity with design! Perhaps my superpower is reclaiming old things and turning them into useful things! 🙂
Here’s how to follow Gus The Bus:
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Brian Garcia + Erin Nicole Bick has been traveling full-time since April of 2017. They like to consider themselves location independent. Their goal is to empower others to live life on their terms and create their own definition of independence/freedom. Through their content, eCourses, and consulting they share their simple method for building an online business, and living a happier life.
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