It’s mid-October. The temporary license plate and insurance I got in Georgia is coming to an end. The expensive safety inspection done by a Thomas dealership in Ontario is good for only 30 days. I have to get the ownership transferred to Ontario soon.I plan to spend up to a year converting the bus to a functional motor home (a skoolie.) But for a number of reasons (explained in this episode’s video) I decide to try to get the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO - like the DMV in many U.S. states) to register it right away as a motor home, and not the commercial vehicle it now is. Under the regulations, the MTO will consider a vehicle to be a motor home if it has any four of six listed features. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on components that will not be included in the final build. I don’t want to expend too much effort on modifications I’ll just be ripping out after. But I figure that, with about $300 in parts I won’t later use, and three day’s work, I can add these five items from their list of six:•cooking facilities,•an ice box,•a self-contained toilet,•a drinkable water supply system that includes a faucet and sink, and•a separate 110 volt power supply.I was advised by another Ontario skoolie owner that the staff behind the counter may be unfamiliar with the relevant regulations. To speed the process, I took his advice and brought along a printed copy of the regs. I’ve made them available here. While undertaking this project I also need to get insurance in Ontario, and Ontario license plates. Along the way I manage to spend my first night sleeping in the bus - Wallydocking.1Click the image below to see the episode on my YouTube channel. And while you’re there, click the Subscribe button so you don’t miss subsequent episodes.
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Endnotes1Wallydocking: staying overnight in your RV in a Walmart parking lot. A specific instance of:Boondocking: Camping in an RV in a place that offers no water, electrical or sewage hookups. It’s also known as dry camping, except it is not done on any developed camp ground. See, too:Moochdocking: Staying overnight for free in the driveway or other property of a friend or relative. There may or may not be hookups. Also known as driveway surfing.