Episode 5 - Getting the bus

registered as a Motor Home

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. 1 Click 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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Endnotes 1 Wallydocking: 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.