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Old 07-30-2002, 08:46 AM   #1
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Has anybody actually registered a class 8 truck as a motorhome In California.

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Old 10-16-2005, 05:35 AM   #2
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CLASS 8 , i never heard of a CLASS 8 Motor Home?

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Old 10-16-2005, 07:42 AM   #3
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I think he is asking about a class tractor with a MoHo on the back, like a Show Hauler or a Renagade.

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You might want to check with the gang over on the Escapees BB --- under HDT's.... a lot of them have registered Class 7/8 as motorhomes in various states -- some states they have a problem doing it.

For the interest of those that don't know about these 5th wheel haulers -- you can register them in many states as a motorhome. Rules vary, but you need shore power, 'fridge, some place to cook (microwave oven) beds, water supply - sink - etc. Some states list 8 items and you need any 5=6 of them.

My truck is registered in Texas as a truck --- no advantage/disadvantage to motorhome registration that I can see. Different states might look at that differently.

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Jersey was butter, just told em it was a motorhome and no problems. Sorry can't help on Cali, do try http://www.truckconversion.net for more answers
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Old 11-14-2005, 05:25 PM   #6
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Yes, I have if you're still around. The post is a little old.

As for the count of items needed to qualify as a MH, it's listed in the applicable Federal Regs, with the State Regs as an addition. I have them out in the Volvo MH if anyone needs the reference.

In California, it's 4 out of the listed 6 items of habitability that are needed to qualify. With those four, the Class 8 tractor can become a motorhome.

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Tagging onto Garth's reply, Illinois requirements are:

Illinois Recreational Vehicle Defined:

"A recreational vehicle is defined as "Every camping trailer, motor home, mini-motor home, travel trailer, truck camper or van camper used primarily for recreational purposes and not used commercially nor owned by a commercial business" (625 ILCS 5/1-169). A motor home, mini-motor home, or van camper displaying Recreational Vehicle (RV) license plates must contain at least four of the following six equipment items:

1. a cooking facility with an on-board fuel source;
2. a gas or electric refrigerator;
3. a toilet with exterior evacuation;
4. a heating or air conditioning system with an on-board power or fuel source separate from the vehicle engine;
5. a drinkable water supply system that includes at least a sink, a faucet, and a water tank with a an exterior service supply connection;
6. a 110-15 volt electric power supply. If a van does not meet the RV equipment requirements, the applicant should purchase either passenger or B-truck license plates, depending on the design and use of the vehicle (625 ILCS 5/1-145.01).

If the van is designed and used for transporting 10 or fewer passengers and the area behind the driver and front passenger seats contains additional seats, the van may display passenger plates. If the van is designed and used for carrying or hauling freight or cargo and the area behind the driver and front passenger seats is entirely open (no additional seats), the van must display B-truck plates.

Trucks with camper shells or toppers qualify for RV plates if the vehicle is primarily used for recreational purposes and provides temporary living quarters for the recreational travel or camping use. (625 ILCS 5/1-211.01)

Motorized Recreational Vehicles are drawn by their own motive power. Vanity and Personalized Motorized Recreational Vehicle license plates are available."

One of the problems frequently encountered by folks attempting to title/register a Class 7/8 as a MH is ignorance of the applicable state regs. on the part of the state employees. Most have never processed a request and the first answer they give is "NO". This happened to me and I went to another office location and had it done within 10 min. with no problems.

My Mack has 30amp power, microwave, separate heater and A/C, and refrigerator -- satisfying 4 of the 6 requirements.
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COE Motorhome or Toterhome? Has any of the larger truck motorhome manufactures created a COE toterhome or motorhome? A COE seems like it would give you more bang for your buck. Plus its a class 8 chassis? Any ideas?
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