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Old 06-21-2009, 02:54 PM   #1
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Truck-Toterhome conversion licensing

I have a Ford Class 8 truck that I converted to a toterhome. It was previously registared as a farm truck (DOT tagged and inspected). I used the sleeper as the motorhome box. I gutted it and then built in a couch that folds into a bed, put in a small closet that has a toilet and also put in a microwave with a small refrig below. I took the 5th wheel off the back and built a "Western Hauler" style bed on the back with a gooseneck ball and tongue pull hitch. I then took pictures of the exterior and interior, had it re-weighed, got a motorhome inspection and a Form VI-30 (previously called a "Green Slip" to verify the vin #. I took all of this along with the old title and bill of sale to Guadalupe Co. Motor Vehicle Registration to get it re-titled as a Motorhome. They refused to do it. They said it was still a truck and had to be titled and registared as a commercial truck. I argued that it was a MH and no longer a commercial truck. They said motorhomes have special chassis' and bodies and this was still a truck.
I have owned 3 other toterhomes (a Kodiak, a Ford F700 and a KW T600), but all 3 were already titled as motorhomes when I bought them.
Is there anyone out there that has experience doing this in the state of Texas? I need HELP!
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Welcome to iRV2. Sorry you are having problems with your registration. Don't you just love dealing with government officials and agencies. Problem is you can talk to 4 different offices and get 5 different answers.

Your best bet would be to call the DPS in Austin on Monday and get them to give you an answer. Even there you may not get a straight answer.

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http://www.rvnetwork.com/index.php?showtopic=62721

Go to the above link, and research and ask away. This guys will know since several have done it in Texas
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Thanks, that's the info I needed. I'll be visiting the DMV again with the TXDot bulletin in hand.
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It's been my experience with NYS DMV that you can't expect them to know their own rules, even if it is their job.

Best of luck...
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I checked with TXDot. That bulletin is still current, so no reason I can't title as a MH.
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Thanks for everyones help. I took the TXDot bulletin back to tax office. They read, said sorry they didn't know and issued MH title. Case closed (I hope).
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I am going to be a bit tacky here...I am surprised that you found someone in the tax office that could read. I thought the only criteria to get a job there was you had to be breathing and managed to walk in on your own.

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