On Friday I took the coach for inspection. It went smoothly and I then was able to go to the Harris County Tax Assessor’s office. Registration fees were $390. Ouch! But it is what it is in terms of costs. The coach is now licensed.
I did opt to have them issue Amateur Radio Operator plates. This gives me the joy of having the same license plate number on all 3 of my vehicles. It took the tax office 30 minutes to figure out how to put the coach in due to it’s weight.
Never to be outdone, HCTRA our friendly toll road authority required an in-person visit and a few explanations to get an EZ Tag issued and all my vehicles updated. Their website errored out when trying to assign the same license plate to multiple vehicles. I’m a little afraid to go back into the portal now. It’s good to have an EZTAG though because I can take the toll roads when I need to do so. Houston traffic is especially irritating most of the time, so the toll roads are just one of the many tools used to deal with it. They can be a huge timesaver if there is an accident on one of the freeways.
I also decided to start keeping a spreadsheet of my costs. It was a little sombering. The LED refit was about a $1500 project. Not cheap, but that should be the last of it. So far I’m at just under $11K including purchase price and excluding operating costs like fuel. I don’t think it’s fair to track fuel or lodging as an ownership cost. Repairs on the other hand are fair game, as is CoachNet, Insurance, Registration, etc.
I often say that if you should run like hell if you are worried about the fuel costs or ownership costs. However, I’d like to be able to know if my grand experiment was financially stupid or not at the end of the day.