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Old 08-23-2018, 09:40 AM   #1
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Hello From Shell Beach, CA

Hi, I am Karen. While not new to this forum this is my first post. A belated Thank you to all of you on this forum for sharing your expertise,experiences and problem solving. You helped me decide that a new Escape was for me for it's quality,value and customer service. I sold my cute 17' Casita in April . Ordered a 19' Escape last November. Headed to Chilliwack on 8/24 to pick her up on 9/4. Coming from California with my packed 2012 Toyota 4Runner. Very excited and a bit giddy. I have run into a snag tho and hope someone can guide me. Trying to get a travel permit from my CA DMV to cover a month of travel has been trying to say the least. I have insurance and "preregistered" the Escape by showing them docs and of course $$. They said they need to SEE trailer before giving full registration for operation. They mistakenly gave me a permit that expired 8/30. Went back and now they gave me a vehicle moving permit for one day.?? Question: Might I have better luck in Washington.?
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Old 08-23-2018, 09:46 AM   #2
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Congrats on your 19!

Generally a temporary tag is only issued if you're a resident of said state. Not sure about Washington though.

The need to see the trailer before issuing permanent registration is pretty common in many states. A quick read through of all the threads concerning registration however, and you soon find that the "rules" are inconsistent from office to office within each state.

If it were me, I'd just tow with what you have if you aren't headed back to CA for several more weeks. If you're stopped, which is unlikely, you have the paperwork showing it's yours, as well as the temp tag documents from the first registration.
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:06 AM   #3
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Will do. Thank you! After Chilliwack headed to beautiful Yellowstone and Grand Tetons then home.
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:41 AM   #4
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Will do. Thank you! After Chilliwack headed to beautiful Yellowstone and Grand Tetons then home.
Hi Karen and Congratulations! I would follow Robert’s advice and travel with all available paperwork. California requires you to register your trailer within 20 days of ‘entering’ the state. If stopped, you will have no problem proving ownership.

We’ll keep an eye out for you in Wyoming!
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:48 AM   #5
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Hi, I am Karen. While not new to this forum this is my first post. A belated Thank you to all of you on this forum for sharing your expertise,experiences and problem solving. You helped me decide that a new Escape was for me for it's quality,value and customer service. I sold my cute 17' Casita in April . Ordered a 19' Escape last November. Headed to Chilliwack on 8/24 to pick her up on 9/4. Coming from California with my packed 2012 Toyota 4Runner. Very excited and a bit giddy. I have run into a snag tho and hope someone can guide me. Trying to get a travel permit from my CA DMV to cover a month of travel has been trying to say the least. I have insurance and "preregistered" the Escape by showing them docs and of course $$. They said they need to SEE trailer before giving full registration for operation. They mistakenly gave me a permit that expired 8/30. Went back and now they gave me a vehicle moving permit for one day.?? Question: Might I have better luck in Washington.?
Hi Karen, we are also picking up our new 19 on Sept. 4! Our orientation is scheduled for 0830. Maybe see you then
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Old 08-23-2018, 11:08 AM   #6
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Yes, my ore is at 8:30 as well. See you then!!
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Old 08-23-2018, 11:55 AM   #7
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Hi Karen and Congratulations! I would follow Robert’s advice and travel with all available paperwork. California requires you to register your trailer within 20 days of ‘entering’ the state. If stopped, you will have no problem proving ownership.

We’ll keep an eye out for you in Wyoming!
Karen,
What Steve and Robert said worked for me. When I went to Canada to pickup my Escape I "just went" All the documentation you have should be fine if your stopped, although I was never stopped. When registering at DMV they looked at the date of when I crossed the border and said 20 or 30 day's ( can't remember) to register.
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Old 08-23-2018, 12:12 PM   #8
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Towed the 21, 2000 miles home without a plate and had no problem. The troubles started when I went to register it. I think you could find a lot of horror stories about that process on this foum. Loren
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Old 08-23-2018, 12:30 PM   #9
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Thank you all for your encouragement. It gives me hope so I will just stay positive and not worry so much.

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Old 08-23-2018, 03:44 PM   #10
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Same with us. When we picked up our 19', I went down to the DMV first and they took my money, gave me a receipt and told us to have it registered within 20 days of entering the state. We were never stopped (I did tape the receipt to the back window). First registration was at a small DMV (Hollister ... which is pretty busy nowadays) and had no problems. This time, I called our insurance company and they have everything set up so our policy begins on our pickup date but didn't even bother with DMV. I did make an appointment for Red Bluff DMV while on our trip home so we'll see if we have any issues with them. (Note: Check out their photos on-line ... nice wide street with lots of curbside parking) .

Bottom line, don't worry. You have proof of ownership, insurance and when you took possession ... that's about all they care about.
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