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Old 01-23-2015, 10:09 PM   #31
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You could always register it in Montana. There are lots of ads in the back of Trailer Life magazine for lawyers that will set you up a company specifically to own and register your TT or RV. They're designed to beat the sales tax, but they do provide an alternative if your state is too crazy.

I was looking at them just in case Connecticut made it difficult to register thing before the pickup, DMV took the paperwork from Tammy, a big check from me, and I got the plates. Fortunately there was no VIN verification on a new trailer coming from a dealer.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:12 PM   #32
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Sorry, but I cannot be much help even though I am here in Texas. We are paying cash and should avoid this issue.
Paying cash won't avoid it. The issue is registration and title in Texas, not financing. The finance company informed me of the requirement.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:15 PM   #33
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My finance company wants a "VTR 68A" form completed for our new trailer. I didn't even know what that was. Apparently it is an application for a VIN registration for an imported vehicle in Texas. Thing is, it is only completed by a law enforcement officer in person. That would mean I'd have to tow the trailer to the Police Department in San Antonio, pay for them to inspect it and provide the form, then take that form to the tax office along with the application for title before I could get tags! Color me confused.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:27 PM   #34
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Seriously? That means I will have to go though the same thing you are going through? Well, now that's a bummer. I only ask that I be able to benefit from your unfortunate circumstance of being the guinea pig this time.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:31 PM   #35
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Seriously? That means I will have to go though the same thing you are going through? Well, now that's a bummer. I only ask that I be able to benefit from your unfortunate circumstance of being the guinea pig this time.
Dunno. Maybe the folks down on 12th street in Bandera aren't as strict about it as in Bexar county? You may just luck out. Its supposed to be some statewide requirement however, for any imported vehicle. Their justification is that they want to make sure its not stolen. I call BS.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:32 PM   #36
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I suspect that if you spoke to a different clerk at a different window, you wouldn't run into this issue.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:38 PM   #37
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Did you take a loo at this website for Texas? It discusses the issue pretty well.
TXDMV.GOV - Out of State and Imported Vehicles
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:43 PM   #38
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Had a quick look at that website.
My first question is, is a trailer a vehicle according to state law? They want an odometer reading.
I'd ask if these requirements for a vehicle apply to a trailer. Could be that Essex clerk is not interpreting the law correctly.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:51 PM   #39
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Good point .......I'm not sure a trailer or 5th wheel would be considered a "vehicle".
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:24 PM   #40
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Good point .......I'm not sure a trailer or 5th wheel would be considered a "vehicle".
It is a vehicle - it's just not a motor vehicle. Just to confuse people, the Texas Motor Vehicle Registration Manual covers non-motorized vehicles... there are hundreds of references to "trailer" in that manual, and various types of trailers are defined (the manual's title should just omit the word "motor").

Now, what types of vehicles are covered by the Texas requirements which are an issue?
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