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Old 07-23-2015, 08:44 PM   #11
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I would imagine that as long as you had the Bill of Sale, your NJ drivers License, and Insurance Proof, the states you were traveling through enroute probably wouldn't have a clue what the NJ requirements were, and would leave you alone, unless you broke some laws. I'd even bet if you did something simple, such as taping up one of the official-looking documents in the back window, assumptions would be made!!
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:26 PM   #12
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I would go back to the Licensing Office and ask for a Trip Permit. Escape gives you the trailer in the US so you say " We may be buying a trailer and picking it up in Washington State.


When you return you'll have all the papers including the Official document with Border Stamps. They need that later to certify the trailer legally entered the US.


That's how I did it after the Licensing person said to me "just get a Trip Permit and bring back the Border stamped document. We can't do anything without it".


Technically we are receiving the trailer from ETI in the USA.
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:17 AM   #13
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We towed from Canada back to Texas with no tag at all. Our county had to inspect our import before issuing anything. We had no problems. We had all paperwork and insurance in case of a stop. You have to cross a border patrol stop from New Mexico in to Texas and they said have a great day. I think that Maple leaf goes a long way in the states!! Rv parks and state parks we stayed in didn't ask a thing about our tags. It took some hoop jumping but two weeks after we returned we were finally issued tags. I think as long as you have your paperwork in order you should have no problem.

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Old 07-24-2015, 11:43 AM   #14
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Sometimes the problem can be solved by going to a different DMV office. Consider the human factor... I mean there are uninformed, lock-stepping dim bulbs in every office. It happened to me.
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:43 AM   #15
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Wouldn't give WA state any fee for a temporary permit unless I was a state resident. Like others we had zero problems traveling for 3 weeks. Then found the tiniest town with a DMV when we crossed back into our home state.
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:20 PM   #16
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Maybe you could "borrow" a Washington State address and register your trailer there. Then when you get home re-register in your home state. The trailer will no longer be an import and the beauracrats might have less heart burn.


Or ..... get a long Washington trip permit .......

I don't think I would go without any paperwork .... if it was me I'd get stopped on some mountain pass in a rain storm / tornado on a Saturday afternoon with no offices open til Tuesday cause Monday was a holiday. Two tow trucks, bail bond fees and hotels. How could they let you stay in your unregistered trailer ..... there might be something wrong that would put the arresting state into legal responsibility ....... never mind the trailer was already towed 2000 miles without a problem.

They've got us!

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Old 07-24-2015, 01:04 PM   #17
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Maybe you could "borrow" a Washington State address and register your trailer there. Then when you get home re-register in your home state. The trailer will no longer be an import and the beauracrats might have less heart burn.
Not unless you're interested in paying Washington State sales tax....
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:32 PM   #18
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You have to cross a border patrol stop from New Mexico in to Texas and they said have a great day.

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Not sure the dogs they have there are to sniff out unregistered trailers.

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Old 07-24-2015, 01:39 PM   #19
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Help/Ideas wanted for snag w/ title&registration N.J.

A couple of things:

Law enforcement couldn't care less about the trailer. During my law enforcement career I cannot recall ever running a camping trailer plate or even caring about it during a traffic stop. It's the motor vehicle they care about.

If on the odd chance you were pulled over because the trailer didn't have tags (not likely), a simple explanation that you bought the trailer and are taking it home to get it registered will suffice. If pressed, you can always produce the bill of sale and the export/import documents.

There is also a chance that a border patrol checkpoint might want to search the trailer for smuggling, etc, but I don't think of them as law enforcement - merely a border check.
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:41 PM   #20
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Maybe you could "borrow" a Washington State address and register your trailer there. Then when you get home re-register in your home state. The trailer will no longer be an import and the beauracrats might have less heart burn.


Or ..... get a long Washington trip permit .......

I don't think I would go without any paperwork .... if it was me I'd get stopped on some mountain pass in a rain storm / tornado on a Saturday afternoon with no offices open til Tuesday cause Monday was a holiday. Two tow trucks, bail bond fees and hotels. How could they let you stay in your unregistered trailer ..... there might be something wrong that would put the arresting state into legal responsibility ....... never mind the trailer was already towed 2000 miles without a problem.

They've got us!

I try my best to be mostly legal.
And I though I was paranoid Has there ever been a report here from anyone that had an incident with Barney Fife while towing a trailer with no license plate
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