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Old 07-24-2015, 01:53 PM   #21
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I have a contractor friend who has never had a license plate on his work truck in the 15 years I've known him, and he's never been pulled over. I think it's how you drive, and whether you're doing anything unusual, or somehow "look suspicious" (whatever that means!).
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:55 PM   #22
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Didn't Barney own a Shasta?
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:58 PM   #23
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We've driven 3 different vans from Chicago to Texas, via Detroit, Michigan, each without plates. They were donations to the business for which my husband worked, and title was open until we got home and could give papers to the business office. We were never stopped.

YMMV, but I'm not (very) concerned about bringing home a brand new travel trailer. Having said that, I will attempt to get the plate for it once I get paperwork from Tammy (or Barb?); but if my county won't go for it without the visual inspection of the VIN, we'll go get the trailer and (try) not (to) worry about it too much on the trip home from WA.
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Old 07-24-2015, 02:06 PM   #24
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We had a similar concern when we picked up a used Escape from the factory. New Mexico would not issue us a plate without seeing the trailer in person. We took the plate of our previous trailer (a Scamp)and put it on the Escape when we picked it up in BC. We kept the paperwork with us until we got home and were able to transfer that plate officially to the Escape. Just a piece of mind thing. We figured we reduced our likelihood of getting pulled over for no plate and could explain the discrepancy if we did.


If you need help getting through the local DMV bureaucracy, we found that our local AAA office was able to make a few calls and find us a specific person to deal with if the process got stalled. That was very useful!
BTW, we never were questioned about the plate.
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:58 PM   #25
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Old 07-25-2015, 12:33 AM   #26
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Not unless you're interested in paying Washington State sales tax....
Question: Are you Washington State residents having to pay sales tax tax on your trailers? Gasp! That would be nearly 10%!

I'm an Alaska resident and Im not expecting to have to pay sales tax on my trailer ..... but then our only sales tax is a minicipal tax and not a state sales tax.

A strange thing did happen last week. About a month ago I bought a covered cargo trailer in Wash. State......to haul some family things back to Alaska. I showed my Alaska DL and avoided Washington state sales tax. The following week I was in Juneau with title and papers applying for plates at Alaska DMV. I had already gotten it listed as a commercial trailer with my insurance company. When I looked at my DMV papers, they had it listed as a private /personal trailer. "That will be $35 dollars / year Sir". When I told them it was a commercial trailer they said "Oh sorry ............. its $35 one time fee ....no tabs no annual registration or fees". I didn't ask any more questions.
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Old 07-25-2015, 12:58 AM   #27
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I will be paying 9.1% when I register the trailer here in Kansas. And I have the feeling they are going to try to stick it to me on the Canadian dollar figure. Will be close to $6000 between the truck and trailer. And we pay full sales tax on groceries too. A real bite for people on fixed incomes. Loren
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:17 AM   #28
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I will be paying 9.1% when I register the trailer here in Kansas. And I have the feeling they are going to try to stick it to me on the Canadian dollar figure. Will be close to $6000 between the truck and trailer. And we pay full sales tax on groceries too. A real bite for people on fixed incomes. Loren
But you can store yours in a cave! Can't believe KS is that high. If they do the same as many places, they look at the Canadian dollar amount for the sales price from your ETI papers and figure the tax on the conversion for that amount. Since the Canadian dollar is down even more than when you paid for the trailer, they will charge you tax on a sales price that is thousands less. They will likely use a conversion rate for that day you register it--- not the day you paid. It won't make up for the high sales tax but it will "save" you something if they do it that way --- assuming the dollar situation continues the way it has been.
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:20 AM   #29
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The positive about paying sales tax on groceries is that those who can only afford Kraft mac 'n' cheese pay little sales tax, while those who dine on prime rib and lobster pay a lot more.
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:24 AM   #30
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The positive about paying sales tax on groceries is that those who can only afford Kraft mac 'n' cheese pay little sales tax, while those who dine on prime rib and lobster pay a lot more.
I guess I never thought of it that way. Loren
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