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Old 07-14-2014, 11:20 AM   #11
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We just returned from the county tax and title office. I was hoping to have a license plate for the new trailer so we wouldn't have to worry about the trip home without one. The pleasant young lady who waited on us had never registered a trailer from Canada so she called for help. The supervisor came over, looked at the paperwork that ETI had sent and reported “no problem.” He said that if we didn't have what we paid in US dollars, (we did), we could simply use the Google exchange rate for the day. He did ask us what they called their money in Canada, so I'm guessing he hadn't had very much experience either.

I held my breath when the young lady asked when we had taken possession of the trailer, and my wife answered “we haven't picked it up yet.” But the lady simply said “would today's date be okay for the paperwork?” Anyway, we left after about fifteen or twenty minutes with license plate, Florida registration, and Florida title in hand - it couldn't have been easier or any more pleasant.
Hi: Ray N... Nice to meet you in Osoyoos BC. Nice site on the lake too!!!
It was really easy in Ontario Canada when we got back. Once the nice lady got her head around the fact we paid the 5% GST tax in BC. we only had to pay a few more thousand 8% PST tax + a $10. fee in Ontario!!! Alf
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:04 PM   #12
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Called DMV in California today. After a long hold it was no because our entry point was Washington, and we could go to their DMV for a "transit pass" or something. Am going to use one of the new car Dealer license plate frames with their cardboard advertising. Shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:18 PM   #13
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I got one of those Washington temporary plates for $30 while contemplating picking up my Escape 19. Very easy to to do ! I contacted the closest taxing authority in Bellingham- see here https://fortress.wa.gov/dol/dolprod/...aspx?County=37. Here are the rules for the 3 day permit WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: Vehicle trip permits
Not sure customs will allow you to cross into US without a plate/permit. This should get you back to California with something on the trailer.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:01 PM   #14
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Escape is bringing the trailer across, right? Then a US customer hooks up and drives away. I notice you quoted a "taxing authority" in Bellingham. That's what it is- another garbage tax. Fortunately we did our Canada trip in June and won't be going back across the border so am comfortable having it look like a new car. How many people get pulled over for no license plates driving a new car?
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:07 PM   #15
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You may be the first……..I just answered your question, you decide if you want to abide by it, garbage or not.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:12 PM   #16
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Not sure customs will allow you to cross into US without a plate/permit. This should get you back to California with something on the trailer.
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Escape is bringing the trailer across, right? Then a US customer hooks up and drives away.
True, but some buyers take delivery in the U.S. and then immediately take the trailer to Chilliwack for orientation or other follow-up - or just into Canada for vacation while they are in the area - which leaves them needing to re-enter the U.S. with the trailer themselves.

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EFortunately we did our Canada trip in June and won't be going back across the border so am comfortable having it look like a new car. How many people get pulled over for no license plates driving a new car?
This varies by location. In any Canadian province I've been in, new cars have proper license plates from the moment they leave the dealership, so driving a vehicle with no plate will likely get you pulled over. Granted, a trailer is not as likely to get a police officer's attention, but even trailers are not towed without plates here.

I realize that in some states the system is quite different, and new cars drive for long periods with a piece of paper while waiting for plates. We had a rental car with just a paper tag once. It is rumoured that Steve Jobs leased (or bought) a new car every few months so he never had a license plate.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:18 PM   #17
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I towed my Escape home to North Van from Chilliwack, forgetting to put the plate on, although I had it with me.
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:48 PM   #18
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There has been a lot of posts regarding title/plate, etc. To me the big issue is insurance. Under my AAA policy I am automatically insured during the first 30 days of ownership. That's what really matters to me, not Barney Fife.
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:12 AM   #19
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In the "old days" (2009), when I got mine, I picked her up in Chilliwack, along with paperwork, stayed a few days, then headed back to California, staying in Oregon for a couple of days, and about a week later went to California DMV. It had never occurred to me to get a license plate for something I didn't have yet. I just figured I'd show the paperwork, if I got stopped.
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:20 AM   #20
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And, if you did get stopped, you could just hitch up your skirt, show some 'gam' and hitchhike home.
What the heck is 'gam' anyway? Something from the old days, I guess.
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