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Old 04-05-2016, 03:41 PM   #11
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When we registered / licensed / titled our trailer in Wisconsin it took one trip to the DMV and less than 20 minutes to complete the process. Having to comply with the law is part of living in a civilized society.
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Old 04-05-2016, 03:56 PM   #12
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When we registered / licensed / titled our trailer in Wisconsin it took one trip to the DMV and less than 20 minutes to complete the process. Having to comply with the law is part of living in a civilized society.

I don't think anyone here is advocating not following the law. It may have been easy for you, but in other states it is not.

I also don't understand how some folks have so much faith in our system, as if there is not a single illogical regulation or routine in government (not referring to anyone specific here, btw). Being civilized is more about how we act and treat one another, not by how much the government dictates our lifestyle. Sure we need government, but it is not the answer for everything.
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:16 PM   #13
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Some things never change. At least your DMV employees didn't spend 15 minutes with the Vehicle Code trying to prove our 19 needed a smog inspection when we registered in '09! No lie. Deep breathing, lots of patience, you will prevail.

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Old 04-05-2016, 04:23 PM   #14
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Some things never change. At least your DMV employees didn't spend 15 minutes with the Vehicle Code trying to prove our 19 needed a smog inspection when we registered in '09! No lie. Deep breathing, lots of patience, you will prevail.

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Old 04-05-2016, 04:27 PM   #15
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I put up with a bunch of crap in Kansas too. Since it was a Canadian import, they were thrown for a loop. Loren
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:39 PM   #16
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They use a cop at our RMV, stands just inside the door regulating flow in and out, a bouncer with a gun.
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:44 PM   #17
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Makes a person shutter!! We will be doing this in Aug/Sep'16 for a 5.0TA. Has any one tried going to CA Auto Assn to register their imported trailer? They do some DMV services for AAA members. Unless I hear or see something here in a couple of days, I shall stop at a local AAA and see what they have to offer. That being said, our plan is take delivery of our trailer on Aug 12, '16, maybe spend a day or so in the area getting the trailer checked out, loaded with our belongings and provisions, and then tour Canada/the western provinces on the way to Winnipeg to visit Jacki's sister and other Canadian relatives. Following a couple of weeks, we would again cross from Manitoba back into the U.S. into North Dakota in order to visit my sister in Minnesota! We would then proceed through several more U.S. states enroute to California, where supposedly we have to visit DMV within 30 days or so.
I will check out the AAA route to see what they might have to say and will post any results.
Are there any Canadian comments about US citizens importing a Canadian trailer, crossing back into Canada (with no U.S. license plates) and then touring Canada for a couple of weeks before departing the country again? This all sounded like a wonderful (and simple idea) when we first began this adventure back in Sep '15.
I remember reading in a separate thread that AAA was not able to help with imported trailers but of course you may want to verify that yourself.

We took ours to the DMV in Folsom. Made an appointment and all went smoothly, in and out in 40 minutes total. The experience sure seems to vary depending on which office you go to. I have to think though at the larger offices your chances are better to get someone who knows what they're doing and doesn't make any unusual requests.
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So seems like you're still not registered after this frustrating experience, but you mention they took almost $3k out of your checking account. Curious to hear how the money is going to show up when you go to another office or did they refund it before you left?
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:29 PM   #19
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Has any one tried going to CA Auto Assn to register their imported trailer? They do some DMV services for AAA members.
Since CAA and AAA are associated, member clubs of each organization can assist not just members of other clubs, but those of the other association. On the other hand, each club (such as the Alberta Motor Association here) can be an agency of the provincial or state motor vehicle registration system, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they can act as an agency for another jurisdiction (province or state), let alone one in another country.

I wouldn't count on registry services from anyone outside of the jurisdiction (e.g. I wouldn't expect any Alberta services outside of Alberta), auto club or not.

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Are there any Canadian comments about US citizens importing a Canadian trailer, crossing back into Canada (with no U.S. license plates) and then touring Canada for a couple of weeks before departing the country again?
I don't know about the import aspects, but here in Alberta vehicles (both motor vehicles and trailers) normally get a license plate before they leave the seller's location, so it is quite unusual to see any vehicle without a license plate on it. I realize that this is unlike some places, such as the state where I rented a van and it came with a piece of paper instead of plates because it was new. I think the trailer without a plate will attract some law enforcement attention... which might not be a problem.
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The Latest Saga with the California DMV

Maury and Julie, you just hit the DMV bureaucratic buzz saw. Ask 10 different people at the DMV the same question and you'll get 10 different answers. Same here, same everywhere. The key is to be forearmed with documentation. I printed out all the requirements from the Texas DMV site before I went through the rigamarole. When the DMV worker didn't know what the heck to do, I showed her the steps and requirements from her own bureau. In and out relatively quickly. It's sad that a layman has to teach a supposed knowledgable professional about their own requirements, but I guess they do so few of these that nobody there qualifies as an expert - or doesn't want to take the time to learn.
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