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Old 04-03-2012, 10:23 PM   #21
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Re: Towing Unregistered

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Even if you plan to tow across the states unlicensed it might be a good idea to get a temporary transport tag/trip permit regardless of how short the duration might be. Here in Washington you can get it blank from the DMV and fill in the date once you pick up the trailer. I suspect the customs inspector at the border might have some reluctance to stamp your form if you don't have some sort of license in place when you cross. The inspector did seem pleased when I pointed out the tempory tag.

For that matter, simply having it in your rear window may get you clear across the country wthout incident regardless of the date on it. It's not that easy to read through the window tinting anyway and I doubt the average police officer is going to look that closely unless you're taking your half of the road out of the middle.

Apropos of crossing, when I crossed at Sumas last month I was through in 15 minutes at midday, the staff were courteous and professional, and the inspector that checked the vin on the trailer noted my Retired Army window sticker and made a point of thanking me for serving. After all of the horror stories one hears, that was a thoroughly gratifying experience.

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Old 04-04-2012, 06:44 PM   #22
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Here's the latest.
Verified once more by calling the main office in Lansing, no temporary registration available from Michigan. But, they suggested seeing if BC would temporary register it. Called the ICBC, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, (seems insurance is their primary concern, but they also do license & registration as a side line). They can provide temporary insurance, probably 1, 5, or 30 days, with paperwork that gets displayed in the rear window. The official paperwork would probably satisfy any cop. It also seems in BC that registration is not needed for 6 months for a motor vehicle or trailer used for touring. I verified with Escape that this should be viable, and they said there would be an office within 10 minutes of them that could provide this.
Liz, you'll be there the day before us and can run interferance.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:24 AM   #23
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When we moved to Washington from Wisconsin, we drove two cars each with a trailer without registration because Wisconsin doesn't register trailers below a certain weight. We had a boat trailer and a cargo trailer.
I would just check with my insurance company, make sure you have all they need and the coverage then forgetaboutit and have a good time. If anyone stops you, you can just say you are transporting it home from the factory. I think the cops will think, "There goes another poor soul from Michigan where they don't want to give him a registration." I think police are aware that other states have weird laws and give an out of stater a break.

If you REALLY want to be correct. Lease a licensed transport trailer and place your new trailer on it! LOL
Say, Michigan borders Canada, just travel in Canada until you can cross into Michigan.
Just kidding on both of these.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:18 PM   #24
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Just got home with our wonderful new 19. Nebraska couldn't register it in advance of us bringing it through customs. So we drove it without any form of registration from April 12 to May 5, and were not stopped by the authorities anywhere in the many states we covered (Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska). Phew! Everybody seemed to think we were from Canada with that maple leaf on the spare tire cover, so maybe that was the charm. --Liz
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:33 PM   #25
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Hi, thanks for the complement. Glad you made it home save and sound. Now you can relax and enjoy your new trailer.
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:42 PM   #26
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Some 5,000 miles and 11 states after picking uo our 5.0, we finally got back home to Lake Orion, Michigan. Nobody stopped us. One California Highway Patrolman eyeballed us for a minute, probably saw that we were out of state, then took off. The Michigan officer that did the VIN verification was surprised that we weren't stopped. I guess trailers are just not worth the time for them.
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Hi: JC...WELCOME home. Got any pic's. of your trip back I use www.shrinkpictures.com to resize my pic's. for the forum. You can add 2 per post under +additional options...
Great that you made it back with only a cursory eying from the CHiP. Alf
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Just got home with our wonderful new 19. Nebraska couldn't register it in advance of us bringing it through customs. So we drove it without any form of registration from April 12 to May 5, and were not stopped by the authorities anywhere in the many states we covered (Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska). Phew! Everybody seemed to think we were from Canada with that maple leaf on the spare tire cover, so maybe that was the charm. --Liz
Did you have any trouble at the border without any plate?
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:39 PM   #29
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We had absolutely no trouble at the border with no plate. We just had Tammy's paperwork.

Our local registration office was suspicious about Tammy's paperwork, however, when we were home at last. They mentioned a signature that they wanted to be on the back of a certain piece of paper, questioned whether I was presenting photocopies instead of originals ("no!" said I), and said something about how none of the papers proved that Escape Trailer had turned the camper over to us. All I could say was, "I dunno! This is what she gave me." The credibility of gray hair and an honest face were all I had to offer. They then called somebody in our capital city (Lincoln) who subsequently, I was told, called Tammy in Canada to verify something-or-other. It took about 2 hours. Fortunately, I was still fresh off the vacation and would let NOTHING spoil that good feeling.

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Old 05-17-2012, 09:24 PM   #30
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No problems at the border without a plate. Tammy's paperwork was fine. The Homeland Security guy was a little miffed that his word wasn't good enough for VIN verification, and that it required a Michigan officer's signature. The Michigan officer was surprised that without a plate, no one stopped us.
Alf, I'm attempting to attach a picture. We'll see if it works, you mighjt be pushing my limit. The trailer pulled very well. I wanted the hitch 2" forward of the axle, but they couldn't manage it, so 2" behind. Pin box fully extended. Plenty of clearance to go 90 degrees and tow with the tailgate down if I want. I'm amazed how well both truck and trailer did. No complaints at all about how it tows.
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