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Old 01-30-2017, 12:09 PM   #21
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Totally great recommendation, about Shasta. I was literally considering to get the escape, do a dry run camp one night near the border to make sure things are hunky dory, then make a dash down to shasta to 'get legal' before going all the way back to BC to continue our trip. But I may chance it with the bill
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it is a LONG drive down to Mt Shasta, all in all,

I can't advise you on just using the Bill of Sale...

and.... if for some reason they can't hand you plates the same day at Mt Shasta, they give you a temporary registration red paper to put in your rear window,

however on the awning thermal windows (2017) they are so tinted you can't see the registration paper if it is taped to the back window.... so perhaps why bother?

you'd have all your paperwork from the importation with you....

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Old 01-30-2017, 01:36 PM   #22
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I know some are just towing home with no tags. But I don't think they really understand what could happen. God forbid you have unforeseen accident
I was quite worried when I brought mine home without a plate on it and it was only a 3 hour drive. I figured I'd tell any Stater that pulled me over I had just got it, couldn't get a plate until hubby came home from being out of the country (we're both on the title, so we both had to be there to register it) and hope for the best. As well as showing my paperwork proving I had just picked it up.

I really don't know what I would have done if I lived in a state where I couldn't get a plate beforehand. Well, I do. The same as what I did and hope for the best.

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Old 01-30-2017, 01:42 PM   #23
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... I called the vehicle licensing office in Lynden (8130 Guide Meridian, 360-354-8080) and they will issue a 3 day permit. You can buy several. We play to buy 3 to give us 9 days to get home and mess around a bit. I'm not anxious to be stopped without some kind of registration. With the new administration no telling if future higher import taxes or regulations will hinder future buyers. Let's hope not (I'm not trying to be political).
Interesting you can get multiple 3-day passes. That would probably work for quite a few people.

And you're not being political - just realistic. Dirk and I were just commenting the other day that we got our trailer at a really good time. The Canadian to US dollar exchange rate was great (for us) and we didn't have to worry about higher import fees that will probably come soon.
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Old 01-30-2017, 02:00 PM   #24
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Why does one think that these passes are valid outside of Washington? Ordered one years ago in the mail and they are merely cardboard temporary plates for that state? No registration nor fees paid, no paper work, other than $30 receipt.
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Old 01-30-2017, 02:21 PM   #25
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Why does one think that these passes are valid outside of Washington? Ordered one years ago in the mail and they are merely cardboard temporary plates for that state? No registration nor fees paid, no paper work, other than $30 receipt.
Yeah, I specifically remember that they were not valid outside Washington. But it could be that changed? I couldn't find it in the info on the dol.wa.gov site. But I recall chancing it on not having one for Oregon as I went south.
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Ok, how about this, has anyone here on the Forum ever reported being ticketed for not having a license plate, when they were on their way home?

If one's own state will not issue it until it is back in that state, and you have the paperwork to show that the trailer was just purchased, what is the actual likelihood that the police in another state are going to ticket you?

I have yet to see anyone post here who has had anything more than having their paperwork checked and then explained their situation to the officer. Maybe if someone is a smarta$$ to the cop something might happen, but all of them I've known have been decent people not looking to hassle people for no reason.

Border guards would have no jurisdiction on license plates and hopefully they have a lot more important things that they are worried about --- like potatoes...
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Old 01-30-2017, 03:30 PM   #27
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Ok, how about this, has anyone here on the Forum ever reported being ticketed for not having a license plate, when they were on their way home?

If one's own state will not issue it until it is back in that state, and you have the paperwork to show that the trailer was just purchased, what is the actual likelihood that the police in another state are going to ticket you?

I have yet to see anyone post here who has had anything more than having their paperwork checked and then explained their situation to the officer. Maybe if someone is a smarta$$ to the cop something might happen, but all of them I've known have been decent people not looking to hassle people for no reason.

Border guards would have no jurisdiction on license plates and hopefully they have a lot more important things that they are worried about --- like potatoes...
Exactly my point, save the money for beer......
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:13 PM   #28
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I had no issues coming over the borders into California. Evidently, you can get a temporary license from DMV, but it is only good for a few days. There is a store at Sumac that will sell you a temporary WA license, which you can use until you get to CA. I just kept to the speed limits and had the paperwork with me. DMV was the challenge, not the borders.
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As long as you have all the paperwork and the import document you're fine.
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Ok, how about this, has anyone here on the Forum ever reported being ticketed for not having a license plate, when they were on their way home?

If one's own state will not issue it until it is back in that state, and you have the paperwork to show that the trailer was just purchased, what is the actual likelihood that the police in another state are going to ticket you?

I have yet to see anyone post here who has had anything more than having their paperwork checked and then explained their situation to the officer. Maybe if someone is a smarta$$ to the cop something might happen, but all of them I've known have been decent people not looking to hassle people for no reason.

Border guards would have no jurisdiction on license plates and hopefully they have a lot more important things that they are worried about --- like potatoes...
The problem is some of us from the east coast would like to spend some time in the west before getting home. When I picked up my 2011 17, it took me 111 days & 18,721 miles to get back to NY. That's why I did everything I could to get the plate before I left to pick up the trailer.
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