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Old 04-27-2016, 11:48 PM   #11
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I'll just add on the time of payment because I was penalized in Texas for registering it late. Pay the trailer when you are about to take/possess it. I paid the trailer at the end of June 2015 while I was still assigned in Japan but I towed it from the Escape factory in Canada at the end of August 2015 and then went to TX DMV right away. TX DMV thought I bought it in June but merely registering it in August so I was given late penalties when I was registering the trailer and paying its state tax. By the way, you can get a temporary paper trailer tag from TX DMV if you are towing your trailer from Canada.
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:49 AM   #12
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Ikea carries a whole line of Stugvik products that use the screw assist vacuum design - including towel bars that adjust in length!

STUGVIK Basket with suction cup - IKEA
Thanks for the tip. These look promising for the bathroom/shower in our 5.0TA that we're picking up next week.
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:46 AM   #13
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We have a 5.0TA, and have done several trips in it. All boondocking.

We like these options, that we chose:
Opening bathroom window
Outside shower
Spray insulation - protects the bottom of the trailer's gelcoat- we drive a a fair bit on gravel roads
Kitchen counter 'flip-up' extension wing

Our model has the small counter on the right hand inside of the door- we call it our desk. This feature is great- papers, maps, books, keys. I think I've seen a picture of a 5.0TA that has that replaced with a full length closet. I'd rather have the counter desk.

We did get low pressure propane gas hose with quick disconnect- We haven't used it yet.
Also bought the extra captain's reading light's. Had them installed over the dining table (in the corners). They haven't been used.

We live on the wet coast of BC, where the temperatures are never too extreme. To this point we haven't gone south. So whether we'll need A/C in the future- don't know.
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:55 AM   #14
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Our model has the small counter on the right hand inside of the door- we call it our desk. This feature is great- papers, maps, books, keys. I think I've seen a picture of a 5.0TA that has that replaced with a full length closet. I'd rather have the counter desk. .
I think the full height cabinet was a customer requested modification by Escape. I too would prefer the counter for the very same reasons you stated.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:06 AM   #15
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I'll just add on the time of payment because I was penalized in Texas for registering it late. Pay the trailer when you are about to take/possess it. I paid the trailer at the end of June 2015 while I was still assigned in Japan but I towed it from the Escape factory in Canada at the end of August 2015 and then went to TX DMV right away. TX DMV thought I bought it in June but merely registering it in August so I was given late penalties when I was registering the trailer and paying its state tax. By the way, you can get a temporary paper trailer tag from TX DMV if you are towing your trailer from Canada.
When importing a trailer to Texas, you have 30 days to register it. The countdown doesn't begin until you bring it across the state line.

Of course, the caveat to what I just said is the folks at your county tax office have to know/understand that rule. Importing a trailer that's never been titled is slightly different than if you're buying one made in the U.S. You'll get most of the paperwork you need from ETI, but there are a couple of Texas hoops to jump through, too (safety inspection, if you're getting a 21 or 5.0TA, and VIN verification).

Okay, back to the more fun topic of options options options!!
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:18 AM   #16
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:31 AM   #17
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Sorry to go back to the Texas DMV info. I read on the DMV website that in Texas the safety inspections are required for trailers with a GVWR over 4500 lbs. With the 21' listed at 4500 lbs, it would be just under the limit. From that it looks like only the 5.0TA would need the safety inspection in Texas. It clearly says "over" 4500 lbs.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:38 AM   #18
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What add ons do you find most valuable and which can you do without?

You are correct John. Having said that, it depends on who you get at the DMV. Sometimes they let it slide, sometimes not. The inconsistency of how they do it is probably the thing that makes it either a hassle, or a breeze.


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Old 04-28-2016, 12:32 PM   #19
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Kryg330,
I'm sure you have paperwork when it crossed the border to show is was not late, perhaps you can file a claim for refund, that can be done with just about any state department of revenue.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:09 AM   #20
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You are correct John. Having said that, it depends on who you get at the DMV. Sometimes they let it slide, sometimes not. The inconsistency of how they do it is probably the thing that makes it either a hassle, or a breeze.


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Agree. My local DMV required the safety inspection for our 19. I visited the county clerk BEFORE going to Chilliwack and they were very helpful. I talked to the most experienced clerk in the office and even she had to call the state office to get the details on the proper way to register an imported trailer. She was extremely helpful and suggested when we return I come directly to her. She even gave me her direct phone and email if I had any questions. Great service! When I returned to register it was a snap since both she and I knew exactly what was needed.
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