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Old 08-18-2016, 02:51 PM   #11
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Same in Colorado
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:29 AM   #12
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So, how would one go back to Chilliwack if they discovered a problem during the shakedown?
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Old 08-24-2016, 11:17 AM   #13
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So, how would one go back to Chilliwack if they discovered a problem during the shakedown?
Fred, if you have tags or even a temp tag, they'll let you reenter Canada. Assuming you're going to be registering the trailer in Texas, you can get a 30 day temp tag before you head to Canada for your pickup. You just print it out at home. You can even extend the temp tag another 30 days if needed.

http://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/regis...porary-permits


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Old 08-24-2016, 11:25 AM   #14
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So, how would one go back to Chilliwack if they discovered a problem during the shakedown?
We registered our trailer in Colorado before picking it up, so we had the standard temporary plate (paper enclosed in plastic that can be mounted in the license plate holder). No problem crossing back over the border with our new trailer so ETI could address a couple of things. A couple of extra questions from border guards about the trailer, but not a big deal. I'm not sure how easy it would be if the trailer is unregistered. The export paperwork from ETI alone might be enough, but I don't really know. I suspect that having some kind of registration or travel permit would make it much easier.
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Old 08-24-2016, 11:55 AM   #15
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I'm not saying this is true or even possible, but if there's a major issue with your new build a call to ETI and I bet someone would come to you (if you're camped close by) if you couldn't get back across the border, or at the very least you'd get stellar phone customer service to assist you. Remember who is building these trailers. ETI doesn't just clap their hands together and wave bye-bye, so long.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:20 PM   #16
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It'll be fine, enjoy your new trailer! Camping is supposed to be recreational, enjoy but have a back up plan.

We did a rolling 1300 mile shakedown. Our route was plotted so we were never too far from Fred Myers, Walmart and Camping World along the way. I ran everything, dry camped, used hookups, ran the ac, heater, pump, all went fine. Back up plan: you're dragging a nice bed along, there's always restaurants, showers and restrooms along the way! We even brought along a truck bed full of "essentials" from our 19 and moved into the 21 a little each day. I even brought a 19" tv and mount and installed it in Grants Pass!

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Old 08-24-2016, 11:27 PM   #17
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Fred, if you have tags or even a temp tag, they'll let you reenter Canada. Assuming you're going to be registering the trailer in Texas, you can get a 30 day temp tag before you head to Canada for your pickup. You just print it out at home. You can even extend the temp tag another 30 days if needed.

TXDMV.GOV - Temporary Permits


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Thanks for the link! We have to meet next time we are in San Antonio. Sorry I missed you in Osoyoos...
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Old 08-25-2016, 12:40 AM   #18
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Fred, if you have tags or even a temp tag, they'll let you reenter Canada. Assuming you're going to be registering the trailer in Texas, you can get a 30 day temp tag before you head to Canada for your pickup. You just print it out at home. You can even extend the temp tag another 30 days if needed.

TXDMV.GOV - Temporary Permits


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Good info. Although my trailer is a long ways out I was wondering about if I would be able to get tags before we went to pick up the trailer but now I know, thanks to rbryan4 that i will just be able to go online and get a couple 30 day temp tags allowing us to have a leisurely trip back home to Texas from Chillawack. Then we will worry about getting it registered and if necessary inspected.
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Old 08-26-2016, 11:13 AM   #19
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Then we will worry about getting it registered and if necessary inspected.
Just so you know Mike, the process for Texas registration is a bit of a pain, because you need a vin inspection by a member of the Texas Auto Theft Task Force -- and that requires an appointment at a vin inspection location. The form is called a VTR-68-A.

That's the main reason you can't register the trailer ahead of time, even if you have the documents and the vin -- the auto theft task force needs to see the trailer in person.

For us that meant towing the trailer to the DMV office where there were about 5 officers inspecting vins in a long line.

Once you have the signed VTR-68-A, you can register it normally at your tax office.

http://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/buyin...reign-vehicles


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Old 08-26-2016, 02:55 PM   #20
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Good to know for myself as well as any other Texans getting new trailers. Will save me a trip to the Tax Office where I would probably have waited in line for an hour just to be told the same thing. Don't mind getting it inspected and glad to know that I have to get that done before registering it. Thanks rbryan4
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