Recommendations for a shakedown - Page 3 - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Me | General Topics > General Escape
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-26-2016, 02:18 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
rbryan4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Trailer: 2015 19 "Past Tents", 2015 F150 Ecoboost
Posts: 6,886
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike & Donna View Post
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
You're more than welcome. I would also recommend that you set the appointment for the VIN inspection well in advance. Some areas of Texas only offer VIN inspection once or twice a month - and the appointment slots fill up fast. It's not a biggie if you have to wait once you return to Texas, but then again, you need to get tags on it once the temp tags expire.

Your VIN inspection would probably be by the Montgomery County Sheriff's office. Can't do it in Houston unless you're a city resident. Here's a link. I'd give them a call to find out what lead time is needed for an appointment.

Auto Theft
__________________

__________________
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."
rbryan4 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2016, 02:19 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
ReagentGrade's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Houston, Texas
Trailer: '87 Bigfoot 20DLX 5er (sold) - 2017 Escape 5.0 TA: Sep-17
Posts: 379
Recommendations for a shakedown

One thing wasn't clear to me... The TX website above says you can get a temp tag online, but doesn't give a link to do that. The link is one of the icons at the top. Here's that link

https://rts.texasonline.state.tx.us/TempPermit/#nbb
__________________

ReagentGrade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2016, 02:22 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
rbryan4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Trailer: 2015 19 "Past Tents", 2015 F150 Ecoboost
Posts: 6,886
Quote:
Originally Posted by ReagentGrade View Post
One thing wasn't clear to me... The TX website above says you can get a temp tag online, but doesn't give a link to do that. The link is one of the icons at the top. Here's that link

https://rts.texasonline.state.tx.us/TempPermit/#nbb
Yeah Rich, the Texas Online websites aren't the most user friendly. Takes some digging to find the right link.
__________________
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."
rbryan4 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2016, 11:10 PM   #24
Senior Member
 
Mike & Donna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Porter (Houston), Texas
Trailer: 2017 Escape 19 aka "Bon Temps" - P/U June 29, 2017
Posts: 211
Quote:
Originally Posted by rbryan4 View Post
You're more than welcome. I would also recommend that you set the appointment for the VIN inspection well in advance. Some areas of Texas only offer VIN inspection once or twice a month - and the appointment slots fill up fast. It's not a biggie if you have to wait once you return to Texas, but then again, you need to get tags on it once the temp tags expire.

Your VIN inspection would probably be by the Montgomery County Sheriff's office. Can't do it in Houston unless you're a city resident. Here's a link. I'd give them a call to find out what lead time is needed for an appointment.

Auto Theft
So here is the process ( I think),
1) need to get 30 day temp tag online, then haul trailer back to Texas
2) get safety inspection then
3) get VIN inspection (thx for the link for that) and finally
4) go to tax office and register trailer

Does that sound about right? Whew! Wore out just thinking about it.
Mike & Donna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2016, 11:35 PM   #25
Senior Member
 
rbryan4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Trailer: 2015 19 "Past Tents", 2015 F150 Ecoboost
Posts: 6,886
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike & Donna View Post
So here is the process ( I think),
1) need to get 30 day temp tag online, then haul trailer back to Texas
2) get safety inspection then
3) get VIN inspection (thx for the link for that) and finally
4) go to tax office and register trailer

Does that sound about right? Whew! Wore out just thinking about it.
There is no safety inspection required unless the trailer's gross weight is over 4500 lbs. Texas defines the gross weight as the weight of the trailer and any contents. But, the certificate of origin will list the trailer's curb weight, and that's what the Texas DMV uses. None of the Escape trailers exceeds 4500 lbs. Therefore, no safety inspection.

There are some misinformed tax office personnel however, who might tell you a safety inspection is required. In my case, I produced their own publication which stated no requirement.

There are only two steps:

-- Obtain a VIN inspection and get a signed VTR-68-A.

--Register/pay sales tax at the local tax office.

The temp tag is just a means to get the trailer back to Texas. It's not even a temporary registration since no VIN is recorded on the temp tag. To be honest, you could probably do without the temp tag, since it's a new trailer on its way back to the state where you intend to register it. But, if the temp tag provides some peace of mind, it's well worth the $25 fee.

Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
__________________
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."
rbryan4 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2016, 01:52 AM   #26
Senior Member
 
Mary F's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Travis County, Texas
Trailer: 2015 Esc 21. Formerly, Casita LD (16 & 17)
Posts: 585
Quote:
Originally Posted by rbryan4 View Post
There is no safety inspection required unless the trailer's gross weight is over 4500 lbs. Texas defines the gross weight as the weight of the trailer and any contents. But, the certificate of origin will list the trailer's curb weight, and that's what the Texas DMV uses. None of the Escape trailers exceeds 4500 lbs. Therefore, no safety inspection.
Clarification: the Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin for our 21' Escape (built September 2015) gives GVWR as 4600 lbs, so that safety inspection was required (and it's my understanding will continue to be needed each year, when we re-up the license tag).

Last time I checked, ETI's website listed the 21 as 4500 lbs, but that's not what our certificate of origin says.
__________________
Mary F Onward, through the fog!
Mary F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2016, 08:28 AM   #27
Senior Member
 
ReagentGrade's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Houston, Texas
Trailer: '87 Bigfoot 20DLX 5er (sold) - 2017 Escape 5.0 TA: Sep-17
Posts: 379
Here's the link to 69-A instructions for City of Houston.

http://www.houstontx.gov/police/auto...Procedures.pdf
ReagentGrade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2016, 08:29 AM   #28
Senior Member
 
ReagentGrade's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Houston, Texas
Trailer: '87 Bigfoot 20DLX 5er (sold) - 2017 Escape 5.0 TA: Sep-17
Posts: 379
Recommendations for a shakedown

Oops. I didn't mean to post and can't delete
ReagentGrade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2016, 09:36 AM   #29
Senior Member
 
rbryan4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Trailer: 2015 19 "Past Tents", 2015 F150 Ecoboost
Posts: 6,886
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mary F View Post
Clarification: the Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin for our 21' Escape (built September 2015) gives GVWR as 4600 lbs, so that safety inspection was required (and it's my understanding will continue to be needed each year, when we re-up the license tag).

Last time I checked, ETI's website listed the 21 as 4500 lbs, but that's not what our certificate of origin says.
Thanks for that information Mary. Interesting. On mine they used curb weight. I guess using GVWR makes sense though, since Texas defines gross weight as the weight of the trailer and all contents. That's actual weight, and not the maximum allowed as in GVWR, but I guess they'd have no way of knowing how you're going to load it and have to fall back on the rating.

This might be a case where Escape could "help a Texan out" and put 4500 on the placard and MCOO, but I guess getting a safety inspection isn't that much trouble.

Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
__________________
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."
rbryan4 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2016, 09:45 AM   #30
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Los Osos, California
Trailer: 2014 21 2013 Yukon
Posts: 2,218
You gotta be kidding me- in Texas to register a new import trailer you have to go to 3 separate offices? Then get a safety inspection every year for a 21 (and probably 5.0TA)? If true that's nuts! Thought CA was the big nanny state with inefficient, bloated bureaucracy.
__________________

Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.