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Old 11-03-2016, 08:18 PM   #1
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How to register a new trailer in Texas

Hi All,

We pickup our new 2017 5.0 TA at ETI in April (yea!), so I'm in the process of planning all the details to make that happen. After we pickup the trailer we plan to travel for 4.5 months before returning home (Austin, TX). I wanted to get a permanent Texas registration and license plates for our new trailer before driving to Chilliwack if possible.

I've read the frustrations other Texas ETI owners on this form had with registering their new trailers. I couldn't find a consensus for the right way to do this, so I sent email to the Travis County Tax Office (TaxOffice@traviscountytx.gov). I explained my situation and asked how to do the registration. Here is their reply:

The items needed to title and register the vehicle are the MCO/MSO or title, application for Texas title (130-U form) and the vehicle identification number certification (VTR-270). The forms are attached for your convenience.
Tax, title and registration will be due at the time of transfer.
I hope this information has been helpful. Contact our office if you have further questions.

Thank you
Carl Chambliss - Tax Specialist III
Phone: (512) 854-9473 x32828 I Fax: (512) 854-3928 I Email: Carl.Chambliss@traviscountytx.gov
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You can download the two above mentioned forms here: https://tax-office.traviscountytx.go...e-registration

The VTR-270 form says "Attach a pencil tracing or photograph of the vehicle identification number to this form when possible.", so I guess that isn't strictly required, but I bet ETI can provide that if they don't already do so.

It seems to me this process is much simpler than getting the vehicle inspection that is required if your trailer is in Texas. Since all of the new ETI trailers start outside of Texas, I would think this will work even if you are having it delivered to Texas.

Perhaps this will help other new Texas Escape owners. I'll do it myself around the end of March. I'd love to hear about your experience with this process.

Happy RVing!
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:13 PM   #2
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Thanks for the information. It will be useful when we leave to pick up our trailer.
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:18 PM   #3
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Thomas, this is another in a long line of cases where the Tax Office didn't really know what they were talking about. Bad information.

First, you do not need a VTR-270, or a pencil tracing or photo of the VIN. That's a form that allows you to self certify the VIN when you're exempt from inspection or the vehicle won't be operated on Texas roads. That is not the case here.

Your trailer is imported. Therefore, you need the VIN inspected by a member of the Texas Auto Theft Task Force, who will fill out and sign a VTR68-A. The completed VTR68-A is the form you take (along with the ones you received from Escape like the MCOO) to the tax office to get your tags.

Don't worry about printing out or obtaining a VTR68-A before you go to have the trailer inspected. The Auto Theft Task Force has the forms. In Travis County, your Auto Theft Task Force inspection point is located at Travis County Sheriff's Office / East Command (Collier Building). The physical address is: 7811 Burleson-Manor Rd. / Manor, Tx. 78653. Their phone number is (512) 854-9735.

Be advised, they only inspect on the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 8 am to 11:30 am. You'll want to call and get an appointment for the date you plan to show up with the trailer. Many of the VIN inspections, including the ones here in Bexar County, are booked solid for the next month or two. Plan accordingly.

http://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/buyin...reign-vehicles
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Old 11-03-2016, 10:16 PM   #4
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I am glad you came on about this because I was about to say that they missed some big things and I was going to ask for someone from Texas. I take it that you did not have tags when going up to Chilliwack.

Suffice it to say that different jurisdictions --- and even the tax office --- will tell you all kinds of things.


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Thomas, this is another in a long line of cases where the Tax Office didn't really know what they were talking about. Bad information.

First, you do not need a VTR-270, or a pencil tracing or photo of the VIN. That's a form that allows you to self certify the VIN when you're exempt from inspection or the vehicle won't be operated on Texas roads. That is not the case here.

Your trailer is imported. Therefore, you need the VIN inspected by a member of the Texas Auto Theft Task Force, who will fill out and sign a VTR68-A. The completed VTR68-A is the form you take (along with the ones you received from Escape like the MCOO) to the tax office to get your tags.

Don't worry about printing out or obtaining a VTR68-A before you go to have the trailer inspected. The Auto Theft Task Force has the forms. In Travis County, your Auto Theft Task Force inspection point is located at Travis County Sheriff's Office / East Command (Collier Building). The physical address is: 7811 Burleson-Manor Rd. / Manor, Tx. 78653. Their phone number is (512) 854-9735.

Be advised, they only inspect on the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 8 am to 11:30 am. You'll want to call and get an appointment for the date you plan to show up with the trailer. Many of the VIN inspections, including the ones here in Bexar County, are booked solid for the next month or two. Plan accordingly.

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Old 11-03-2016, 10:25 PM   #5
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I am glad you came on about this because I was about to say that they missed some big things and I was going to ask for someone from Texas. I take it that you did not have tags when going up to Chilliwack.
We had temporary paper tags, which we printed out at home. In Texas, you can get a 30 day temp tag for $25, and you can select the date the tag goes into effect. So, we made the tag start date the same day we picked up. You can also purchase an additional 30 day temp tag if you're not going to be back in Texas for awhile.

In all honesty, I don't think the temp tags were necessary, but if it provided a little peace of mind not worrying about getting pulled over by a zealous cop, I guess it was worth it.

https://rts.texasonline.state.tx.us/TempPermit/#nbb
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Also people should be advised that if they have to renew registration in later years when staying out of the state, apparently they can do that from afar, but have only three days from the time they re-enter the state to get an inspection. (Not all states have inspections but Texas does.)
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For those going right back into Canada for travel there after taking possession on the U.S. side, they would want temporary tags.
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Also people should be advised that if they have to renew registration in later years when staying out of the state, apparently they can do that from afar, but have three days from the time they re-enter the state to get an inspection. (Not all states have inspections but Texas does.)
The safety inspection requirement is only for trailers with a Gross weight exceeding 4500 lbs, and that's determined by the MCOO. With our 19, it's not required. This was yet again another case where the Tax Office didn't know their own requirements. Had to actually pull up and read the requirements to them when they said I needed a safety inspection and I knew I did not.
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The safety inspection requirement is only for trailers with a Gross weight exceeding 4500 lbs, and that's determined by the MCOO. With our 19, it's not required. This was yet again another case where the Tax Office didn't know their own requirements. Had to actually pull up and read the requirements to them when they said I needed a safety inspection and I knew I did not.
We thought that they were using GVWR. Not so? There was a previous discussion on this forum about that but I don't think it really had a conclusion. Then not needed for 19's or 21's with loaded weight under 4500 lbs.?

Actually I should not be asking about loaded weight, I guess, but rather weight with options coming out of the factory in that case then. (I am used to reading on Escapees where practically everyone is well well above whatever the requirement. Wondering to what Escapes it applies now, if any.)
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We thought that they were using GVWR. Not so? There was a previous discussion on this forum about that. Then not needed for 19's or 21's with loaded weight under 4500 lbs.?
They used our dry weight or curb weight from the MCOO - - not the weight rating. So, cargo was irrelevant. The definition of gross weight is ambiguous here it seems, and there's only a strict definition when it comes to the larger trucks.
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