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Old 01-29-2016, 12:10 AM   #21
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That is interesting that TX uses the GVWR and not your loaded weight. Of course, if they used the loaded weight, next to no one would get inspected just saying that they had less even if they didn't. Ours also is 4600 even though the website said 4500.
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Old 01-29-2016, 12:22 AM   #22
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Thanks to all who gave advice, I guess I'm glad I don't live in some of those states!
No answer yet, but I'll give an account when and if we actually get the trailer and get it registered. Or not
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Old 01-29-2016, 04:14 AM   #23
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The horror stories are just that! Escape tells me folks take their new Escape to Lyden , WA to get it registered. Being Coloradans without a WA state address, this doesn't make sense to me, but I will call and ask. Thinking about taking the Colorado license off our utility trailer and putting that on the Escape! Maybe no one would notice and call the authorities!
Hi Mary,
I have been asking too. Here is how I see it (I'm out of state too - Alaska). If you go to Lyden you can get two 3 day tempory permit per month. Or ... (I think) can register in Wash. state if you plan to house your trailer there ... catch is the 9.2% (or so) Sales Tax. Ouch!

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Old 01-29-2016, 05:31 AM   #24
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I thought that once my trailer was paid for, it would be Vacation Time!!! Wrong, I have run into the VIN inspection boogie man in Alaska and everywhere else I guess. I pick up my trailer in two weeks .... its still winter which gives me the following options:
1) register trailer in Washington state = Sales tax of about $3000. + trailer registration fees = ? I can do this even though I'm a non resident because I have rented a covered storage unit in Bellingham and plan to house my trailer in state for a year. But man that sales tax!


2) Import into Wash., go to Lyden and get two 3 day temp permits, cross back into Canada and drive to Prince Rupert. 1000 mile drive in potentially very cold weather ... like minus 30F. Ferry to Ketchikan to show off my VIN. Get license and back another 1000 miles to Bellingham. Round trip ferry = about $500.00. License fee in Alaska is $26. / year unless strangely you register it as a commercial trailer (office) then its $26.00 for the life of your ownership.
3) Ferry from Bellingham to Ketchikan and back ... easy on TV and trailer but costs $1300 each way.
4) Get trailer from Sumas to Bellingham and put in storage .... wait til spring, then vacation drive to some town in Alaska to get license. Danger about waiting too long to license but I just did this with a car and it was 6 months before licensing it in my name in Alaska.... wasn't an issue with DMV or they didn't notice. It may have helped that the previous owners handwriting was pretty hard to read when he signed and dated the title. I'll probably do this option but that ruins my winter vacation plans.


I tried the "go to small town DMV angle" ... but called first as traveling between towns can get expensive in Southeast Alaska. Called all over including Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and California. All had to see the VIN. Then called Sitka as I was feeling warmed up ..... same story but the young clerk did mention that if my trailer was registered in any other state they could issue me plates without having to see my trailer and causing me a lot of expense. When I mentioned that I could bring in my Temp. registration from Wash State ... she said ...No! and then started crying. Sobbing so hard that I couldn't understand her ... something about "I already told you" ... then sobbing really hard. I had to hang up .... and I was thinking how hard it must be to work for DMV.


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Old 01-29-2016, 06:59 AM   #25
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Got to be one of the few times I'm glad I live in MA. All I had to do was wait a couple days till they verified ETI was indeed a real company and it was entered into the computer.
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Old 01-29-2016, 09:38 AM   #26
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Yet another California DMV tale.... I picked my 17A in June , 2015.. Towed it down to Socal using temp Washington paper tag... Decided to delay the registration due to the 2675.00 that they were going to demand for taxes, penalties etc. Secured an appointment with the DMV in October, took all of my Escape paperwork to them , once there you must check in for your appointment, Two lines of folks, one employee, probably a half-hour wait to check in.. next you are shuffled off to another room where you wait until your number is called ,you go to the appropriate window so that the clerk can process your paperwork.. Clerk seems to not understand what the Escape is . His computer only has pop-up trailers as travel trailers.. Back and forth he travels to his Sup. ... Took a good Hour to finally get this accomplished.. I paid my 2675.00, thought I was through.. But noooo!! Seems I have to bring the Escape to the DMV for Verification.. So must come back and get trailer verified, Come back ,towing trailer through parking lot to rear of DMV.. Verifier finally comes out, starts asking questions , origin, length, weight,looks inside of trailer, disappears into the building, comes back out with tape measure to measure the width of the trailer.. Finally , he seems to be done , gives me back my paper work, now must park T.V. and Escape blocks away(no onsite parking).. Come back into DMV , stand in another line, receive metal plates and temp. registration.. But wait there is more to come
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Old 01-29-2016, 09:44 AM   #27
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Yet another California DMV tale.... I picked my 17A in June , 2015.. Towed it down to Socal using temp Washington paper tag... Decided to delay the registration due to the 2675.00 that they were going to demand for taxes, penalties etc. Secured an appointment with the DMV in October, took all of my Escape paperwork to them , once there you must check in for your appointment, Two lines of folks, one employee, probably a half-hour wait to check in.. next you are shuffled off to another room where you wait until your number is called ,you go to the appropriate window so that the clerk can process your paperwork.. Clerk seems to not understand what the Escape is . His computer only has pop-up trailers as travel trailers.. Back and forth he travels to his Sup. ... Took a good Hour to finally get this accomplished.. I paid my 2675.00, thought I was through.. But noooo!! Seems I have to bring the Escape to the DMV for Verification.. So must come back and get trailer verified, Come back ,towing trailer through parking lot to rear of DMV.. Verifier finally comes out, starts asking questions , origin, length, weight,looks inside of trailer, disappears into the building, comes back out with tape measure to measure the width of the trailer.. Finally , he seems to be done , gives me back my paper work, now must park T.V. and Escape blocks away(no onsite parking).. Come back into DMV , stand in another line, receive metal plates and temp. registration.. But wait there is more to come
OMG, anybody have any experience with South Dakota rules? We live in Ohio but are considering doing full time with a domicile in SD.
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Old 01-29-2016, 09:49 AM   #28
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A few weeks later , I receive a letter from the DMV stating that somehow the the"Verifyer" had left the information for "length and width blank.. Now I must go back to DMV, find a verifier and go through the process again so that I can get the legal title to the Escape... ARGGHH!!! Sorry for the long rant and post , but the incompetence at the DMV just burns me up....
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I thought that once my trailer was paid for, it would be Vacation Time!!! Wrong, I have run into the VIN inspection boogie man in Alaska and everywhere else I guess. I pick up my trailer in two weeks .... its still winter which gives me the following options:
1) register trailer in Washington state = Sales tax of about $3000. + trailer registration fees = ? I can do this even though I'm a non resident because I have rented a covered storage unit in Bellingham and plan to house my trailer in state for a year. But man that sales tax!


2) Import into Wash., go to Lyden and get two 3 day temp permits, cross back into Canada and drive to Prince Rupert. 1000 mile drive in potentially very cold weather ... like minus 30F. Ferry to Ketchikan to show off my VIN. Get license and back another 1000 miles to Bellingham. Round trip ferry = about $500.00. License fee in Alaska is $26. / year unless strangely you register it as a commercial trailer (office) then its $26.00 for the life of your ownership.
3) Ferry from Bellingham to Ketchikan and back ... easy on TV and trailer but costs $1300 each way.
4) Get trailer from Sumas to Bellingham and put in storage .... wait til spring, then vacation drive to some town in Alaska to get license. Danger about waiting too long to license but I just did this with a car and it was 6 months before licensing it in my name in Alaska.... wasn't an issue with DMV or they didn't notice. It may have helped that the previous owners handwriting was pretty hard to read when he signed and dated the title. I'll probably do this option but that ruins my winter vacation plans.


I tried the "go to small town DMV angle" ... but called first as traveling between towns can get expensive in Southeast Alaska. Called all over including Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and California. All had to see the VIN. Then called Sitka as I was feeling warmed up ..... same story but the young clerk did mention that if my trailer was registered in any other state they could issue me plates without having to see my trailer and causing me a lot of expense. When I mentioned that I could bring in my Temp. registration from Wash State ... she said ...No! and then started crying. Sobbing so hard that I couldn't understand her ... something about "I already told you" ... then sobbing really hard. I had to hang up .... and I was thinking how hard it must be to work for DMV.


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Old 01-29-2016, 10:45 AM   #30
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The way I read the TX requirement on the safety inspection, it's the GVWR 4500 lbs. or above.
You're right about the weight, Mary. I suppose I shouldn't go from memory - since it doesn't appear to be working properly anymore...
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