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Old 05-08-2019, 06:28 AM   #1
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Sunshine, North Carolina
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North Carolina Escape 21 registration

North Carolina Escape owners:

We have recently ordered an Escape 21 and are in the process of finalizing our build sheet and trying to reconcile our budget with our option wishes! While doing that I thought we might need to try to get an idea of how the NC registration process works and hope all of you can help.

Can anyone tell me approximately how much the registration of a new Escape 21 might be in NC?

Has anyone been able to obtain a tag before going to pick up your Escape?

If you didn't get a tag before did you do any kind of temp permit or preparations for the trip home to NC?

Thanks again for everyone's help!

George and Suzanne Belflower

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Old 05-08-2019, 06:51 AM   #2
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Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Signal Mountain (Chattanooga), Tennessee
Trailer: Escape 21 November 2014; 2016 Ram Eco-diesel 4WD Crew
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Can’t guess for NC, but as your neighbor, in TN, I was able to get a license plate with the packet of materials ETI sent a few weeks before we headed out for pick-up in 2014.

Make a copy of everything before you go to the DMV or county courthouse—wherever you go for car licenses. They’ll want to keep some of it. Make sure you have a price from ETI in U.S. dollars. Sometimes people have had to request that.

TN cost around 7%. Don’t know what NC would be. Same as a car, I’d imagine.

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Old 05-08-2019, 10:04 AM   #3
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We picked up our Escape in July 2017 and were able to secure a NC plate before we left. Overall, it was a fairly painless process.

In NC, trailers are registered just like a car. Follow the process for purchasing from a Dealer and you will be fine. You'll need to get Escape to notarize the Certificate of Origin (title) and have them complete the Damage and Odometer Disclosure Statements. These docs can be downloaded from the DMV. We calculated what we actually paid in USD and asked Escape to include that amount on the Bill of Sale. That helps the DMV determine the sales tax (3% of USD paid). Please note, the notarization does come with a fee from Escape.

A few weeks before your completion date, Escape will send you all the paperwork which includes import docs, bill of sale, and so on. We took all papers to the DMV, but only gave them the ones required on the website. The lady we spoke with did need to call someone about establishing sales tax, but she was directed to determine the tax based off the cost in USD noted on the Bill of Sale.

We did need to pay $5 in cash for something (can't remember what), so bring a little cash. You also have the option to purchase a permanent plate instead of a standard plate. A permanent plate cost more, but it eliminates the annual plate fee for as long as you own your Escape. The breakeven point is 3 years.

It was nice being able to put the plate on in Washington and not have to worry about being pulled. Though, I don't recall ever hearing about someone being pulled on the forum. Enjoy your new Escape!
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Old 05-14-2019, 12:51 PM   #4
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Sunshine, North Carolina
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thanks for the detailed response, very helpful. Hopefully we can secure a tag before out August trip out to pick up our new 21.
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