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Old 04-30-2016, 08:42 AM   #41
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What add ons do you find most valuable and which can you do without?

A good point Brian, but of course, except for maybe the bustling business of Casita, most Texas travel trailer owners (stickies) are way over the 4500 lb GVWR to begin with, and the safety inspection is a given. It's only at issue here because we're so much lighter.

They even tried to require us to have one when we registered our 19, until I produced a printed copy of their own rules. I guess they don't see many RVs that are under the limit.


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Old 04-30-2016, 09:31 AM   #42
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Whatever, Brian. My comment was to distinguish between the GVWR and our 21's actual weight. The regulation is GVWR, and the figure on our Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin is over 4500 lbs; so, my trailer will need a safety inspection every time the license is renewed - at least as long as it's registered in Texas - despite it being quite a bit lighter than the GVWR.
Hey, you could be in NY where all trailers must be inspected every year. It is only $6.00 unless the trailer is over 18,000 lbs when it goes to $10.00. They have to pull a wheel if the trailer has brakes, otherwise is is a visual check of lights & the hitch that takes about 2 minutes.

Our yearly registration fee is $5.39 per 500 lbs.
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Old 04-30-2016, 11:02 AM   #43
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Same here in Pennsylvania, all vehicles as well as trailers >3500 lb have to be inspected yearly.
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Old 04-30-2016, 11:16 AM   #44
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I am always amazed at the bureaucratic loopholes that many of you in the US have to jump through.

I thank the lucky stars that in Alberta trailer registration is a one time cost, with no inspections required at all. This is not to say that you can own an unsafe vehicle, as they can and do stop vehicles for safety checks, something I think they should do more often.
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Old 04-30-2016, 11:28 AM   #45
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Hey, you could be in NY where all trailers must be inspected every year. It is only $6.00 unless the trailer is over 18,000 lbs when it goes to $10.00. They have to pull a wheel if the trailer has brakes, otherwise is is a visual check of lights & the hitch that takes about 2 minutes.

Our yearly registration fee is $5.39 per 500 lbs.
Our California yearly registration is the killer here . Still over 200. year . Pat
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Ouch that's one heck of a camping tax.

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I am always amazed at the bureaucratic loopholes that many of you in the US have to jump through.

I thank the lucky stars that in Alberta trailer registration is a one time cost, with no inspections required at all. This is not to say that you can own an unsafe vehicle, as they can and do stop vehicles for safety checks, something I think they should do more often.

I'm amazed too Jim. It's part of a larger problem here, in that many of the laws related to transportation have little to do with actually making it safer, and far more to do with revenue generation.

A random safety check would do far more to insure public safety than any mandated periodic inspection and fee. Sadly, it really isn't done here, except perhaps with the exception of the big rigs.
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Ouch that's one heck of a camping tax.

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I know . It is very expensive to live in California . My truck tags also cost more then when I bought it too . They tax everything they can . Pat
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I know . It is very expensive to live in California . My truck tags also cost more then when I bought it too . They tax everything they can . Pat
Hi: Patandlinda... They'd probably tax the smell of your campfire... if they could. Caulifornia needs the money!!!
In Ontario trailer plate fee's are a one time charge. Truck stickers are $94.00 a year. Alf
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Hi: Patandlinda... They'd probably tax the smell of your campfire... if they could. Caulifornia needs the money!!!
In Ontario trailer plate fee's are a one time charge. Truck stickers are $94.00 a year. Alf
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You are lucky . If my home wasn't here I would leave . My kids want me in Washington State and who knows what's in the cards . Pat
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We find that the states with no or low income taxes put higher taxes on items such as real estate and vehicle registration, etc. I just found out Florida taxes private party vehicle sales which is done almost nowhere, but FL has no state income tax. Pay me one way or pay me another.
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We find that the states with no or low income taxes put higher taxes on items such as real estate and vehicle registration, etc. I just found out Florida taxes private party vehicle sales which is done almost nowhere, but FL has no state income tax. Pay me one way or pay me another.
Hey Gregg California already does that too . I think it is called taxation on taxation . You pay taxes on say your new vehicle , say that vehicle changes hands 10 times in it's life . Each time the sale even private party sales pay sales tax again and again . What are you going to do ? Pat
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Believe Jim , I have thought about it maybe going to my Father's birthplace , Ottawa , Canada . Canada is in my blood . Pat
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In British Columbia you pay 5% Federal and 7% Provincial sales taxes on a new vehicle. If the vehicle exceeds $55k the 7% Provincial tax portion increases incrementally from the base 7% to a max of 10% i.e. luxury tax. They later collect 12% Provincial tax each time the ownership changes.
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Friend of mine gave me his boat and trailer and we had to transfer the trailer registration. We wrote it down as a gift ( no tax ), which it was, but I commented in front of the agent that I'd owe my buddy a turkey dinner. The agent scolded me and asked again if it was a gift. Quite strict on the rules.
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We pay our share of taxes in other ways, from income tax to luxury taxes.
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Hey Gregg California already does that too . I think it is called taxation on taxation . You pay taxes on say your new vehicle , say that vehicle changes hands 10 times in it's life . Each time the sale even private party sales pay sales tax again and again . What are you going to do ? Pat
Wow, that is just wrong. The only time that happens here is when you buy used from a dealer. Homes too only have a small tax when a new build, not when it is a private deal.
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Ouch! I love BC and know many, many people that live there, but yikes, that is a lot of tax to pay.
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