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Old 06-19-2007, 11:56 PM   #15
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Trip Permit

Hi, I bought my trailer new in Oregon and they issued me a ten day trip permit; Giving me ten days to get it home and off of the street until I could get to DMV in California. Other than that, I would just go with a good bill of sale, and never use a different plate from something else. Tickets or fines are very expensive in California.
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:18 AM   #16
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Jim Golden,
Don't do this but..When I bought my Airstream from the PO, who lived in Tx, we had all the paper works made out with the paper temp plate. I had everything on me. The Bill of Sales, Temp Registration from TX, TX Plate and, proof of insurances coverage. I had decided to put the paper license plate inside taped to the rear window. It wasn't until I got to CT at a rest area that I NOTICE several State Police Officers from CT looking me over..
After they left..I got curious and walked around the unit to see what had attracted their attention..AHA...I notice that the temp plate wasn't in the window~! Open it up and, re-attached the temp plate back to the window with more tape`! Now, just how far back into the trip's start this fell down, I have no clue but..
I do remember thinking, "WHEW"...
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Old 06-20-2007, 05:35 AM   #17
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I used the PO's plate or when selling let them use mine, Then they just get mailed back to the right person after transport. If they aren't returned, just report them as stolen, although I haven't had to do that.
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Old 06-20-2007, 05:59 AM   #18
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The "Official" word is...

the laws of the state where the transaction takes place apply. In Iowa, the plates must be removed and the registration and plates returned to DOT for cancellation (and refund of registration fees if applicable). The new owner has 30 days to re-register the vehicle in whatever jurisdiction they live. The bill of sale and signed title serve as registration until then.

In California, the plates go with the vehicle, and the owner has a few days (the length of time has changed over the years, so I don't know what it is now) to change it over to their name.

Each state is a little different. My recommendation is that you carry a copy of the state registration law from the state in which you bought the trailer, and show it with the title and registration so you can show law enforcement in states along the way that you are in compliance with whatever it says.

I DID recently get stopped with our new moho on the way home from the dealer without plates by a DOT officer. Since I had the appropriate paperwork, I was on my way.

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Old 06-20-2007, 07:14 AM   #19
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Now that must have been a sight to see....Roger with the cherries kicked on on the side of the road....on the other end of those cherries!
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:56 AM   #20
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In Georgia, all you need is the Bil Of Sale to tow it home. I would think that the laws of your home state, where you intend to title the vehicle, would matter most. Your state DMV can fill in the blanks.

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Exactly.....OR you could just OJ Simpson that baby home, cops in tow. And when they shoot out the tires and take you down on national tv hold up your airforums sticker. We'll be watching.

Bill of sale should be fine, just take off th PO's tag.
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:16 AM   #21
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Find out if the legal way is also not too cumbersome and hopefully your hometown DMV folks can assist you. If not, check out the DMV's website for the state you are acquiring the trailer in to see if it says there what is required. Stuff happens and as we saw recently someone towing a later 90's home without insurance totaled it and they were out the cash. If it looks like it is going to be a big issue then I would take the chance, but that's what I'd do, not what I recommend to others. I just spoke to a buddy today who's tags expired last November and he's been out and about quite a bit and no one, including he, noticed.

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What Barry said worked for us when we bought a '64' Nova from PO in Kansas. State DMV via web site, stopped in Monday AM, $8.00 temp tag and drove to Colorado with out worry. All of the proper paper work in order also. As long as it looks like you did the right thing and you don't other wise represent a revenue opportunity life should be good.
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:34 AM   #22
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Now that must have been a sight to see....Roger with the cherries kicked on on the side of the road....on the other end of those cherries!
Sorry, Eric... didn't happen... the ISP and DOT held a big party at the scales on S/B 380 between Waterloo and Cedar Rapids... every vehicle on the freeway got waived off and inspected for... well... whatever they could find. A quick show of paperwork, and off I went!

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Sorry, Eric... didn't happen... the ISP and DOT held a big party at the scales on S/B 380 between Waterloo and Cedar Rapids... every vehicle on the freeway got waived off and inspected for... well... whatever they could find. A quick show of paperwork, and off I went!
Yeah, right ... . Roger, it couldn't have been anything simpler? LIKE IT WAS THE WRONG COLOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-20-2007, 10:06 AM   #24
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A temp or transport permit issued in one State will be honored by all the other States. It's a I believe Tenth amendment to the Constitution thing. Same way your States Drivers license or license plate is valid in another state.

So get one from the State you purchase in and haul it home.
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Old 06-20-2007, 03:40 PM   #25
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My state will only issue them for instate. I called that state and they said the same thing. Also called a dealer in that state and they said they cannot issue a temp plate for a private purchase.

I called my local sheriff's office and they told me a title with bill of sale is good to go. I asked the dealer in the other state the same question and they told me that should be fine.

So if I get a new to me one, I guess I'll just tow it home with no plate but have my papers in order.

Man I feel like I'm in East Germany....gotta have my papers
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Legal -- who knows? It varies much by state and enforcement varies even more by county/township, whatever. The good ol' Bill o' Sale works most times (as long as it's not five years old). Just avoid Texas, Oklahoma and North Carolina no matter what it adds to the trip. Cops there (especially on back roads) are heavily into revenue enhancement, and any niggling little thing will cost an out-of-stater a bundle.
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:30 PM   #27
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I bought mine in MO. the PO let me keep his tag on the trailer for the long 750 mile trip back to the Florida Panhandle then I immed. mailed it back to him dont know if it was right or legal but I did not get checked. I did years ago put a tag off one vehicle I owned onto another vehicle I also owned and I had to go see the man in the black dress (judge) he did not see it as a good idea and fined me a few hundred dollars but I understand now that it is a Felony offence seems kinda harmless but they know better I guess...
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:58 PM   #28
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Well heck, NC is one of the ones I was going through. Maybe I'll just ask him if I can keep his plate on it. Then if I do get pulled over, I could say I'm borrowing it from my friend.

You know, it really shouldn't be this difficult. I should be able to get a temp tag at the local police dept. and then just run it on home.
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